With an 80-year history of support for the State of Israel, Federation is one of the only local organizations set up to immediately provide dollars when disaster strikes. During the crisis of summer 2014, for example, Federation took the lead in bringing the Jewish community together by raising funds for the Reach Out for Israel Campaign. A record $3.4 million was raised, with over $2 million going directly to Federation’s sister region, Sha’ar HaNegev.
Jews in Need
In addition to supporting programs for Jews in need through the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Joint Distribution Committee, Federation supports four additional programs in Sha’ar HaNegev through the Regional Council. These programs focus on three target populations: youth, women, and seniors.
Since 2008, the Women Together program has provided a monthly meeting space for women who are feeling the stresses of living on the border of Gaza. The meeting gets them out of the house for a few hours on a Friday morning to be with other women for coffee and conversation and to hear an occasional speaker.
The “Fridays for Women” activity launched in 2008 during the Cast Lead operation for women who were in a state of extreme stress following the harrowing security situation. Over 40 women participated in the first event, 60 at the second. Since then, the monthly meeting has become one of the most important activities of the Sha'ar HaNegev Culture Department.