A severe earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010. This is the most severe earthquake to hit that impoverished country in 200 years. The death toll is expected to reach thousands and it will likely be many days until the impact is fully known. The epicenter was near the capital of Port-au-Prince. Already there are reports that the presidential palace, a major hotel and the UN Headquarters collapsed, leaving hundreds buried in the rubble. According to the International Red Cross, up to 3 million people have been affected by the quake.
B’nai B’rith International has opened its disaster relief fund to help the victims of the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. The fund will support an emergency response team from IsraAID (The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid). B’nai B’rith World Center Director Alan Schneider will join the relief team in Haiti.
IsraAID, of which B’nai B’rith is a founding member, provides an international Jewish response to disaster and emergency situations. IsraAID team member expertise in recovery, medical assistance, and structural engineering will be in demand in Haiti. The team will partner with local agencies to help the community at large, regardless of religion.
NEW YORK, NY, January 19, 2010 – The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (JCDR), an alliance of U.S. and foreign Jewish agencies that provide a united Jewish response to humanitarian disasters, has formed a special coordinating group in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
The new group, the Jewish Coalition for Haiti Relief, is comprised of twenty JCDR member organizations, committed to supporting the recovery of those affected by this massive humanitarian crisis. Relief and reconstruction efforts are being coordinated to ensure that Jewish organizational best practices in humanitarian assistance are implemented to aid Haitian victims of the earthquake.
The Jewish Coalition for Haiti Relief, coordinated by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), has already convened to share updates on members’ efforts and manage program activities being planned to support victims of the earthquake. Member organizations will coordinate on a continuous basis to minimize duplication of efforts during the immediate emergency and long-term recovery stages.
The Jewish Coalition for Haiti Relief’s members are currently working on the ground through a network of partners providing assistance and relief to victims. Members are also supporting the efforts of Israeli emergency teams and NGOs in Haiti. Additionally, the Jewish Coalition for Haiti Relief has released a wide appeal for financial assistance to support this Jewish response to the needs of the Haitian people.
The Jewish Coalition for Haiti Relief is comprised of:
ADL (Anti-Defamation League)
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
AJWS (American Jewish World Service)
B’nai B’rith International
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
JCPA (Jewish Council for Public Affairs)
Jewish Federations of North America
JFR (Jewish Foundation for the Righteous)
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
JTS (Jewish Theological Seminary)
National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC)
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations
URJ (Union for Reform Judaism)
URJ/WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism)
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Ve’ahavta Canadian Jewish Humanitarian and Relief Committee
World Jewish Relief
About the Jewish Coalition of Disaster Relief (JDCR):
JCDR coordinates a unified Jewish response to natural and man-made crises that occur outside of North America. Comprised of 45 primarily North American Jewish organizations that are national in scope, the Coalition represents the full spectrum of Jewish life and demonstrates the age-old Jewish tradition of tikkun olam, or helping to repair the world.
In just a few days, The Jewish Federations of North America and Jewish Federation movement have raised more than $2 million for emergency aid to victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, with funds still arriving.
Many Federations are directing funds to our overseas partner, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and others are sending funds to organizations such as the American Jewish World Service, IsraAID and Mazon.