An earthquake measuring 7.0 on
the Richter scale devastated Haiti
on January 12, 2010, killing more than 250,000 people and leaving millions homeless.
The Reform Jewish
community has a long history of generosity when natural disasters affect
communities worldwide. Your generosity at this critical time enables us
to play a role in recovery efforts and to bring healing and hope to those whose
lives have been affected.
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Canadian donors: The Canadian government will match donations for Haiti disaster relief up to a total of $50 million. To make a tax-receipted donation, please donate online or mail checks (payable to the Canadian Council for
Reform Judaism) to:
3845 Bathurst Street, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario M3H 3N2
For more information, call Sandra Levy at the Canadian Council at 416.630.0375 ext. 223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The URJ retains no overhead expenses for disaster relief donations,
other than direct costs such as credit card fees.
Photos from Haiti
View photos by the Union's Social Action Specialist, Naomi Abelson, on a recent visit to Haiti.
Thank You for Your Support!
UPDATED: Relief Fund Allocations We've raised more than $1.2 million for Haiti disaster relief. Learn where the funds are being allocated.
Haiti Adult Mitzvah Corps As the URJ works with our partners on the
ground, we hope an Adult Mitzvah Corps mission will be possible to assist with clean-up and rebuilding in Haiti. Sign up for updates about this trip.
Prayers for Haiti Print out these
prayers for the victims of this disaster and share with your
Comments from Donors "I appreciate the role that the URJ is playing in bringing
assistance to the unfortunate people of Haiti."
One year latter: an interview with First Sergeant Shahaf Shtrikman from the IMPJ community Kibbutz Lotan, and a graduate of the IMPJ Mechina leadership program, is a medic in an elite IDF unit and was a member of the Israeli medical team that spent two weeks in Haiti.
Two months after the devastating earthquake, I walked the streets of Port-au-Prince. In every inch of available space – empty lots, front lawns, sidewalks, even in the street medians – I saw make-shift tent cities. Structures were cobbled together from tarps and bed sheets, secured with rope and sticks.
Not a single Jew lives among the 170,000 inhabitants of Petit-Goâve, nor among the 20,000 refugees from Port-au-Prince who have crowded into this town since a magnitude-7.0 earthquake leveled Haiti's capital in January. But Jews are among those helping bring Petit-Goâve back to life.