Since UJA Federation of Greater Toronto established its Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund on Monday in response to this calamity, conditions continue to become more dire for the people living on the Gulf Coast of Texas, including much of Houston’s Jewish community. “Recovery like this — it is a disaster larger than Katrina in terms of the amount of water that fell — we’re going to have short- and long-term recovery plans, but this is probably going to take us years to get back to where we were,” said Taryn Baranowski, of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.
Seventy-one percent of the city’s Jewish population of 63,700 lives in areas that have experienced high flooding, including 12,000 Jewish seniors. Three synagogues have also experienced severe flooding.
Help UJA Federation of Greater Toronto help the victims of this disaster, by donating to UJA's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. One hundred percent of the money raised will fund urgent needs like food, medicine, and rescue and relief efforts assessed as most urgent. UJA Federation is raising funds for this relief effort to support communities and individuals, together with other Jewish Federations across Canada and the United States. There is an urgent need for dollars and funds donated since Monday are already on the way from here in Toronto and our sister Federations.
The slow-moving, record-shattering tropical storm Harvey, which officials have reported is responsible for at least 30 confirmed and suspected deaths, battered the region for a sixth straight day yesterday and began to move into southwest Louisiana, where it made its second landfall early Wednesday morning. With hundreds of thousands of people under evacuation orders, shelters in Houston filled to bursting, with people who craved some news about the safety of their loved ones and the state of their homes.
To donate please visit ujadonations.com/harveyrelief