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Harvey Relief – update

Excerpts from the September 7 update by Jerry Silverman, President & CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America:

The wreckage in Houston continues to reveal itself, and the realization that our community has been brutally shattered has become our new normal. Cleanup has begun in earnest in areas where it’s possible, but West Houston remains under water.  More than 70% of the Jewish community lives in parts of the city that were badly flooded, and that includes nearly 12,000 Jewish elderly. The start of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is now less than two weeks away and flooded synagogues are scrambling to find places to hold services.

 Raised and Allocated

Jewish Federation donations continue to come in. To date, Jewish Federations have raised nearly $7.8M for Hurricane Harvey relief. $1.6M was allocated to address the following priorities:

  • Immediate cash grants for flood victims essential needs
  • Extended day-camp programming to make up for delayed school opening
  • Expanding capacity of Jewish Family Services to allow them to provide one-stop, comprehensive assistance
  • Grants to individual Rabbis’ discretionary funds to meet specific congregational needs
  • Funds to the Hebrew Free Loan Association that will match resources from Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco to create a new Hurricane Harvey loan pool

 JFNA Continues to Organize Teams of Professionals to Aid Houston

JFNA is organizing its third team of national Federation professionals to assist the Houston Jewish Federation next week. We are also working with the Network of Jewish Services Agencies to enable them to provide national professional assistance to Houston’s Jewish Family Services agency for mental health counseling.

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