This is our second update about the Reform Movement's response to the
devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy. To learn more or to read the
previous update, visit the URJ's Hurricane Relief
The Union for Reform Judaism's Hurricane Relief Fund
has now collected $326,000 for Hurricane Relief, including recent
donations of $18,000 from the National Association of Temple
Administration and $10,000 from the Women of Reform Judaism'sYES Fund
toward the Scholarships for Youth Impacted by Sandy, which aims to
remove some of the financial barriers that might keep displaced teens
from attending Reform Movement events when they need them most.
than $8,000 has been designated for West End Temple in Neponsit, NY,
which suffered significant damage from Hurricane Sandy. The URJ will be
collecting funds on behalf of West End Temple until they have
electricity and their online system is functional.
distributed $25,000 to NECHAMA, the Jewish Response to Disaster, to
build additional response capacity by scaling up human capital and their
inventory of tools, equipment, supplies and vehicles on the ground.
NECHAMA personnel arrived in New Jersey less than 18 hours after
Hurricane Sandy made landfall, worked through the nor'easter and
deployed their entire staff to manage volunteers, assist individuals
and organizations with clean up and preparation for rebuilding. The URJ
has also partnered with NECHAMA to collect contact information for
those who are able to volunteer for the recovery efforts.
addition to collecting funds and referring volunteers, the URJ's
Congregational Network Staff has been reaching out to all congregations
affected by the storm and advising congregational leaders on how to best
help individual congregants and continue providing services to
congregants despite damaged synagogue facilities.
Many Reform congregations from outside the affected region have mobilized to help those in distress. Temple Oheb Shalom
in Baltimore, MD has dispatched six trucks filled with food, clothing,
personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, pet supplies, and more to
Staten Island, Freeport, Tom's River, Upper Nyack and Oceanside. And Temple Shalom in Naples, FL, is coordinating with Temple Sinai in Massapequa, NY, to sponsor a Shabbat dinner for all the congregation's families.