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UJC/Federation Support For Tsunami Passes $5 Million
March 4, 2005

Federations from Atlanta to Vancouver raised more than $5 million for Asia tsunami relief, and donations continue to flow in. With the coordination of UJC, dozens of communities of all sizes opened fund-raising mailboxes and e-philanthropy drives, aiming to support the work of the federation system’s overseas partner, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, in responding to the catastrophe.


In the weeks after the December, 2004 disaster, which killed tens of thousands, 38 national Jewish organizations including UJC and JDC convened the Jewish Coalition for Asia Tsunami Relief to coordinate the process of allocating tsunami aid. JDC and the American Jewish World Service, another member, each pledged an initial $250,000.


To date the JDC has raised more than $16 million to help disaster survivors, and that total includes more than $5 million from federations. AJWS, which works on global relief with local non-governmental organizations, raised more than $9 million.


JDC has already allocated more than $4 million in emergency disaster assistance in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.


In Sri Lanka, JDC is working with a local organization, Sarvodaya, to help 47,000 people in the most severely hit coastal communities. They have provided school bags, workbooks, writing tools, shoes and socks and 200 students, for examples, and launched a cash-for-work program in which locals sew school uniforms.


In India, JDC is working with the Disaster Mitigation Institute to build temporary shelters in 10 locations for 1,200 people. Small grants will help revive jobs for 1,200 families, while a partnership with the group Caritas/Catholic Relief will help provide food for 4,750 families in different areas.


In Indonesia, JDC is working with its longtime partner, the International Rescue Committee, in the hard-hit Aceh Province, to identify and help children separated from their families. JDC has also offered bedding to hospitals and provided water containers to 40,000 people.


In Thailand, JDC is working with Chabad, which maintains a presence there, to bring medical aid, food and clothing to survivors. In cooperation with the group Population and Community Development Association and the local Israeli Embassy, JDC has also set up “healing camps” that offer children 10-week-long educational and recreational activities. Other projects include providing clothing, food and supplies; restoring jobs; sanitation management and rebuilding.


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These federations are taking action to help victims of the Southeast Asia tsunami. We are updating this list regularly, so please contact us if you are not listed but wish to be. Please e-mail

Federation mailboxes for JDC:

· UJA-Federation of New York
· Jewish Federation of San Antonio, Texas
· Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix
· Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona – Tucson
· Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
· Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
· Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
· Birmingham, Ala. Jewish Federation
· Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley-San Jose CA
· Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado
· Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
· United Jewish Community of Broward County, Fla.
· Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, Fla.
· Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
· Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation
· Tampa-JCC Jewish Federation
· Greater Miami Jewish Federation
· Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, MI
· Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, VA
· Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, D.C.
· The Associated, Baltimore
· Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
· Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey
· Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey
· Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford
· Jewish Federation of Northeastern N.Y.-Albany & Schenectady
· Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada
· UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Ontario, Canada
· Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland
· United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh
· Jewish Federation of the North Shore, Salem, Mass.
· Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
· Jewish Federation of Cincinnati
· Jewish Federation of Madison, Wis.
· Jewish Federation of Winnipeg/Combined Jewish Appeal
· Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Conn.
· Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
· Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Marin and the Peninsula
· Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren, N.J.
· Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Fla. (Boca Raton)
· Syracuse Jewish Federation
· Jewish Community Federation of Louisville, Ky.
· Jewish Federation of Lehigh Valley, Allentown, Pa.
· Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis
· United Jewish Communities of MetroWest, N.J.
· Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
· Jewish Federation of Edmonton
· Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County, N.Y.
· Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region
· Jewish Federation of Omaha
· Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County, N.J.
· Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties, Fla.
· The Federation: Jewish Communities of Western CT.
· Jewish Federation of Greater Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
· Milwaukee Jewish Federation
· Jewish Federation of Greater Springfield, Mass.
· Jacksonville Jewish Federation
· Jewish Federation of Greater Monmouth County, N.J.
· Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, Ind.
· United Jewish Fund & Council of Greater St. Paul
· Jewish Federation of Tulsa, Okla.
· Federation/CJA of Montreal
· Flint Jewish Federation
· Charleston Jewish Federation

Federations referring donors to JDC and/or American Jewish World Service:

· Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston
· Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
· Minneapolis Jewish Federation
· Jewish Federation of St. Louis
· Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids, MI
· Jewish Federation of Rhode Island
· Augusta, Ga., Jewish Federation
· Columbus (Ohio) Jewish Federation

Federations fundraising via email, phone for JDC:

· United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Va.
· Jewish Federation of Northeastern Penn., Scranton.
· The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation, Andover, Mass.
· Jewish Federation of Greater Danbury, Conn.
· Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
· UJA Federation of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

JDC Opens Mailbox for South Asia Tsunami Victims

The JDC has created a mailbox to raise money for tsunami relief. Checks can be sent to: JDC: South Asia Tsunami Relief, Box 321, 847A Second Ave., New York, NY 10017. For more information, and to donate online, click here.

JDC Responds to Tsunami

JDC has raised over $16 million in contributions from more than 30,000 individual donor and local Jewish federations to assist the victims, from Chennai, India to Sri Lanka. For more, click here.