Today is August 18, 2019 -
Life is busy. We have priorities at home. We have priorities at work. We try to find the work-family balance. But then emergencies pop up that put everything else on hold.
The Jewish Federation holds by the principle that every Jew is responsible for one another–kol yisrael arevim zeh la zeh. And so, our whole mission of building a strong Jewish community and supporting Jews and Jewish causes around the world, and especially in Israel, supports this important value. And when emergencies happen anywhere in the Jewish world, we act. Sometimes, we act as part of our normal course of business, and sometimes we need to do a little bit more.
The Emergency Committee of the Jewish Federations of North America has asked us to help out with the crisis in Baton Rouge, LA. The Red Cross has deemed the catastrophic flooding the worst natural disaster to strike the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy. A few reported statistics: 13 dead, 60,000 homes destroyed or damaged, 110,000 people have requested help, and $2.9m has been disbursed from FEMA.
The emergency has affected the Jewish community as well. According to JNS.org, “Approximately 10 percent of the Jewish community has been directly impacted, with many more affected indirectly by a loss of a job, or by the now dire need to feed and house friends and family.”
JFNA has opened a mailbox for contributions. 100% of funds collected will go to help victims. Let’s take a break from what we are doing and deal with this emergency. You can connect through our website here.