PEABODY – More than 200 people joined together to talk about Israel at Temple Ner Tamid on August 3 in an event sponsored by the Journal, CJP, Temple Ner Tamid, NSJCC, JCCNS, Robert I. Lappin Foundation, and other North Shore agencies and synagogues. Journal Publisher Barbara Schneider, at the podium, talked about the importance of not being silent and of gaining the knowledge to speak out. Perry Newman, CJP’s Israel Advocacy Director, was the guest speaker.

Rally for Israel Draws Large Crowd

BOSTON – Supporters from more than 120 synagogues and organizations from across Massachusetts came together to stand with Israel at Boston’s City Hall Plaza on August 7. The program included speeches from JCRC’s Executive Director Jeremy Burton, Israeli-American Council Co-chair Rachel Chafetz, Senator William “Mo” Cowan, CJP President Barry Shrage, NE Regional Council of Carpenters’ Director of Organizing Brian Richardson, Consul General of Israel to New England Yehuda Yaakov, Consul General of Canada Patrick Binns, Temple Emanuel’s Rabbi Michelle Robinson, a former IDF solider and the mother of a lone soldier, and music by Rabbi Yossi Lipsker of Chabad of the North Shore and Tutti Droyan.

North Shore Raises $250K for Israel

SWAMPSCOTT – In a show of financial support for Israel, nearly 60 North Shore donors raised more than $250,000 in one night for Combined Jewish Philanthropies Israel in Crisis Fund. According to CJP, on-line donations are continuing to come in.

The parlor meeting, primarily for major CJP donors, was held on August 6 and was hosted by Shep and Judy Remis of Swampscott and Howard and Sharon Rich of Marblehead. Shep Remis and Howard Rich are CJP board members. At the meeting, CJP President Barry Shrage, who recently returned from a mission to Israel, spoke about the tremendous need for humanitarian aid in Israel and the establishment of the Israel Under Fire Crisis Fund.

“We were very, very pleased that about 60 people of various ages and from various North Shore cities and towns came,” said Shep Remis, adding that the response demonstrated the community’s strong interest in supporting Israel. “It was a very successful meeting.”

There was significant North Shore participation earlier in the week at an Israel advocacy event in Peabody on August 3 and the following day at a Stand with Israel Rally in Boston on August 7.