Federation in the news: Western Mass News 10/08/23

Local Jewish community leaders react to Hamas attack

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – “We’ve sent many messages to friends and family in Israel. They appreciate the solidarity and the effort to check in on them during this time. Each of them is asking us to pray for peace and safety for them,” said Sam Dubrinsky

Sam Dubrinsky, CEO of the Springfield Jewish Community Center, will never forget this Shabbat holiday.

This was after Israel officially declared war against Hamas, a Palestinian militant group that breached the borders of the country to launch attacks over the weekend, killing hundreds and harming thousands of others.

Dubrisky tells Western Mass News one of her main concerns is safety.

“One of my big concerns is, you know, we’re seeing this outpouring of support for Israel and the Jewish community right now. How long will we be able to sustain that support if the war continues for any significant length of time? So, from a security perspective, from a support perspective, is hard to sit here in Massachusetts knowing that so many are suffering in Israel. But we are going to support our community here and do what we can to support those who are in Israel,” said Dubrisky.