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For all of us, as a Jewish community, it is painful to see the suffering of our fellow Jews who live in Israel. We pray for healing for those who are wounded. We pray for comfort for those who are grieving loved ones. We pray for a safe return home for those who have been kidnapped. We send strength to those who are sick with worry over missing loved ones. We pray for the soldiers who have been called to service in Israel’s defense. And, as elusive as peace feels at this moment, we pray to continue hoping for and working towards an end to this devastating cycle of violence.
While we are living in this “uncharted territory”, here at Beth Jacob we are coming together by offering prayers for Israel, for peace, for the return of the hostages and the safety of IDF soldiers. We are working with the St. Paul Jewish Federation to raise funds for the Israel Emergency Fund. Thanks to the Minneapolis Jewish Federation we have made available yard signs to show support for Israel and we have available Blue Ribbons to symbolize support and solidarity for the safe return of the hostages to Israel. We have created a relationship with a Masorti sister synagogue (Kehilat Shalhevet Maccabim), and we are gathering every day in community for minyan.
As we continue to grieve and process the war in Israel and Gaza, many of us are still left feeling powerless and overwhelmed, in need of community, ritual, and space for holding all that we are holding. Some of us need to do something helpful and productive. Below are some of the opportunities for engaging in these ways:
MORNING MINYAN: Our morning minyan actually started during the Gulf War so people could come together daily to pray. In the years since our minyan has been a refuge and a place of meaningful community. During this time, we will be reciting extra prayers for Israel and offering each other support.
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: Dedicating our learning to those who do not have that luxury at the moment is a way of strengthening ourselves and our people. We offer weekly classes almost every day of the week: Monday night Talmud, Tuesday Sara Lynn’s class on Hasidic Masters, Wednesday Morning Mishnah, Thursday Dirshuni (modern midrash) and Friday learning after minyan.
Jewish Federations are responding, working with our core partners to support victims of terror, help rebuild damaged infrastructure, and address the unprecedented levels of trauma caused by this horrific attack.
JCRC is here to support the community during this horrific time. We are compiling resources here to support students, parents, employees, and others in communicating about and responding to the atrocities committed by Hamas and the resulting war.