Israel Emergency Response


The name of our campaign is Tikvatenu, which translates into “From Heartbreak to Hope.” We are hopeful, and we are calling on all of you to help those in need in Israel.

To date, we have raised $11.3 million, surpassing our original goal of $10 million. We knew that the love for Israel and the urgent humanitarian needs would resonate, but the speed with which so many have answered the call is truly gratifying.

But the need continues to grow and we will continue to raise money to provide critical financial support for the victims, families of hostages, soldiers, and every Israeli who needs our support and to know that America stands with them against terrorism.

While our efforts have already made great strides, the people of Israel need our continued support.


We know that there is an overwhelming amount of information circulating in news outlets and the internet. That’s why we rely on The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) for accurate and timely information.

Federation is built for moments like this.

100 percent* of the donations raised through the Tikvatenu Emergency Fund goes directly to people in need. It is because of the funds raised throughout the year for our Annual Campaign that we are able to do this work, and ensure that 100%* of the Tikvatenu Emergency Fund dollars can go directly to Israel.

As a proud member of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), we’re part of a nationwide network. JFNA has established an emergency allocations committee that selects and makes careful and critical examinations of the organizations receiving our funding. Our core emergency partners include The Jewish Agency for Israel, JDC, World ORT, and the Israel Trauma Coalition. We’re also actively vetting additional Israeli organizations for grant opportunities.


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Our Overseas Emergency Partners

The Jewish Agency For Israel
The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Fund for Victims of Terror is providing immediate, critical financial aid to victims and their families. In addition, the Jewish Agency seeks to provide respite for people living in the conflict zone and activities for their children (including thousands of  olim living in absorption centers), as well as enhanced security. Additional staffing will support thousands of  elderly residents of Amigour in the south, ensuring they have food and other items within their sheltered apartments.

World ORT
World ORT, Federation’s historic partner, provides STEAM education to thousands of students in close partnership with schools/municipalities throughout Israel’s periphery. Jewish Federations will support mental health initiatives for students and teachers and will enable students who are displaced maintain access to learning opportunities and essential technology

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, JDC, is one of Federation’s historic partners, with deep roots and an unshakable connection to the State of Israel. JDC is caring for those who have no one else to turn to – vulnerable seniors, people with disabilities, children and young adults at risk, families in financial distress, and the unemployed. Jewish Federation emergency support will enable JDC to respond to the unique needs of these special populations.

The Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC)
The Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC), a key Federation emergency partner, is the cornerstone in the national treatment of trauma and emergency preparedness in Israel. ITC operates 12 resilience centers, mostly in the Gaza border area, which offer a unique model that provides a seamless response along the continuum between emergency preparedness, emergency, and recovery. ITC also works through its member organizations to provide additional mental health and psychosocial services, such as the emotional support hotlines that have been opened by Eran and Natal. Jewish Federations will support the provision of care for evacuees, first-responders, and medical professionals, along with a national hotline.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Israel Emergency Fund

What is funding going toward?
The funding is directed towards various critical needs during times of crisis and emergencies. It primarily supports impacted families, including the elderly and homebound individuals, by providing essential food and financial assistance. Additionally, funds are allocated for evacuations and housing solutions to ensure the safety of affected communities, including transportation and temporary housing. Frontline communities, such as first responders and volunteers, also receive support in the form of temporary housing, respite trips, and increased security measures. Furthermore, financial aid is allocated for victims of terror to provide immediate cash grants for post-trauma care, home rebuilding, bill payments, and the purchase of necessities like food and medical supplies. These funds are essential for aiding those affected by crises, disasters, or acts of terror.

What partner agencies are being funded?
The primary partners involved in this initiative are the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and the Israel Trauma Coalition. JAFI’s Fund for Victims of Terror provides crucial assistance to affected families and individuals, including support for rebuilding homes, covering bills, purchasing food, and obtaining medical supplies. JAFI is also actively engaged in ensuring the safety of immigrants (Olim) in numerous centers, caring for residents in Amigour senior housing who must remain in place, and supporting young adult Masa participants and youth at risk. The Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) plays a significant role in providing support to those in the line of fire during emergencies. This includes the elderly, individuals with disabilities, children and families at risk, and other vulnerable populations, ensuring their safety and well-being. The Israel Trauma Coalition works closely with the IDF’s Home Front Command and local authorities to address immediate psychosocial needs in crisis situations. Additionally, the Jewish Federations are actively assessing the needs of the affected communities and organizations. They will be distributing funds to additional partners as necessary, and once these distributions are vetted and finalized, further information regarding the allocation of funds will be provided.

Does Federation take an administration fee?
No; 100% of funds raised for the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Israel Emergency Fund go directly to the above needs. If a donor does not opt to cover the credit card transaction fee, this is the only cost removed.

How immediately will Israel get funding?
Federation is providing updates of pledges and donations on a daily basis so our partners know what is coming. We are distributing funds on a weekly basis.

Can I Donate with a check, Donor-Advised Fund, or IRA distribution?
Yes. Please make gifts via check or Donor-Advised Fund payable to Minneapolis Jewish Federation and send to: Minneapolis Jewish Federation PO Box 64773 St. Paul, MN 55104-0773 In the note section, please write: Israel Emergency Fund. Our EIN is: 41-0693866

Stay tuned for more information as we know it. We appreciate your patience as we respond to this evolving crisis.

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