For many of us, the coronavirus pandemic — and all the changes it has brought to our lives — is one of the most difficult experiences we’ve ever had.
But imagine having survived decades of war and terrorist attacks only to now have to live in fear of a deadly virus while on lock-down in Israel. Many enduring this isolation are Holocaust survivors. And because of their advanced age and pre-existing medical conditions, they are among the most vulnerable.
In fact, Israel has been hit hard by the pandemic. As of May 1, the percentage of those testing positive for coronavirus was on par with the U.S.
Many of the essential services in Israel have been shut down for several weeks and Israelis went under lock-down before the U.S. All of the top sources of income for Israel’s economy have been shut down because of coronavirus — tourism, agriculture, diamonds and manufacturing. Unemployment rates are even higher than the U.S. — over 25% and climbing.
For weeks now, Jewish Voice has been receiving requests for emergency support from our more than 80 partner organizations in Israel.
Many of them are working to secure emergency medical equipment such as masks and gloves, as well as provide grocery coupons to families and single mothers who are struggling to afford basic supplies because of the national shutdown.
In addition, many of the approximately 180,000 Holocaust survivors have significant needs and depend on the visits and practical help of our partner organizations. These ministries are doing all they can to continue meeting the needs of men and women who are often completely isolated, but the coronavirus has made their ministry difficult.
When the lock-down ends, we must be ready to meet the urgent physical needs of families, single mothers and Holocaust survivors. And after this extended time of social isolation, we anticipate Israelis will be more open to hearing about the love and hope of our Messiah. In fact, we’re seeing an increased interest in faith through Google searches all over the world!
With your help, over the years, we’ve poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into serving the Jewish and Arab communities in Israel. But the needs have been mounting through this crisis and we must respond.
Your gift today will help us be ready to meet the needs of Israelis who are struggling immediately after the lock-down ends.
As one of our faithful partners, I believe you have a strong desire to help Jewish people and stand with Israel. That’s why I’m praying you will give generously today so we can be ready to come to their aid!
And because of the coronavirus lock-down, I am confident we will have an unprecedented opportunity to not only meet urgent physical needs but also deep spiritual needs.
This is what it’s all about. It’s not just dollars and cents — it’s about building God’s Kingdom and being part of the work God is doing to draw His people to Himself. What a blessing!
I can’t wait to hear the stories of what God does through your generosity! This is an incredible opportunity for us to meet a huge spiritual need during these trying times.
Please don’t wait. I’m praying you’ll respond today and give as generously as you can. Thank you!