September Tzedakah Box Supports Hurricane Relief Efforts
Our tzedakah donations in September will support Hurricane victims in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. Catastrophic and life-threatening floods have driven tens of thousands from their homes, and many homes and buildings have been severely damaged or are under water. FEMA reports that more than 450,000 people are likely to seek federal disaster aid, and that it will take years for affected areas to recover.
Our donations, to the Jewish United Fund of Chicago Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, will support Jewish communities in need and impacted by the storm, as well as the general public. The Federation will absorb all administrative costs, so 100% of funds collected will provide relief for the thousands impacted by this disaster. Read about the JUF's efforts here. 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).
Donate Gift Cards
As part of the relief efforts, we are also collecting gift cards (Target, Walmart, Lowes, Walgreens, etc.) that we will securely sent to URJ synagogues to be distributed amongst those affected by the flooding. Rabbi David Lyon of Congregation Beth Israel (the largest congregation in the Texas area and the one in greatest need) notes: “Congregation Beth Israel will be assisting hundreds and hundreds of families in coming days and weeks. They'll need gift cards to assist in meeting immediate needs and expenses for replenishing clothing, toiletries, household items, school supplies for children, etc. Hurt has no shame and no label; we just need to heal one another.” Collection boxes will be in the Beth Am Youth Ed and Main Offices throughout the month of September. (Additionally, Beth Am Youth Ed. students can give gift cards to their teachers.)
If you prefer to mail us gift card(s) or to make your donation by check, please make it payable to Congregation Beth Am and mail to: Congregation Beth Am, Attn: Tzedakah Box - Hurricane Relief, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022. Thank you for your support!