TBI’s response to the conflict and situation in Israel

We stand with Israel

The unprovoked and unprecedented attack on Israel over the weekend has, at the time of this writing, left more than 700 Israelis dead and missing and many others held captive. The government of Israel has mobilised its reserves and declared a state of war.

Many in our community have described their sense of loss, worry, shock and grief. In Melbourne, the Jewish community and our congregation are working to create meaningful responses to these events, demonstrate our support for our Israeli cousins, and to feel a sense of hope and comfort at this most difficult and tragic time.

To that end, TBI hosted a solidarity gathering at the shul on 8 October. We wish to thank the hundreds of people who attended both in person and online and those who assisted in its planning and delivery. Please refer back to this page for more ongoing shul initiatives.

On 9 October, the Melbourne Jewish community also hosted a solidarity event. Rabbi Robuck delivered the Prayer for Israel. The Rally for Israel was sponsored by several prominent  organisations including, but not limited to, Zionism Victoria, and the JCCV.

For now, however, allow me to draw to your attention a couple of ways you may wish to stand with Israel.

During the observance of Yizkor on Yom Kippur, some may recall that we spoke about the rabbinic view, Tzedakah tatzil mimavet – how, acts of justice and generosity can perpetuate the memory of those who have died. With that in mind and to honour the memory of Israel’s fallen, we have collected some resources that you can view below, including a list of charitable organisations that have already established their appeals in support of the state and citizens of Israel.  Please offer your support and give as generously as you can – see below some ways you can help.

Your team at TBI are here and available to support you however possible. We encourage you to contact us for any reason at this time, and we are always open to hearing how you think TBI can play a meaningful role going forward and help all our members and friends, to stand with Israel.

Am Yisrael Chai,

Rabbi Gary Robuck, Cantor Michel Laloum, and TBI President Michael Lawrence.

Written 9 October 2023  |  24 Tishri 5784

Website updated regularly

Where can I Donate?

With our Progressive Israel Appeal partners, the United Israel Appeal, we ask you to support the UIA Israel at War Appeal.

The funding will go to:

  • Financial support for the Victims of Terror Fund;
  • Provision of mobile bomb shelters;
  • Relocating families out of danger; and
  • Supporting displaced victims.

This is a practical and pro-active way to help the people of Israel in this difficult time.

UIA Israel at War Emergency Appeal (in conjunction with the UPJ, PJV and Arza Australia) are seeking support for the Victims of Terror Fund – click here


We are also encouraging donations to Magen David Adom.

Donations support paramedics, EMTs, first responders and first-aid providers on the ground in Israel – click here to donate.


In light of the current crisis, our TBI Kol Nidrei appeal continues with a special request to help our community cover additional security costs throughout the forthcoming weeks and months – click here.


Some other causes include:

Get or Give Support

If you missed our solidarity gathering/service from 8 October, you can view the recording here.

TBI facilitates the meeting of many groups throughout the month. These groups may offer you some support or solidarity in this time. Click here to view our calendar.

Emergency pastoral care is available 24 hours/day on (03) 9039 1818 and those answering this phone are trained to assist you during difficult times such as this.

Personal appointments may be made with Rabbi Gary Robuck or with Cantor Michel Laloum by calling Zac Phillips on (03) 9510 1488.

Hatzolah has arranged a free one-on-one counselling service with a professional psychologist. If you would like to access this service, click here to book a session.

Information about this service, as well as some other support services that are now on offer, have been compiled into this resource – click here – from Jewish Community Crisis Management (JCCM).

The Break Inc. has also generously offered their offices for one on one and group grief counselling for family and friends who are mentally suffering from the events in Israel. Sessions are free, but bookings are a must and are filling up.

Jewish Care, Australian Jewish Psychologists (AJP) and Chevra Hatzolah have come together to provide wrap around mental health and wellbeing support for the community. They are running a ‘Front Door’ service which is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and can be contacted on (03) 8517 5999 or click here enquire via email. The team speak a range of languages including Russian, Hebrew, Ukrainian and English. They also offer social work services, financial services, employment services and community education.

Australians in need of emergency consular assistance should contact the Australian Government 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 (in Australia) or +61 2 6261 3305 (overseas).

A number of organisations and figures within the community have released statements on the situation. You can view them here:

Discuss with your children

A message from our friends at the King David School:

Our children are aware of what is happening and we need to know how to respond to them. It is really worth reading the two websites below so you feel equipped with some principles and ideas about how to talk to children on this topic.

How to talk to kids about violence, crime, and war – click here

Talking to children about traumatic events (CCAR) – click here

Talking with children about what is happening in Israel (Jewish Care) – click here

How to Talk to Your Children about Israel and Terrorism: A Toolbox (from Reform Judaism) – click here

Pray for those impacted

A list of prayers and poems:

Prayer for Israel During a Time of War, written by Rabbi Gary Robuck – click here

The Silver Platter – click here

Other prayers we’ve collected, including a prayer for the IDF – click here

Show/find support through Song

For those who find solace or inspiration in song, here is a list of some that might help during this time:

Yoram Gaon’s Hamilchamah ha’achronah – “I promise this will be the last war” – watch here

Et hamanginah hazot Y efshar lehafsikwatch here

Hatikvahwatch here

Avinu shebashamayimwatch here

We have also put together a playlist that includes these and many more, which you can view here.

Find out more

Many organisations and individuals in the community are holding streams and information sessions with more info and occasionally the opportunity for you to discuss your own thoughts.

List of victims of kidnappings – click here for posters for each victim – we encourage you to share or post these to raise awareness

FAQs and info on misconceptions (from JCCV) – click here

Rabbi Gary Robuck is holding weekly Zoom sessions on Tuesdays (more info below).

JPPI’s Daily Inside Analysis called “Israel at War” includes discussions from a rotating team of experienced analysts and experts on Israel’s military affairs, political system and society, guiding you through the complexities of the war, news and chaos.

JNF Australia holds regular discussions with prominent figures, discussing different aspects of the situation.

Links for streams and podcasts here: