With bulletproof vests, socks and soap, US Jews rush to aid Israel

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With bulletproof vests, socks and soap, US Jews rush to aid Israel

A Brooklyn synagogue community has raised $5,000 and gathered enough supplies to fill an SUV in response to a call for donations by Rabbi Jonathan Leener. The donations, which include sleeping bags and toiletries, are intended to aid the military and humanitarian relief efforts in Israel. Many community members have immediate family in Israel, and the response from people has been overwhelming. Jewish communities across the United States have also contributed millions of dollars, military gear, and various supplies ranging from granola bars to bulletproof vests.

The outpouring of support from the United States reflects the concern and connection that Jews in the country feel toward Israel. Despite reports of equipment shortages in the Israeli press, the IDF denies any systemic shortages. The support has come from various Jewish communities, from small neighborhood synagogues to wealthy individuals in the Jewish business community. Approximately 5.8 million Jews live in the United States.

Billionaire investor Yuri Milner has pledged to donate $5 million to the Jewish Agency for Israel for emergency aid and long-term rehabilitation. Businessman Mike Bloomberg has promised to match all donations to Magen David Adom, an Israeli disaster relief and emergency medical service organization. As airlines have suspended flights to Israel, communities are relying on word-of-mouth networks and social media to coordinate aid efforts and transport supplies and reservists.

Elan Kornblum, the head of Great Kosher Restaurants Foodies, has transformed his company’s Facebook page into a platform for coordinating Israel aid efforts. Legacy aid organizations such as Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, Doctors Without Borders, and the International Committee of the Red Cross are also raising money for medical aid and humanitarian relief in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Chayal el Chayal, a nonprofit organization that supports IDF soldiers without family in Israel, has raised about half a million dollars and is sending gear on charter planes.

The response to the call for donations has been widespread and has received support through online sharing and word of mouth. The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles are followed in reporting this news.

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