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October 4, 2015 | 21st Tishrei 5776

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:

U.S. Donations can be made online to the URJ Hurricane Relief Fund or by mail:

Hurricane Relief Fund
Union for Reform Judaism
633 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017

Canadian donations can be made online to the URJ-CCRJ Disaster Relief Fund or by mail:

Canadian Council for Reform Judaism
3845 Bathurst St. Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M3H 3N2

Prayers in Response to Natural Disaster
Includes prayers and readings for an approaching hurricane, loss, and healing.

Hurricane Preparation Guide
A checklist of suggested actions that our congregations can take before, during and after a hurricane or other tropical system.

Past hurricane relief efforts:
2004 | 2005 | 2008

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