An Urgent Appeal from JSPAN: Japan Catastrophe Relief

JSPAN Newsletter - March 11, 2011

An Urgent Appeal from JSPAN:
Japan Catastrophe Relief

Dear Colleagues:

I am passing on to you a message that came from Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom of Congregation Adath Jeshurun to all AJ congregants. I know that you will take it seriously.

In our High Holy Day liturgy, there is a prayer of the High Priest for the people who lived in the Valley of Sharon, an area that was subject to sudden earthquakes. He would pray: "May it be your will, Lord God, that their houses not become their graves."

Since Friday, we have been transfixed by the images of destruction caused by the earthquake in Japan, and the subsequent tsunami. Even looking at the photos, the magnitude of the destruction is hard to believe. The images of the disastrous wave crashing ashore and uprooting everything in its path are indelibly fixed in our minds.

Now we also know about potential destruction that could still occur due to the damage to several nuclear power plants.

Indeed, for many "their houses have become their graves."

At a time like this, we want to help, as human beings, and as Jews.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, one of the oldest Jewish worldwide relief organizations, has established a "Japan/Pacific Emergency Relief Fund."

You can donate online at the JDC website:

If your prefer, you can send a check made out the Joint Distribution Committee, with the notation "Japan/Pacific Emergency Relief Fund", and send it to:

P.O. Box 530
132 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017

In the spirit of compassion and Tikkun Olam, please try to aid in the relief effort with a donation to JDC or another organization aiding in the relief effort.


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