The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the umbrella group for organized philanthropy in major cities and regions, announced Oct. 30 that it has opened its Hurricane Relief Fund for donations towards recovery and rebuilding from the devastation Hurricane Sandy caused on the East Coast.
Donations can be made at www.jfeds.org/SandyRelief.
At least 38 U.S. deaths have been blamed on Sandy, which made landfall in New Jersey on Monday, the Associated Press reported. The storm left millions without power or mass transit, and forced scores of organizations—including Jewish institutions such as JFNA—to close their offices.
“The Jewish community and the Federation Movement send our support and prayers to those affected by the hurricane, and we will stand beside them during the recovery and rebuilding,” JFNA said in a press release.
The Union for Reform Judaism also opened a fund. "Even as we work to determine the specific impact to URJ congregations and families, and to our larger communities, it is already clear – too clear – that this storm will require a long-term, coordinated recovery effort," the union said on its web site. "The URJ is in the process of reaching out to all our congregations on the east coast and throughout the Midwest to determine what the most immediate needs are in impacted communities"
Donations can be made here.