We remember Superstorm Sandy five years ago and that should give us compassion for those throughout Texas who have experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.
Houston has great needs but in time it and areas surrounding it that were hit will recover. There are many ways you can help. You can donate to the American Red Cross or to the ASPCA or you can help in more specific ways.
CRT can provide direct support to Congregation Emanu El of Houston, which is taking donations of gift cards to major national chains such as Target, Home Depot and Walgreens to help those with immediate needs. I will be accepting gift cards from anyone wishing to contribute, which I will send in bulk on behalf of CRT to the synagogue. All you need to do is drop them off at CRT in an envelope to my attention and I’ll do the rest.
Reports I have read state that many of the Emanu El families have lost everything in the floods. Let us help them recover. I would like to send our contributions by Sept 14th so they can be distributed before Rosh Hashanah.
Emanu El, a reform synagogue, has risen to the occasion, by trying to help find shelter for meals for those in need. Emanu El has teamed up with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center to operate Hurricane Harvey Houston Day Camp, providing child care services for those addressing property damage to their homes or providing help to others.
The URJ Greene Family Camp, located north of Austin, Texas, is among those which are helping by providing space on its campgrounds for families to stay, according to this article. If want to get a better idea how your contributions will help, check out this short video with Loui Dobin, executive director of the URJ Greene Family Camp and Emanu El’s Rabbi Oren Hayon, where they describe their relief efforts.