Jewish National Fund Presents "Life on The Gaza Border"

Jewish National Fund Presents "Life on The Gaza Border"

JNF guest speaker Michal Uziyahu will tell of her family's region, where weapons steadily fired from Gaza have destroyed thousands of acres of crops, forest and wildlife and scorched 10,000 acres of farmland.

Wednesday, Jan. 16, Jewish National Fund is presenting “Life on the Gaza Border,” featuring Michal Uziyahu, a resident of the Eshkol Region of Southern Israel. This community wide presentation will take place at Temple Beth Shalom on the Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Lane, at 7 p.m.

Throughout recent months, hundreds of incendiary kites, balloons and rockets fired from Gaza have steadily rained down on this region, destroying thousands of acres of crops, forest and wildlife and threatening Israeli civilians in the area Uziyahu calls home.

Since March 2018, terrorists from Gaza have traumatized the people living in neighboring communities along the Gaza-Israel border that has forced young children and families to seek safety in shelters. These attacks have threatened their emotional well-being and their livelihoods. Nearly 10,000 acres of farmland have been scorched, decimating the region’s agricultural economy, and there has been a massive increase in the number of individuals experiencing and being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Our brothers and sisters living on the Gaza border are strong and resilient,” said Reagan Weil, JNF executive director - Southwest. “They need our support and assistance telling the real story of the atrocities they are facing. JNF is proud to bring Michal to Austin to share the truth behind the headlines and what life is really like when the terror is in your backyard.”

Featured speaker Michal Uziyahu is a mother and the director of community centers for the Eshkol Region, which shares about 30 miles of border with Gaza. Having witnessed firsthand the effects of trauma stemming from rocket fire and terrorism, she will share what is happening in her region and what daily life is like, the needs they have, and the issues they face on the ground.

In the face of these recent attacks, JNF-USA’s Gaza Envelope Task Force, a group of dedicated donors who work to raise funds and improve the lives of Israelis living on the challenging border with Gaza, has quickly mobilized to provide emergency support to victims of terror.

JNF-USA has launched a campaign to advance relief efforts and support the communities affected by this terrorism. In addition to funding trauma resilience centers, the JNF Sderot Indoor Recreation Center and animal assisted therapy in the region, the organization is also planning to add new bomb shelters that can house 100 people each, paint bomb shelters already in place to make them more child-friendly, provide new fire trucks and firefighting wagons, purchase life-saving equipment, and fund special activities for children of the region.

Registration for the Breakfast for Israel is available via jnf.org/austin or 512-410-1438. ■

For more information, please contact Reagan Weil, JNF executive director - Southwest, at RWeil@jnf.org or 512-410-1438 ext. 947.

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