on Wednesday, 31 October 2012. Posted in Community Events
Helping those who are most in need is a primary Jewish value, a critical form of tzedakah. In the wake of the huge hurricane Sandy that struck New York, New Jersey, and most of the East Coast the last two days many of us want to step forward and help relieve the suffering and aid the recovery.
You can help in two ways: by giving money and by donating blood.
First, along with FEMA and other government agencies and authorities responding to the disaster, as always the Red Cross is on the scene in every state that has experienced severe damage. This will be a costly response to help distressed people. If you can help financially make a call to 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit www.redcross.org, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 and make an automatic $10 contribution.
In addition, our own Reform Movement has proved to be an excellent and efficient provider of support in emergencies. Donations can be made easily online to the URJ Hurricane Relief Fund at www.urj.org (although their office is closed today by the storm their website is working and accepting donations) or by mail to:
Hurricane Relief Fund
Union for Reform Judaism
633 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017.
Second, national blood supplies are being adversely affected by the short-term drop in blood donations on the East Coast. There is information on www.redcrossblood.org or 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) about where and how to donate blood here to help replenish the national blood supply. Our own blood drive ten days ago—thank you, Jill Rich—provided close to 30 pints of blood. If you missed that and can give blood, now is a good time to do so.
May God provide strength and skill to all who are working to alleviate suffering and repair the damage.
L'Shalom v'rei'ut, in peace and friendship,
Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon