Oklahoma City Tornado Relief Fund May 21,
The Jewish Federations of North America is opening a mailbox to
gather aid from across the Jewish Federation community for the victims of the
devastating tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City area last night, killing
and injuring many people and leaving a wide path of destruction.
JFNA has opened a mailbox to support relief efforts of the
Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, and is coordinating relief efforts
with the Federation. One hundred percent of funds donated will go to the local
Federation and its relief efforts on the ground.
Speaking on behalf of the Jewish Federations community, JFNA
extends its deepest sympathy and support to the people of the Oklahoma City area
in the wake of the massive tornado that killed at least two dozen people,
injured scores of others and devastated entire neighborhoods. The suburb of
Moore bore the brunt of the killer storm. The twister flattened an elementary
school, killing seven children. More than 100 people have been pulled from the
rubble of residences and commercial buildings, according to news
“Our hearts go out to all those who were in the path of this
disaster and who are grieving the loss of their loved ones,” said Michael
Siegal, chair of the JFNA Board of Trustees. “This was a terrible tragedy. The
destruction of an elementary school filled with students and teachers was
JFNA remains in close contact with Edie Roodman, the executive
director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma, to determine the needs on
the ground and next steps.
Roodman this morning said the Federation is opening its own
fund, The Oklahoma Disaster Fund through the Jewish CommUNITY, to coordinate
local efforts. The JFNA national fund will send all donations to this local
fund. The local Federation is coordinating efforts on the ground with longtime
partners, including a local food bank, Habitat for Humanity, and the Red Cross,
JFNA will continue to keep the system updated about this
ongoing relief effort.
To donate online to the fund, click here. To mail your donation, please address
it to the JFNA Oklahoma City Tornado Relief Fund, care of:
The Jewish Federations of North America Wall Street Station PO Box 157 New York, NY 10268