November 11, 2013, New York, NY -- In the early morning hours of November 9,
2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. The equivalent of a
Category 5 hurricane, the storm displaced hundreds of thousands of people
throughout the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the region's Pacific Islands.
Initial accounts indicate that as many as 10,000 lives have been lost, and
authorities and aid groups from all over the world, including North America and
Israel, are struggling to deliver safe drinking water, food, and life-saving
supplies to disaster zones.
When disaster strikes, Reform Jews trust the Union for Reform Judaism to
distribute donated funds to agencies that are most effectively helping those in
need. The Union retains no funds from relief efforts, with the exception of
direct costs, such as credit card fees. Recent relief efforts have included
hurricanes, storms and wildfires in North America, Haiti, Israel Emergency and
Sudan. The URJs General
Disaster Relief Fund enables the URJ to respond quickly and swiftly to all
types of disasters as needed.