We can't silence them. But we can try to soften their impact on the lives of the children and families living under their blare. On July 7, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to intensify defensive efforts against Hamas.
Last week, over 250 people came together in Wichita for an Interfaith Community Solidarity Rally for Israel at NewSpring Church. The rally featured special guest, Neil Lazarus (via Skype) discussing what was happening on the ground from Jerusalem, messages from elected officials and clergy, personal statements, readings, and music videos. The rally demonstrated that we stand shoulder to shoulder with all Israelis. (The event was sponsored by the MKJF, NewSpring Church, Hebrew Congregation and Congregation Emanu-El.)
In this spirit, Jewish organizations in North America and overseas have mobilized a communal response to the situation in Israel. Together with our partners, the MKJF has established the "Stop the Sirens Fund" to support relief efforts to provide urgent support in Israel. To date, over $5,000 has been raised from OUR Wichita community to support the tens of thousands of children, elderly, disabled, and infirm living under the attacks. But we can't stop now. The sirens are still blaring and they need our support!
To help, you can make a tax-deductible donation securely via our "Donate Now" link (make sure to enter "Stop the Sirens Fund" in the designation box) or mail your donation to The MKJF, Attn: "Stop the Sirens" Fund, 400 N. Woodlawn, Suite 8, Wichita, KS 67208.
*The collaboration of partners include: The Jewish Federations of North America, the Union for Reform Judaism and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism along with our overseas partners - the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Israel Trauma Coalition, Ethiopian National Project and more.
The global "Stop the Sirens" campaign has already distributed nearly $10 million to Israel to help provide humanitarian support to the people of Israel.
The 19th season of the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation's Jewish Summer Film Series continues on Sunday, August 10 with the screening of "David". The film will be shown at the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard, in the Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall (downstairs) at 2:00 pm. There is no cost to attend our film series and is open to the general public. Invite a friend to join you! (This year's film series kicked off with "Hava Nagila" on Sunday, July 20. Nearly 70 people attended the screening!)
Thank you for your interest in the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation! Our website is currently being updated with new software. Much of the information and functionality of our old website is not yet available. In the coming weeks, we will add new articles of upcoming events and information about OUR community.
If you wish to contact us, please call Sandy Diel, Director, or Carolyn Marie, Administrative Assistant, at (316) 686-4741. Our mailing address is the MKJF, 400 N. Woodlawn, Ste. 8, Wichita KS, 67208.
We thank you for your patience and all of your support!