Agencies, synagogues and organizations that can help you help out.
Helen Chernikoff and Adam Dickter
In the aftermath of a disaster, we might not know how to help. Yet victims need thoughtful aid more than anything. Storm-struck areas’ needs change quickly. The community that called for food, water and flashlights yesterday might put out a desperate request for blankets tomorrow. Below is a list of opportunities to help you figure out how to give money and time most effectively. Here’s where to give …
With Stern students evacuated uptown, Yeshiva University enjoyed a brief taste of co-ed life.
A female student helping herself to dinner in the Yeshiva University cafeteria usually stands out like plant life on Mars. But, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the resulting influx of 200 Stern College women onto the men’s Washington Heights campus, the usual monotonous cafeteria scene was transformed.
Men and women, equally represented, stood together in lines and sat together at lunch tables, chatting, laughing and enjoying the co-ed hiatus.
On the night Hurricane Sandy roared in, as two giant trees sandwiched my house and pierced the garage roof, it felt like the world itself was crashing down. We were seeing before our eyes an undoing of the primordial act of order. In Genesis, a wind brought about a separation of earthly and heavenly waters, and then a separation of water from dry land. But with Sandy, the waters of the deep appeared to be reclaiming that coastline and undoing that initial act of separation.
Office-sharing initiative including Limmud NY, Storahtelling also homeless due to basement flooding.
A Manhattan office building that houses the Jewish Daily Forward and several Jewish organizations may be closed for several months due to flood damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy.
Citing an unnamed disaster recovery company official involved with the building, where the newspaper has an office on the eighth floor, The New York Times reported Monday that 125 Maiden Lane may remain closed for months while transformers, boilers and other equipment are replaced.
UJA-Federation is committing up to $10 million to its Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund for immediate assistance to organizations and people harmed by the record-breaking storm that battered the East Coast last week. It is the organization's largest relief effort to date for a natural disaster.
The charity has already allocated $200,000 to the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty for immediate food and security needs for its clients and Jewish community councils.
Decades ago, when I worked with several Jewish outreach organizations, the emotional highlight of every weekend Shabbaton was the Havdalah ceremony, the termination and climax of the Sabbath. As in summer camp as well, there was the flame from the candles illuminating our faces in a timeless light; there was singing and swaying together arm in arm and inevitably, our moist cheeks reflecting both the joy of what we had experienced together, and the sorrow of losing it.
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).