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December 2, 2016  RSS feed
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Stepping up to help Israelis impacted by fires

JTA news service and staff reports

The Jewish Agency for Israel will provide immediate financial assistance to hundreds of families throughout Israel whose homes were damaged by scores of fires that swept the country.

A grant of $1,000 from the Jewish Agency will be provided to each family “to help them address urgent needs presented by the loss of their place of residence,” the Jewish Agency said. Funding for the grants will be provided by special contributions from the Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod-UIA (United Israel Appeal) and additional donors, the agency said.

Organizations that have set up funds to help the victims include:

• Jewish Federations of North America Israel Fire Emergency Fund, with the funds designated to help Israelis displaced by the fires. (

• Jewish National Fund Emergency Fund, with donations earmarked for new firefighting equipment and reforestation. (

• B’nai Brith Israel Emergency Fund to provide aid to victims. (

• Israeli-American Council fund “to support the firefighters working around the clock to save lives and property.” ( support-firefighters)

• Masorti Movement “Phoenix Fund” to assist rebuilding three Masorti kehillot (Conservative congregations) damaged by the fires. (

Other groups that offered assistance included the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which provided food and clothing vouchers and launched an emergency telephone hotline operating in Arabic, Hebrew and Russian.

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