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Campaign For Quake Damaged Shul In New Zealand
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The Bnei Akiva youth organization in Christchurch, New Zealand, is conducting a fund-raising appeal on behalf of the Canterbury Hebrew Community, a synagogue damaged in the country’s recent earthquake. The synagogue, according to its web site, is “closed until further notice.”

The Bnei Akiva appeal is endorsed by the Auckland Hebrew Congregation and the New Zealand Jewish Council. The 250-member synagogue suffered structural damage in the earthquake, but “the building is repairable,” Garth Cohen, president of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation, wrote in an open letter. While no members of the Christchurch congregation were killed or seriously injured in the tremors, “there are at least a handful of families whose homes have been completely destroyed. Others … hve lost most of their possessions to damage, flooding and liquefacation.”

Donations to the Bnei Akica Christchurch Appeal Fund can be made through the Bank of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand, SWIFT code BKNZNZ22, ABA# 021 000089; or care of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation, 108 Greys Ave., Newtonm Auckland, New Zealand 1010, Account number 02-0100-0017176-000.

Two bodies of two Israelis, Ofer Levy and Gabi Engel, 22-year-olds from Rehovot, were found in Christchurch Tuesday by New Zealand search and rescue personnel, Israeli officials confirmed. The families were notified Tuesday morning in Israel.

A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Wellington confirmed that two other Israelis, reportedly from Dimona, remain unaccounted for, although one was last sighted on the north island. Neither has contacted his family since the disaster

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03/10/2011 - 08:38
Bnei Akiva, Fundraising, New Zealand, rebuilding synagogue
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I know this may sound cold hearted but I think you are doing your readers a disservice by not telling us whether Canterbury Hebrew Community had any insurance that covers any and/or all of their losses. I've seen cases where non-profits try to double-dip by soliciting rebuilding funds even though they are well covered for a loss like this by insurance and I've seen non-profits without insurance. In that later case I would want to know that the leadership of the synagogue will promise to rectify their short sighted approach to buying insurance before I enable more poor judgement with my donation.

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