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The recent California wildfires have reportedly claimed at least 50 lives, 48 of them in the massive blaze known as the Camp Fire – the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history. The URJ has been and continues to be in touch with our congregations in affected areas, and we stand ready to provide whatever support we can.
As additional details become clear about how our community can best aid our California congregations, we will share that information here.
At this time, we know that Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks, CA, has been affected by the fires, as has Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA. Rabbi Paul Kipnes, spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami, writes,
With the sage advice from colleagues who went through the Santa Rosa fires, Houston floods and Parkland shootings, we are organizing and supporting our communities.
As for how to help, we have realized we cannot be distributors of things, as there are others that can do that better, and unless done right, one ends up with an overload of too much stuff. we’ve discovered that we can help people best as follows…”
Want to help? Here are the best ways to support these affected communities:
Congregation Or Ami’s Fire Response Fund, which is already helping those worst hit by the fires. Visit orami.org/donate.
The congregations will distribute donations to those with the greatest need.
Congregation Or Ami has requested gift cards to Target, Home Depot, Ralph’s Grocery, and Trader Joe’s. They can be sent to:
Congregation Or Ami
26115 Mureau Rd, Ste. B
Calabasas, CA 91302
Temple Adat Elohim has requested gift cards to Target, Walmart, Vons, Ralph’s Grocery, Whole Foods, Shell, Chevron, and ArcoUnion. They can be sent to:
Temple Adat Elohim
2420 E. Hillcrest Dr.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
The Jewish Federations of North America has created a directed fund to support individuals and institutions impacted by the fires. One hundred percent of the donations will go directly to those who need it. To donate, visit www.jewishla.org/LAfires.
Our prayers go out to all those who have been impacted by these devastating fires.