Like you, I have been watching the devastation following Hurricane Harvey. I have also been reading updates from the Jewish community in and around Houston. The damage from this storm is massive. Recovery will take a great deal of effort, time, and funds.
Please show your support for those affected by Harvey by donating to our special relief fund: jewishheartnj.org/Harvey. Checks, made out to Jewish Federation with “Harvey” in the memo, can be sent to Jewish Federation, 230 Old Bridge Turnpike, South River, NJ 08882 or call 732-588-1800.
Hundreds of Federation donors have already stepped up and made a contribution. Given our community’s first-hand experience with Hurricane Sandy — and the outpouring of aid we received from other Jewish communities — we have a special responsibility to respond to this crisis and help our extended Jewish family in need.
Many of the synagogues in Houston have been flooded as have schools and other community organizations. The JCC was flooded with 10 feet of water; 71 percent of Jews living in Houston were in flood zones.
They need your financial support. Please make a donation today.
Many in our local area have asked us what they can do to help. More than clothing donations or toys or food, the best way to make a difference is to donate funds.
Your financial support can go to work right away to meet individuals’ needs. And our partners on the ground are in the best position to ensure that aid is used in the most effective way.
I know that you will receive many fund-raising requests during the High Holidays, including from us, to support our Federation’s critical work caring for local people in need. I hope you will be generous and give as you can to the Jewish community in Houston as well as to our Jewish community locally.