A community rally in support of Israel will be held 4-5 p.m. today (July 20), at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
The rally is sponsored by The Jewish Community Association of Greater Phoenix, the Israel Center, the Board of Rabbis of Greater Phoenix, the Israel American Council and more than 40 supporting organizations.
"The community will gather peacefully to show support for Israel and solidarity with the 4 million Israelis currently in range of terrorist missiles, and pray for the safety of all Israelis and Palestinian civilians who have been caught up in the escalating violence as the result of these terrorist rocket attacks on Israel," according to a release.
The program will include a brief update from Israeli Consul General to Los Angeles, David Siegel, as well as prayers, songs, personal stories from people just back from Israel and many opportunities to stand with Israel.
The Association has joined Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and Jewish federations across the country in implementing an Israel emergency fund called “Stop the Sirens: Israel Under Fire.” The campaign is in collaboration with the Union for Reform Judaism, The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and overseas partners the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel.
The campaign helps provide support for immediate needs in Israel, including moving children out of missile range, helping ensure the safety of the 70,000 people with disabilities in peril and providing support and trauma counseling for those whose lives and homes have been destroyed in the conflict.
According to the JCA, 100 percent of the proceeds it collects through this fund goes to immediate, on-the-ground relief to those in need. To donate, click here.
“Our vision for this rally is to provide an opportunity for our community to gather in support for Israel, to hear up-to-the minute updates and to come together as a community to share our pain, prayers and voices,” said Stuart Wachs, president and CEO of the Association.
“We welcome all Phoenicians who want to express solidarity with Israel, from all walks of life. Let’s all stand together in our concern and support for the people of Israel and all peace-loving peoples throughout the region. We pray for peace.”