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Thursday, September 01, 2005

This is a real "Give till it hurts" moment

I think we all are shellshocked watching the endless film coverage of Katrina's aftermath. It is like nothing any of us have ever seen in the United States. For me, I keep thinking of the film Hotel Rwanda, where thousands and thousands of black faces stared in desperation as their lives were forever altered by a senseless war. Only Katrina wasn't a war, it was Mother Nature in all her fury, taking her anger out at a place filled with the poorest and most destitute of Americans. I cry over and over at the stories of moms who have lost their kids in the crowds, and people who have no place to go and no money to get there, and are counting on Shrub's "leadership" to give them aid and comfort. We've all seen how sad that is.

As days go by, more and more charities are coming together to collect your donations. I've literally seen hundreds of different charities, from Christian Ministrys to the Red Cross to Animal Rescue organizations. I'd like to promote a charity that I feel will most help with what I believe it an often overlooked population: poor Jewish families. I know many people believe that this is an oxymoron, but it is not. There are many poor Jewish families such as ours out there and we need a special kind of help that can only be given by other Jews. Food banks do not understand the special food needs of Kosher families. Jews need siddurim, torot, communities to make a minyan, tallit, kippurim, and small things like Kosher wine and Shabbat candles. These are essentials for Jewish life, and yet for the Jewish victims of this horrible tragedy, they are out of reach financially (try and buy a tallit when you have no money!) for poor Jewish families, never mind those left homeless and penniless.

So, I'm asking that you consider donating to United Jewish Communities, which represents 155 Jewish federations and 400 independent communities across North America. Through the UJA Federation Campaign, UJC provides life-saving and life-enhancing humanitarian assistance to those in need, and translates Jewish values into social action on behalf of millions of Jews in hundreds of communities in North America, in towns and villages throughout Israel, in the former Soviet Union, and 60 countries around the world.

Specifically for Hurricane KatrinaVictims: United Jewish Communities (UJC) has established a humanitarian relief fund to aid members of the Jewish and general communities touched by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, the Western Florida panhandle and other affected areas.

In addition, I'd like to mention that I'm part of the

Hurricane Katrina: Blog for Relief Weekend
Thursday, September 1 - Monday, September 5

and I will be mentioning my charity during this weekend, hoping to encourage you to donate. If you look here, you'll see a list of bloggers and charities they are supporting. If you choose not to donate to UJC, then choose another charity from the list and donate there. It all helps. Please consider the dire situations that people are in right now, and yes, give till it hurts. If you do decide to donate, please enter your donation here, so it can be recorded as part of the Blog for Relief weekend. You can read updates about the donations during this bloggers weekend here. And THANK YOU!
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Blogger Belinda said...

Here is another such link from my friend Leslie (Pink Thoughts):


2/9/05 4:19 AM  
Blogger neener said...

MoveOn.org has begun listing the names of people offering shelter in their homes. It's very moving to read of such generosity and open heartedness.

When's the last time you heard Americans called refugees? It's really quite startling, and yet totally true.

2/9/05 7:16 AM  

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