Posts Tagged: natural disaster

URJ Continues Disaster Relief Funding



This week, the Union for Reform Judaism disbursed its second round of disaster relief funding to support rebuilding efforts following Typhoon Haiyan. To date, the URJ has released nearly $250,000 for the relief efforts, and we continue to partner with both North America and Philippines-based NGOs to support the most critical needs related to the […]

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Reform Movement Allocates $125k for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts



On November 7-8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, made landfall in the Philippines. The storm came on the heels of an October earthquake that had affected more than 3 million people and disrupted life for more than 14 million Filipinos (nearly 15% of the total population). According to UNICEF, nearly […]

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Typhoon Haiyan Calls for Action on Climate Change



When faced with catastrophe and war, we are quick to recall Leviticus 19: “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor bleeds.” This Jewish teaching led us to rally for stronger laws to prevent gun violence after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school and called us to demand justice after the Boston Marathon bombing. […]

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Help the URJ Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan



In the early morning hours of November 9, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. The equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, the storm displaced hundreds of thousands of people throughout the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the region’s Pacific Islands. Initial accounts indicate that as many as 10,000 lives have been lost, and authorities […]

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Hurricane Sandy and the Reform Movement, One Year Later



A year ago this week, on October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall over the Jersey Shore. The stories from those days will not easily be forgotten: coastal communities flooded with record high tides, lower Manhattan in a prolonged blackout, more than $60 billion in damage in an area stretching from Maryland to Massachusetts. For […]

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Marking One Year Since Hurricane Sandy



Next week marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which caused dozens of deaths, billions of dollars in damage, and left more than 7.5 million people without power. When the hurricane hit, the URJ and its member congregations responded immediately. In total, the URJ’s Hurricane Sandy relief fund collected nearly $850,000 in donations, hundreds of […]

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Flood damage at Congregation Har Hashem in Boulder, CO

A Reform Congregation Emerges from the Flood



by Rabbi Joshua Rose On Rosh HaShanah we celebrated Creation, and by Yom Kippur we had been hit by the flood. The deluge began Thursday afternoon. I posted pictures to Twitter and Facebook, amused by the enormous puddles everywhere. Two hours later, it was clear that this was no joke. The four lane road in […]

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Help Colorado Flood Victims



The URJ is working closely with our Colorado congregations to assess damage to their buildings and within their communities. We are aware of damage to one synagogue and are working with local leadership to facilitate necessary repairs and a replacement of religious school text books. Individuals interested in donating directly to Colorado flood victims are […]

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Reform Family Supports Hurricane Sandy Victims



It’s that time of year again: Hurricane season. From my years living in Florida I know well that June-November is the official season. Living now in New York, one cannot escape the constant reminder of last year’s ‘Super Storm Sandy.’ The news is filled with updates, as one-by-one the Jersey Shore boardwalks reopen for the […]

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After Alberta Flooding, URJ Opens Disaster Relief Fund



On June 21, more than 100,000 residents of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and many more throughout the province of Alberta, were forced to flee their homes ahead of rising flood waters. Although the rivers have crested and since begun to recede, there have been three confirmed deaths, tens of thousands remain without power, and cleanup and […]

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Reform Movement Collecting Donations for Oklahoma Tornado Victims



The Union for Reform Judaism is accepting donations to assist in the wake of the deadly tornado in Oklahoma. The URJ will allocate funding received to agencies on the ground that are best equipped to respond to this disaster. We’re also working closely with our congregations in the affected region to assure the safety of […]

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10 Ways the Reform Movement is Supporting Post-Sandy Relief Efforts



In the six months since Superstorm Sandy devastated coastal communities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the Reform Jewish community has rallied to support the rebuilding effort, our synagogues, and the millions of people who were – and continue to be – impacted by the storm. Although much of the Reform Movement’s work has […]

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Coming Together in Times of Crisis



by Rabbi Hara Person As we all try and process the horrors of the Boston marathon bombing, we must remember to stop and appreciate the good works that often gets overshadowed by the seemingly endless parade of horrible we read about each day. Almost six months ago almost the entire east coast was rocked by […]

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From Tornado to Better Future



by Rabbi Donald Kunstadt What is it like being the rabbi of a congregation that has been damaged over the years of my rabbinate by two hurricanes and now, perhaps the worst damage, from an EF2 tornado? At first discouraging, but on the other hand déjà vu, and experience dealing with disasters comes to mind. […]

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