Jewish Federations' President & Jewish Agency Board Chair Visit Wounded

The organizations provided grants to the families of the victims as part of The Jewish Agency’s Fund for the Victims of Terror

Jerusalem, Wednesday, July 5, 2023 — The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mark Wilf, and President & CEO of Jewish Federations of North America, Eric Fingerhut, on Wednesday visited the wounded victims from Tuesday’s terror attack in Tel Aviv at the Tel Aviv Sourasky (Ichilov) Medical Center.

On behalf of their organizations, Wilf and Fingerhut delivered financial support to four hospitalized victims and their families as part of The Jewish Agency’s Fund for the Victims of Terror to help cover some of their immediate needs.

Today, representatives of the Fund for the Victims of Terror provided immediate financial support to seven victims of the attack in Tel Aviv. Just recently, Jewish Federations approved another generous donation to the fund, which often acts as the first responder in the recovery process of families and individuals who have been impacted by acts of terror and violence. The funds, which are raised during Jewish Federation emergency campaigns, are distributed to victims as quickly as possible following any incident of terror, and they are personally delivered in the name of the global Jewish people as an act of solidarity in these moments of acute crisis.

Established in 2002 by The Jewish Agency, the Fund for the Victims of Terror to date has supported 9,000 families affected by terrorist incidents and rocket fire, with grants totaling $20 million. The fund assists those whose lives have been torn apart by unconscionable acts and provides timely financial aid and hands-on assistance, including grants to assist victims within 48 hours of their homes being damaged by rocket fire; long-term aid for three years after an attack to enable victims of terror to resume normal activities and rebuild their lives; psychological counseling; job retraining; and camps for children to provide fun, calming, and restorative opportunities.

"The Jewish Agency's Fund for the Victims of Terror is one of the truest expressions of mutual responsibility among the Jewish people,” said Mark Wilf, Chairman of The Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors. “It was devastating to visit the hospitalized victims of the recent terror attack in Tel Aviv, but I am proud to have done so in the name of the global Jewish people and to have been able to extend our support."

President & CEO of Jewish Federations of North America, Eric Fingerhut said: “Jewish Federations’ support of The Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror is a meaningful demonstration of the North American Jewish community’s commitment to the people of Israel at all times, and especially during their greatest moments of need. Beyond the important financial assistance that we deliver immediately in the wake of tragedy, we provide a powerful message to victims of terror and their families that they are not alone, and that there are generous Jewish people around the world who are standing alongside them."

“Tuesday’s attack in Tel Aviv was devastating and we pray for the recovery of those injured,” Doron Almog, Chairman of the Executive at The Jewish Agency, said. “At The Jewish Agency, we’re doing what we can to be a resource to those wounded in terror attacks. There is no dollar amount that can heal the trauma these men and women sustain, but our fund aims to give victims some hope and make life after terror a little more manageable.”


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