The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago has opened a Colorado Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of unprecedented flooding across Colorado. The disaster, which has swept through 15 counties, killing five and displacing thousands, has affected Coloradans of all faiths, including the Jewish community.
So far, more than 1,500 people are missing in the flooding, which has wiped out roads and bridges and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes, businesses and institutions. Rain continued to fall today, swelling flooded rivers and hampering response efforts.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the devastation,” said Federation President Steven B. Nasatir. “The Chicago Jewish community has a tremendous track record of providing timely, non-sectarian relief in the wake of disasters throughout the U.S. and worldwide. We are ready to respond, as we have so often in the past, to provide support to those most in need.”
In Boulder, several feet of floodwater swept into both the Har Hashem Reform synagogue and Bonai Shalom Conservative congregation, damaging both buildings, while the Chabad Lubavitch of Boulder County was also badly hit. Many community members are reporting flooded homes as well.
The Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado is taking the lead in assessing needs on the ground and distributing funds and supplies throughout the community. The JFNA and its Emergency Committee have been coordinating with the local Federation and NECHAMA - Jewish Response to Disaster, assessing damages and starting recovery operations. The Emergency Committee today allocated the initial $50,000 for emergency aid to the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado.
Chicagoans may contribute online at www.juf.org/relief, by calling (312) 444-2869, or by sending a check to the Jewish Federation Colorado Flood Relief Fund, Room 3022, 30 S. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60606. The Chicago Federation will absorb all administrative costs, ensuring that 100% of all donations go directly to aid those most grievously affected.
The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and Federations across North America have a long track record of caring for victims of natural disasters. In recent years, the Federation has been proud to support the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan, and Hurricane Katrina.
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