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Be Part of Greater Philadelphia ZOA’s Leadership

Greater Philadelphia ZOA plans to have elections later this year both for officers and for members of our Board of Directors. Your wisdom, experience, know-how and commitment to Israel and the Jewish People can help our chapter succeed and accomplish more as a part of our inner circle. Brainstorm and work closely with some of our region’s most dedicated Zionists to promote Israel and Zionism, strengthen the US-Israel relationship in our region and defend the Jewish community.

All members in good standing are eligible for consideration. To learn more, please call Executive Director Steve Feldman at 610-660-9466


Introduce Your Friends and Neighbors to ZOA

Earlier this month a wonderful couple in Cherry Hill hosted a Greater Philadelphia ZOA parlor meeting at their home and ironically the audience consisted of nothing but “actors on the stage”: Pro-Israel/pro-Zionist/pro-Jewish activists who truly commit their time, efforts and energy to helping the community. It was a pleasure to be in their company to discuss key issues, sharpen their advocacy/activism skills and of course to discuss all that the Zionist Organization of America does locally and nationally.

These attendees realize the heightened level of anti-Jewish activity throughout America and in our region — and that it cannot be thwarted by looking on passively. They realize – to cite a still-relevant adage: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Are you a strong advocate for Israel, Zionism and the Jewish People? Do you have friends, neighbors, colleagues or family members who share that passion and who want to get involved in educating the community, pro-actively strengthening support for Israel and the Jewish People and combatting Jew-hatred – or be more effective at what they are already doing? Do you want to let them know about ZOA and the vital work that we engage in?

Please consider hosting a Greater Philadelphia ZOA parlor meeting to accomplish all of the above … and more.

For details, please call Executive Director Steve Feldman at 610-660-9466.


ACTION ALERT: Israel In Danger: Time for Americans to Take Action

ACTION ALERT from Greater Philadelphia ZOA:

While the Israel Defense Forces and other Israeli security agencies try to stop the Palestinian-Arab rocket attacks that are pounding Israeli cities and other communities, rioting, fires and other violence, and incitement against Jews — and civil defense agencies makes sure that shelters are open and ready — there are steps that we in the Diaspora can take to help. Below the advocacy items are links to analysis that will give you and others important background information about what is happening as well as the chronology.
At least three Israelis have been murdered in the rocket attacks and scores are hurt. Homes and schools and at least one passenger bus have taken direct hits.
As this email was compiled, Palestinian-Arabs had fired more than 700 rockets at Israeli communities during the past 24 hours – including some reaching Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

What Can Each of Us Do:

1. Advocacy (see details below).
2. Contact friends and family in Israel – let them know you are thinking about them and praying for their well-being. Try to reassure them.
3. Buy goods from Israel via Israeli websites (see examples below) and at local stores. A surge in economic support will boost morale as well as the economy. Due to the rockets and violence, businesses may need to close. Schools in the south are closed for now. Reservists may be called to duty which will take some Israelis out of the workforce.
4. Pray both for the well-being of Israel and for the success and safety of the IDF. Urge rabbis and other clergy to disseminate these prayers electronically – prayer helps! Also ask them to send out to the community ACCURATE news about what is happening since many people rely on anti-Israel media and thus are uninformed – and worse, believe that Israel is at fault.
5. Support ZOA. Your donations fuel our efforts to support and defend Israel. During these times we made need to send out special mailings or engage in other special activities. We may have a unity rally or other gathering and need you extra financial support now. See donation information below.
6. Fly an Israeli flag from your home and/or car. Wear an Israeli flag pin on your lapel, jacket, or shirt, blouse or cap. Show your solidarity and let others see it.
7. Share this ACTION ALERT with your email lists and post the Action items on social media.

Our Media Action Guide Updated

Our Media Action Guide Updated

The Iran deal, the “peace process,” the International Criminal Court, Israel’s upcoming elections, Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, the BDS movement, false accusations of medical “apartheid” – these topics and more will continue to be in the news media in the weeks and months ahead, and supporters of Israel can make a difference by being in touch with media decision-makers and by submitting letters to the editor. Contact editors and news directors and politely, calmly and concisely explain the fallacies and/or missing facts in their reports. Submit letters to the editor to explain context and dispute claims. And remember to be pro-active also to tout the many positive aspects of Israel or to let the media know about what Israel’s enemies are doing. Both of these are often unreported. Please see our updated Media Action Guide for contact information for dozens of news outlets at:

https://philly.zoa.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2021/03/MEDIA-ACTION-GUIDE-February-2021.pdf

Be sure to check out and use our many other advocacy resources on our Website under the “Take Action” tab at www.philly.zoa.org


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