Having trouble viewing this message? Click here to see it in your browser.
The Jewish Federation of the East Bay, in partnership with The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), is collecting funds on a non-sectarian basis for relief efforts in the wake of the disastrous earthquake that struck off Japan's coast on Friday, March 11th, and subsequent Pacific Ocean tsunamis. Our Federation has opened an emergency mailbox to meet the critical needs of those affected. 100% of all funds raised through the emergency mailbox will go to support JDC's relief efforts.
If sending checks, please send to: Attn: Japan/Pacific Emergency Relief Jewish Federation of the East Bay 300 Grand Avenue Oakland, CA 94610
The Jewish Federation system and JDC acquired substantial experience in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Maldives and India following the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004. JDC is assessing the situation in Japan and the Pacific Rim and has activated its network of partners to determine needs.
The 8.9 earthquake, the most powerful to hit Japan in more than 100 years, has killed hundreds of people and caused untold damage through massive flooding. JDC worked in Japan before the American entrance into World War II, helping support Jewish refugees in Kobe, Japan who fled Hitler's Europe. Today, several thousand Jews live and work in Japan.
The Jewish Federation of the East Bay partners with JDC in hundreds of overseas projects, including responding to international natural disasters such as the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami and the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.
The Jewish Federation of the East Bay is working with The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief as the Federation movement has in the wake of other international disaster relief efforts. The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief brings together the experience, expertise, and additional resources of North American Jewish organizations to assist victims of natural or man-made disasters on a non-sectarian basis. The coalition, managed by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), consists of organizations such as the Jewish Federations of North America, the Union for Reform Judaism, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, World ORT, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, American Jewish World Service and American Jewish Committee, to name a few. The coalition's work maximizes the resources, coordinates the activities of its member agencies, informs the public about the disaster situation and the Jewish response, and demonstrates the long tradition of Jewish humanitarianism during times of crisis.
The Jewish Federations of North America represents a continental Federation movement whose collective power makes an extraordinary impact on our global community and beyond.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…