disaster relief

disaster relief

Group of smiling volunteers including some in military uniforms posing with large boxes in a cement warehouse

This is a story about five rabbis, 25,000 pairs of new undergarments and the powerful cross-country connections that delivered dignity and comfort to grateful hurricane evacuees.

Connie Dufner
Palm trees bending against strong winds as ocean water laps against them in a storm

As this week comes to a close and we prepare to welcome Shabbat, we’d like to share an update on the Reform Movement’s work in responding to Hurricane Harvey. 

Mark J. Pelavin & Amy Asin
Satellite view of Hurricane Harvey hitting Texas

We are now starting to get accurate reports of the damage – and they are staggering. Building on our initial response, here are a few new developments and details.

Mark J. Pelavin
Texas flag painted onto textured aluminum

We are reaching out to all Reform-affiliated congregations in the affected area to provide assistance as appropriate. 

Mark J. Pelavin
An Israeli firefighter watches a blaze from afar

Join us in supporting relief efforts on the ground. Together, our support will help Israel begin to heal.

Kate Bigam

As a trained professional first responder, I’ve been taught how to deal with potentially impending crisis – and I’ve been through many of them. The URJ helped me through this one.

Richard Holtz

As we celebrate Sukkot this year, our world is experiencing a fierce progression of refugees and migrants who are wandering and homeless, nationless, and destitute, encased in fear and uncertainty, fleeing the ills of civil war, natural disaster, poverty, and political insurrection. Indeed, for massive numbers of people in our world, wandering and the impermanence of temporary shelter are all they have.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs

I’m grateful this community has welcomed us and allowed us to do our part to aid them, and I’m counting on the support of our entire community to help get the Baton Rouge area back on its feet. Want to help?

Anna Herman

Donations are being accepted by the Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA Alberta Fire Relief Fund. Here's how to donate.

Barbara Weinstein

Following a deadly 7.9-magnitude earthquake on Saturday, April 25, 2015 - the worst to hit that Nepal since 1934 - thousands of people in Nepal and in neighboring India are in need of immediate hel