Help us help the victims of natural disasters of 2017. Our Federation is dedicated to helping with immediate relief efforts for those affected by hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters.

In response to natural disasters, we have already provided almost $600,000 in emergency funds. The most significant thing we can do as a community is to raise funds for clean-up and recovery. Our experts have been part of teams on the ground helping to meet immediate needs and assist with emergency efforts. We are 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. Our network of local and international partners enables us to respond quickly and effectively.

  • In Texas and Florida — with our partners on the ground — we are assisting with ongoing flood recovery, clean-up and other needs.
  • In Mexico, our partners are providing search, rescue, and recovery support, and evaluating additional needs.
  • To meet the needs of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, we are working with our partners to assess the situation and bring assistance as quickly as possible.

We help rebuild the Jewish community physically, as well as identify what we can and should do to maximize all efforts.

Your support will help the victims of these disasters rebuild — right when they need it most. When disaster hits, our Federation family stands together.

Thank you for helping us help them.

100% of the funds collected for the Hurricane Emergency Fund and Natural Disaster Relief Fund 2017 will go to the relief efforts.

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Hurricane Harvey

The Facts:

Hurricane Harvey — one of the most devastating hurricanes on record in U.S. history — delivered its worst blows to Houston’s Jewish community.


Our Response:

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has already provided over $600,000 to support both short- and long-term needs, including:

Immediate needs:

  • Emergency cash assistance, provided through Jewish Family Service of Houston (JFS)
  • Relocation of Jewish educational institutions, specifically the JCC day care and early childcare programs, and a day school, affecting 500 children
  • Loans for reconstituting homes and small businesses, in conjunction with the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Houston and the Hebrew Free Loan Societies of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Ohio
  • Support for a temporary day camp, which provides a structured daily program and meals for 350 children, allowing parents to focus on cleaning up and rebuilding their lives
  • Mental health support, in the form of a “warm line” of social workers from across the country who are available to speak by phone with Houston residents
  • Deployment and coordination of volunteers for home “muck outs,” being coordinated through JFS and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
  • Collection and delivery of much-needed medical, personal hygiene, and cleaning supplies to the Houston area
  • Ensuring High Holiday services for congregations with damaged synagogues

Short- and long-term recovery:

  • Financial support so struggling families can get assistance to pay for Jewish day schools and preschools
  • Trauma services for people who are dealing with the psychological fallout of the hurricane and aftermath
  • Continued volunteer services to support recovery efforts
  • Major reconstruction support to supplement costs beyond FEMA/insurance coverage and deductibles for eight heavily impacted institutions


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