Hurricane Irma struck Florida’s west coast this weekend after causing catastrophic damage to several Caribbean islands. In Florida, at least five people died from the storm, which hit hardest in the Keys and Gulf Coast cities and towns and elsewhere. Miami, Jacksonville and other cities had extensive flooding and damaging winds. The islands of Turks and Caicos, Barbuda, St. Martin, St. Thomas, and Cuba were devastated by Hurricane Irma. Homes, businesses, and vehicles were completely destroyed.

CJP has joined with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to help the growing numbers of victims of Harvey, Irma, and other 2017 hurricanes. The Hurricane Irma Relief Fund is being administered by JFNA and will enable relief agencies in the U.S., Israel, and beyond to provide urgently needed assistance in a coordinated manner.

In partnership with JFNA, CJP is raising money to respond quickly after Hurricane Irma to meet basic needs in Florida and other affected areas—including short-term needs, such as food, medicine, and shelter, and longer-term needs, such as trauma counseling.

One-hundred percent of donations to the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund are being used to help victims of the deadly storms.

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Hurricane Harvey Update

Thanks to your generosity, Boston’s Jewish community has already contributed more than $449,739 in urgently needed assistance to Houston’s recovery efforts from the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Assistance provided thus far has included creating a cleanup supply distribution center at Houston’s JCC, and providing food, medication, diapers, and hygiene products for thousands of people in need. Additionally, your donations helped establish a counseling line for all members of the public and purchased thousands of fans to help dry out water-damaged properties.

For more information, visit JFNA.