We are deeply shocked and horrified by the terrorist attacks by Hamas against Israel. Our thoughts are with all Israelis, our Israeli project partners and our friends. We mourn the people who lost their lives. Here you can find an overview of help and ways to support.
The Board of Trustees of the EVZ Foundation condemns the terrorist attacks by Hamas against Israel on October 7, 2023. We are deeply shocked by this largest mass murder of Jewish people since the Shoah. Our thoughts are with all Israelis, our Israeli project partners and friends. We mourn for those who have lost their lives and remember the many injured and kidnapped children, women and men. The EVZ Foundation stands firmly by the democratic state of Israel and its civil society.
We are deeply concerned by the massive worldwide increase in antisemitic hatred and violence. 85 years after Reichspogromnacht, Jews are once again not safe in Germany. We will not accept this, but are actively committed to combating antisemitism with our programs and projects. In addition to imparting knowledge and strengthening skills, we focus on solidarity and empathy. The memory of National Socialist victims commands us to stand up for Jewish life in the midst of our society and against antisemitism in any form and all parts of society.
Many survivors of National Socialist persecution are suffering the consequences of the Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel on October 7. In southern Israel alone, over 700 survivors had to be partially evacuated or are now living in shelters – what they now need is immediate support. The EVZ Foundation is therefore working closely with Israeli partners to help survivors on the ground with emergency aid projects. The Foundation has made an additional 100,000 euros available for this purpose. With this support, JDC-ESHEL and Foundation for the Welfare of Holocaust Victims among other organizations are taking care of survivors of National Socialist persecution on site. Among other things, they organize food parcels, emergency kits as well as home visits with volunteers and professional staff.
The Central Welfare Board of Jews in Germany (ZWST), together with the humanitarian organization IsraAID Germany, is collecting donations for an aid project for terror victims in Israel. With local partners, first aid and psychosocial care will be offered.
You can donate here!
The free Matan hotline for Herbrew speakers can be reached daily at 0800-0001642. The office hours are currently daily from 20-22h.
The hotline is offered by the Counseling Center for Anti-Semitic Violence and Discrimination OFEK e.V. together with the Central Welfare Office for Jews in Germany and in cooperation with the Israeli Community in Europe.
More information can be found here and on Instagram: @matan_line.
OFEK e.V. also offers services such as psychological support, counseling and safer spaces.
OFEK e.V. can be reached nationwide at + 49 800 664 52 68 or +49 176 45875532.
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday from 11-14h
Thursday from 15-18h
Requests for Safer Spaces for groups, institutions, etc. can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Meetings: dealing with the consequences of the attack on Israel in school
As part of the project "ACT against violence" OFEK e.V. and the Competence Center for Prevention and Empowerment facilitate the total of three digital Meetings. The aim is to provide an opportunity for self-reflection and classification, but above all to focus on how to deal with the current situation in a way that is sensitive to anti-Semitism and discrimination.
14.12.2023, 4:00-5:30 p.m
You can register here.
Digital educational offers of the Bildungsstätte Anne Frank
For teachers, pedagogical staff at schools and multipliers in youth work, the Bildungsstätte Anne Frank offers digital educational programs with a focus on the pedagogical context:
1. "How to talk about the terrorist attacks in Israel? Pedagogical tips for dealing with reactions in the classroom".
04.12.2023, 2:30-5.30 p.m.
05.12.2023, 2:30-5.30 p.m.
08.12.2023, 2:30-5.30 p.m.
You can register here.
Antisemitismus on TikTok
The Bildungsstätte Anne Frank has published an e-book that explains anti-Semitic codes and narratives on TikTok. "Safer TikTok - Strategien im Umgang mit Antisemitismus und Hassrede auf TikTok" was created as part of the project Antisemitismuskritische Bildungsinitiative auf TikTok. It analyzes anti-Semitism on TikTok and shows strategies for taking active action against it.
You can download the E-Book here.