As many of you have seen through various media or heard described from loved ones in the area, the effect of Hurricane Harvey has been devastating to many of the communities in the path of the storm and subsequent rains. Numerous individuals have had their homes and businesses destroyed or severely damaged. I personally spoke to Rabbi David Rosen of Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Houston to let him know that our community stands with his and with all of the other members of both of the Jewish community and the Houston community at large. His synagogue was almost completely flooded and their flood insurance will not be sufficient to pay for the renovations required. They will need to use alternative spaces for Shabbat and Holiday services. More importantly (his words), there are many people in his congregation and in the area who have lost almost everything and are in severe financial straits. His advice, and the advice of the organizations with which I have been in touch, is that what is mostly needed are cash donations. They have no capacity to receive, store or distribute material supplies. Consequently, there are several ways you can make a difference:
Our own JUF has set up a fund if you prefer to donate through Chicago's Federation: www.juf.org/HurricaneHarvey. Or donate via our hotline (312) 444-2869 or send a check payable to Jewish Federation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to 30 S. Wells Street, #3155, Chicago, IL 60606.
Regardless of how you donate, we ask that you kindly be as generous as you can to help this community re-build and that you keep all of those who have suffered in your prayers.