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Federations create hurricane relief fund

Rescue workers and volunteers help residents make their way out of a flooded neighborhood in Houston following Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 29, 2017. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona is joining with the Jewish Federations of North America to help the victims of Hurricane Irma, which battered the Caribbean and the eastern United States earlier this month. At least 42 people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have died as a result of Irma, which caused widespread flooding and damage, leaving more than 10 million people without power. Dozens more have died in the Caribbean.

In addition to calling for community support of the relief fund, the JFSA made an $1,800 allocation, says Stu Mellan, JFSA president and CEO.

The Hurricane Irma Relief Fund will be administered by JFNA and will enable relief agencies and partners in the United States, Israel, and beyond to provide urgently needed assistance in a coordinated manner.

To donate, visit https://tinyurl.com/JFNA-hurricane.

Those who prefer to mail a check may send it to:

The Jewish Federations of North America

Wall Street Station

PO Box 157

New York, NY 10268

The fund will raise money for the victims of Hurricane Irma, as well as victims of all 2017 hurricanes.

Last month, JFNA began raising funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and more than $10 million has been raised. These funds, from federations, foundations and the government of Israel, are already being put to work.

To see how this support is already making a difference, watch the video “Responding to Hurricane Harvey: Community in Action” at vimeo.com/233034143.