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Hurricanes 2005

More than $4.2 million was raised by the Reform Jewish community to help those affected by the 2005 hurricanes, including $650,000 that was donated to the SOS New Orleans Fund for direct support to the Reform community.

While donations may still be made to the Hurricane Relief Fund, (see grants made to date) the Union has made the final distributions of funds from the SOS New Orleans Fund. We thank everyone for their generosity in helping the people of the Gulf Coast 

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Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane KatrinaWith each week that passes, synagogues in the wake of Hurricane Katrina are increasingly able to resume activities, although it will be months before life returns to normal for these communities. As of May 2006, more than $3.4 million has been donated to the Hurricane Relief Fund. Approximately $2 million has been allocated to relief agencies and synagogues affected by the storm. More...
Hurricane Rita
Hurricane Rita When another hurricane bore down on the beleaguered Gulf Coast, the courage and endurance of those who left their homes and communities during Hurricane Katrina were tested yet again, and hundreds of thousands more faced the uncertainty of what laid ahead. Our Camps provided emergency shelter before, during and after the storm and the Union continues to been in contact with our congregational leadership from Corpus Christi to South Louisiana offering them support and assistance.
Hurricane Wilma
Hurricane Wilma created havoc in other areas of the Southeast. Two Reform congregations, Temples Beth El and Solel of Hollywood, sustained significant damage to their their roofs. More...

In times of crisis, the Union activates the Union Disaster Relief Fund for contributions, which are then forwarded to appropriate agencies. In recent years the Union Disaster Relief Fund has provided help to the victims of earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and tsunamis, as well as after September 11, and when African American churches were burned in the Southern United States. In the wake of the hurricanes that battered the Gulf Coast in 2005, more than $3 million in donated funds were raised to help the victims and relief agencies, as well as the congregations of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Florida. Information about the Union's allocations is made public on our website. The Union retains no funds from relief efforts, with the exception of direct costs, such as credit card fees.

 
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