In a strong showing of American Jewish solidarity with Israel, Jewish Federations met with Israel President Isaac Herzog to express their support. Herzog thanked North American Jews for standing with Israel at this "hour of need."
“Thank you for all you are doing to speak up, support and defend Israel on the global stage, in the corridors of power, the press, social media and throughout the public arena. We in Israel feel greatly comforted by the fact that the entire Jewish People is with us at this fateful hour,” he told Jewish Federations of North America President and CEO Eric Fingerhut; UJA-Federation of New York CEO Eric Goldstein, and Jewish Federations Senior Vice President, Israel & Overseas, Rebecca Caspi in a meeting in Jerusalem.
“Israel is under attack and its people are grieving," President Herzog said following the meeting. "But the Jewish state has always shown incredible resilience under fire and today is strong, determined and united.”
Herzog conferred with the Federation leaders at a moment when thousands of Americans and Canadians, Jews and non-Jews alike, are showing up at solidarity gatherings across the continent for the embattled state.
The gatherings, 115 in all, began Sunday, and are being held throughout the week, telling the story of what is happening in Israel.
"We are going go to be the face and voice of Israel in every one of our communities" Fingerhut said. "And we are going to organize ourselves. Let's just remember to continue to embrace and love our friends in Israel. They need us right now so much, and we will be there for them."