My heart aches. Our world is shattered. I am grieving alongside Jews worldwide.
The horrifying violence by Hamas has caused unspeakable suffering in our communities. This is the largest loss of Jewish life since the Holocaust, with far-reaching implications for generations to come. We stand with our Jewish community, condemning hatred and terrorism.
One of our organizational values is the preciousness of every person, kavod ha’briyot, and our thoughts are with those in both Israel and Gaza who are suffering. We pray for the safety of those still in harm’s way.
We appreciate our service partners who have reached out to express their care and concern. It means a great deal to us that our relationships across lines of difference hold strong in times of Jewish crisis.
Our Jewish Service Alliance partners are mobilizing to support those affected, exemplifying the essence of Jewish service in times of immense need. OLAM is sharing opportunities from its network of International Relief and Global Service organizations. JDC is providing important humanitarian aid to respond to the crisis. IsraAid has deployed an emergency response strategy. Countless other organizations are showing up for our communities, and we aim to elevate more in the coming weeks.
Service plays a vital role in repairing the world. In times of crisis, service heals and connects us. Because of this, we’re proceeding with our Service Matters events, including the National Day of Jewish Service and Jewish Service Summit, with some adjustments to adapt to our changing world. I look forward to being in community with many of you.
With a heavy heart and hope for peace,
Cindy Greenberg (she/her)
President & CEO, Repair the World