Natural Disasters

Natural Disasters

Silhouette of firefighters facing a blaze

As additional details become clear about how our community can best aid our California congregations, we will share that information here.

Kate Kaput
Closeup of the lights atop a police car

 All of us are hurting as we try to make sense of the horrific and deadly attack on Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

the Union for Reform Judaism
Wildfires burning through brush

Please consider helping in the following ways, which will best serve those impacted by providing basic living essentials and relocation/emergency aid as the region begins to recover.

Kate Bigam
Charred remains of the physical location of URJ Camp Newman beneath hazy skies with mountains in the background and a painted Star of David still visible on them

The Jewish star on the hill that overlooks Camp Newman has survived. What a fitting symbol for this moment. 

Alaina Yoakum
Wooden gate over the trees at URJ Camp Newman reading MAY YOU BE BLESSED AS YOU GO ON YOUR WAY SHALOM

The Reform Jewish Movement received devastating news last night upon learning that URJ Camp Newman's physical location was all but destroyed by wildfires.

Kate Bigam
Car smashed under a downed tree in damage after a hurricane

To all those facing challenges as we begin 5778, we know you join us in praying for peace, wholeness, and health for everyone. 

    Mark J. Pelavin and Amy Asin
    Various pens, pencils, and screwdrivers, side-by-side in front of a wooden background

    In these unprecedented times, here are six timely tools and resources to help enhance and enrich Jewish life in your community during this High Holiday season and beyond.

    Mark J. Pelavin
    House with damage from hurricane/beach erosion

    Although Harvey and Irma has dissipated, countless individuals and numerous Reform congregations were affected by the storms. Their needs will continue for months.

    Mark J. Pelavin
    Satellite view of Hurricane Irma over Florida and the Caribbean

    As the storm waters from Hurricane Irma recede, the full extent of her impact is becoming more and more apparent. 

    Mark J. Pelavin & Amy Asin
    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