It is with sadness and horror that we follow the news of Hamas’ terrorist acts in Israel. There is no justification for these atrocities. Our hearts and thoughts are with all those affected by the terrorist attacks and with those who have family and friends in the region. We have close ties with Israel and our hearts go out to all those who are now suffering.
In light of the recent events, the counseling center OFEK (website in German), with which we recently organized the Ukraine in Context discussion series, has extended its daily national hotline for counseling requests related to antisemitic incidents until and including 20 Oct, 2023. OFEK provides counseling related to all forms of antisemitic discrimination and violence and offers consultations with professional psychologists.
If you have been the victim of an antisemitic attack, or have witnessed one, you can also report this over RIAS.
Options to Donate
If you would like to donate to those in Israel or Germany who have been impacted by the attacks:
Reactions in Germany have shown how workshops and training on Israel-related antisemitism are still desperately needed. We offer both online and on-site workshops on antisemitism for school classes, and we will make every effort to find individual dates to accommodate your class. We also offer free training courses for teachers in Berlin. These can be booked over the Berlin Senate Office for Education, Youth and Families.
If your class or college has a particular need, or you would like a consultation session, please get in touch with
Voices from Israel
We recommend listening to this radio interview with Ofer Waldman describing the current situation in Israel. Waldman curated the event series for the JMB exhibition Zerheilt: Healed to Pieces, among other things. To the BR interview with Ofer Waldman (in German)
Israeli writer Etgar Keret, whose exhibition Inside Out was on display at the JMB through March 2023, uses literary means to try and keep alive hope for peaceful coexistence in the future, despite everything that’s going on. To the short story on Etgar Keret’s website