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Dear ,

We would like to update you on our Federation’s relief and recovery efforts and how your generosity is helping us help the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

We have been and continue to be overwhelmed by the outpouring of compassion by our Los Angeles Jewish community. To date, we have received over 800 gifts totaling nearly $500,000 — and we will continue to raise more funds for relief, recovery and cleanup efforts. Nationally, our Federation system has raised over $12 million.

Once Hurricane Harvey hit, our Federation immediately sent emergency funding to assist in the most impactful way. These funds help displaced families with temporary housing and supplies to begin cleanup of their homes and institutions that sustained severe flood damage. A significant portion of the Jewish community in Houston was severely affected and lives in areas with major flooding and destruction. Becky Sobelman-Stern, our Federation’s Chief Program Officer, traveled to Houston to join a small national team of Federation professionals to assess and address the needs on the ground, provide help to the most vulnerable, and start to rebuild the community.

Your generous support is already making a tangible difference in these ways:

  • Cash assistance and grants to flood victims and families
  • Extended day camp programs for children, as schools and day care centers remain closed
  • Grants to rabbis for congregant families in need
  • Coordination of volunteers and donations
  • Counseling and mental health services to victims and their families
  • Mapping the community to understand the needs

Hurricane Irma has caused widespread damage and flooding throughout the state of Florida and beyond. Millions are still without power. Along with The Jewish Federations of North America and our partners, we are beginning to assess the damage and how we can offer assistance in the most impactful way. We will continue to keep you updated on our Federation’s relief and recovery efforts, which your support makes possible.

Our Federation is part of a global community — and this is what we do to care for Jews in need in the United States and around the world.

We are grateful for your dedication and commitment to helping those affected by the storm, and we thank you again for your generous support of the Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund.

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100% of the funds collected for the Hurricane Emergency Fund will be used for relief and recovery efforts to help with the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.


Jay Sanderson
President & CEO