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The challenges kept coming. From lockdown to reopening. From peace to war. From certainty to uncertainty. But we kept going and going.
Through days that tested our resolve, we did not waver.
RISING AGAINST ANTISEMITISM
In the years since the Tree of Life synagogue massacre, we have remained vigilant about enhancing community-wide security and advocating against hate. This year, our work gained new urgency during the 11-day conflict between Israel and Gaza, when anti-Israel sentiment morphed into virulent antisemitism. [Insert local example of antisemitism]. What made these and other developments more alarming: Voices condemning the violence and hateful rhetoric were muted, if not completely silent. We acted decisively.
NOW WE GO FORWARD STRENGTHENING SECURITY
In Pittsburgh, Poway, Monsey, and Colleyville, Texas – violent antisemitism has rocked our Jewish communal institutions. But in every instance, the survivors of these attacks stated they would not have made it out alive without the security measures that their institutions implemented. Thanks to a national initiative, LiveSecure, over the next three years, we are committed to ensuring the security and resiliency of our local Jewish community and all Jewish communities across North America. Thanks to the LiveSecure grant, and your local contributions, we'll be able to provide the training, tools, and resources needed to keep Jewish life vibrant and safe.
STANDING STRONG AS A GLOBAL JEWISH COMMUNITY
Your gift travels from Ukraine to Uruguay, from Madrid to Morocco, from the U.S. to Israel. Each year, Jewish Federations invest over 100 million of our annual campaign dollars to our global partners to strengthen the foundation that supports our community here at home and around the world. These core funds ensure that we are able to support flourishing Jewish communities year-round. It is this underlying foundation that enables us to respond and mobilize immediately in times of crisis – anywhere in the world.
NOW WE GO FORWARD BUILDING AN EVEN STRONGER SAFETY NET
Our response in times of crisis does not wait for the need to present itself. It was there all along. The work we do day in and day out allows us to be there when the global Jewish community needs us.
The war in Ukraine is one of the most significant humanitarian crises of this century. Now we go forward to help our brothers and sisters resettle and rebuild! Will you be there?
RE-IMAGINING JEWISH LIFE
What happens to Jewish life when we can’t be physically together? The pandemic forced us to grapple with this question in real time. And the answers were surprising. Because of our support, our partners found ways to make Jewish engagement more accessible to all, a valuable lesson that will help shape post-pandemic life. We also continued to invest in the places where Jewish life takes root, where new leaders find inspiration, and where diversity is fully welcomed. The good news: about one in five Jewish adults indicate that their attachment to being Jewish has increased since the pandemic.
NOW WE GO FORWARD CREATING MORE DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES
Removing barriers to entry exposed both opportunities and vulnerabilities. As we look to the year ahead, we see a Jewish community that is more diverse. More vibrant. More encompassing. This year we are committed to creating a culture of belonging for all Jews and their loved ones while building bridges across socially and culturally diverse communities and partners.