According to preliminary estimates, rehabilitating the forest and roads consumed by the Mount Carmel wildfire will cost approximately $50 million; and the cost of renovating the communities devastated by the blaze will equal an additional $35 – $40 million. Likewise, much of Israel’s firefighting equipment will have to be replaced or repaired.
The fire was still blazing out of control when Jewish communities and organizations all across the globe recognized their responsibility and swung into action, setting up vehicles through which those who wish to donate money can do so. Here are just a few of the outlets accepting emergency donations:
The Jewish National Fund has set up the Forest Fire Emergency Campaign. In addition planting trees, JNF fire trucks and safety equipment. For more information visit www.jnf.org.
IsraelGives.org has established a Facebook page to collect donations as well as goods such as food and clothes for evacuated families.
The Jewish Federations of North America set up a special JFNA emergency fund. For more information visit www.jewishfederations.org.
Connecticut’s Jewish Federations are also accepting donations, 100 percent of which will go directly to help in the emergency relief effort. To find out more, contact your local Federation:
Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford – www.jewishhartford.org
UJA Federation of Greenwich – www.ujafedgreenwich.org
UJA/Federation Westport Weston Wilton Norwalk – www.ujafederation.org
UJA/Federation of Eastern Fairfield County – www.jccs.org
Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven – www.jewishnewhaven.org
Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut – www.jfec.com
The Jewish Federation (Danbury) – www.thejf.org
United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford – www.ujf.org
The Federations, Jewish Communities of Western CT – www.jfed.net
American Friends of the Magen David Adom – www.afmda.org
America Jewish Joint Distribution Committee – www.jdc.org
B’nai Brith Israel Emergency Fund – www.bnaibrith.org
Jewish Agency for Israel – www.jafi.org.il
Conservative/Masorti movement – www.masorti.org
ORT America – www.ort.org
Orthodox Union emergency fund – www.ou.org
ARZA (affiliated with the Reform movement) – www.arza.org
ZAKA (organization that recovers body parts – www.zaka.org.il