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Pray for the Recent Victims of Terror

(Photo: Noam Moskowitz)

(Photo: Noam Moskowitz)

“God is our refuge and strength,
    and ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear…” (Psalm 46 1-2)

As Shabbat nears, the fallen and wounded – both in Israel and around the world – should be in our prayers. Please join us in remembering this week’s victims and their families.

  • Ezra Schwartz, an 18-year-old American student and volunteer who was delivering food to IDF soldiers.
  • Yaakov Don, a beloved 49-year-old teacher and father of four.
  • Shadi Arafa, a 24-year-old resident of Hebron who was driving home from work.
  • Reuven Aviram, a 51-year-old husband and father who had made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) from the former Soviet Union in 1990.
  • Rabbi Aharon Yesiab, a 32-year-old father of five, stabbed as he left a prayer service.

And please remember the 129 killed in last Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, as well as the many killed in a jihadist hostage situation at a hotel in the African country of Mali.

Also pray for the complete recovery of the injured survivors of this past week’s horrific terror attacks in Israel, in Paris, and in Mali.

Please join us also in continuing to pray for Israel’s brave fighting men and women, who stand at the front lines of the war on terror.

And please continue to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” (Psalm 122:6).



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Friday, November 20th, 2015 at 11:29 AM  | Stand For Israel

At Least Eight Killed in Israeli Bus Crash

(Photo: Channel 2 screenshot)

(Photo: Channel 2 screenshot)

Tragedy struck Israel today when at least eight women were killed and 25 were injured in a bus accident. The Times of Israel’s Stuart Winer reports on the crash that occurred in southern Israel:

At least eight people were killed on Tuesday and over 25 people injured, including one in a critical condition, in a major traffic accident at the Lehavim junction in the south of Israel.

Initial reports suggested a truck carrying a tractor collided with a bus on Highway 31 just after 2 p.m.

The victims were all Bedouin women …

The passengers on the bus were mostly from the area around Rahat, a large Bedouin city the Negev region.

Please pray for the loved ones of those who perished, as well as the recovery of those injured in the accident.

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 at 2:39 PM  | Stand for Israel

Caleb Jacoby Found Safe in New York City

Caleb Jacoby

On Wednesday, we reported that Caleb Jacoby, son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, was missing. We’re happy to say that today the 16-year-old was found safe in New York City:

Jeff Jacoby said via Twitter, “Our prayers have been answered. We are thrilled to hear from the Brookline Police that our beloved son Caleb has been found and is safe. Words can’t express our gratitude for the extraordinary outpouring of kindness and support that we have received from so many people. All we can think of at this moment is how wonderful it will be to see Caleb again and shower him with love.”

We’re happy that the Jacoby family has been reunited, and deeply grateful to all our SFI supporters who answered the call to pray for the boy’s safe return.


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Friday, January 10th, 2014 at 1:04 PM  | Stand For Israel

Prayers for Israel

Photo: FIDF

Photo: FIDF

This week Jews around the world are in the middle of their most sacred season – the High Holy Days. It started with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) last Thursday and concludes with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) this Saturday. This season of reflection, repentance, and renewal reminds us of the precious gifts of forgiveness and grace that God extends to all His children. May you experience these good gifts in abundance this week as you pray for the peace of Israel, the Middle East, and the world.

• Praise God that He offers us redemption and a fresh start when we turn to Him. “This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength’” (Isaiah 30:15).

• Thank God for The Fellowship’s generous donors who enabled us to deliver food boxes to tens of thousands of needy Israelis for the High Holy Days. “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done” (Proverbs 19:17).

• As the U.S. government determines whether or not to use force against the Syrian government, pray for God’s wisdom and guidance. And pray that peace will finally come to this war-torn country. “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you” (Proverbs 4:6).

• Praise God that the final flights in Operation Dove’s Wings, the decades-long, Fellowship-supported mission to return members of the lost tribe of Dan in Ethiopia to Israel, took place last week without incident. Pray that these newest Israelis will experience a smooth transition to their new life in the Holy Land. “He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth” (Isaiah 11:12).

• As we mark the 12th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks tomorrow, pray for comfort for those who lost loved ones…

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 at 3:24 PM  | Stand For Israel

Lift Your Prayers for Israel



As peace talks resume between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, let us keep this delicate situation in our prayers – and give thanks to our God of shalom, who offers us deep, abiding peace no matter what situation we might find ourselves in. May we all know – and spread – that peace today.

  • As international leaders gather to discuss peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, pray for God’s mighty hand of wisdom and shalom (peace) on all involved. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels’” (Psalm 122:6-7).
  • At a recent security conference, Israeli Minister of Home Front Defense Gilad Erdan mentioned that one third of Israel’s population doesn’t have access to functioning bomb shelters. In light of this new statistic, pray for the protection of Israel’s vulnerable populations. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
  • Pray that the 104 Palestinian prisoners to be released as part of the renewed peace talks will leave their lives of violence and terrorism behind. “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14).
  • As Yael Eckstein is traveling around the U.S. and Canada to meet with Fellowship friends, pray for her protection and for God’s presence with her family while she is away. “Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble” (Proverbs 3:23).
  • Praise God for our faithful donors, who allow us to make a lifesaving difference in the lives of Jews in need throughout Israel and the former Soviet Union. “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done” (Proverbs 19:17).

Add your voice to the members of the Fellowship Prayer Team by signing up here, and add your prayers for Israel in the comments below!

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Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 1:00 PM  | Stand For Israel

Lift Your Prayers for Israel


Photo: Corbis

Today Jews worldwide are commemorating Tisha B’Av, one of the most solemn days of the Jewish year. On this day throughout history, Jews have experienced heartbreaking tragedies, most notably the destruction of the First and Second Temples. As Jewish people are fasting, praying, and ultimately thanking God for their survival and His faithfulness, let us also raise our prayers to our God Who holds all of history in His mighty hands. (more…)

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at 11:45 AM  | Stand For Israel

Prayers for Israel

ISTOCK_20492165_MD_-_AMERICAN_AND_ISRAELI_FLAGS_14270375-1024x679As we prepare to gather with friends and family for picnics, parades, and fireworks this Thursday, let us also pause to give thanks for the blessed freedoms we are celebrating on Independence Day. One of God’s best gifts to us is prayer, and how wonderful it is to live in a country where we can engage in prayer openly and freely. As you turn to Him with praise and prayer this week, please remember the following points.

  • Let us praise God for all the men and women whose service and sacrifice have made our country great. “Righteousness exalts a nation” (Proverbs 14:34).
  • As we celebrate our freedoms in the U.S., let us remember to pray for those in countries still hoping and fighting to be free from oppression. Pray especially for peace in Egypt, Syria, and Turkey, where ongoing battles have claimed thousands of lives. “LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us” (Isaiah 26:12).
  • Please pray for the loved ones of the 19 firefighters killed by the Arizona wildfire yesterday, and pray that the fire would be extinguished quickly. “May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant” (Psalm 119:76).
  • Praise God for new Fellowship projects, including the opening of two new Ethiopian spiritual centers in Israel. “See, I am doing a new thing! . . . I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:19).
  • Pray for safe travels for Yael and her family, who are preparing to spend much of the summer with family and Fellowship friends in the U.S. and Canada. “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11).

Add your voice to the members of the Fellowship Prayer Team by signing up here, and add your prayers for Israel in the comments below!

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at 2:24 PM  | Stand For Israel

Join Us in Prayer for Israel

Traditional Jewish prayer shawl (Photo: Jack Hazut)

Traditional Jewish prayer shawl (Photo: Jack Hazut)

This Friday is the official first day of summer, a good reminder of the seasons of our year and of our lives – and of that fact that God is the one who orders them all in His perfect timing. As we experience the carefree joys of summer, let us remember these praises and prayers.

  • As summer officially starts, let’s praise God for the beauty of His creation and the hope of a new season. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
  • Please pray that newly elected Iranian president Hassan Rouhani will establish a better relationship between the Iran and the West – especially Israel – than did his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).
  • As world leaders leave the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland, pray that they will return to their respective countries safely and that God will guide them to lead wisely. “Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” (2 Chronicles 1:10).
  • Pray that peace finally reigns in war-torn Syria and in increasingly unstable Turkey. “He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire” (Psalm 46:9).
  • As Israeli President Peres celebrates his 90th birthday, praise God for his long service to Israel and pray that he will continue to lead with wisdom and a goal of peace. “So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those who come” (Psalm 71:18).

Add your voice to the members of the Fellowship Prayer Team by signing up here, and add your prayers for Israel in the comments below!

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Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 2:26 PM  | Stand For Israel

Join Us in Prayer for Oklahoma

Photo: Fliickr/ National Guard

Photo: Fliickr/ National Guard

In response to the devastating tornadoes that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, yesterday killing at least 51 people and destroying countless neighborhoods, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu sent a letter to President Obama, offering support and condolences:

“On behalf of the government and people of Israel, I offer our heartfelt condolences to you and to the people of the United States on the massive tornado that struck Oklahoma and exacted such a horrific toll in human life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this tragedy and their families at this difficult time.”

Join us in offering prayers for all those who have lost loved ones and for those who are working hard to rescue, recover, and restore their communities. We pray, too, for the rest of the United States as Memorial Day approaches, and for Israel as she continues to struggle for peace and security. (more…)

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 2:37 PM  | Stand For Israel

This National Day of Prayer

NDOP_5.6.10_TELEVISED_EVENT_-_CREDIT_MATTOX_PHOTOG_14135341Today we join with our brothers and sisters across the United States in observing the annual National Day of Prayer. For over 60 years Americans of many faiths have paused on this day to turn to God in prayer and meditation, and in 2010 Rabbi Eckstein was honored to deliver the invocation at the NDOP event in Washington, D.C.

During his invocation the rabbi explained the history and purpose of the shofar and invoked its song as a call to prayer, and this prayer as a call to action.

We Jews say this everyday in our prayers, these two Scriptures, and when Jesus, a Jew, was asked about the two most important commandments, these are the Scriptures that he cited and this is how he said it (quotes Scripture first in Hebrew, then in English): “You should love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all you might.” (Quotes Scripture first in Hebrew, then in English): “You should love your neighbor as yourself.”

To love God and to love our fellow man. May the clarion sound of the shofar bring us together today and every day to pray with our hearts and with our feet for greater love in America, for greater in love in the world, and for greater love for one another. For if Christians would be better Christians and Jews would be better Jews, we’d have a better America and a better world.

This National Day of Prayer we reflect on Rabbi Eckstein’s desire for a better, safer, more peaceful world. May God bring peace in this place!

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 at 12:56 PM  | Stand For Israel