BETH ISRAEL TO HOST COMMUNITY HEALING SERVICE AT 6:15 PM FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Rabbi Daniel Freelander, Union for Reform Judaism Vice President, to Speak
Beth Israel Congregation in Jackson, MS will host a Healing Service at 6:15 p.m. Friday, September 9th for the Jackson metro area community. Residents of the area and evacuees of all faiths are invited to join this community service in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Rabbi Valerie Cohen said the service will provide both caregivers and those being cared for with the opportunity to begin the process of healing the wounds left by last weeks devastating storm.
Beth Israel is located on 5315 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS 39211 off of I-55 and the Frontage Road.
Rabbi Daniel Freelander, Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism, will speak at the service. The 1.5 million Reform Jews in the United States and Canada appreciate all that the people of Jackson have done to bring healing to the evacuees from the storm, he said. We want you to know we are here to help.
A primary effort is the creating of Jacobs Ladder: A Relief Project of the Union for Reform Judaism. Working in partnership with the town of Utica, the Union and Henry S. Jacobs Camp are operating a staging and distribution center for relief supplies from a warehouse provided by the city. The center is collecting supplies (preferably shrink wrapped and palletized) and distributing them through a number of local and regional ministries and relief centers that serve the greater Jackson community, the population of which has doubled since the storm.
In addition, the Union has already received $1 million in donations to its Disaster Relief Fund,said Freelander, who will deliver $30,000 to the Enterprise Corporation of the Delta during hisvisit to Jackson. In addition, the Union is providing Beth Israel Congregation with $10,000 tooffset the unanticipated costs it has experienced providing services to those who are being sheltered in Jackson.