natural disasters

Elie Lowenfeld, Volunteering in a disaster zone.

Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor
05/22/2012

Elie Lowenfeld, 25

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Last April, Elie Lowenfeld found himself in Birmingham, Ala., volunteering for recovery work after a devastating tornado.

“I walked into what used to be a neighborhood, but there was nothing left standing,” he said. “There wasn’t a tree or a wall of a house or a telephone pole.”

Elie Lowenfeld

Flooding a Town to Save Another

06/03/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Q -In reading about the recent Mississippi River floods, it was shocking to see how spillways were opened in less populated areas, in effect deliberately flooding out thousands of homes in order to save more populated areas downstream. How can anyone justify wiping out entire communities like that? And conversely, is it right for people to deliberately move into areas that are known "spill zones," where flooding is known to occur.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Jewish Community Aiding Tornado Victims

04/29/2011

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- Jewish groups are mobilizing assistance in areas of the U.S. Southeast struck by devastating tornadoes this week.

The Masks We All Wear: Remembering Japan this Purim

03/18/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Okay, I have a secret to tell you. But you have to promise to keep it a secret. Promise? Well, then, here goes: I’m a “theater person.” Yep, it’s true. I have a big background in theater, drama, musical theater, sketch comedy, and improvisation. Yes, that means I speak in silly voices and accents sometimes. And, yes, hopefully it does make my sermons at least a little more engaging. I’ve noticed that there are many fascinating similarities between the theater world and the rabbinate, but I suppose those observations will have to wait for another column.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Japan’s Agony: Natural Disaster Through a Religious Lens

03/18/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

After one or two probing and thoughtful questions from my Hebrew High School students this week about the unfolding disaster in Japan, I decided to shelve my lesson plan and just talk with them about what they were feeling. They were, like we all are, horrified by the images they were seeing, and struggling to frame this great tragedy in some way that was manageable for them.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Israeli Among Dead, Chabad House Destroyed in New Zealand Quake

02/22/2011

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – An Israeli backpacker is among the dozens killed in an earthquake that devastated the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

At least 65 people are reported dead and many buildings toppled, including the city’s Chabad house, in Tuesday's temblor, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale.

The Israeli, who has not yet been named by embassy officials, was in a car with three other Israelis when a building collapsed on them, according to Chabad’s Rabbi Shmuel Friedman.

Seven Mild Earthquakes Hit Northern Israel

11/16/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit northern Israel, the seventh temblor in two days.

Tuesday morning's earthquake hit near the border with Lebanon, and marked the highest magnitude quake of the seven that began on Sunday evening with a 2.7 temblor, Haaretz reported. Residents of the Upper Galilee reported feeling the quake on Tuesday, according to the newspaper. No injuries or damage were reported.

Israel sits on the Syrian-African fault, and mild earthquakes are not unusual in the region.

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