Fueled by boredom and loneliness and lured by the dazzle of blackjack tables and slot machines, an increasing number of Russian immigrants are taking daylong excursions to Atlantic City, such as those that ended in deadly crashes over the past week.
The New York-based American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee will dispatch two professional staff members to Sri Lanka this week to oversee programs funded by its massive relief effort, even as the second major earthquake in three months created new need in the area ravaged by the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster.
More than a million Sri Lankans have been affected by the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster, and more than half of them were children. Thousands have lost one or both parents, or are suffering from post-traumatic stress.
But in a country of 18 million, there are few psychiatrists, and even fewer trained to treat children.
Jewish aid agencies were overwhelmed this week as money poured in from across the community in response to the tragedy of biblical proportions unfolding in Southeast and South Asia, where tidal waves have claimed the lives of more than 70,000 people.
In the first 36 hours after Sunday’s catastrophe, the American Jewish World Service raised some $200,000, an official said Tuesday, while the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) said it had to hire temporary employees to accept a torrent of phone donations.
Rabbi Anchele Perl wants to turn lemons into lemonade.
Not only does he expect to rebuild the lower level of his synagogue, Beth Sholom Chabad in Mineola, after the damage caused by last July’s flash floods, but he plans to turn it into the Chabad Center for the Arts.
Instead of just replacing what was lost in the flood — 4 ½ feet of water filled the synagogue’s lower level causing $300,000 worth of damage — a raft of multi-media equipment is being installed.