The past few weeks have wreaked devastation and catastrophic damage, and caused trauma from Houston to Florida, Puerto Rico to St. Thomas. But hurricane season is far from over, and natural disasters seem to be causing crises with greater frequency and intensity.

 

 

 

Help us help the victims of these disasters.

Our network of local and international partners serves Jewish community members and all in need quickly, effectively, and with personal care. We fund urgently-needed basics like food and medicine, and long-term needs like trauma counseling.

 

One hundred percent of funds raised will be used to help those impacted by catastrophic flooding and damage caused by natural disasters in 2017.

Updates from the Jewish Federations of North America (As of 10/11/17)

 

Once again we find ourselves facing significant natural disaster and devastation, this time in Sonoma and Napa Valley in California.  More than 2,000 homes have been destroyed throughout these areas, and as you likely know, URJ’s Camp Newman has been largely destroyed.  The Bay Area Jewish Federations (the Jewish Federation of the East Bay and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties) are in full emergency response mode, working with each other and their partners – Jewish Family Services, synagogues, and others – to assist individuals and families who have evacuated, or more tragically have lost their homes.  Because so many people are still being evacuated from areas under threat of fire, it is too soon to know the scope of damage affecting the Jewish community.

Here is a link to their most updated information on the situation: www.jewishfed.org/WildfireResources.

As part of our prayers during the holiday of Shemini Atzeret, which begins this evening, we pray for rain.  After weeks of seeing the horrendous impact of rain in so many places, we see that for Northern California, now would indeed be a very good time.


9/28/17: Update on Emergency Response and Related Issues

News from Affected Areas

  • Hurricane Aftermath Wreaks Havoc With High Holidays In Virgin Islands

    (Forward) - The damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the curfew imposed in its aftermath has affected Jewish life during the High Holidays in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a rabbi there told The Washington Post.

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    (Forward) - The damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the curfew imposed in its aftermath has affected Jewish life during the High Holidays in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a rabbi there told The Washington Post.

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    (Forward) - The damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the curfew imposed in its aftermath has affected Jewish life during the High Holidays in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a rabbi the...

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  • It’s a one-two punch for the Maryland rabbi who relocated to the Caribbean

    (The Washington Post) - When last I spoke with Rabbi Michael Feshbach — who a few months ago traded the leadership of Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, Md., for a historic synagogue in the U.S. Virgin Islands — he had just survived Hurricane Irma.

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    (The Washington Post) - When last I spoke with Rabbi Michael Feshbach — who a few months ago traded the leadership of Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, Md., for a historic synagogue in the U.S. Virgin Islands — he had just survived Hurricane Irma.

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    (The Washington Post) - When last I spoke with Rabbi Michael Feshbach — who a few months ago traded the leadership of Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, Md., for a historic synagogue in the U...

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    (The Washington Post) - When last I spoke with Rabbi Michael Feshbach — who a few months ago traded the leadership o...

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  • ISRAEL SENDS 70 HOME FRONT COMMAND SOLDIERS TO MEXICO IN QUAKE AFTERMATH

    (The Jerusalem Post) - The delegation's mission is to assist in the mapping and scanning of buildings that were damaged in the quake.

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    (The Jerusalem Post) - The delegation's mission is to assist in the mapping and scanning of buildings that were damaged in the quake.

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    (The Jerusalem Post) - The delegation's mission is to assist in the mapping and scanning of buildings that were damaged in the quake.

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  • After Hurricane Maria disrupts Rosh Hashanah, Puerto Rico’s Jews vow...

    (Jewish Journal) - Rabbi Norman Patz stood on a 13th-floor balcony overlooking the flooded streets, stripped trees and downed power lines of the Condado neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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    (Jewish Journal) - Rabbi Norman Patz stood on a 13th-floor balcony overlooking the flooded streets, stripped trees and downed power lines of the Condado neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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    (Jewish Journal) - Rabbi Norman Patz stood on a 13th-floor balcony overlooking the flooded streets, stripped trees and downed power lines of the Condado neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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    (Jewish Journal) - Rabbi Norman Patz stood on a 13th-floor balcony overlooking the flooded streets, stripped trees and...

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  • Jews and Palestinians work side-by-side to rebuild home hit by Hurricane

    (The Times of Israel) - New Jersey Jewish volunteers say the storm brought about an opportunity for bridge building, fulfilling American vision of melting pot

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    (The Times of Israel) - New Jersey Jewish volunteers say the storm brought about an opportunity for bridge building, fulfilling American vision of melting pot

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    (The Times of Israel) - New Jersey Jewish volunteers say the storm brought about an opportunity for bridge building, fulfilling American vision of melting pot

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  • Joint Distribution Committee still responding to crises Jewishly

    (The Jewish Advocate) — In this year of crippling natural disasters, we are comforted knowing the American Joint Distribution Committee still provides humanitarian relief to and on behalf of Jews around the world, as it has done for over a century.

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    (The Jewish Advocate) — In this year of crippling natural disasters, we are comforted knowing the American Joint Distribution Committee still provides humanitarian relief to and on behalf of Jews around the world, as it has done for over a century.

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    (The Jewish Advocate) — In this year of crippling natural disasters, we are comforted knowing the American Joint Distribution Committee still provides humanitarian relief to and on behal...

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  • JDC responds to Mexican earthquake, continues hurricane relief efforts

    (Arizona Jewish Post) - The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is responding to the devastating 7.1 earthquake in Central Mexico, immediately supporting the search, rescue, and emergency aid efforts of CADENA, its Mexican Jewish humanitarian partner, in hard-hit Mexico City.

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    (Arizona Jewish Post) - The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is responding to the devastating 7.1 earthquake in Central Mexico, immediately supporting the search, rescue, and emergency aid efforts of CADENA, its Mexican Jewish humanitarian partner, in hard-hit Mexico City.

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    (Arizona Jewish Post) - The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is responding to the devastating 7.1 earthquake in Central Mexico, immediately supporting the search, rescue, and e...

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    (Arizona Jewish Post) - The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is responding to the devastating 7.1 earthqua...

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  • When Kosher Food Ran Short In Houston After Hurricane Harvey, Dallas...

    (KERA News) — Hurricane Harvey flooded homes, bakeries and grocery stores across Houston, forcing many Jewish families who keep kosher to survive on crackers from the corner store.

    So North Texas kosher caterers took action, and set off for Houston bearing brisket and much more.

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    (KERA News) — Hurricane Harvey flooded homes, bakeries and grocery stores across Houston, forcing many Jewish families who keep kosher to survive on crackers from the corner store.

    So North Texas kosher caterers took action, and set off for Houston bearing brisket and much more.

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    (KERA News) — Hurricane Harvey flooded homes, bakeries and grocery stores across Houston, forcing many Jewish families who keep kosher to survive on crackers from the corner store.

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    (KERA News) — Hurricane Harvey flooded homes, bakeries and grocery stores across Houston, forcing many Jewish famili...

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