Responding to the Crisis in Israel and Gaza and to the Rise of Antisemitism

Events in Israel and Gaza as well as the rise of antisemitism in the United States and elsewhere have made many of us feel concerned, vulnerable, heartbroken, overwhelmed, angry, and wounded.

This page provides a variety of resources that we hope will help bring us together as a community, which can be a powerful way to respond to both the crisis in Israel/Gaza and the rise of antisemitism. These resources include:

  • Letters to the community from Rabbi Darby and from Kerem Shalom’s Board of Directors
  • Actions you can take
  • Links to some other helpful resources. 
  • Information about upcoming services and events related to both crise

Letters from Rabbi Darby and the Board of Directors

CLICK HERE for a letter from President Mark Stein about the KS “We stand against hate” banner, displayed on this page.
CLICK HERE for a letter Rabbi Darby sent to the congregation, with the remarks he delivered at the KS program on Israel with Dan Terris on November 12, 2023.
CLICK HERE for the November 7, 2023 letter Rabbi Darby sent to the congregation
CLICK HERE for the October 26, 2023 letter Rabbi Darby to the congregation
An open letter on Responding to the Crisis in Israel and Gaza prepared by T’ruah on October 20 and signed by 750 rabbis, including Rabbi Darby

Actions You Can Take

Make a Donation

You can make a donation to  CJP’s Israel Emergency Fund, which helps fund:

  • Direct support for victims of terror and trauma response (including mental health)
  • Hospitals/medical/emergency response
  • Tactical support for those in harm’s way, including reservists, soldiers, and lone soldiers
  • Specific parts of the country most impacted (Southern Israel and Northern Israel)
  • Infrastructure needed for safety during war
  • Volunteer mobilization
  • Haifa and local needs for our sister city”

Some Other Useful Resources


Redeeming Hostages in the Jewish Tradition
January 9 & 16, 2024
10:30 am
Join us for learning and discussion as we probe this difficult hostage issue.

The Newest Form of the Oldest Hatred: Understanding Contemporary Antisemitism with Dr. Jacob Meskin
Tuesdays, January 23, 30, and February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2024 
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Online Only

Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth by Noa Tishby
A KS Read-and-Reflect Discussion Group
Wednesdays, January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28, and March 6, 2024
7:30-9:00 pm
Online Only
KS Members Only