Italian Jewish Community Steps In To Help Earthquake Victims

Jews in Rome begin aid efforts by setting up a blood donation center for those wishing to help the victims.

08/24/2016 - 14:58
Editorial Intern

The Jewish community of Italy was quick to respond to the tragic earthquake that struck central Italy during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI), Noemi Di Segni, said in a statement: “The images and stories that have been emerging in recent hours are shocking and painful. Our thoughts are with the people and communities affected. We extend not only our solidarity on behalf of Italian Jewry, but also our readiness to take immediate, concrete steps to help in the current state of emergency.”

A man searches for survivors among the rubble in Amatrice, Italy. Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty.

Fifth Earthquake In Week Strikes Israel

10/22/2013 - 20:00

A minor earthquake struck northern Israel, the fifth in a week.

Tuesday morning’s temblor, which measured 3.3 on the Richter scale and was centered just northwest of the Sea of Galilee, was felt from Tiberias up to the Golan Heights.

Quake Aid Won't Ease Tensions With Israel, Says Turkish FM

10/27/2011 - 20:00

Diplomatic tension between Turkey and Israel will continue despite Israeli earthquake aid to the stricken country, Turkey's foreign minister said.

Ahmet Davutoglu told the Turkish news service Today's Zaman that “political conditions remain,” and Ankara will not change its position on Israel despite the assistance.

Turkey Now Accepts Quake Aid; JDC Raises Funds

10/24/2011 - 20:00


Two days after rebuffing repeated Israeli offers of aid, Turkey on Tuesday accepted help and Israel quickly sent an aid convoy that included seven tents to shelter some of those whose homes were destroyed in Sunday’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

Pat Robertson Cracked

Last week's earthquake that cracked the Washington Monument revealed additional evidence that televangelist Pat Robertson may be even more cracked. The earth tremor may have been a sign from God that could foretell the end of the world, he said.

Religious Books Rescued From New Zealand Chabad House

04/12/2011 - 20:00

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – Nearly 1,000 religious books have been rescued from the heavily damaged Chabad House in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Chabad House is located in the city's downtown, near the epicenter of the major Feb. 22 temblor that claimed more than 165 lives, including three Israelis. Days following the quake, a rescue worker, at risk to his own life, removed the Chabad center's two Torah scrolls.

Federations Raise $1 Million in Japan Relief

04/10/2011 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Jewish federations throughout North America have raised nearly $1 million to help Japan recover from last month's massive earthquake and tsunami.

The federations' Japan, Hawaii and Pacific Relief Fund, opened immediately following the earthquake and resultant tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, has collected the money to support relief and recovery efforts in the damaged areas.

The Jewish Federations of North America, the umbrella group of the federation movement, has directly raised more than $187,000 through online, mobile and mailed donations.

Taking Japan Personally

04/04/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

My friend’s jaw dropped in disbelief. “You’re going back? What?! Why?”

She turned to her new husband, her eyes twinkling, her voice teasing. “Japan is Elicia’s Israel,” she said. By which she meant, Japan is Elicia’s homeland. By which she meant: how absurd.

Elicia Brown

Fireman Rescues Two Torah Scrolls from Christchurch Rubble

03/02/2011 - 19:00

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – Two Torah scrolls buried under the rubble of the Chabad house in Christchurch, New Zealand, have been saved.

Rabbi Shmuel Friedman, who escaped from the Jewish outreach center with an Israeli backpacker when the devastating earthquake struck Feb. 22, was stopped Wednesday by police detective Chris Bell as the rabbi tried to salvage remnants of the Chabad building in central Christchurch.

What Jews Have to Do With Haiti

This week I wrote about Mark Kurlansky's seemingly strange inclusion in "Haiti Noir," a collection of short stories written mostly by Haitians.  You're not wrong for wondering whether Kurlansky's Haitian--he's not--but he did once have a long career reporting from the island in the 1980s.  But the story begs the question, are there other good Jewish Haitian stories we should know about?

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