SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Jewish organizations across the country and from our area gathered for the ‘March for Israel’ in Washington D.C. Tuesday afternoon.

The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts joined the thousands of others in this march at the National Mall. It was organized to show solidarity with the Israeli people, demanding the immediate release of the hostages in the Israeli-Hamas war and condemning the rise of antisemitism.

“Particularly the young people who were speaking, it was filling me with hope because these young people are our future. Knowing that they are being educated and that they are learning to advocate and stand up for what they believe in was just a reminder that the education system and engagement for young people are working. We are building a future that we need to see for our world,” Nora Gorenstein, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts told 22News.

It has been 6 weeks since the war began between Israel and Hamas. The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts has an Emergency fund Campaign to support victims of the attack.

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