If you are like me, you have read or watched the news about the unprecedented disaster developing in Texas. I have been in regular contact with colleagues, friends, and Jewish leaders in Houston and the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. A few rabbis have lost their homes from flooding. We know of one synagogue that has sustained extensive damage to their sanctuary and building. Because the storm is still churning, Jewish leaders are still in the early stages of assessing the breadth of destruction, displacement, and need. As the avenues to help become clearer, we will update you on Temple Beth El’s organized response.
Right now, the best way to help is through donating money. Here are ways you can respond to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey.
- Donate to the Union for Reform Judaism established a fund to support evacuation housing at the URJ Greene Family Camp. The Reform Movement is housing evacuees and helping with relief efforts.
- Donate to NECHAMA – a Jewish relief agency that responds to natural disasters and is coordinating on the ground disaster assistance.
- Donate to Temple Beth El’s Combined Clergy Good Works Fund. We will use collected dollars and direct them to Reform congregations damaged by the storm to help them resume operations as quickly as possible.
- American Red Cross
As the recovery continues, we pray that our communities will remain safe from harm. We will continue to update you in the coming days and weeks ahead as we determine the best ways our community can help those affected by the storm.
Rabbi Asher Knight