Florida Jews Brace As Hurricane Matthew Hits

10/07/2016 - 11:39

MIAMI (JTA) — Jewish institutions here were bracing for the worst as officials issued dire warnings about Hurricane Matthew, which approached the state’s Atlantic coast Thursday evening and was to move up the coast over the next 24 hours.

Hurricane Matthew hitting Ormond Beach, Fla., Oct. 7, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

JDC Dispatches Aid To Hurricane-Stricken Haiti

10/07/2016 - 11:36

(JTA) — The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is providing aid to Haiti after a hurricane caused widespread damage in the Caribbean country.

A man trying to cross the overflowing of the river Rouyonne, in the commune of Leogane Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Oct. 5, 2016. JTA

Synagogues, Social Media & Sandy

Hurricane Sandy was the first major U.S. storm of the Twitter era. Like so many others, I was following the storm using social media, including Facebook and Twitter updates. Worried about friends in the East Coast, I tried to gauge just how devastating this act of nature was going to be.

One thing I noticed was that synagogues and temples along the Eastern corridor were using new media communication efforts to keep their membership informed about the storm, the cancellation of schools and programs, and to offer help to those in need (both during and after the storm).

During and after Hurricane Sandy synagogues that had power used social media to keep congregants informed.

The Blizzard's Familiar; Only The Color Was Different

The announcements of an approaching storm. The warnings about possible damage. The advice about what to do and not to do.  The panic, and the inevitable been-there-heard-that-I’m staying-put attitude of some people.

To New Yorkers, the advance of Hurricane Sandy from the South last week was a novel experience. How often do hurricanes strike the Big Apple?

Buffalo, 1977: Another year, another storm
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