Jewish groups helping in international tsunami relief effort

This being my first entry into this blog, I’ll leave off with political or otherwise personal stuff. Enough to point out that my day job is Communications Director for the Jewish Labor Committee, and in my “free time” I am, among other things, a Vice President of Meretz USA and a Senior Corespondent for LabourStart.

Among the Jewish organizations are seeking funds to assist in the relief effort:

  • American Jewish World Service, (800) 889-7146. “AJWS supports almost 200 grassroots organizations in the developing world and Russia and Ukraine through grant making, technical assistance, emergency relief and advocacy. We also provide unique international service opportunities for the Jewish community, enabling Jews to play an active role in the process of meaningful social change. Last year we sent over 300 volunteers to the developing world.”
  • American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, (212) 687-6200, ext. 889. “Since 1914, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc. (JDC) has served as the overseas arm of the American Jewish community. Our mission is to serve the needs of Jews throughout the world, particularly where their lives as Jews are threatened or made more difficult. We sponsor programs of relief, rescue and renewal and help Israel address its most urgent social challenges. We are committed to the idea that all Jews are responsible for one another and that “To save one person is to save the world” (Mishna, Sanhedren 4:5).”
  • B’nai B’rith, or by mail to the B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund, 2020 K Street, NW, Seventh Floor, Washington, D.C., 20006. “Founded in 1843, B’nai B’rith International is universally recognized as one of the world’s largest and oldest Jewish human rights, community action, and humanitarian organizations. A constant source of innovation and charity for populations around the world, B’nai B’rith has founded hospitals, orphanages, senior housing communities, disaster relief campaigns, libraries, anti-hatred programs, and countless other initiatives in the public interest. B’nai B’rith is also a tireless advocate for Israel and the Diaspora in a variety of governmental and political arenas.”
  • Chabad of Thailand, 96 Thanon Rambuttri, Bangkok, Thailand 10200. (“For U.S. tax deductibility, checks should be made out to American Friends of Chabad of Thailand.”)
    “Welcome to the Jewish Community of Thailand”

  • World Jewish Aid, Freepost WC1152, London NW1 2YW “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.”

Many local Jewish community federations, Jewish community relations councils and other local Jewish communal agencies are accepting donations. Please reach-out now, and if you have additional news/leads, add them as comments, below.

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