A “Community Gathering in Support of Israel” will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, at Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston.
Speakers will include the temple’s Rabbi Cliff Kulwin, who recently took part in a solidarity mission to Israel sponsored by Jewish Federations of North America, and Gil Lainer, consul for public diplomacy at the Consulate General of Israel in New York. Skype communications with representatives of Merchavin/Ofakim, one of the partner communities of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, will also be featured.
Prior to his arrival in New York, Lainer was a counselor in the Bureau for Middle East Economy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, where he worked to establish Israel’s policy on humanitarian aid and projects in the Gaza Strip. Lainer also served as MFA liaison to the IDF in coordinating and implementing this policy.
The gathering is sponsored by the GMW federation in partnership with the American Jewish Committee NJ Region; the Anti-Defamation League NJ Region; Northern NJ Region of Hadassah; JNF; Rabbinic Cabinet of Greater MetroWest; the Va’ad of Central NJ; the National Council of Jewish Women Essex County, Union County, and Morris County Sections; and NCJW State Political Advocacy.
Free babysitting will be available. For information, contact Mara Gellman at 973-929-3096 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Israel solidarity rallies were held in venues across the United States as several groups sent missions to Israel to experience the siege there firsthand. Some 2,000 demonstrators who gathered Tuesday in downtown Chicago waved Israeli flags and held signs reading “I Stand with Israel,” “Israel has the right to defend itself” and “Hamas the Aggressor, Israel the Beacon of Freedom.” Young people sang “Am Yisrael Chai” and “Hatikvah.”
In Los Angeles, some 1,400 demonstrators voiced their support for Israel's right to defend itself and its ramped-up operation against escalated rocket attacks on its South from the Gaza Strip.