Dear South Jersey Jewish Community,

For the second night in a row, rocket sirens blare repeatedly throughout central and southern Israel, sending millions of Israelis rushing for cover.

Over the past 28 hours, more than 1,000 rockets from Gaza have been targeted towards Israeli citizens.
Israeli civilians take cover in Tel Aviv as rocket comes down on the city.
Burnt out bus in Holon.
Rioting in Ramle-Lod.
The inside of an apartment in Ashkelon after a direct rocket hit.
Central Israel was bombarded with rockets, in what appeared to be the largest-ever barrage aimed at the broader Tel Aviv area. The entire country is on high alert after sirens were set off in the Tel Aviv area, Holon, Rishon Lezion, Herzliya, Givatayim, Ra'anana, and the Sharon region. The massive attack caused Israel to briefly suspend flights at the Ben Gurion Airport and cancel school on Wednesday in all areas south of Herzliya.
Each red mark represents sirens and rockets in Israel.
But we can also see clearly that the government of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are firmly in control and making the necessary strategic and tactical decisions that are their responsibility at such times. They will decide how deeply to strike back at Hamas and when to seek or agree to a cease-fire based on their assessment of Israel's security needs. The fact that the operation now has a name - Operation Guardian of the Walls - makes this point even more dramatically.

Israel didn't seek this conflict, but it will aggressively seek the best outcome for the country's short- and long-term security.

We support the government of Israel and the IDF as they undertake their sacred work to protect and defend our beloved Jewish State. We stand with the people of Israel who are under attack. We mourn those who have died - Jews and Muslims alike; we send our prayers for the speedy recovery of all those who have been injured.

Please read here for more detailed information from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).
We will continue to provide updates as developments unfold on our Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) website at jcrcsnj.org/israelupdate and on social media.

If you have any questions, please contact Sabrina Spector, JCRC Associate Director, at sspector@jfedsnj.org.
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