Middle East War Resource Guide

October 25, 2023

In response to the crisis, the CCF donor community has inquired about how to best support those in need. Listed below are organizations providing humanitarian aid, supporting mental health needs and combatting against hate crimes. This list is not exhaustive, and it is intended to provide a helpful starting point.

Humanitarian Aid Resources

  • American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is a leading global Jewish humanitarian organization. The organization activated their emergency response team in Israel and is providing support to those under attack, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and children and families.
  • Doctors Without Borders has medical teams working in three hospitals and several outpatient clinics in Palestine, offering comprehensive care for people suffering from burns and trauma. The organization has also offered its support to Israeli hospitals treating large numbers of casualties following the October 7 attacks.
  • Islamic Relief USA has been working in Palestine for over two decades. The organization is working with local partners to provide emergency relief to families in Gaza including food aid, essential non-food items such as hygiene kits, and vital medical supplies.
  • Palestine Children’s Relief Fund is the primary humanitarian organization in Palestine, delivering crucial and life-saving medical relief and humanitarian aid where it is needed most. Their teams are on the ground working to provide urgent aid and access to essential resources such as food, clean water, and medical care.
  • The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles addresses the greatest challenges of Jewish life — locally and globally to help the most vulnerable and ensure the Jewish future for generations to come. The Federation created an emergency Israel Fund through which contributions will be directed to where they are needed most in Israel.
  • World Central Kitchen is supporting impacted families in Israel, Gaza, and neighboring countries. In Gaza, WCK is working with Anera, a local organization that WCK has partnered with during previous emergency responses. They are preparing food kits to be distributed to families in the region where access to food is extremely limited. In Israel, WCK has begun working with local restaurants, serving meals to people who have been displaced from their homes.

Mental Health Resources for Los Angeles Communities

  • Jewish Family Service LA provides culturally sensitive counseling and synagogue-based support tailored to the needs of the Jewish community. Their social workers provide both virtual and on-site services at various Jewish institutions throughout Los Angeles.
  • Khalil Center offers a variety of counseling services to serve the growing mental health needs of our Muslim communities. The Center is hosting virtual psycho-spiritual support groups to help individuals process the emotional challenges surrounding the crisis in Palestine.

Anti-Hate Resources for Los Angeles Communities

  • Anti-Defamation League Los Angeles serves L.A. County and surrounding counties by fighting all forms of antisemitism and bias to ensure that no group or individual suffers from discrimination or hate.
  • CAIR-LA is a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding in greater Los Angeles. Their mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil liberties, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

CCF fundholders who wish to support these efforts through their donor advised fund may make grants directly on DonorConnect. For donor inquiries or additional nonprofit recommendations, please contact your Relationship Manager or DonorRelations@calfund.org.

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