Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,
As news has rolled in about Typhoon Haiyan and the tremendous devastation it has caused, our hearts open to the people of the Philippines with compassion and anguish.
According to UN officials, about 11 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless. At least 1,500 have been killed. There is desperate need for clean drinkable water and for food. (If you’d like to learn more about the typhoon and its aftermath through the voices of people in the Philippines, try Global Voices Online’s coverage of the typhoon.)
There is little that we can do from northern Berkshire except giving money to organizations which are helping survivors there.
The URJ Disaster Relief Fund is collecting donations which will be distributed to aid groups working in affected areas.
The American Jewish World Service is also collecting donations for Typhoon Haiyan victims. AJWS will distribute that money to local organizations in the Philippines who are already working on the ground there to help survivors.
And Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders has organized teams of doctors, nurses, surgeons, psychologists, water and sanitation experts and other specialists to respond to the typhoon’s aftermath.
If you are able to donate, I hope that you will open your hearts and your wallets to the people of the Philippines. The destruction there is almost unimaginable. Our prayers will be with those impacted as they begin to rebuild.
Blessings to all,