As the Eastern Seaboard continues to recover from the unprecedented damage
caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Jewish community is beginning to assess the
devastation both to our community as well as the general population. We continue
to be amazed by the resiliency, generosity, and flexibility of the American
people generally, and of the Jewish community specifically.
Jewish Federations of North America established the JFNA Hurricane Relief Fund
to serve as a national focal point to collect contributions to aid in the
recovery and rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
contribute to their local Federation’s Hurricane Relief Fund or directly to the
JFNA Hurricane Relief Fund at http://jfeds.org/SandyRelief.
In addition, donors may text RELIEF to 51818 on a mobile device to pledge a
donation or send checks to our national mailbox at The Jewish Federations of
North America, Wall Street Station, PO Box 148, New York, NY 10268. Please
indicate "JFNA Hurricane Relief Fund" on all checks or in the designation box
Yesterday, JFNA also began the process of reaching out to
impacted Federations to conduct an initial damage and recovery survey.
Phone calls were placed and emails were sent to virtually every Federation in a
large geographic area along the East Coast stretching from Virginia to New
England. Damage assessment continues today at the local level through contacts
with Federations, agencies, and our Jewish communal partners through the Jewish
Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (JVOAD) partnership that JFNA
convenes. We are also actively participating in the National VOAD
partnership, which convenes national and local disaster relief agencies with
FEMA and state emergency management agencies.
As the scope of
Sandy’s impact becomes clearer, the JFNA Emergency Committee, in consultation
with Federation and JFNA leadership will make determinations about allocations
to meet the immediate, medium, and long-term needs of storm victims, communal
agencies, and others.
We will continue to provide
system-wide information regarding the impact of Hurricane Sandy and the recovery
Please note that due to power outages in New York City,
the JFNA email system is still not operational. Therefore, for specific
Emergency Committee assistance, please contact Steven Woolf at Steven.Woolf@verizon.net or
347-820-4283 or Karen Edell Yoskowitz at KEdellowitz@gmail.com or 301-775-4287 or
William Daroff at William@Daroff.com or