Message to the Congregation about Texas

Houston hurricane

Our hearts go out to the communities of Houston, San Antonio, Galveston, Corpus Christi and other areas that have been hammered by Hurricane Harvey, including Jewish communities still recovering from flooding two years ago. Record breaking rain has fallen and more is expected as extensive damage continues to mount.

The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest has opened The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to support the communities and victims of this natural disaster. Online donations can be made here or checks can be sent to Federation at 901 Route 10, Whippany, NJ 07981 with HARVEY RELIEF in the memo line.

Editor’s Note: These are some local organizations accepting donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey:

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation and will provide flood relief for victims who have been affected by the recent floods.

Donations to the Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi will be used to provide food, water and other supplies.

To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society.

Donations to the Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio will provide diapers and wipes for babies, individuals with disabilities, and seniors. You can donate online or mail donations to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.

The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund will be used to help with immediate needs as well as long-term services like minor home repair. Visit their website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.

For more options, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends checking with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas.


Image: courtesy of the BBC

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Rabbi David Greenstein

Rabbi David Greenstein

Rabbi David Greenstein arrived at Shomrei Emunah in August 2009 with a rich, broad and deep background as a rabbi, cantor, artist, scholar, and teacher. Being Shomrei’s rabbi, he says, allows him to draw on all of these passions, as well as his lifelong commitment to building Jewish communities.
Rabbi David Greenstein

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