As fires devastate California, Chicago’s Jewish Federation rallies support

Within the Los Angeles area’s Jewish community, evacuees need immediate housing, large portions of three summer camps have burned to the ground, and a day school has been destroyed.

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A view of Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu, Calif., shows how devastating the wildfires have been. (Camp Hess Kramer/Facebook via JTA)

Dozens have died, thousands have fled, and countless homes and businesses have been destroyed in the most devastating and lethal fires California has ever experienced. Blazes continue to rage in both the north and south of the state.

Within the Los Angeles area's Jewish community, evacuees need immediate housing, large portions of three summer camps have burned to the ground, and a day school has been destroyed. To the north, the synagogue, Chabad house and tiny Jewish community of Chico appear untouched, but are on high alert as the massive conflagration continues to grow just miles away. 

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago is responding to crisis once again, raising funds to aid in the massive recovery.

Donations to the Jewish Federation California Fires Relief Fund can be made at juf.org/DisasterRelief, by calling (312) 444-2869, or by sending a check to 30 S. Wells Street, #3017, Chicago, IL 60606. Donations may be earmarked specifically for California Fires Relief, or for any of the several other natural disasters that have occurred in recent months.

As always, Federation will work hand in hand with local Federations and agencies, and will absorb all administrative costs so that 100 percent of funds collected will provide relief for the those impacted by this disaster.




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