Jewish Federations Raising Funds for Hurricane Matthew Relief by the Forward

Jewish Federations Raising Funds for Hurricane Matthew Relief

Image by Getty Images

— The Jewish Federations of North America is opening an emergency fund for Hurricane Matthew relief.

As the Category 3 storm whipped Florida’s Atlantic coast with 100-mile-per-hour winds Friday, forecasters warned about a storm surge in parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina that could bring widespread destruction to homes, businesses and infrastructure.

The National Weather Service warned that some places hit by Matthew could be uninhabitable for “weeks or months,” CNN reported. Palm Beach and Broward counties in South Florida, home to a Jewish community that includes tens of thousands of retirees, was largely spared the worst of the storm.

Jewish federations are collecting money to mobilize humanitarian support and provide relief to the Jewish communities in the path of the hurricane, according to JFNA.

Jewish institutions in or near the storm’s path planned to close down for the weekend, extending into Shabbat. Others are offering shelter to evacuees. Chabad in Orlando, which plans on being open for Shabbat, has set up a hotline and is assisting tourists and residents.

In the Toco Hills community of Atlanta, Congregation Beth Jacob and Young Israel of Toco Hills are offering home hospitality to Jewish evacuees from the Carolinas and Florida. Over 50 local families have already signed up to be hosts, according to the Orthodox Union.

Jewish Federations Raising Funds for Hurricane Matthew Relief

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Jewish Federations Raising Funds for Hurricane Matthew Relief

Thank you!

This article has been sent!