Just one hour after they were sent to the bomb shelter as rockets targeted the Jerusalem area (the missiles struck an area near an Arab village in Gush Etzion with no casualties), Reform Jews at Tzur Hadassa celebrated Shabbat with one another, as well as with Reform Jews throughout Israel and the world, by streaming live online. Rabbi Myra Hovav of Congregation Yuval in Gedera conducted the service. Rabbi Hovav originally planned to spend Shabbat with the Reform congregation in Sha’ar HaNegev, but switched plans after people from that area, adjacent to Gaza, relocated to safer areas. Jews in the US and throughout the world joined together online as one community to welcome Shabbat and pray for peace. The IMPJ and ARZA worked together to get this set up and made available for people all over Israel and the world.
Earlier in the day, Tel Aviv was attacked when a rocket landed in an open area and Gaza terrorists launched missiles targeting Be’er Sheva, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi , Bnei Shalom Regional Council and Ofakim. Mortar rounds were also fired at the Eshkol Regional Council.
In a message to ARZA, Rabbi Hovav said, “It warms our hearts to know that Jews around the world care about us, and that the ARZA agenda is, as always, supportive and empathetic.”
The special Prayer in Times of War that was read during the service is available to download on the ARZA website.