Jewish groups raise $9,000 for Beersheba family who lost home to rocket

Jewish organizations were quick to offer aid to the latest Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorism. 

By Jack Gold, World Israel News

Jewish organizations from the U.S. and Canada rallied to offer support to the Tamano family of Beerheba, whose house was directly hit by a Palestinian rocket launched from Gaza early Wednesday morning.

Miri Tamano, a single mother of three children, grabbed her kids and ran to the shelter room after hearing the warning sirens blaring, just moments before the rocket hit their home, causing extensive damage. The family was left homeless.

Tamano on Wednesday appealed to the general public for assistance, and the Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federation of Montreal provided immediate financial assistance.

The Jewish Agency provided the family with ₪ 4,000 ($1,095) from donations collected abroad which will enable the family to contend with their immediate requirements.

At a later stage, the family will receive up to ₪ 25,000 ($6,900) for further necessities.

The Jewish Federation of Montreal granted the family an additional ₪ 4,000.

“The Jewish Agency, through its Terror Victims Fund and its housing company, Amigour, will continue to help and assist the residents of the South and of the Gaza border area to cope with the damages inflicted by waves of terror,” Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog on Wednesday.

“A few hours after the house was hit, Amigour employees were at the scene in order to assess damages and eventually engage in repairs and reconstruction, at the request of Israel Tax Authority Compensation Fund,” he said.

“The Jewish Agency has also granted the family emergency financial assistance. The Gaza Border communities are Israel’s defense wall on our southern border. I would like to commend and encourage them for their extraordinary resilience, as well as to express support for the IDF and all security forces,” he concluded.

In the meantime, Tamano and her three children will relocate to a hotel for a number of days, and then they will live in an apartment provided to them by the compensation fund established by the Israel Tax Authority.

The Jewish Agency Terror Victims Fund has assisted more than 7,000 families with grants totaling tens of millions shekels.

What’s beautiful about Israel is that not only the authorities, but the community as well will “do their job” in helping the Tamano family cope, Lt. Cl. Jonathan Conricus, head of the IDF’s International Media Branch, said in an interview with The Israel Project Wednesday.