Houston Jewish Community Ravaged by Hurricane

Hurricane Harvey’s wake of destruction is still wreaking havoc in Houston, with no end in sight for many. An article that focuses solely on the Jewish community warns that recovery efforts could take years, not just weeks or months.

A few of the heartbreaking highlights from that article include:

  • 63,700 Jews, including 12,000 seniors, were effected
  • Three of the city’s five major synagogues suffered significant damage
  • Seventy-one percent of the community live in areas that had high flooding
  • Kosher food supply is dangerously low
  • Local Jewish camps are housing refugees forced to evacuate their homes

With many charities stretched to the max, it’s hard to fathom what will happen if Hurricane Irma is even worse. I have many friends and family that live in Florida, and they have told me that the situation is absolutely awful. Don’t let a case of “Donor Fatigue” prevent you from making a difference. Even a small box of supplies will be helpful and that doesn’t have to cost a lot.

Many Jewish groups like Chabad and local Federations are doing an amazing job with relief efforts, but they truly can’t do it alone. We should all give, in any way we can, no matter how modestly.

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