Sending Hope By Mail to Israel

A postcard from Ella, 7 years old

During the eight days of Operation Pillar of Defense, 176 rockets were fired from Gaza into our sister city of Beer Sheva, four times as many, and with far greater intensity, than during the last Operation in 2008. Although the city was prepared, it was a very difficult time for the residents, with many injured, traumatized and dealing with the destruction left in the wake of the rocket fire.

1,000+

Number of postcards to be collected and sent to Israel

In addition to providing much needed emergency relief aid to Israel, and in particular, this hard-hit region, Montrealers responded on a personal level to their brothers and sisters in Beer Sheva. During the community solidarity rally for Israel, at Federation CJA on November 22, 2012, postcards were printed, and left blank for those in attendance to write messages of hope to the residents in the South of Israel. Many were collected on that night, but hundreds more were requested immediately following the event by Jewish day schools and synagogues across Montreal.

In all, over 1,000 postcards were printed and will be collected and sent to the region. Although we are thousands of kilometres away from Israel, we are united by a bond that transcends geography, and this exercise clearly demonstrates how connected we are as a people. In a letter written to President of Federation CJA, David Cape, Beer Sheva Mayor, Ruvik Danilovitch, wrote, “The residents of Beer Sheva and the South are the strength of Israel. I appreciate very much the rally of the Federation in solidarity and support for Israel. The solidarity and the support of Montreal and Canada for Israel warm our hearts and encourage us. We thank you very much.”

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