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L'Chaim 5K Run/Walk for Israel

The 5K Run/Walk for Israel was begun in 2002 by the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates Coalition for Israel Action.

Begun during Israel’s first intifada, the committee’s goals continue to be to raise both consciousness and funds for the assistance of Israeli terror victims, security and humanitarian needs. To date, we have raised and distributed more than one million dollars directly to hose in need.

Our 20th annual event will take place on Sunday, May 29th 2022.

Click here for info on last years event.



How often do we see Israel attacked and feel helpless to do anything about it? Innocent Israelis are attacked walking the streets, missiles are launched from Gaza or from Lebanon and then when the IDF responds, Israel is attacked again in the media.  Here in America, there is not much we can do in response to these attacks other than grow increasingly frustrated.  

There is another attack on Israel taking place in the form of BDS. This movement seeks to undermine Israel’s very existence and attempts to damage the Israeli economy. This is an attack that we in the United States have an opportunity to counter. 

The YIJE Purim Committee is asking all shuls to unite and prepare their mishloach manot in the theme of supporting Israeli commerce.  We have initiated a "BDS-revised" theme, (Buy Israeli, Deliver, Shalach Manot).  The goal is to have as many shuls as possible prepare and package their Mishloach Manot exclusively with products that are made in Israel.  We hope that the impact of so many shuls buying so many items at about the same time will be big enough to be felt in Israel. At the very least, it will send a message to our brothers and sisters in Israel that we are with them.

Participation is simple; either order products directly from Israel or just go to your local supermarket and order Israeli made goods that you desire to include in your Shul packages. 

In addition, we are supplying a BDS-revised-logo tag to include on the Shul mishloach manot packages that are participating in this project. This tag will be provided free of charge on behalf of YIJE. The tag  will let recipients know that they have played a small role in combating BDS. 


Join YIJE for festive celebrations with a community-wide chagiga on  both Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalyim.

Watch the video below for a taste of Yom Haatzmaut at YIJE...


Tue, April 16 2024 8 Nisan 5784