As you are no doubt aware, the community in Houston, Texas is in the cross-hairs of a devastating storm that has already flooded many neighborhoods and will likely cause much more damage in the next 24–48 hours.
In the words of the president of one of the shuls in Houston: “We will need major help. This is the worst flooding in Houston history! All homes are now under water! Between inches and 6′. [The] Shul has 4’–8’—can’t even get close. And there may be another 24–48 hrs of this. We will need to have serious conversations about restarting a community. I know that sounds extreme, but this is the big one!”
As a community, this is our opportunity to stand together and show our brothers and sisters in Houston that we stand with them in the spirit of Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh—that all of our people stand together as one.
Here are two ways you can help.
National Chizuk U’Tefilla Campaign – As Jews, we believe in the power of Tefilla (prayer), and we must also show those who are facing devastation in Houston that they have brethren from far and wide who care about them. Please use this link to commit to recite Tehillim for the Zechut (merit) of the Houston community and you can also post messages of chizuk (support) that will be passed directly on to members of the community.
Emergency Fundraising Campaign – As we work with the community to understand their specific needs, we will update our website with more information. Our full emergency fundraising campaign will launch with the next 24-48 hours. But for now—please click here to donate to the OU’s disaster relief fund in support of the Jewish community in Houston.
May the merit of K’lal Yisrael coming together to support a community in crisis bring us all a Shana Tovah.
Allen Fagin, Executive Vice President, Orthodox Union
Rabbi Haber and Rabbi Litt, who hails from Houston, can send direct help to specific families via the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.
ESC’s note: Please remember, in addition if you are able, to support general disaster relief agencies, such as the Red Cross. The whole population of the affected areas is suffering.