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Haiti Earthquake Relief

The following letter was sent to Temple Emanu-El congregants
in response to the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti...

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We all are stunned and profoundly shaken by the physical devastation in Haiti caused by the recent earthquake there and the emotional trauma it has exacted on the Haitian people.

Our Philanthropic Committee has sent, as a first step, $10,000 in emergency relief through the Catholic Relief Services. We chose this organization as the conduit for this contribution, first, as an expression of interfaith solidarity but, more important, because we felt this would be the most direct way of getting the money to the people who need it. Catholic Relief Services has been operating in Haiti for many years, and its network of contacts is well established.

A catastrophe of this magnitude touches many lives, even in areas distant from the location of the event. Just this morning, we learned that our staff engineer Gerado Gutierrez was able to make contact with his wife’s sister in Haiti and confirmed that she was injured but alive.

Because the scope of the destruction is so vast, relief efforts will require ongoing funding. For those who wish to make their own contributions, we suggest the following organizations that have established programs to collect funds for relief efforts:

Union for Reform Judaism

American Jewish World Service

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

American Jewish Committee

B’nai B’rith International

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti in the wake of this overwhelming disaster.

Marcia Waxman
Dr. David Posner
Senior Rabbi
January 15, 2010  

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