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Bay Area Masorti Emergency Email: 40 dead as northern Israel burns

Bay Area Masorti Emergency Email

Dear Chevreh,

For those who have not yet heard, at least 40 people have been killed in a massive fire in northern Israel that is still raging out of control. Israel has appealed to the United States and others for help.  Please include all the families who have lost loved ones and all the Israeli rescue workers in your hearts and prayers.  Here are a few news links, and we will share updates we receive with ways to help.  
May the light of Channukah be experienced as warmth and safety in Northern Israel and in our homes,

Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Chair, Bay Area Masorti

Rabbi Menachem Creditor
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