Since its exhibition, “Sailboats and Swans,” was interrupted by the fierce winds and water surge caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Andrea Meislin Gallery is getting images from the show out to viewers via email. Every Monday, the gallery emails three photographs of the show, featuring the work of Israeli photographer Michal Chelbin.
In the days after the city’s worst hurricane in history struck, as New Yorkers – along with affected residents of New Jersey and other reeling areas of the Northeast – struggled to get on with the lives that had become bruised by Sandy, Barack Obama came for a visit. For three hours, he traveled to the Rockaways and Staten Island, consoling the victims and offering moral support and seeing the damage first-hand.
Israeli volunteers assist Sea Gate residents after storm.
The hurricane was called Sandy but Af-Bri is the “Angel of the Rains.”
On Oct. 8, Shemini Atzeret, exactly three weeks before “Frankenstorm,” the Jews of Brooklyn’s Sea Gate (and around the world) said the annual “Prayer for Rain,” calling on Af-Bri to “thicken and form clouds and empty them,” perhaps with anger (Af), preferably for a blessing, for health (Bri), with the seasonal insert of Mashiv HaRuach, “He makes the wind blow and the rain...”
Judaism offers much wisdom to help people in our communities cultivate the resilience to recover from the aftereffects of Sandy, a storm that created a unique situation affecting an estimated 54 million people in 24 states.
Jewish organizations and individuals fan out across the region to offer relief.
Growing up in Israel, in foster homes and an orphanage, Moti Kahana learned that Jewish philanthropists from the United States were generous contributors to the needs of fellow indigent Israelis. He told himself that one day he’d like to be on the giving end.
Can expertise from rocket attacks help Sandy victims?
Talia Levanon, director of the Israel Trauma Coalition, which deals mostly with the effects of rocket attacks on civilian areas, will brief community and faith leaders, first responders and social workers here on how to alleviate the suffering caused by Hurricane Sandy.
'We Are A Lost Community," says organizer; volunteers come from near and far.
Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, causing particularly severe damage to beach communities, the Jewish community in this enclave adjacent to Coney Island is still struggling to recover and reeling from what residents say is a lack of attention from authorities.
Numerous houses in the community, which was overrun by storm surge, remain without power or uninhabitable, and five synagogues in the neighborhood were heavily damaged.
In 2001, Jewish groups battled UN over storm names Israel and Adolph.
While Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on East Coast Jewish communities, another storm 11 years ago made serious political waves in the Jewish world.
It’s not unusual for Jewish organizations to clash with United Nations agencies over issues related to Israel. But in 2001, Jewish groups’ concern for Israel drew them into an unusual battle with the UN over the naming of a hurricane.
The only good news associated with Hurricane Sandy, whose devastation will be felt for a very long time, is the response from caring people — professionals and volunteers — who have offered assistance, shown compassion and given of themselves in countless ways.
Our community can take pride in the inspiring response, and particularly the decision, announced by UJA-Federation of New York this week, that it will make up to $10 million available for relief efforts, the largest such allocation it has ever made to deal with a natural disaster.