Update from JCC Israel Center

birds in the negev

A Shabbat of peace — and of hope How wonderful it is to write this update now that the 50 days war in Gaza is behind us. A war that took the lives of 71 Israelis, including today’s last casualty, Netanel Maman, who was critically wounded a week ago. When the rocket hit he was […]

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Operation Protective Edge — Day 28 The 50th day of fighting between Israel and Hamas brings incessant rocket fire toward Israel’s south and Israel’s center. So far more than 100 rockets have been fired at Israel today, some causing major damage. One of the rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit a house in Ashkelon while […]

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Update from JCC Israel Center

Bnaya proposing to Gali in happier days.

Operation Protective Edge — Day 46 Since Hamas renewed firing missiles on Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of rockets have been launched at Israel. Some have made direct hits, including, very sadly, a four-year-old child who was killed. This was only just announced, but today’s missiles from Gaza also hit a synagogue in Ashdod earlier today that injured three, […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

victims killed during protective edge

Shabbat message— Operation Protective Edge continues So close — but not there yet. We were so close to a return to normalcy, to what an Israeli summer should be:  sun, beach, family time and a sense of freedom. But Hamas had other plans for us, as well as for the people of Gaza. After a full 72 […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

Coming home!!!

Operation Protective Edge — Day 29 And hopefully the last day of war and the first of a wonderful, normal summer! Both Israel and Hamas have agreed to the Egyptian initiative, which includes a 72-hour ceasefire. After that period, further discussions will take place in Cairo in an attempt to reach a permanent agreement. As […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

Students in the IDC "war room"

Operation Protective Edge — Day 24 In the past 24 hours, 85 Israeli soldiers were wounded in Gaza and Hamas continues to fire at Israeli cities. The operation continues, even as we attempt to a cease-fire. This afternoon Hamas fired more rockets into several areas in central Israel. One fell near a school and another […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

NY rally

Operation Protective Edge— Day 23 On the 23rd day of the fighting, we woke up to relative calm — Hamas fired significantly lower fewer rockets into Israel. Unfortunately that didn’t last too long. Israel agreed to another UN request for a unilateral humanitarian cease-fire; however, once again Hamas violated the calm, firing rockets in to […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

Aleh village resident

Operation Protective Edge — Day 22 Waking up to the 22nd day of Operation Protective Edge to news that five more Israeli soldiers had been killed, bringing the total deaths to a painful 53, is a terrible way to begin a day. The five soldiers were killed when terrorists from Gaza entered Israel through an […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

A wounded soldier had to clear the furniture from his room to provide space for all the supportive letters he received.

Operation Protective Edge — Day 21 On the 21st day of Operation Protective Edge, Israel counts with tears the death of 48 Israeli soldiers killed in battle. These are 48 young lives, 48 bereaved families that will forever mourn. 48 sacrifices so that we can live in peace. After a quiet night without rockets, following […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

israeli soldiers at sunset

Operation Protective Edge — Day 18 After a relatively calm night, sirens blared across southern and central Israel today, marking the 18th day of Operation Protective Edge. Sirens went off in Eilat, too. Unfortunately the number of Israeli soldiers killed in battle rose to 33 with the killing of a reservist, Sgt. 1st Class Yair […]