The Rhode Island community was hit hard by the recent flooding. Several people are in shelters while others are in the process of digging out.  A group called NECHAMA, a Jewish Response to Disaster in Minnesota has already surveyed the state and are now deploying equipment. NECHAMA will clean up the muck and sanitize the rooms that were affected. THey arrived in Rhode Island Sunday.We are looking for volunteers to help us clean up Rhode Island.

 Please note that Nechamawill train all volunteers. We expect them to be in the area for 4 weeks or as long as it takes to clean up Rhode Island. They will also assist people in contacting the right agencies such as FEMA. For more information about NECHAMA I suggest you go to their website

 If you know of anyone who would like to volunteer their services have them contact Wendy Joering at the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island. She is handling the triage efforts. Her email address is Her federation number is 401 421-4111 ext. 169.

While the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island is involved with the program, this really is an interfaith initiative. Please forward this to other organizations of faith so that we can make sure we have done what it takes to get Rhode Island back on its feet. 




Marty Cooper

Community Relations Director
Jewish Federation of Rhode Island
130 Sessions Street
Providence, RI  02906

401.421.4111 x 171