In the past few weeks, all of us have had to consider the threat that Ebola poses, both in Africa and in the United States. We are fortunate to have access to sophisticated medical services, and the danger to the United States is relatively small in comparison to West Africa, where tens of thousands of men, women and children are at risk.
Our Jewish tradition teaches us that we are required to help repair the world, and today there are entire communities in West African nations that have been ravaged by this virus. Too many have died, or have been orphaned or widowed. While we must of course do what we can to reduce even the smallest threat to our nation, our attention as a Jewish community must focus on support for those most endangered and most vulnerable.
I’m writing to you today to let you know we can do something to help through our Jewish community.
I hope you will join me in supporting three trusted organizations that are working to help Ebola victims and survivors and their families.
Your gift today to Partners in Health, IsraAid or the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) will support vital efforts to stop the spread of this disease.
IsraAid is a marvelous example of Israel’s commitment to tikkun olam. IsraAid is currently assisting Sierra Leone, one of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, by training professionals to help combat trauma and stress. You can contribute directly to the campaign here.
Partners in Health, an organization headquartered and founded in Boston, is doing tremendous work leading a coalition of health care experts on the ground in West Africa to stop the spread of Ebola. Their extraordinary efforts are detailed here. Donations will help train health care workers to identify, isolate and treat those suffering from Ebola.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has also been working with organizations on the ground in West Africa, providing protective equipment to front-line responders to the crisis as well as establishing a treatment unit in Liberia to test for Ebola and treat those stricken with the virus. Donations to the JDC can be made here.
Let’s help now and show the world that the Boston Jewish community cares about this crisis, and that we are here to help.