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The Humanitarian Crisis in Israel and Gaza

CMF is sharing philanthropic resources and relief efforts that are helping with the short- and longer-term issues in response to the humanitarian crisis in Israel and Gaza.

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CMF mourns the men, women, children and families at the center of the horrific, terrorist attacks against Israel. Centering equity and our shared embrace of humanity, we know many in Michigan have strong bonds with the Jewish and Palestinian people of Israel and Gaza and are traumatized and grieving. We also know that many want to support those caught in the ongoing violent, brutal humanitarian crisis. CMF is sharing philanthropic resources and relief efforts that are helping with the short- and longer-term issues. If you have more insights or resources to share with our CMF community, please connect with our team. We will continue to monitor the situation and share more resources as they develop.

Relief Funds

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s emergency response fund is providing support for seniors, people with disabilities, children and families at risk in Israel.

All donations to the Center for Arab American Philanthropy’s Disaster Relief Fund will be granted to the United Palestinian Appeal (UPA). UPA is on the ground in Gaza and the West Bank, providing medical supplies to hospitals, deploying a mobile wound-care and emergency team and distributing hygiene kits, food and water. 

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit is working with its core partners to support victims of terror, help rebuild damaged infrastructure and address the unprecedented trauma many are experiencing through Israel's Emergency Campaign. 

Donations to United Hatzalah of Israel’s Emergency Campaign for Emergency Equipment are helping to support critical equipment for 1,000 United Hatzalah volunteer medics on the front line.

NPR has created a curated list of additional organizations providing relief in the humanitarian crisis.

Resources & Statements from Our CMF Community

The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation shared resources and best practices from The Jewish Education Project on how to talk to children about what is happening in the Middle East, as well as an article from Kveller on discussing the war with students of all ages.

The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation shared a piece with partner Metro Parent to support children in navigating the feelings they might feel in response to the frightening and upsetting images from Gaza and Israel.

“I mourn the loss of innocent lives in Israel and Palestine and my prayers are with all those affected by the horrendous acts of terrorism committed by Hamas.” Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, shared in a statement.

“Our hearts are with our Jewish colleagues and communities and all those impacted by the ongoing attacks in Israel.” W.K. Kellogg Foundation shared.

The Fetzer Institute shared a prayer for the end of violence in Palestine and Israel.


Resources from Our Sector

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is sharing several resources around complex humanitarian emergencies, internally displaced people and refugees and critical needs and recommendations for funders navigating a response to the humanitarian crisis in Israel and Gaza. Learn More.

Jewish Funders Network (JFN) has compiled a list of trusted agencies and nonprofits supported by its members in Israel and the U.S. JFN is also sharing guidance for funders to help.