Help the Hurricane Harvey Recovery by Rabbi Asher Knight

As the full magnitude of the devastation created by Hurricane Harvey becomes clear, we are working with the Union for Reform Judaism and other partners to mobilize support for all who have been impacted by the powerful storm. Right now, the desire to help is outpacing the mechanisms. In the coming weeks and months, the avenues to help will become clearer. We recognize the need to provide immediate support, as well. We are therefore taking the following steps today:

  1. URJ Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, TX, is open for those who need a place to stay. The Reform Movement’s camp will be open and providing housing and meals for an indefinite period of time.  The camp staff are also facilitating a day-camp for children in the Houston area over Labor Day weekend, so parents can assess the damage of their homes while their children are in safe hands. If you are able to make a donation to support this special effort by the Greene Family Camp, please do so via the URJ.
  2. We are in close contact with our partners in this work, and we encourage anyone who is able to make a donation to support relief work to do so through the following:
    Nechama, A Jewish Response to Disaster
    Jewish Federations of North American (JFNA) Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
    Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County
  3. Donate to Temple Beth El’s Clergy Good Works Fund. We will use collected dollars and direct them to the congregations affected by the storm to help them resume operations as quickly as possible and to help their community.

In the coming weeks, we will explore every available avenue to support in the impacted areas, and we will continue to provide updates as often as circumstances warrant.