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JEWISH FEDERATIONS AND OVERSEAS PARTNERS RESPOND TO ISRAEL FOREST FIRE CRISIS

 

DEADLY FOREST FIRES DEVASTATE NORTHERN ISRAEL

A forest fire that raged through the north of Israel is being called the worst in the country’s history. The fire, centered in the Carmel Forest outside Haifa, killed over 40 people, burned buildings and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. The fire is now out.

 

Meanwhile, The Jewish Federations of North American is leading the Jewish Federation mobilization response to support victims of the fire and to plan for longer-term recovery efforts.

 

“Our movement is acting in a very focused and timely manner to help support the victims of this disaster, in collaboration with the Government of Israel and our overseas partners," said JFNA's President and CEO, Jerry Silverman.

 

When the fires ignited, JFNA quickly gathered its leadership and that of its partner agencies, including the JDC and Jewish Agency to help lead a coordinated response.

 

JFNA’s top professionals and volunteers convened in a series of emergency sessions to gather emerging details on the crisis, assess the needs on the ground and determine a strategy to respond quickly and effectively. JFNA held a teleconference with Israel's Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, for an official update on the crisis for more than 150 communities, and then sent a fact-finding mission to review relief needs.

 

Currently JFNA and Federations are leading a range of fundraising activities including opening emergency mailboxes. JFNA and its partners are planning for how to deploy these resources with our partner agencies most effectively.

 

Those who wish can donate to a special JFNA emergency fund. No administrative costs will be taken from donations to that fund by JFNA.

 

JFNA continues to monitor the situation and will keep Federations and their supporters informed as details are available.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the fire and with the people of Israel as they work to confront this challenge.

HOW TO HELP

The Jewish Federations of North America are collecting disaster relief funds for the deadly Northern Israel forest fire. Your donations are tax-deductable.

Mobile Giving: Text ISRAELFIRE to 69866

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