From your Clergy: on the Japan Earthquake and Pacific TsunamiMarch 11th, 2011 | posted by Rabbi Karen R. Perolman | Email Me
Dear Congregational Family,
I am sure that many of you have been glued to your televisions and computers since the news of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan early this morning. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake is one of the strongest in recorded history and the tsunami covered parts of the country in water with its ripples reaching the West Coast of the United States and South America.
When unexplainable and tragic events strike our world we try to understand their cause while responding as quickly as possible to help those in need. We are proud that the Israeli government was one of the first to reach out to the people of Japan and that Israeli search and rescue organizations will be traveling there after Shabbat.
The Jewish Federations of North America is setting up an emergency relief fund to help those in affected areas and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a federation partner, has opened a mailbox for donations to be used for Japan/Pacific disaster relief. Information about contributing to the JDC and Red Cross can be found below.
We pray for health and peace for those affected by this disaster and their families.
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Matthew D. Gewirtz
Cantor Howard M. Stahl
Rabbi Matthew A. Reimer
Rabbi Karen R. Perolman
Donations to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Donate by mail or phone:
Check payable to JDC (Japan/ Pacific Disaster Relief)
P.O. Box 530
132 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
Donations to the Red Cross’ rescue efforts:
Donate by mail
American Red Cross (Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami)
PO Box 4002018
Des Moines, IA 50340-2018
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