In response to the devastating Hamas attacks in Israel, here is a list of philanthropic ideas to consider for support. We will update this list as the situation evolves.

Please Note: there are many other impactful organizations in Israel beyond this list – if you are seeking different or more targeted ideas, please just reach out and we would be happy to help.

You can make grants to any of these, or any other organizations from your JCF Donor Advised Fund by logging into JCF Connect, or email

Overall Coordinated Response

Israel Emergency Fund (Jewish Federation of San Diego)
Jewish Federation of San Diego, in partnership with Jewish Federations of North America, is coordinating a major philanthropic drive to distribute funds immediately where needed most in response to the attacks. This will include the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) and Fund for Victims of Terror.

Jewish Federation of San Diego

Israel Emergency Grassroots Response Initiative (Impact Cubed)
Leichtag Foundation and Impact Cubed have created this initiative to provide immediate resources and support to those on the frontlines helping those in need. 100% of funds raised will go to real-time urgent needs for Israelis who have had their lives torn apart.

Impact Cubed

The Jewish Agency for Israel
JAFI’s Fund for Victims of Terror is a first responder when terror strikes, providing immediate assistance to victims, arriving with checks within 24-48 hours of an attack, and following up with long-term rehabilitative support.

The Jewish Agency for Israel

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
Providing emergency response to those under attack, including elderly, people with disabilities, children and families at risk, and other vulnerable populations adversely impacted.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Jewish National Fund
Supporting the hardest hit communities on the border including transportation, emergency evacuation, and housing.

Jewish National Fund USA

Working with vulnerable communities and evacuated families to coordinate humanitarian efforts, focusing on psychosocial support, stress relief activities, child psychological support, and relief supplies.


Leket Israel
Major supplier of food to those in need. Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, is the leading food rescue organization in Israel.

Leket Israel

Ogen’s Swords of Iron Emergency Economic Relief Fund
With much of the north and south of Israel evacuated and with 350,000 troops called to serve, many families are suffering without income and small businesses are being forced to close. Ogen provides interest-free and highly subsidized loans to individuals and families, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations to sustain them through the economic turmoil of the war.

Ogen Financial Inclusion in Israel

Medical Response

Magen David Adom
Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service, primarily staffed by volunteers.

American Friends of Magen David Adom

United Hatzalah
The Israeli volunteer ambulance service is seeking to equip an additional 1,000 volunteers with protective vests and helmets, oxygen tanks, defibrillators, trauma kits, and communications devices.

United Hatzalah

Soroka Medical Center
The major medical center serving the South of Israel – the region primarily affected by Hamas’ attacks.

Soroka Medical Center

After the recent Hamas attack, with hundreds dead and thousands more injured, many are currently being treated at Hadassah Medical Organization.


American Committee for Shaare Zedek
Shaare Zedek in Jerusalem offers comprehensive medical and hospital services, including in their emergency mental health response center.

American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center

Herzog Medical Center
Herzog’s Metiv Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma is playing a leading role in providing trauma counseling. Additionally Herzog is designated as the primary destination for respiratory care patients from the South of Israel.

Herzog Medical Center

NATAL Global Resilience
NATAL – the Israel Trauma and Resiliency Center, is an apolitical organization providing multidisciplinary treatment and support to direct and indirect victims of trauma due to terror and war in Israel.

NATAL Global Resilience

Search and Rescue / ZAKA is Israel’s dominant non-governmental rescue and recovery organization, with over 3,000 volunteers deployed around the country, on call 24/7 to respond to any terror attack, disaster, or accident immediately.

ZAKA Search and Rescue

Army Mobilization

Friends of Israel Defense Forces
Primary nonprofit organization dedicated to those serving in the Israel Defense Forces, wounded veterans, and the families of fallen soldiers.

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

Yad Ezra V’Shulamit
Providing immediate food and related provisions to soldiers in the interim as the IDF ramps up its full-scale military operation.

Yad Ezra V'Shulamit

Long Term Resilience and Reconstruction of Targeted Communities

Sha’ar Hanegev
San Diego’s sister city lies on the border with Gaza. Tragically, the chairman of the regional council, Mayor Ofir Liebstein (z”l), was killed by Hamas terrorists on Saturday. Donations can be made to Federation to support the social and physical security and rebuilding of Sha’ar Hanegev.

Jewish Federation of San Diego

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering in Israel
How you can volunteer in Israel during the war. If you’re visiting Israel during the war, or living here, you can make a meaningful contribution with the gift of your time.