Members of NOAM with Masorti CEO Rakefet Ginsberg, after the prayer circle with families of the captives in Gaza and missing from the terrorist attack, held yesterday outside the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv.
It is a time of trouble for Jacob, but he shall be delivered from it. – Jeremiah 30:7
We are experiencing a time of unbearable challenges, the likes of which we could never have imagined. The grip of the ruthless scenes around the Gaza envelope is not loosening. The voices of the captives and missing can be heard from afar, reverberating throughout the world.
In response to this emotional turmoil, the Masorti Movement is channeling its efforts into pastoral care. On Tuesday, we gathered outside the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, standing alongside the families of the captives and the missing, praying together for their speedy and peaceful return. Many people at the impromptu encampment set up by the families spontaneously joined the prayer circle, which acted like cool waters for a weary soul. The families’ active participation was proof that this warm embrace is so needed right now.
Click here or on the picture below to get a feel of the Tuesday’s moving prayer circle, led by student rabbi Doron Rubin, of Kehillat Adat Shalom-Emanuel in Rehovot. Other participants included a mother of one of the captives in Gaza and Masorti CEO Rakefet Ginsberg.
Just like the soldiers on the front lines, the Israeli home front is revealing itself as resilient and unified. Citizens are seeking every way possible to contribute to the national effort, from assisting evacuees to making donations and, of course, through prayer. In response to requests from the families who participated in Tuesday’s prayer circle and in collaboration with other Jewish pluralistic organizations, we returned yesterday (Wednesday) and will continue to return daily to pray together for the welfare of the captives and missing, and the wellbeing of their families. This is the least we can do to spiritually hold the grieving families and assure them that they are not alone.
Please download the following prayers to recite at home, in your synagogue and at other gatherings:
Prayer for the Simchat Torah War 5784 (Hebrew and English)
The Masorti Movement, NOAM and our kehillot are running various activities to help those affected by the war in Gaza: from spiritual and physical assistance to evacuees, to providing chairs for shiva houses; from preparing meals for soldiers to programming for evacuee children. We have initiated programming based on information available during the first days of the war; we will continually evaluate and update these programs to meet developing needs arising from the war.
Impact: 100 rabbis & leaders, 20,000 kehillah members, 50,000-100,000 general public, 20,000-50,000 Jews abroad
Cost: $36,000 (Oct-Dec)
Impact: 400 evacuees, 500 soldiers, bereaved families (based on requests)
Cost: $250,000 (Oct)
Impact: 2,000 NOAM members, 100 soldiers, 500 evacuees
Cost: $10,000 (Oct-Dec)
Impact: all impacted by programming above
Cost: $30,000 (Oct-Dec)
Please contact the Masorti Foundation for more information on any of these programs. Please note that costs are estimates and that programs will be adapted to reflect the needs on the ground.