Today’s Boston Globe reports on the extraordinary efforts by CJP and the Boston-Haifa Connection to send aid and support to Haifa in the wake of the fire:
Hub rallies to aid Israel fire victims
By Lisa Wangsness, Globe Staff / December 5, 2010
“Local Jewish groups are rallying to help victims of a fire raging in the hills near Haifa, a city in northern Israel that has developed close ties with Boston over the past two decades.
On Friday, Combined Jewish Philanthropies wired $200,000 to its office in Haifa and set up a special fund for donations on its website. Brad Bloom, chairman of the organization’s board, said leaders here will spend the next few days talking with their counterparts and local officials in Haifa about what help is most urgently needed. And representatives might travel to Haifa this week.
‘We will let them define what the needs are, and we will certainly be responsive, based on that,’ Bloom said.”