Update from CEO Jo Kaplan – December 30, 2023

War Overview

–There remain still some 130,000+ Israeli evacuees from the north border and Gaza border.

–There remain 133 abductees from Israel held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip which are being sought.

–Iran’s Hezbollah bombing along the northern border with Lebanon and Syria has become more recurrent, hitting Israeli buildings (a church as well) and people.  

–From the west, Iranian-backed Hamas in the Gaza Strip continues to bomb Israel daily to the Gaza border area, a synagogue was hit.

–Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi’s continue bombing international ships heading for Israeli ports through the Red Sea.  

Emergency Aid Containers Update

 –7 aid containers have unloaded and been distributed to evacuees and immigrants

–1 aid container from Poland has arrived to Israel and is in the Customs process

–2 aid containers from Poland are on the water to Israel

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–2 aid containers from the US and Hong Kong are in the loading process

Your financial help at this time will help to bring huge loads into Israel to meet the need.  

Displaced and Evacuated Families

Israel Relief Aid continues with weekly food provision to the Bat Yam families who were evacuated from the northern border.  

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In Bat Yam, while the evacuees were given hotel rooms, food was not included.  The families are too afraid to go back up to the north, where bombs indiscriminately fall on civilian cities.  They greatly appreciate this provision of food!

Sderot Families Who Didn’t Evacuate


Although most in the Gaza border area have not been able to return to their homes, a few have and some refused to leave during forced evacuations. There are some 3000 people living in the city at this time and they have 20 seconds to enter a bomb shelter when they hear the air raid siren. Most of the daily bombing has been in that area.  

The Sderot Aid Center has asked Israel Relief Aid to provide food for 100 bags of food that they will distribute. Receiving a bag of food supplies would be a great blessing for any family there right now.  Let’s be a blessing to this city that has been bombed for so many years!

Homeless Café in Tel Aviv

Homeless Cafe

Now more than ever we need to not forget the homeless.  

The Café has been operating without a hot water urn and without a microwave and with low stocks of food. They have asked Israel Relief Aid for help with these items.  Will you help to gift them these, along with a stock of food to make meals?