Jewish Response to Earthquake Crisis in Nepal

Another destructive earthquake has struck already ravaged Nepal, this one only slightly less powerful than the 7.9 magnitude temblor that killed and injured thousands and destroyed homes, businesses and historic shrines.

The widespread destruction in and around Kathmandu has left up to one million people homeless. Nepalese and tourists alike have been killed and injured by avalanches and collapsing buildings.

Israeli experts – including an IDF delegation, IsraAID and others – were among the first to arrive in Nepal to assist in the search for survivors and to set up a field hospital to aid the many injured. Their work has been extraordinary. The IDF field hospital treated 1,600 people, performed nearly 100 surgeries and even delivered eight babies.

IsraAID said after the latest quake, many people who had been sheltering in already damaged buildings had decided to take their chances outdoors, making the humanitarian crisis in Nepal even more acute.

In times of crisis, our community embraces the value of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. Boston’s Jewish community has come together to support people around the globe. The people of Nepal need our support now and for the long and painful process of recovery that is now under way.

CJP has contributed $20,000 thus far to the organizations that are funding relief efforts or providing on the ground assistance in the hardest-hit areas of Nepal. We hope you’ll add your generous support to assist the rescue efforts.

AJWS: The American Jewish World Service (AJWS), opened a relief fund hours after the devastating April earthquake in Nepal. Learn more about AJWS.

IsraAID: An emergency relief team from IsraAID arrived Kathmandu just days after the quake, distributing emergency supplies, including food and water, as well as psycho-social services, to the hardest-hit communities. Learn more about IsraAID.

JDC: The American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is working with partners to distribute emergency relief – including medical and food supplies – to Nepalese in crisis. The JDC is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, helping millions around the world in more than 70 countries. Learn more about JDC


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