JFNA Supports Western Negev Farmers Affected by Hamas Attacks with $12.5 Million Grants

JFNA to support Western Negev farmers in rebuilding their farms following Hamas attack

Rebecca Caspi, senior vice president of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), is proud to announce that the organization will be providing grants of up to $12.5 million to Western Negev farmers whose equipment was destroyed and looted by Hamas terrorists. This assistance will enable the farmers to quickly replace their equipment and resume farming in time for the spring planting season.

The farms in the western Negev have long been a source of pride for Israelis and Diaspora Jews, as they transformed the desert into a thriving garden that supplied a large portion of Israel’s vegetables, fruits, milk, and other products. Unfortunately, during an unprecedented attack by Hamas terrorists on October 7, farming infrastructure was targeted and destroyed. The militants looted and damaged everything from irrigation pipes and computers to tractors and specialized equipment, in an attempt to undermine the identity and economy of the western Negev and Israel’s food security.

Despite the destruction, farmers like Moran Freibach from Kibbutz Nahal Oz remain resilient and determined to rebuild. JFNA recognizes the importance of revitalizing agriculture in the Western Negev after these attacks and is proud to be able to support this effort. The special grant, awarded in partnership with ReGrow, a project of the Israeli Agricultural Research Institute Machon Volkani and the Mishkei HaNegev cooperative association, aims to help farmers and kibbutzim rebuild after suffering significant financial losses.

JFNA’s commitment to supporting agriculture in Israel is rooted in its recognition that it is not just an economic activity but also an integral part of Jewish culture and identity. Through its work with ReGrow

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