Young Israel of West Hartford raised over $3,300 in donations and directed other direct contributions to help support Israelis displaced by the devastating fires this past November, and to resupply Israel’s Fire & Rescue Services. The 1,773 fires in Israel left 1,600 Israelis homeless and destroyed hundreds of apartments and buildings, and 4,900 acres of forests and open land. Young Israel of West Hartford members Fran and Gene Wittenberg spearheaded the synagogue’s effort reaching out to the Greater Hartford community with an emergency request asking the community to join forces to help our brothers and sisters in Israel through direct financial aid. The money raised through Young Israel of West Hartford’s Israel Fire Emergency Fund reached the people of Neve Tzuf, a community that suffered extensive damage; the town of Zichron Yaakov, which needs blankets and other pressing items as well as helped resupply and aid Israel’s Fire & Rescue Services though the Jewish National Fund Emergency Fund. Rabbi Tuvia Brander of Young Israel of West Hartford commented, “At moments like these, it is incumbent upon us to come together as a community to take action and show our support for our brothers and sisters in Israel.” This project continues to build on one of Young Israel of West Hartford’s core mission goals — to promote and strengthen our connection to the people of Israel, the land of Israel and the State of Israel. To learn more about Young Israel of West Hartford, visit their website www.youngisraelwh.org or follow them on Facebook @YoungIsraelWeHa.
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