Mar 4, 2010

Update on Chile, Global Hunger Shabbat, JTS-RA Beit Midrash

Update on Chile      
Rabbi Angel Kreiman, a Masorti Rabbi who lives in ConcepionChile, felt the damage of the earthquake intensely.  The following is an excerpt and translation from an email he recently shared: 

I went into the Concepción Synagogue and it was like a "hurban habait", the walls are all cracked and the roof failed down I couldn't stay there, so I got the sifrei Torah out and left.
Another colleague, Rabbi Shmuel Szteinhendler, also suffered damage to his home.  Relief efforts are being coordinated by Masorti Olami.  Below is a message from Tzvi Graetz, executive director of Masorti Olami.  
Masorti Olami - Chile Earthquake Relief Fund
March, 2010   |   Adar 5770

Dear Friends,
On Friday night at 3am, an earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale struck Chile. This was the most severe earthquake in Chile for 50 years, and one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded. So far, more than 700 people are known to have died.

Chile is home to more than 25,000 Jews, among them 6 Masorti kehillot in Santiago, Vina del Mar, and Concepcion. We have contacted the Rabbis in each of these kehillot, and have sent words of support and encouragement in this time of great need.
You too, can play a part in supporting our Masorti kehillot in Chile, helping them, and others in their cities, to recover from this disaster and to rebuild their lives. Please make a donation to Masorti Olami's Chile Earthquake Relief Fund, and 100% of your donation will help provide for the immediate and long-term needs of recovery. To make a US tax deductible donation, click here for details. You can make a donation online by selecting Chile Earthquake Relief Fund in the program designation.
While many of us still have Purim celebrations fresh in our mind, please spend a moment to help our fellow Masorti Jews get through this tragedy.
Thank you for your support.
Rabbi Tzvi Graetz
Executive Director, Masorti Olami.

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