Houses of worship are currently not eligible for FEMA repair funds due to concerns about separation of church and state.
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.
The selfie he took doing hurricane relief efforts brought him fame—and scrutiny.
The group of survivors, unable to leave a powerless building, was discovered by the Chesed Shel Emes volunteer society.
“I don’t care where you live, if it’s 90 or 100 degree weather, it’s deadly. And if you’re in your 80s and have a heart condition, you’re done for.”
A tweet by President Trump about hurricanes Irma and Harvey is renewing hope among Jewish groups that have long advocated for emergency assistance.
The NYPD’s District 3 teamed up with Jewish community organization Amudim and the grocery store Seasons Kosher to send aid to where it’s needed most.
The island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands was among the worst hit by hurricane Irma. But even wind gusts of near 200 miles per hour and torrential rain could not prevent the local synagogue from holding Shabbat services.
Nursing homes were intentionally not evacuated. “I have two sons who live close by, but I’m safer here than I would be with them,” one resident said.
The family had sheltered in the mikveh during Hurricane Irma, but when the storm picked up speed again, they were forced to evacuate.