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As the war in Israel against Hamas continues, we stand with Israel in this war of self-defense and will continue to lend support and strength, serve as allies, and unite the collective prayers of our congregation and the Westchester Jewish community for the safety and security of Israel. There are no words to capture the enormity of lives lost, hostages taken, and injuries incurred by civilians and the military.  We are deeply saddened at the suffering of Palestinians caught in the war against Hamas and mourn the loss of innocent lives in Gaza.  May the time come quickly when no more innocent blood will be shed, and each dawn brings us reason to hope.​

We believe that engagement with Israel includes engagement with the people, land, and state of Israel. It also includes discussion / engagement with Israel from various points of views.

The following are a list of ways to engage with Israel through Temple Israel of Northern Westchester:

Israel Engagement Committee

To learn more about our newly forming Israel Engagement Committee, please contact Evan Janush, chair of the Israel Engagement Committee.

Get Involved / Take Action

  • Support Peace Initiatives

Our clergy recommend  learning about / supporting the following organizations (an evolving list) which are seeking peace initiatives in Israel:

Westchester’s Shinshin / Young Israel Adult Emissary Program

Learn more about the Shinshin program in the Westchester Jewish community. To learn more about the program and/or to host one of the Shinshin in Westchester, please contact Westchester’s Shlicha, Israel Ambassador,  Shachar Liran-Hanan, Senior Community Shlicha (emissary) for Westchester NY.

To learn about / discuss the Shinshin program at Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, please contact Rabbi Wendy Pein.

Political Action 

Demonstrate Jewish Solidarity

  • Participate in Temple Israel’s Friday night Shabbat services during which we pray for peace, for the people and state of Israel and for all humanity. Temple Israel of Northern Westchester’s Friday night services begin at 7:00 PM.
  • Reach out to our brothers, sisters, family, and friends in Israel.  Let them know they are not alone and have our prayers and support.

Recommended news/ educational resources

Ways to Donate

Philanthropy - Acts of tzedakah, sacred giving, are needed now more than ever.

  • Jewish Federation of North America has asked for donations to be directed here.

  • The UJA Federation of New York has established an Emergency Israel Appeal to allocate resources to an array of relief agencies.

  • Magen David Adom is Israel's sole national emergency, medical, ambulance, and blood service to Israeli society.

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