From the Rabbi – Preparing for the Hurricane

Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,

First of all: please know that CBI’s religious education programs will not meet on Monday. Stay home and stay safe!

We are all in the path of this storm. Please prepare as you can for potential power outages, restricted water access, and other disruptions to everyday life. Rabbi Howard Cohen, who has long been involved with the fire service, tells me that emergency service providers through out the Northeast  are taking this storm very seriously. Here are some preparedness tips from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

As we batten down the hatches in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, there are many mitzvot we can undertake for family and neighbors. Here are several.

  1. Call elderly neighbors and those who are disabled and/or unemployed, physically ill or emotionally fragile to ask if they need help bringing things in from outside, property and auto protection, make sure they secure sufficient food, water and batteries. You might bring them in to stay in a guestroom to reduce fear and isolation, ensure warmth and safety.
  2. Are you the wrong person to be alone right now? Call friends, family and neighbors and arrange to stay with them. Bring provisions, flashlights and batteries to help out. Far better safe than sorry.
  3. Make a regular check-in plan for while the storm rages, if electric goes out, and keep these calls short and reassuring so as not to lose cellphone battery power.
  4. Now and during the storm, start collecting things to donate to those who will have had major losses, talk together about a family tzedakah plan for funds to donate as well.
  5. No one to reach out to? Reach out to our Hesed Committee and to the rabbi, and we’ll do our best to stay in touch.
Reb Rachel

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