In response to the devastating earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria early Monday, Jewish Federations of North America have launched an earthquake relief fund to provide humanitarian aid and to support recovery efforts. Our overseas partners are on the ground in Turkey to assess the needs and determine how to be best positioned to help.
Jewish Federations have a long and proud history of response to global crises, aiding vulnerable Jewish populations and individuals of all faiths and backgrounds in the hardest-hit places. Funds have supported hundreds of relief efforts in the aftermath of major disasters, from California wildfires to tsunamis in Asia, to hurricanes and flooding in the Gulf to tornadoes in the Midwest.
Jewish Federations of North America Board Chair Julie Platt said, “We mourn the tragic loss of life brought by this disaster and send our hopes and prayers for all those who have been injured. We remain in close contact with our disaster relief partners on the ground and are mobilizing our communities to raise funds to support their life-giving work. Our Jewish values of tikkun olam guide us day-in and day-out to extend our hands to those in need, and Jewish Federations pledge to carry out this mandate with pride and dignity."