Hurricane Sandy

Hardest-Hit Schools Scrambling To Recover

Yeshiva of Belle Harbor abandons Rockaways for Midwood; Mazel Day School searching for new location.
11/05/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Mazel means “luck” in Hebrew, and for Brooklyn’s Mazel Day School — along with many other Jewish schools damaged by Hurricane Sandy — the luck ran out last week.

This week, Mazel is trying to make some luck of its own.

The k-6 classrooms at Brighton Beach’s Mazel Day School were completely flooded. Courtesy of Mazel Day School

After Sandy, Where Do You Give?

Agencies, synagogues and organizations that can help you help out.
11/05/2012 - 19:00

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 …


Teaneck resident Larry Krule spearheaded a donation effort.  Courtesy Met Council

A Matchmaker Named Sandy

With Stern students evacuated uptown, Yeshiva University enjoyed a brief taste of co-ed life.
11/05/2012 - 19:00
Editorial Intern

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.

Stern girls and YU guys in the lounge. Mordechai Tiefenbrunn

Rabbis Cause Furor With Their Explanations For Sandy

11/05/2012 - 19:00

Aside from the cleanup and days without power, and the continuous flow of heartbreaking stories, one of the most difficult parts of a disaster aftermath is the cacaphony of religious "explanations."

It happened after 9/11, after storms and hurricanes and earthquakes, and it can't help but happen after the devastating Hurricane Sandy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Rabbi-rousing is "distasteful in times of tragedy."

The God Particle

11/05/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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.

Joshua Hammerman

Sandy Closes Offices Of Forward, Other Jewish Organizations

Office-sharing initiative including Limmud NY, Storahtelling also homeless due to basement flooding.
11/05/2012 - 19:00

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.

Hurricane Sandy forced several Jewish organizations in a downtown building to close their offices. Getty Images

When Nature Betrays Us

11/04/2012 - 19:00

Human beings crave predictability. And by and large, as regards the natural world, we have it. 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

UJA-Federation Commits Up To $10 Million To Hurricane Sandy Relief

11/04/2012 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

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.

Between Light And Darkness: Lessons From Hurricane Sandy

11/03/2012 - 20:00

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.

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