In response to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs is encouraging donations to the relief effort.  Officials estimate that the earthquake killed over 50,000 Haitians and left at least another 300,000 homeless.  

JCPA is a leading member of the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (JCDR) which is managed by American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).  Within that framework, a new special Coalition for Haiti Earthquake Response has been created.  The coalition has established a special mailbox to receive funds for the Haitian humanitarian aid efforts.   Other Jewish groups have opened mailboxes as well, including The Jewish Federations of North America and a number of JCPA national member agencies--American Jewish Committee, B'nai B’rith, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, the Orthodox Union, Union of Reform Judaism, and United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism.  Other Jewish communal organizations participating in the relief effort include American Jewish World Service and Mazon.

JCPA has been in close contact with federal government regarding the ongoing relief efforts and a range of related issues including foreign affairs, international development and immigration policy.

Officials estimate that the January 12th earthquake in Haiti will cause at least 50,000 causalities make another 300,000 people homeless.   The need in Haiti is critical. 

Currently, the most effective way to assist the aid effort is to donate to funds.