Today is December 15, 2019 -

More of the Crisis

rob-kovach-thumbnailI’ve spent my whole life in the Capital District and the last 21 years in the city of Albany. So when I think of a city mayor, my first thought is of someone wearing a sharp suit. Therefore, I was a little taken aback when I learned that the very unassuming, jean-wearing farmer, speaking to our group during my first visit to Eshkol, is in fact the mayor.

Over the last several years of our partnership with Eshkol, it has been a pleasure working with Mayor Haim Yalin. We look forward to hopefully speaking with him on Monday, when we have an emergency conference call with our friends in Eshkol to get an update on their situation and learn how we can specifically help them.

Unfortunately, Haim was in the news earlier this week, when his son, an IDF soldier, was wounded in Gaza. On July 22 Jerusalem Online reported:

The Yalin family is struggling on the Home Front and on the battlefield. At this time, Haim Yalin, the head of the Eshkol Regional Council, is busy protecting residents from the tunnels and from rocket launches from Gaza, while his son is fighting against Hamas inside Gaza itself. This morning, his son, who is serving as a combat soldier, was wounded and evacuated to Soroka Hospital.

Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Haim, his family, and all of our friends in Eshkol and around Israel.

On the home-front, with growing fear of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment, we are working with our national partners and law enforcement professionals to stay up to date and keep our local Jewish partners current on any potential threats. In early September, before the Holidays, we will host a security briefing for all of our Jewish partners, with every level of law enforcement presenting. As part of the preparation for this meeting, we met this morning with a new local Special Agent from the FBI.

As I shared with you last week, the following resources will continue to keep you up to date on the crisis in Israel:

  1. Jewish Federation’s website: 
  2. JERNY’s website:


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