ASIAN TSUNAMI DISASTER
World Jewish Aid has launched an appeal for the victims of the Tsunami in Asia which has caused the death of over 220,000 people and many more are missing, injured, bereft and left with nothing. It is a quite horrendous situation.
The aim of the aid is to help people survive. As the situation deteriorates water contamination and disease threaten the lives of the survivors. Our partners on the ground in India, Indonesia and other affected areas are slowly being able to tell us where the aid should be directed so we can target our response.
It is important that there is a Jewish response to this disaster - it is our responsibility to show what a positive part we, AS JEWS, play in the world as a whole.
World Jewish Aid's appeal has cross communal support from: The Chief Rabbi with the United Synagogue; The Reform Synagogues of Great Britain; Liberal Judaism; The Assembly of Masorti Synagogues; The Spanish & Portuguese Jews� Congregation, London; Tzedek; The Board of Deputies of British Jews; B'nai B'rith UK; The Federation of Synagogues.
Through our partners we have been in contact with the local Jewish communities in both India and Myanmar. Both have confirmed that there are no victims among the Jewish communities there.
We receive regular updates and if anyone requires further information the UK Government site (www.dfid.gov.uk) is continually updated.
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You can donate online now. Click on www.worldjewishaid.org/donate
Here to help in a disaster
When there is a disaster to which the international community responds we appeal to the UK Jewish community to play its part. There is a responsibility in Judaism to direct our charitable works not only at Jewish causes.
As Rabbi Soloveitchik wrote in his work Confrontation:
� we are charged with responsibility for the great confrontation of man with the cosmos. We are involved with the rest of mankind in that confrontation; we co-ordinate our efforts�we stand shoulder to shoulder with mankind�for the welfare of all.
It is in this spirit that World Jewish Aid has mobilised the Jewish community to respond to this disaster.