Shalom ZOA Members, Friends and Supporters of Israel,
As you no doubt know, Palestinian-Arabs in Gaza have struck Israel with some 400 rockets and missiles over the last two days. There has been at least one fatality, with many injured, and thousands in shock. A bus, and an apartment building in Ashkelon took direct hits. Homes have been hit, and one missile landed in a kindergarten. Thank G-d the number of fatalities and injuries have not been greater.
While we may feel helpless – that there is nothing we can do to help our Israeli brothers and sisters – there are certainly many things that we in the Diaspora can do to try to help make a difference. Here are six suggestions: (Please share this list with your contacts and on social media.)
- Call the White House!
The White House and the State Department have been supportive of Israel as it defends itself against attacks by Hamas. See the article linked below. Please call the White House to thank them for their support. The White House comment line can be reached at: 202-456-1111.
- Monitor the media and be both pro-active and reactive. Call or email media outlets to make sure that they report that Hamas and the Arabs are targeting Israeli population centers, while Israel is alerting all of its targets to clear any buildings or areas that it is targeting. If you see reports that suggest “moral equivalence” – that Israel and the Arabs are equally guilty, or that the media is comparing fatality and injury statistics and thus claiming that Israel’s response is “disproportionate,” please call or email to correct them. Israel has an obligation to defend itself, and as an ally of America’s Israel is blessed to have more sophisticated weapons. If Hamas had such weapons, they would indiscriminately kill thousands of Jews – because that is what its covenant calls for. Contact information for many media outlets can be found here: http://philly.zoa.org/join-zoa-philly/contacting-the-media/
- Buy products from Israel to help Israel’s economy. Israel has had to fire nearly 100 Iron Dome rocket interceptors these past couple days as well as last week, when the latest rocket attacks from Gaza began. They cost more than $100,000 each. Buy items online or in local supermarkets to help.
- Call your members of Congress. Ask them to issue public statements in support of Israel’s right to defend itself, and to condemn the Palestinian-Arab leadership for the attacks against Israeli civilians. Contact information can be found here: http://philly.zoa.org/join-zoa-philly/contacting-lawmakers/
- Pray! Prayers do help. Pray for the State of Israel, and pray for the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces.
Hebrew Prayer for Members of the Israel Defense Force
Prayer for Members of the Israel Defense Force
He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Force, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.
May Hashem cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighting men from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor.
May He lead our enemies under their sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is Hashem, your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.
Now let us respond: Amen.
Plan a trip to Israel. Go on a solidarity trip now, or plan to participate in National ZOA’s Leadership Mission in February. See all details here: https://zoa.org/mission-events/leadershipmission2019/
For more information, call Greater Philadelphia ZOA at 610-660-9466.
We would like to sincerely thank those businesses, service-providers and individuals who have placed ads or congratulatory notices in our Gala Tribute Book and Ad Journal!
We are offering you one more opportunity to be a sponsor of our 2018 Gala, which takes place on Wednesday, October 17. On the tables and on each seat, we will place a program card giving Gala guests a rundown of the evening’s remarks and presentations. On the card will be an exclusive promotional opportunity for a business or firm or an individual to reach every Gala attendee.
To have your logo, name or other information on the program, please call or email our Office as soon as possible: 610-660-9466 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, tickets are on sale to attend our annual celebration of America and Israel, Patriotism and Zionism as we enjoy an evening of camaraderie, inspiring speeches, delicious kosher food – and pay tribute to some of the most active and dedicated Zionists in our region.
The Gala takes place on Wednesday, October 17, at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue.
General admission tickets are just $200 each.
Tickets for young professionals (ages 30 and younger) are just $100 each.
Tickets for full-time students are just $36 each.
To purchase tickets by check, made out to “ZOA,” send to ZOA, 1c Belmont Avenue, Suite 601, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.
To purchase electronically, please click on the Eventbrite link or the url below.
Questions or need more details? Please call us at 610-660-9466.
All proceeds benefit Greater Philadelphia ZOA’s vital educational, advocacy and outreach activities and initiatives!
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As most of you know, each year Greater Philadelphia ZOA has an evening when we celebrate America and Israel, Patriotism and Zionism; enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship of those who also love Israel; and most importantly, recognize those from our region whose devotion to the Land and People of Israel rises to the upper echelons of what it means to be a Zionist. This year, that evening is October 17, as we hold our annual Gala.
We are pleased to announce (in alphabetical order) our Greater Philadelphia ZOA 2018 Gala honorees in the graphic below (click to enlarge):
The Mellers and Wangers are active, ardent Zionists and supporters of ZOA; the Resnicks founded a group to educate young professionals about Israel; Sam Rohrer is a strong Christian Zionist both from the pulpit and on radio and television.
In upcoming emails we will tell you more about each of these honorees and give you details of what they do to help Israel, but for now know that what each has done and continues to do — whether in their professions, or among their peers and circles of friends, or in their congregation, or in the world of politics – is both inspiring and vitally important.
They are each worthy of your warm “Mazel Tov” and a from-the-heart “Thank you!”
We are looking forward to handing each of these honorees their respective awards – including our new Defender of Israel Award, and for only the second time, our special The Future is Now Award.
We hope that each of you will be a part of this celebration in person at our Gala, or in the pages of our Gala Tribute Book and Ad Journal.
Our streamlined Gala will take place at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue. The festivities will include a 90-minute glatt-kosher reception and an outstanding dessert reception following the award ceremony, as well as remarks from our honorees that will stir your soul and inspire you to even greater activism – you will want to be there to enjoy and take it all in.
Meanwhile, our Gala Tribute Book and Ad Journal is a perfect vehicle to publicly thank and congratulate our honorees, proclaim your personal pro-Israel message or salute ZOA and our leadership.
To reserve space in our Tribute Book and Ad Journal, see the form at the link below. You can also help ZOA – as well as merchants and service providers that you patronize – by encouraging them to place an ad in the book. It is a sure-fire way for them to reach potential new customers and clients.
Be a Part of Greater Philadelphia ZOA’s
Biggest Event of the Year!
Our biggest event of the year will take place before you know it – so now is the time to put together and place your notice congratulating individual honorees or all of our honorees in the pages of our 2018 Gala Tribute Book and Ad Journal.
Each of our honorees works hard throughout the year on behalf of Israel and her People, and to strengthen the bond between America and Israel. October 17 is their night to be in the spotlight – to be thanked and celebrated.
We are thrilled to be able to recognize each of them – and we hope that each of you will want to recognize them for their accomplishments, and congratulate them for being honored.
Everyone who attends our Gala will receive a copy of the book. An electronic version will be available on our Website and our social media sites, plus the link will be emailed to our entire list. This book serves as a keepsake for each of our honorees – a memento of a wonderful evening – and people throughout our region and way beyond will have an opportunity to see your show of support.
There are a variety of options of sizes for congratulatory notices — and some include tickets to the Gala.
The Gala Tribute Book doubles as an Ad Journal. If you are a business owner or service provider, the Ad Journal is an ideal place to reach potential new customers and clients who will appreciate that you support ZOA.
You can reserve your notice or ad space now. You can also purchase tickets to the Gala now – see the links and address below. (click to enlarge)
To pay by check, please make payable to “ZOA’ and send to: ZOA, P.O. Box 56, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.
For more information about the Gala, our Tribute Book/Ad Journal, to volunteer or for anything else, please call our Office at 610-660-9466.
Greater Philadelphia ZOA’s “An Evening With Frank Luntz” was a truly wonderful event.
You can see photos of the event here: http://philly.zoa.org/galleries/an-evening-with-frank-luntz/#image-41371455160
We hope to have audio and some video of the event available shortly.