We continue to be alarmed at the increasing rates of antisemitic sentiment, speech, and acts in our community and across the country! We know you are eager to step up, speak out, and assist because that is what our community does and what we do at the Jewish Federation of Omaha. We remain steadfast in our unwavering support and stand with Israel for as long as necessary to eradicate the HAMAS terrorists.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the provisional unity government warned of a “long and difficult war” ahead, and that brings particular challenges and opportunities to us as Jews in America. Attacks on Israel are almost always followed by harassment, vandalism, and violence against Jewish institutions and individuals here in the U.S. and abroad. We are following the ADL’s constant and reliable monitoring of increasing extremist and antisemitic acts. To view the most recent data on antisemitic incidents and anti-Israel rallies, visit the ADL’s website.

The JFO also wishes to make clear that we mourn the tragic loss of Palestinian civilians who are in harm’s way in Gaza because of the deliberate and irresponsible actions of HAMAS, and we support those members of our community who stand in support of the safety of Israelis, while simultaneously expressing their concern for Palestinian civilian safety. Of equal concern to us are the safety and well-being of our friends in the Muslim communities in our city and state. Just as there is heightened antisemitism, there has also been an increase in Islamophobia-motivated incidents and crimes and we unequivocally condemn such actions.

This page will be regularly updated with resources, local events, and ways you can help support Israel from afar. From FAQs on how to combat anti-Israel disinformation in social and conventional media, to resources to links for parents of children of all ages, the JCRC is here to provide information and support.

The JFNA’s Community Mobilization Center is monitoring major developments in Israel and North America related to Israel’s war to defend herself against HAMAS, and rapidly disseminates resources to help mobilize and support our local communities as we work to build and sustain civic and political support for Israel in this conflict. The Community Mobilization Center is monitoring major developments in Israel and North America related to Israel’s war against Hamas. The Community Mobilization Center will rapidly disseminate resources to help mobilize and support our local communities as they build and sustain civic and political support for Israel in this conflict. The work of the Community Mobilization Center will continue as long as it takes Israel to eradicate the terrorist threat and restore security to the country.

The Community Mobilization Center is at your service. Open Zoom hours to ask questions and seek support in your community’s response efforts will be held daily from 10-12 ET at this linkClick here to send us an email.

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JFNA’s Instagram is live and growing and we encourage you to follow, like, and share JFNA’s recent posts, reels, and stories.  Follow Jewish Federations on Instagram

We also encourage anyone with questions or information to call or email us at 402.334.6572 or JCRCinfo@jewishomaha.org.

Updates and Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Find a Fact Sheet of Frequently Asked Questions about the war and HAMAS here.
We also highly recommend this document that was prepared by our JCRC colleagues in St. Louis.

Want more information? We recommend:

The Anti-Defamation League‘s Myths and False Narratives About the Israel-HAMAS War

From Myths & Facts to social media kits, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee has many resources! Check out AIPAC’s Israel at War library.

American Jewish Committee has published “Everything You Need to Know About The October 7 Attack on Israel

View a video from the IDF about “10 Need-to-Know Facts About Hamas

How to Talk to People Who Hate Israel is an interesting article from The Forward’s Senior Columnist Rob Eshman.

If you’re not familiar with Stand With Us, check them out!  is resource-rich, and its social media is also very good! Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and X.

What You Can Do NOW!

Where Your Donations Are Helping

Evacuation, Transport, Housing, Basic Needs
Respite Activities for Frontline Communities
Fund for Victims of Terror
Special Populations
Trauma Relief/ Psychosocial Support Emergency Medical Services&. Healthcare Emergency Operational Support Volunteers
Mid-to-long term needs

Report Antisemitism

  • We have seen time and time again that tensions in the Middle East can lead to an increase in antisemitic incidents in the U.S., ranging from harassment to violence, targeting Jewish institutions and Jewish individuals. Community members are advised to call the JCRC and utilize the ADL’s incident report form if you witness or experience antisemitism.

Elevate Awareness of the Hostage Situation

Spread awareness about the many civilian hostages, among them women, children, and elderly, who were abducted from their homes. Here is a list of names: https://stories.bringthemhomenow.net/ as well as downloadable flyers to distribute at https://www.kidnappedfromisrael.com/.

Say Kaddish

This week, as the atrocities committed by Hamas terrorists against innocent Israelis mount, our hearts are heavy, as we mourn too many lives lost. Nearly 1,300 people have been murdered and we estimate the numbers will rise. We invite you to adopt one person from this list to say Kaddish for them so that their memory may be a blessing.

Thank Elected Leaders

  • Our elected officials have taken an unequivocal stand in support of Israel and our Jewish community. Please take a moment to thank our elected leaders who have stood with the Jewish community and with Israel during this crisis. Let them know how grateful we are for their support.
  • “Thank you for unequivocal support of Israel, and for denouncing the terrorist organization, Hamas’ brutal, barbaric, and unprovoked Your leadership and solidarity with Israel and the Jewish community is noticed and appreciated.”
  • Elected Officials Who Have Spoken Out for Israel: Senator Pete Ricketts; Congressmen Don Bacon and Mike Flood; Douglas County Board of Commissioners; Omaha City Council members; State Senators Mike McDonnell, John Fredrickson, Tony Vargas, Wendy DeBoer.

What NOT To Do!

We encourage our community NOT to counter-protest.

  • Counter-protests usually have much smaller numbers than the main protest.
  • Counter-protests eliminate any perception that our community is responding to this situation with grace and empathy.
  • At these events, the average observer and protestor does not understand the difference between HAMAS and Palestinian civilians. Counter protesting implies that to support Palestinians, one must oppose Israelis or vice versa.
  • Violence between protestors and counter protestors can happen, and it is avoidable. Do NOT court danger!
  • Counter protesting makes law enforcement’s work much harder. They are our allies, and we don’t need to put them in that position.

Fighting Bias in the Media and Online

Antisemitic and anti-Israel content and disinformation online are not only deeply disturbing but they can also contribute to a sense of insecurity and helplessness. There are, however, steps we can take to combat, report, and not perpetuate falsehoods. Here is one of the best articles with links to additional resources to provide some tips for when and how to engage – or NOT to engage.

Jewish Federations of North America has created a very helpful document, “War in Israel: Fighting Back Online.” It’s full of strategies to combat disinformation as well as guidelines and facts.

The U.S. Department of State Office of Religion and Global Affairs has also published a guide to combat Antisemitism on Social Media. Read or download that document: Report-to-State-Department-on-Best-Practices

The Combat Antisemitism Movement also has valuable information on how to report antisemitic content here.

To recognize, distinguish, and address these types of bad information, check out this Media Literacy Resource.

Speaking with your children about these traumatic events

What do you say to your kids when they are out in the world and learn that there are people who say and do hateful things to Jewish people, even though those people don’t even know us? PJ Library has some good advice and resources to empower and support parents.

The ADL is reporting alarming increases in antisemitic incidents compared to the same time period last year, and our Jewish students, teachers, and families confirm that with every call they make to the JFO.  We like the portal developed by The San Diego County Office of Education for educators https://www.sdcoe.net/about-sdcoe/news/post/~board/news/post/resources-for-educators-families-to-discuss-the-events-in-israel-and-gaza-with-students.

The Child-Mind Institute also has some excellent tips for speaking to our children about the horrific current events. Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event can be found here in English, and here in Hebrew

Kveller published a very helpful guide broken down by age group, How to Talk to Kids About What’s Happening in Israel Right Now

For more general advice, please see the ADL’s guide on having family conversations about difficult topics

Emotional/Mental Health Support

The horrific events unfolding in Israel are understandably triggering fear, anxiety, anger, and more, especially among people with close personal ties to Israelis or with children or other relatives serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. If you or someone you know and love needs emotional support and/or mental health services should contact Jewish Family Services at (402) 330-2024.

Hostages and Missing Families Forum

Nearly 200 innocent civilians, soldiers, Israelis, and non-Israelis, including babies, children, elderly, women, and men, were abducted from Israel by Hamas and taken into Gaza. Bring Them Home Now.

Seeking Medical Professionals to Volunteer

Federations are mobilizing physicians, mental health professionals, nurses, nurse practitioners, and others who can volunteer their services to the victims of the Israeli tragedy via telemedicine and tele-mental health technologies. The goal is to offload the Israeli healthcare system that is already impacted by an upsurge of the medical and mental health needs of the Israeli population. Sign up here to get involved in the American Telemedicine and Mental/Behavioral  Telehealth Initiative for Israel.

  • The Israeli Ministry of Health is building a list of medical personnel from abroad to volunteer in Israel should the need arise. We invite friends of Israel to add their names to our growing community of medical personnel who stand with Israel. Doctors, nurses, and paramedics licensed abroad can join Medical Volunteers for Israel using the Ministry of Health’s online form, to ensure pre-clearance of medical licenses. https://go.gov.il/volunteersforisrael.


  • If there are further strains on the healthcare system, Nefesh B’Nefesh, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, will activate bringing people to They are actively collecting names of doctors who would be willing to volunteer should the need arise. Share and sign up: https://www.nbn.org.il/dr volunteer/.


  • Nurses and paramedics from abroad looking to volunteer can visit the Israel Ministry of Health website and submit their information


  • Israel’s National Insurance Institute (the equivalent of America’s Social Security Administration) has announced that it will provide insurance for Israeli ex-pat volunteers who wish to At present, there are only very limited opportunities open to foreign volunteers. JFNA’s Israel office is currently working to identify potential placements and will update if there are meaningful ways to contribute for those who wish to come help.

If you are seeking information about relatives/loved ones in Israel

Please contact the Israeli Consulate in New York at 917-756-8387 or 212-499-5321 for information about relatives or loved ones currently in Israel.

Report an Incident

If you encounter an antisemitic or other hate incident, you are not alone. Your first call should be to the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) in Omaha at 402-334-6572, or email JCRCreporting@jewishomaha.org. Our office will contact law enforcement if necessary and report it to the ADL for data collection and additional support.

Report Suspicious Activity

The Secure Community Network (SCN) has created an Incident Reporting Form (IRF) to standardize an online form for the public to use to report threats, incidents, or suspicious activity related to Jewish organizations, facilities, or community members. Report Here