Jewish Federations Launch Earthquake Relief Fund
Victims being rescued after devastating earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria. Credit: IBC
In response to the devastating earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria in February 2023, Jewish Federations of North America launched an earthquake relief fund to provide humanitarian aid and to support recovery efforts. Their overseas partners are on the ground in Turkey to assess the needs and determine how to be best positioned to help.
Shalom Austin Chief Executive Officer Rabbi Daniel A. Septimus said, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by the catastrophic earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria. It is in times like these when we all must come together as a community to help others, no matter how near or far. May our collective efforts bring healing and recovery to all of those in need.”
Jewish Federations have a long and proud history of response to global crises, aiding vulnerable Jewish populations and individuals of all faiths and backgrounds in the hardest-hit places. Funds have supported hundreds of relief efforts in the aftermath of major disasters, from California wildfires to tsunamis in Asia, to hurricanes and flooding in the Gulf to tornadoes in the Midwest.
Jewish Federations of North America Board Chair Julie Platt said, “We mourn the tragic loss of life brought by this disaster and send our hopes and prayers for all those who have been injured. We remain in close contact with our disaster relief partners on the ground and are mobilizing our communities to raise funds to support their life-giving work. Our Jewish values of tikkun olam guide us day-in and day-out to extend our hands to those in need, and Jewish Federations pledge to carry out this mandate with pride and dignity.”
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