As we learn more about the damage and devastation caused by Hurricane Ida, our prayers are with those affected by the storm, including the brave first responders who put their lives on the line to help those in need.
Along with prayer, we know there is a need for action and tangible aid, which is why the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), is offering ideas of how to support those who were affected by the storm.
DONATE TO ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING ON-THE-GROUND RELIEF
There are several organizations working directly with families in the affected areas to help them rebuild their lives, including:
Local Federations and Network Communities in Louisiana and other potentially affected states including Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, laid the groundwork for a response ahead of the storm, while Federations in neighboring states such as Texas are already preparing to set up support in the forms of hot food, supply drives, temporary housing and childcare, coordination with aid organizations, and satellite services.
Nechama has been in communication with emergency management partners in Louisiana to monitor damage and stay updated on search and rescue efforts. In the upcoming days, check back for developments regarding a future response.
SAY A PRAYER
Prayers can help us reflect and heal during hard times. You can say these prayers individually, with your family, with your congregation, or with your community:
- Recite the Mourner’s Kaddish for those who perished, and the Mi Shebairach (Prayer for Healing) for those who are recovering – physically, emotionally, or otherwise.
- Reflect on this Prayer for Flood-filled Days from Rabbi Paul J. Kipnes.
- Say A Prayer for Safety After Violent Weather written by Reform liturgist, Alden Solovy.
We’re continuing to keep an eye on developments related to Hurricane Ida, as well as other storms that are forming as we move through the peak of hurricane season. We will share information and opportunities to help affected communities as it’s available.