(JNS.org) Jewish groups organized relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Authorities said it is possible that more than 10,000 people died from the storm.
“We immediately activated our network of global partners and will leverage our previous experience in the region to provide immediate, strategic relief to survivors in their time of need,” Alan Gill, CEO of The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), said in a statement.
The American Jewish Committee and B’nai B’rith International are both contributing to Israeli relief organization IsraAID for humanitarian efforts to assist the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
“It’s hard to even imagine the widespread devastation they’re experiencing in the Philippines. Each disaster has its own unique challenges and this one will truly be a giant undertaking,” B’nai B’rith President Allan J. Jacobs said in a statement.
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is also collecting disaster funds. “As Jews, we must act together to help those in need in the wake of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan,” Ruth Messinger, president of AJWS, told JNS.org in an email statement. “We are asking American Jews and others to donate funds so that we can provide urgent aid to local groups in the Philippines that understand their own communities and what survivors need to recover from this heartbreaking disaster. By focusing our support on local Filipino groups, we are increasing the effectiveness of this effort and ensuring that Filipinos and the Philippines benefit as much as possible,” she said.