The Union for Reform Judaism Helps Congregations Prepare for Hurricane Irene Aftermath
Whenever disasters strike, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) mobilizes to help the storm victims and communities get back on their feet. As Hurricane Irene approaches the North Carolina shore and the Eastern Seaboard, the URJ has activated its crisis management team, reaching out to every URJ congregation and contacting URJ leaders and staff in the anticipated impact zone to make sure everyone is safe.
"At all times, but especially when natural disasters loom, our movement functions as a family, feeling one another's pain and sharing one another's blessing," said URJ President Rabbi Eric Yoffie. "This is what we are doing now: throughout North America, we Reform Jews carry in our thoughts and prayers those in the path of the hurricane. We will remain in contact with these communities over the next few days and will share updates on the URJ's web site. Also on the web site are prayers, emergency guidelines, and information on opportunities to help. In addition, Union staff and volunteers will be in touch with congregations in the areas most likely to be affected, and we together with our entire Reform movement stand ready to offer support and aid in the aftermath."
The URJ is making preparations to assist congregations after the hurricane has passed. Please check back early next week for updates. In the meantime, the following resources may be helpful: