Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey


Congregation Beth IsraelThe Reform Movement Responds to Hurricane Harvey.
Find How You and Congregation Kol Ami Can Help.
Recent reports from Hurricane Harvey have recorded more than 40 inches of rainfall in Houston and surrounding areas over the last week, causing intense damage and a creating a crisis around the state.


As the storm begins to trickle to a halt, The Union for Reform Judaism has released new information about the disaster's damage and the ongoing relief efforts to support those in the area.


Hurricane Harvey Houston Day Camp: Starting Aug. 31, staff of URJ Greene Family Camp will be running the Hurricane Harvey Houston Day Camp, in partnership with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston. The Camp will provide local children a space to relax while parents take care of responsibilities following the difficult week. The location is also open to displaced storm victims seeking shelter and is providing families with food, housing, internet, electricity and more.



Partners in relief work: The URJ is also working closely with partners in the Jewish Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (JVOAD), especially the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and NECHAMA. Other organizations currently aiding victims include the Jewish Family Service in Houston and the Jewish Community Center, who will be distributing supplies with local volunteers.


Congregations Affected:


Congregation Emanu El: Rabbi Oren Hayon reports that despite "a small amount of water damage," their building is safe. However the synagogue will be operating under limited hours. They are offering limited relief services for those that need to dry out from the storm.


Congregation Beth Israel: Reports taken from Facebook indicate maintenance staff was able to get into the building, the water has overwhelmed a large majority of the establishment - creating power outages. Staff removed what could be salvaged from the area. Despite the damage, the building is still able to be used as a temporary shelter and evacuation site by the Houston Fire Department.
Congregation B'nai Israel: From Galveston, Rabbi Marshall Klaven reports that some residing in the area have reported being flooded out of their homes and power that has been out for days at a time. The temple, however, is still intact and will be usable once the storms immediate threats diminish. 


How can you help?
Donate to Congregation Beth Israel, Houston's oldest and largest Reform Synagogue: In the coming weeks, they need gift cards to assist in meeting immediate needs and expenses for clothing, toiletries, household items, school supplies for children and more.
Donations can be sent directly to:
Congregation Beth Israel
5600 N. Braeswood Blvd., 
Houston, TX 77096 
Donate: Donations to the URJ's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund will support the work of URJ Greene Family Camp, as well as that of other community partners.


Gift Cards:
  • You may send gift cards to any other Houston-area congregation, who will distribute them based on need. Addresses are listed below. 
  1. Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd., Houston, TX77005
  2. Congregation Beth Shalom of the Woodlands, 5125 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands, TX 77381
  3. Temple Sinai, 13875 Brimhurst Drive, Houston, TX 77077
  4. Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism, 801 Berning Drive, Houston, TX 77057
  5. Temple Emanuel, 1120 Broadway, Beaumont, TX 77701
Volunteer: NECHAMA expects to have volunteer opportunities available soon.

For questions, please email: [email protected]

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