Mar 13, 2011

Fwd: Help the Victims of the Earthquake in Japan

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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.

The Jewish Federation of the East Bay
300 Grand Avenue, Oakland CA 94610
main 510.839.2900   fax 510.839.3996

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