Merav Galili

How the Diaspora can elevate commitment to Israel to a new, more powerful level

Jewish National Fund collection boxes (Wikimedia commons/David Shay)
Jewish National Fund collection boxes (Wikimedia commons/David Shay)

The bond between Israel and the Jewish Diaspora has been a cornerstone of resilience and solidarity throughout history, manifesting through various forms of support from financial contributions to advocacy efforts and cultural exchanges.

However, as Israel confronts multifaceted challenges stemming from the ongoing conflict, traditional avenues of support demand a nuanced reassessment. In this era marked by geopolitical tensions, economic volatility, and internal social complexities, innovative approaches are imperative to maximize the impact of Diaspora partnership and engagement.

It is within this evolving landscape that the global Jewish community must explore new and proactive avenues to not only reaffirm solidarity but also contribute tangibly to Israel’s social and economic resilience, recovery, and advancement.

Creating strategic partnerships

In an increasingly interconnected world, the power of collaboration and strategic partnerships cannot be overstated. By forging alliances between international Jewish organizations, NGOs, private sector entities, and Israeli governmental bodies, the Diaspora can amplify its impact on Israel’s resilience and advancement.

These partnerships facilitate the exchange of expertise, resources, and best practices, enabling more effective responses to complex challenges. Educational initiatives, for example, help foster mutual understanding and solidarity, strengthening the bonds within the global Jewish community.

Reinforcing local government

In the wake of conflict and upheaval, Israeli local governments have emerged as critical actors in the journey towards recovery and resilience. Beyond the immediate response to crises, investing in the capacity and capabilities of municipal administrations lay the foundation for a more resilient society.

Initiatives aimed at bolstering local governance structures, enhancing administrative efficiency, and providing specialized training for personnel can significantly enhance their ability to address diverse challenges. For instance, fostering community engagement and participatory decision-making processes strengthens social cohesion, essential for resilience amidst adversity.

Supporting the economic recovery of Gaza border communities

Numerous Israeli communities along the Gaza border have endured significant damage, with homes destroyed and ravaged by fire, necessitating urgent restoration efforts. However, with the appropriate support, amidst the devastation lies an opportunity not only for revitalization but for further development than before.

Some of these communities and settlements faced challenges prior to the attacks, including aging populations, deteriorating infrastructure, and local industries experiencing difficulties. Now is an opportune moment to embrace these communities, whether they are towns, kibbutzim, or moshavim, to invest in their local human capacity, collaborate with them, and actively participate in their community development efforts.

By providing assistance in rebuilding and enhancing infrastructure, supporting and expanding local industries, we can not only rebuild what was lost but also propel these settlements towards greater success and resilience than ever before. In doing so, we defy the intentions of those who sought to destroy them.

Addressing the needs of soldiers and the Home Front

After four months of conflict, assessments indicate that the war is expected to persist throughout the year, with the peak of intensity might be lying ahead. However, it’s crucial to recognize that the situation demands not only the readiness of soldiers but also comprehensive support systems for their families and the broader civilian population on the home front.

Efforts to address these needs might include the procurement of essential equipment for the numerous reservists, ensuring timely distribution to the bases. Additionally, there is a need for a parallel initiative to secure much-needed supplies for the families in the north and center who may find themselves vulnerable. This dual approach aims to bolster not only the preparedness of our armed forces but also the resilience of our communities in the face of ongoing hostilities.

Supporting Israeli startups and R&D

As Israel grapples with economic uncertainty, investing in Israeli startups and R&D emerges as a cornerstone of resilience and prosperity. Initiatives that provide funding, mentorship, and access to markets enable startups to thrive amidst adversity, driving innovation and job creation.

Partnerships between academia, industry, and government foster collaboration and knowledge exchange, catalyzing breakthrough discoveries and technological solutions, while ensuring Israel’s continued leadership in innovation and entrepreneurship.


As Israel navigates the turbulent waters of contemporary challenges, the unwavering support of the global Jewish Diaspora stands as a beacon of hope and solidarity. Through innovative approaches, the Diaspora can further manifest its commitment to Israel’s resilience, recovery, and advancement, and pave the way for a future where Israel thrives amidst adversity.

About the Author
Dr. Merav Galili is the CEO of the Menomadin Foundation, an international Israeli-based impact fund that promotes innovative solutions to sustainable development challenges in Israel and Africa, in a model that combines strategic philanthropy and impact investments. Over two decades in senior management positions in academia and non-profit organizations, Dr. Galili has specialized in establishing local and international partnerships to promote business and social initiatives. In her last position, she served as Vice President for Development at Bar-Ilan University.
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