Standing with Israel – Resources to help and speak to children

Dear North Shore Synagogue Family,

We are all reeling from the horrific attack on our homeland. The Israeli death toll is past the 1,000 mark with thousands more injured and, at last check, about 130 people taken hostage, including the elderly (even a holocaust survivor) and children (including toddlers and a 9 month old infant.)

So many of us have visited Israel, have relatives or friends in Israel, and are connected to Israel. We here at North Shore Synagogue will always support Israel.

We are here to support our entire community. We all want to do something – anything – to help. I share your feelings of inadequacy in what we can do, but we are not powerless. True, we cannot fly over to Israel to fight, defend, and protect our people, but we can send fighter jets and machines. We can send medical equipment. We can help with our money.

If you want to donate, here is a list of places we have deemed reputable.

The Jewish National Fund is directly assisting Israelis on the ground with real-time help. Your donation will help The Fellowship provide basic necessities like food, medical assistance, and shelter as well as safety and security provisions in times of crisis. To donate to their efforts, please click Donate Now.

The UJA Federation has launched an Israel Emergency fund which gives Emergency cash assistance for victims of terror. Critically needed trauma counseling. Care for children in shelters. Burial expenses. Funds to relocate people to safer areas. To donate to the UJA emergency Israel fund please click Donate here.

The needs are without precedent and mounting every day.

In a longer fight, we pray, please contact your elected officials and demand that they support Israel with money, support, and words in the media against those who would twist the truth and reality of what is going on.

To do that, please use the link below which will take you to the American Jewish Committee.

Stand with Israel – Take Action

It’s incredibly important to stay educated correctly. Here are links of news stations and places where you can get true information, please follow these links.

Israel is Under Attack – What you need to know

What World Leaders are Saying

Everything You Need to Know About Israel AJC Resources

Haaretz in English

The Times of Israel

If you would like information on how to speak with children about this war, please use these links.

Talking to Children about War

Talking to Children: When Scary Things Happen

Talking to Teens: When Scary Things Happen

Creating Supportive Environments: When Scary Things Happen

Assisting Parents/Caregivers in Coping with Collective Trauma

If you need specific support, please reach out to our clergy. We have set up a special email just for this need. Please reach out using

If you know anyone who has been injured, please let us know so that we can pray for them. If you know anyone who has been killed, please let us know so we can support you and pray Kaddish together as a community for them. If you know of anyone taken hostage, please let us know so that we can pray for them. Please share with us the names of your loved ones in Israel by sending an email to so we can pray for them as a community.

We will be speaking with our religious school students, at an age appropriate basic and vague level, at the beginning of Religious school on Wednesday, Sunday, and Monday. For those children who know more specifics and would like to speak, we are all available during religious school hours and beyond and can address it personally. Please feel free to join us as we hold special services and programs in support of Israel during those times.

We know that antisemitism often rises whenever there is conflict in Israel, specifically on college campuses where, recently anti-zionism has become a large problem. If your child or someone you know is in college and needs support at this time, please have them contact our clergy. We are here to help.

Please join us this Friday night, October 13th for Shabbat, as we pray for peace in Israel and raise our voices in song together as one community.

My friends, no one is alone. We have each other. Your family at North Shore Synagogue is not going anywhere. We are here for you always.

All our best in peace,

Rabbi Shalhevet, Cantor Hevenstone, Executive Director, Jacquelynn Golub, and President Sondra Cardno