Armed with a presidential tweet, a bill moving forward in Congress and a pending lawsuit, Jewish and Christian advocates believe they are on the verge of overturning a long-standing policy that has prohibited federal emergency funds from reaching houses of worship hit by natural disasters.
For Houston’s devastated synagogues, government funds to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey may not come due to church-state separation regulations.
The Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island was awarded almost $500,000 in federal funding to repair damages that occurred during Superstorm Sandy.
Last Hanukkah, Marjorie Slome’s synagogue lay devastated after Sandy. A year later, she tells how her attitude about government’s role in helping religious institutions has changed.
Johnna Kaplan lost her car to Hurricane Sandy. It took her months to realize she would get no help from FEMA. And she was one of the lucky ones.
EDITORIAL: A year after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the suffering continues and we can draw some clear lessons about the limits of federal help.
Months after Hurricane Sandy, damaged synagogues are still barred from receiving aid from FEMA. Will the Senate ever act on a bill that would break the logjam?
Hoping to revive a bill to aid synagogues damaged by Hurricane Sandy, two U.S. senators have reintroduced a new measure that seeks to alleviate concerns from FEMA and civil liberties groups over separation of church and state issues.
Six months after Hurricane Sandy damaged at least 72 synagogues, only two have been approved for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
FORWARD EDITORIAL: Should Congress allow FEMA to help houses of worship? What happened to the religion-state divide?