With violent clashes on the rise in Israel, many Americans who support Israel are feeling frustrated and helpless. Why? We want to do something to show our support for our Jewish sisters and brothers in our Israeli homeland, but don't feel like we have much influence.
Many are unaware that, yes, we can help and show our support. While we may not be able to stop the violence, we can still take action to lift Israel's spirits and help it contend with an increasingly uncertain situation. And, even if our actions do not appear to influence the overall outcome of events, at the very least, we can offer our support.
Below are 18 ways we can make a difference (adapted from Aish.com):
- Support Israeli soldiers.
Write a letter and express appreciation for Israeli soldier's self-sacrifice in valiantly defending our people and our land. You can even send a care package to a soldier with a holiday gift, etc. through "Thank Israeli Soldiers," "Yad Eliezer," or "Yashar LaChayal."
Pray to G-d to bring peace to the land, and for Israel's leaders who need wisdom to do what is best for Israel in spite of international pressure. Pray for the safety of Israeli civilians, and the protection of IDF soldiers.
- Speak out!
The next time you hear something that puts down Israel, don't wonder to yourself, "What is anyone going to do about it." Write a piece for your local newspaper, set up information tables at your high school or college, or simply talk to people. Be a roving ambassador for Israel by explaining the true facts to others.
- Protest bias in the media.
The media has a powerful influence on public opinion and government policy. When you discover a piece of bias, contact the news agency and complain. Keep your remarks respectful and stick to the facts.
- Give Tzedakah (Charity).
Give charity to Israel, and encourage others to do the same.
- Go to Israel on vacation, to study, or to visit family. Visiting Israel will show Israelis that you really care, and will make a tremendous difference to your own sense of connection.
- Fly the Israeli flag.
Put an Israeli flag in front of your home, to let everyone know that you are proud of Israel.
- Send flowers.
You can show family and friends in Israel that you are thinking about them by sending flowers.
- Rally for Israel.
Hold a rally in your city. When thousands of people turn out for a public display of support, it affects all segments of your community – the politicians, the media, general public opinion. And most importantly, it engenders unity and pride within the Jewish and pro-Israel community.
- Holocaust education.
With the rise of anti-Semitic incidents around the world, and the state-sponsored anti-Semitism in Arab countries, it is important to see the warning signs before a crisis happens. Learning about the Holocaust helps us appreciate the depth of anti-semitism and its root causes.
- Visit your Congressman.
Form a concerned citizen’s group, and then make appointment to sit with your Congressman or Congresswoman for an hour in his or her Washington office.
- Strive to be a better person.
Be nice to fellow Jews and fellow human beings. Before you go to sleep each night, go through your day, review your behavior, and resolve what you can do better. By setting an example of higher Jewish moral and ethical standards, we can strengthen the nation of Israel and by extension, the State of Israel.
- Teshuva! (Repentance)
If we can elevate ourselves even a little, it can arouse the Almighty's compassion and Jewish lives can be spared. The hope is that each individual who does teshuva brings Israel one step closer to redemption.
- Make a small repair.
If you’ve had an argument with someone, simply forgive them. Then ask G-d to forgive His people.
- Donate blood.
When you are in Israel, donate blood. With all the recent attacks, there is a great shortage. To give blood is to give life, and it shows a deep solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people.
- Support Israeli citizens.
Show Israelis your support, love, and friendship by writing letters, postcards and emails to everyone you know. Become an e-mail pen pal to someone in Israel.
- Thank G-d for His many miracles.
Read the news to see how almost every day deadly attacks are averted. And thank G-d!
- Get the Israeli side. There’s a lot of misinformation out there. When an incident happens in Israel, get the Israeli side of the story by following the Israel Defense Forces website, on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr. Also, be sure to follow our shlicha, Na'ama Gold, , for accounts from her friends and family back in Israel that she often shares. And most importantly: Share!
While Israel is surrounded by countries and organizations committed to her destruction, we hope you will show support and stand by Israel, as we do at the J!
Upcoming Event: "Israel- Let’s talk about it."
Our shlicha, Na'ama Gold, is hosting an event on Friday, October 23 and Sunday, October 25, titled, "Israel- Let’s talk about it."
Description: You see that something is going on in Israel but don't understand what? You feel like you want to talk about it, but don't know where or with whom? Let's talk.
Friday, October 23rd, 10:15-11:15 AM
Sunday, October 25th, 7:30- 8:30 PM
Open to everyone who wishes to know more. Click here to register.