October Tzedakah Box Supports Victims of Hurricane Maria
Our October Tzedaka Box contributions will support victims of Hurricane Maria, which last month devastated Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean. Puerto Rico has suffered catastrophic damage, including at least 24 deaths, the loss of much key infrastructure, buildings, homes and about 80% of agricultural production.
Our donations will go to IsraAid, a nonprofit NGO committed to providing on the ground life-saving disaster relief and long-term support. IsraAid immediately sent an emergency response team from Israel to Puerto Rico, which has focused on water sanitation, distributing food and hygiene kits to low-income neighborhoods, large-scale debris removal and providing post-trauma mental health support. Their team is working closely with local organizations and communities, including leaders of the Jewish community, to address immediate needs and assess longer-term needs. Your generous donations will help devastated communities in Puerto Rico recover from this disaster and rebuild their lives.
IsraAid teams of professional medics, search & rescue squads, post-trauma experts and community mobilizers have been first on the front lines of nearly every major humanitarian response in the 21st century. Over the past month, IsraAid volunteers have also been assisting people affected by hurricanes in Mexico, Texas and Florida. Since their founding in 2001, they have responded to crises in 41 countries and have ongoing programs in 14 countries, providing millions with the vital support needed to move from destruction to reconstruction and eventually to sustainable living. For more information, visit www.israaid.co.il.
To make an online donation, visit the Beth Am Give page and select "Tzedakah Box" from the list of funds (click magnifying glass to see list of funds). Or, your donations may be placed in any of the tzedakah boxes on the Beth Am campus (in the Sanctuary foyer, Beit Kehillah or Administrative Office). If you prefer to make your donation by check, please make it payable to Congregation Beth Am and mail to: Congregation Beth Am, Attn: Tzedakah Box - Hurricane Maria Relief, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022. Thank you for your support!