“Giving to Israel: What’s Next?” A webinar with Offi Zisser

“May we always remember our solidarity with the Jewish community of the diaspora. And, may we be more optimistic for a better, more peaceful,

Middle East.” – Offi Zisser

Last week, The Foundation’s Israel-based philanthropy consultant, Offi Zisser, offered a sobering account of the major challenges facing Israel six months after October 7. Looking back, she noted that in light of limited government action and cutbacks, civil society and the philanthropic community were among the first on the ground to deliver the much-needed emergency response.


Following the recent alarming attack by Iran, Israel remains a top priority for The Foundation. “It was a scary day,” Offi shared, and reiterated her appreciation for the tremendous support Israel has received from around the world. “Throughout this time, connection and hearing from people who have experienced terrible tragedy but who still will go back to their homes and build back better – it’s uplifting. That is where your philanthropic dollars are going and what they’re able to accomplish.”

Even with the recent attacks, Offi emphasized that the most urgent needs on the ground are:

  • Access to mental healthcare and resilience support: Over 500,000 Israelis are estimated being at risk of developing PTSD and there is a critical shortage of therapists, psychologists, and social workers nationwide. The sooner treatment is provided, the better the long-term outcomes.
  • Physical rehabilitation: It is estimated that 20,000 soldiers and civilians have been disabled in Israel since October 7 and there’s a major shortage of rehabilitation beds, particularly in Israel’s periphery. Many who need rehab must relocate with their families to access care.
  • Advocacy and support for hostages: Those who have been returned to their families need long term customized support. And, those who haven’t been returned must remain a priority. The campaign to ensure the hostages remain top of mind is vast and ongoing.
  • Polarization and leadership: There is an urgent need for philanthropic support to organizations that build social cohesion, enable dialogue, and bring Israelis together as a nation.

Together, we have contributed more than $10 million to Israel’s emergency efforts since October 7 and, in the past decade, more than $180 million to over 500 organizations in Israel. Thank you for your generous support at this critical time.

For further questions and decision-making support, please contact Sara Hahn, senior program officer at The Foundation.

View our list of The Foundation’s vetted organizations in Israel.