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Statement Condemning the October 7th Attack on Israel

Temple Beth El of Utica Stands with Israel

Members of Temple Beth El of Utica strongly condemn the savage attacks carried out by extremist fanatics from the terrorist organization Hamas against both military and civilian populations in Israel.


We condemn the massacre of families, the elderly, pregnant women, and children, as well as the capture and mistreatment of those who were kidnapped, along with all those who support and march in favor of these actions. This is not a matter of differing opinions, sovereignty, or religious acts. These are simply acts of barbarism and terrorism.

We stand firmly, albeit humbly, in support of the IDF in their resolute and definitive response to end a threat that has loomed over the state of Israel, despite the various options for peaceful coexistence offered over the past 75 years.


We express our gratitude to the international community for their support of the state of Israel and implore them not to waiver in defending the sovereign right of the Jewish people to have their own state, as per the United Nations resolution of 1947.

We offer our prayers for all the souls who were tragically deprived of earthly life, for those who lost loved ones in such a violent and unjust manner, and for the Palestinian families living in the Palestinian territories who do not support the terrorist and inhuman actions of Hamas and who will inevitably suffer the consequences of being placed as shields in an act of barbarism.

We deeply encourage you to be careful at this time when you donate, as Israel needs each of our support, in any amount you can afford.


May the Kadosh Baruch Hu, The Holy One of Blessing, watch over our soldiers and grant them strength and courage to restore order and justice in our land.

Donate to Help Israel

There are many organizations that are working tirelessly to help those affected by Hamas terrorism in Israel. We recommend:

  • Jewish National Fund USA stands with Israel amid the most recent and unprecedented attacks against countless civilians. Donate to support evacuation from hardest hit communities on the border including transportation and emergency housing, provide hygiene, bedding, and care packages to those in need, provide firefighting and protective equipment to those on the front lines, offer psychological treatment, and give the local communities the promise of rebuilding for tomorrow.

  • Israel Support Program was founded locally in Upstate NY with the purpose of helping the people of Israel after the attacks on October 7th, 2023. 100% of donations are used to purchase needed humanitarian supplies and support Israeli organizations providing help on the ground.

News and Information

With so much propaganda in the world today, we have compiled a list of reliable sources of information where you can learn about Israel and the conflict in the middle east. 

  • Israeli Facts FAQ is your ultimate resource for reliable answers on every possible question you can think of about Israel and the current conflict. Answers are provided by academics and experts.

  • Tikva International fights hate propaganda against Israelis and Jews, shares facts, and promotes a better future for all in the Middle East — Israelis and Palestinians alike.

  • NGO Monitor publishes fact-based research and independent analysis about non-governmental organizations (NGOs), their funders, and other stakeholders, primarily in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

From Rabbi's Desk: Essays on Israel and the Jewish People

TBE Pro-Israel Activism

Solidarity Rally for Israel held at the Utica Jewish Community Center.


Members of the congregation attended the rally for Israel in Washington D.C. in November 2023.


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