Federations Mobilize to Care for Hurricane Victims

  • As a Nor'easter storm bore down this week on so many already devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Jewish Federations continued to rally to provide immediate relief and long-term care for those affected by the recent catastrophic storm.

    Jewish Federations across the continent have so far raised nearly $1 million to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy, but funds are still needed for recovery and rebuilding efforts.

    Locally, Jewish Federation donors are coming out in droves to show their support -- either through financial contributions to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, or through our Women's Division groups working at Heart to Heart International to create badly needed basic care kits to help those left with nothing on the East Coast.

    "Duringtwo volunteer sessions, nearly 20 Women's Division volunteers came together to pack more than 1,000 personal care kits that will be distributed to individuals still residing in homeless shelters," said Beverly Jacobson, Women's Division Director. "It felt great to be able to physically help in such a direct way."

    Donate Now to Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

    Earlier this week, JFNA’s Emergency Committee authorized $500,000 – to come from both the Hurricane Relief Fund and the Emergency Committee Reserve Fund – for immediate humanitarian needs of Hurricane Sandy victims in the New York metropolitan area and New Jersey. The funds, which were distributed to UJA-Federation of New York and the 10 Federations in New Jersey, are being used for cash disbursements, food, shelter, clean-up kits and other basic necessities.

    “With snow falling and frigid temperatures around the Northeast, the victims of Hurricane Sandy continue to suffer,” said Cheryl Fishbein, chair of JFNA’s Emergency Committee. “It remains critical that Jewish Federations and our agencies work together to institute the lifesaving programs that are such a hallmark of our system.”

    As the scope of Sandy’s impact becomes clearer, the JFNA Emergency Committee, in consultation with Federation and JFNA leadership, will allocate additional funds to meet other short-, medium- and long-term needs of storm victims, communal agencies and others.

    Federations across New York, New Jersey and Southern Connecticut are working in partnership with their local agencies to respond to needs in hurricane-stricken areas, collecting and distributing basic amenities for both the local Jewish and broader community.

    NECHAMA, a Jewish organization that specializes in post-disaster clean up, has been working in coordination with Federations to repair and restore Jewish institutions. Among the many institutions it has touched since the storm hit, NECHAMA this week cleaned up a Conservative synagogue in Hoboken, N.J. so that a Bar Mitzvah can take place this Shabbat.

    Donate Now to Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

    Donate Via Phone: Contact Gail Weinberg, Director of Financial Resource Development, at 913.327.8123 to make your donation via phone
    Donate Via Mail: Send in a check to Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, 5801 W. 115 Street, Suite 201, Overland Park, KS 66211, Attn: Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. 100% of donations to this fund will go directly to helping victims and emergency responders.

    As part of our mission to sustain and enhance Jewish life at home and around the world, JFNA and Jewish Federations are committed to care for victims of global natural disasters, and have emergency relief plans in place to aid those in immediate need. Through the network of 157 Jewish Federations across North America, Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City and Jewish Federation of St. Louis raised more than $250,000 to help Joplin tornado victims rebuild their lives.





 
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