Hurricane Sandy … Ways to Respond

By now, most of us are haunted by the scenes of the massive devastation inflicted by Hurricane Sandy, particularly in New Jersey and New York City. And worst of all … the storm rumbles on. People have lost their lives, their homes, their businesses; and cities like New York are scrambling to climb out of this.

Now is the time for those of us who have not been impacted by Sandy to step up and make a difference for those affected by this disaster. Recognizing that all people are created in the image of HaShem, we each have an obligation to one another.

There are numerous ways you can make a difference … it does not matter how, just do it. Do not stand idly by.

Ways You Can Make a Difference

1) Continue to pray. Especially for those who have been affected, and for those still in the path of the storm.

2) If you live near areas affected by the storm … volunteer. Or donate blood.

3) Donate to a reliable, established disaster relief fund. Here are a couple options:

Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund – Jewish Federations of North America

USCJ Disaster Relief Fund

About Rabbi Joshua

I'm a Rabbi, writer, thinker, mountain biker, father and husband ... not necessarily in that order. According to my wife, however, I'm just a big nerd. I have degrees in dead languages and ancient stuff. I have studied in various Jewish institutions, including an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe. I get in trouble for making friends with perfect strangers, and for standing on chairs to sing during Shabbos dinner. In addition to being the Senior Rabbi of Simchat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in West Haven, CT, I write regularly for several publications and speak widely in congregations and conferences. My wife is a Southern-fried Jewish Beltway bandit and a smokin' hot human rights attorney... and please don’t take offense if I dump Tabasco sauce on your cooking.
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1 Response to Hurricane Sandy … Ways to Respond

  1. Michelle says:

    I would never give my funds to the Red Cross. We became very familiar with them during Katrina. I would much prefer to send my funds to a faith based organization. I volunteered at a shelter during Katrina. The shelter was running very smoothly until the Red Cross took over. The atmosphere changed completely, the food served was horrible and I felt there was little respect shown those affected by the disaster. There are many other truly faith based organizations that do a wonderful job in times of crisis.

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