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
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