The Union for Reform Judaism Establishes Fund to Help Communities Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

October 30, 2012, New York, NY - In response to the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Union for Reform Judaism is activating its Hurricane Relief fund to collect donations for those suffering in the Hurricane's wake.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those adversely impacted by Hurricane Sandy," said URJ president Rabbi Rick Jacobs.  "The magnitude of damage is difficult to comprehend, as is the work that will be necessary to even begin restoration. But we know our nation, and our community, will rise to the challenge."

Steve Sacks, chairman of the URJ's North American Board, added, "Even as we work to determine the specific impact to URJ congregations and families, and to our larger communities, it is already clear - too clear - that this storm will require a long-term, coordinated recovery effort.  We are reaching out to all our congregations on the East Coast and throughout the Midwest to determine what the most immediate needs are in impacted communities."

Isaac Nuell, the URJ Disaster Relief coordinator, will serve as the key point of contact. He noted, "As we have done in the past, we will work with our congregations and with local agencies to determine how to most effectively allocate the funds we receive."