All too often, rockets from the neighboring Gaza Strip target communities throughout Israel, particularly impacting the region right on the border, known as the Gaza Envelope. Families sitting down for dinner, parents taking their children to school, professionals on Zoom meetings - all now finding themselves in the crosshairs of terrorists - in Sderot, Halutza, the Eshkol Region, and sometimes even farther south toward Be'er Sheva.
Although we hope these days never come, thanks to you Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) philanthropic investments have ensured Israel’s southern communities are prepared for the worst while hoping for the best.
Israelis living on the border with Gaza say life there is 99% heaven and 1% hell. Providing these communities with everything they need to live and thrive doesn't happen overnight. It takes years of planning and implementation. Our work includes:
· JNF-USA Resilience Centers in Eshkol, Ramat HaNegev and Sha’ar HaNegev have swung into action.
· Our fortified Indoor Playground in Sderot and GrooveTech Center in Eshkol are there to keep children safe.
· The newly completed Animal Therapy Center in Sderot is preparing to help those affected by current situation.
· Painting bomb shelters
· Support for local firefighters with fire trucks, wagons, and stations, among many other initiatives.
All are truly vital and literally life-saving resources for these regions every day.