As New Yorkers, who experienced firsthand the devastation that a hurricane can bring just a few short years ago—and as Jews, who do not stand idly by while a neighbor suffers—we know that now is the time to act to help our extended community members who are victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) has provided support in many forms, including the opening of Greene Family Camp near Houston, Texas to provide emergency housing and childcare. The camp has now closed, but has already provided invaluable support for families who have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey. In addition, the UJA Federation of New York has already raised and provided $500,000 for their Hurricane Relief Fund. The money has gone toward supporting a multitude of efforts, including emergency cash assistance, relocation of Jewish institutions, mental health support, and more.
Immediately after a natural disaster strikes, it is critical to respond effectively and efficiently; the best way to do this is by donating money or supplies. The efficacy of this response often determines the trajectory of the recovery and rebuilding process for months, even years.
Click on the buttons below to provide support and make a difference in this time of need.
CRS’s Project Kehila—our response to major natural disasters—will be developing both short and long-term ways for us to respond as a community to these disasters. In the meantime, here’s how you can help right now. We will be updating this page continually as new resources and opportunities become available.
5 Jewish Ways to Help
After Hurricane Harvey