We know all too well the pain and shock of disaster, and as Jews, we believe in tikkun olam - that it is our responsibility to help repair the world. Recovery will take years for those in storm-ravaged parts of Texas and Louisiana, and as a community, we pledge to stand with those who need our help.

 

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has opened a fund to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey throughout Texas and Louisiana. Not only does your charitable gift provide near-immediate relief for those affected in the Jewish communities in storm-damaged areas, it also helps the wider community. JFNA's network of local and international partners enables us to respond quickly and effectively. JFNA funds urgently needed basics like food and medicine, and long-term needs like trauma counseling, and provides resources to emergency service providers so they can help where they’re most needed. After Hurricane Katrina, JFNA's fundraising efforts led to more than $29 million allocated to both Jewish and non-Jewish relief organizations and area non-profits.

 

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans has donated $50,000 to relief and recovery efforts, and we hope you'll join us to help however you are able. For more ways to help, please see below.

  • Gift Cards (min. of $25) to Target, CVS, Walgreen's, HEB, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Lowe's, and Wal-mart
  • Cleaning supplies (cleaning spray, sponges, mops, spray bottles, buckets)
  • Shovels
  • Non-perishable food items (pop-top cans, individually packaged snacks)
  • Bottled water
  • Advil/Tylenol/Aleve/Aspirin
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Tampons/pads
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Heavy duty trash bags
  • Bleach
  • Work gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Teddy bears/toys for children
  • Blankets
  • Android/iPhone chargers

Uptown Jewish Community Center
5342 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans

 

Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus/Jewish Community Day School
3747 West Esplanade Avenue, Metairie

 

Torah Academy
5210 West Esplanade Avenue, Metairie

 

Jewish Family Service (GIFT CARDS ONLY)
3300 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 603, Metairie

 

Jewish Children's Regional Service (GIFT CARDS ONLY)
3500 N Causeway Blvd # 1120, Metairie, LA 70002

 

(Gift cards should be given to the receptionist at each site. Additionally, many synagogues are accepting donations for this effort.)

Updates from our community partners

Anti-Defamation League
ADL is joining with the Jewish Federations of North America to help those in need in Houston.  As staff we have been encouraged to donate to JFNA’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and will be sharing these efforts with our board as well. To learn more, email lbaach@adl.org.

 

Chabad Uptown​
Chabad Uptown has been in contact with Chabad in Houston as well as individual families affected by the storm and subsequent flooding, and has encouraged members to contribute to the Chabad Houston effort. So far, several thousand dollars have been raised locally for this effort. Chabad in Baton Rouge is planning a trip on Sunday with supplies collected in NOLA and BR along with volunteers.

 

Jewish Children's Regional Service (JCRS)
​​JCRS will be giving gift cards to existing clients currently served in Houston, as well as those who have called them. ​

 

Jewish Community Day School (JCDS)
Through Prizmah, the national day school network, JCDS has advised that they will welcome any student, tuition free, for the remainder of this year, after which they are able to continue with generous tuition assistance as needed. There is currently one Kindergarten-aged evacuee at JCDS. To learn more, email spollin@jcdsnola.org.

 
Torah Academy
Torah Academy is opening our doors to welcome tuition free, for the 2017-2018 school year, any Jewish child from the areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. We will do all that we can to ease the transition and provide a warm and loving environment to help the child adjust in this trying time. To learn more, email ychesney@torahacademynola.com.