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Disaster Relief Activation

 

Union for Reform Judaism Activates Its Disaster Relief Fund
And Creates Communication Resources to Help Victims of Hurricane Katrina

The Union for Reform Judaism opened its disaster relief fund to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina and created extensive web-based communications resources to help those affected by the storm as well as those wishing to provide assistance. All proceeds donated to the fund, minus any credit card processing costs, will be used to for hurricane relief.

The web sites (see www.urj.org/relief) provide areas for the members of four Reform synagogues in Southeast Louisiana?Touro Synagogue, North Shore Congregation, Temple Sinai, and Congregation Gates of Prayer? to share their whereabouts with their colleagues and friends. There are also message boards for those in other parts of the country to exchange ideas on how to help.

The Union has also created a hurricane relief line (212.452.6526) and e-mail address (hurricanerelief@urj.org) for those who wish to ask specific questions.

As soon as damages are assessed, the Union will evaluate which organizations are best equipped to provide direct services to the hurricane’s victims and make donations to these organizations. Congregations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida that are members of the Union and have sustained damages not covered by insurance may also receive monies from the emergency relief fund.

For more information on the Disaster Relief Fund, or to make a donation, please visit the website at www.urj.org/relief.

In recent years the Union has activated its Disaster Relief Fund to contributions for the victims of floods in Europe, earthquakes in South America, Black churches that were burned in Southern United States, and the Grand Forks community when it flooded. In the wake of September 11, more than $1.6 million in donated funds were distributed to help the victims and their families, as well as the agencies that assisted them.

The Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. Union services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programs, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, DC.

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