As we learned more details about the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle extended its deepest condolences to the families impacted by this tragedy.
We are tremendously saddened to share that three civilians in our partner community of Kiryat Malachi were killed early Thursday morning. At 8 am Israel time, sirens began to sound, and approximately a half-hour later, a Grad missile fired from the Gaza strip hit a residential building in the Chabad neighborhood. In addition to the three dead, a four-year-old boy was seriously wounded, and six others sustained light and moderate injuries.
Ira Kerem, our TIPS Partnership representative in Kiryat Malachi, wrote in an email Thursday morning:
Campers and counselors donned blue and white on July 27 for Yom Yisrael (Israel Day) at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island. Our visiting TIPS (Tucson, Israel, Phoenix, Seattle Partnership) counselors from Israel organized an afternoon full of fun and creativity as a way for more than 400 campers to receive a taste of Israel.
Donor Advised Funds -- or DAFs -- have been in the news quite a bit lately, but what is a DAF? It's an easy way to ensure the long-term stability of the organizations you care most about. With a DAF, you make a one-time contribution while disbursing your charitable gifts over a longer period. You receive a current year tax benefit without having to decide at the time of your donation which qualifying charities ultimately receive contributions. And even after you've made your initial disbursement decisions, you can change them annually.