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September 24, 2014

Small Israeli Charities Struggling as High Holidays Start

As the beginning of Rosh Hashana on Wednesday marks the onset of the traditional Jewish season of giving, nonprofits serving Israel's needy are seeing donations decline as a result of the outpouring of philanthropy during the Gaza war, according to USA Today. The High Holidays come a month after the end of the latest Gaza conflict, which saw American Jews and other donors pour tens of millions of dollars into bomb shelters, emergency services, and other work to help families in southern Israel evade and survive Hamas rocket attacks.

Moran Shelly, chief financial officer of food charity Shachen Tov (Good Neighbor), said her group's fundraising was down 20 to 25 percent over the summer. "This time of year my phone should be ringing off the hook," she said. "People donated a lot of money toward the war effort and have less to give now, at holiday time. But the needs of the families we help continue, just the same."