UJA of Greater Toronto opens fund in the wake of Colorado flood

IsraAID expected to land in Denver Friday  

By Daniel Horowitz--In the wake of ferocious and unprecedented flooding that has left a trail of destruction across the State of Colorado, killing eight and destroying more than 1,500 homes, United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto has opened the UJA Colorado Flood Relief Fund.  

So far, approximately 400 other people are reported missing from the flood and the relentless rain that has swept through 15 counties, wiping out roads and bridges and destroying or damaging homes, businesses and institutions.  

In Boulder, several feet of floodwater swept into both the Har Hashem Reform synagogue and Bonai Shalom Conservative congregation, damaging both buildings, while the Chabad Lubavitch of Boulder County was also badly hit. Many members of the Jewish community are reporting flooded homes as well.  

A relief team from IsraAID, The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid - UJA’s partner since 2005 - is expected to land in Denver on September 20th, and head towards Boulder to join the efforts of national American relief teams, government agencies and the Jewish communities of Denver and Boulder.  

“IsraAID aims to help local residents find and save their possessions, clean debris and gut houses so families can begin the slow path to recovery,” said Shachar Zahavi, CEO, IsraAID.

“As with Superstorm Sandy last November, the cleaning stage is crucial to avoid major health and hygiene issues from contaminated water, open sewage, and the onset of dangerous mold. We wish to thank UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, The Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado and the Jewish community of Boulder for supporting our efforts in Colorado.”

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Colorado,” said Ted Sokolsky, President & CEO, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.

“Whenever and wherever natural disasters have taken place, UJA and the Jewish community of Toronto has supported the philosophy of tikkun olam, repairing the world, by expressing their desire to help their fellow Jews and all those in need. This is no exception.”  

One-hundred percent of funds raised from UJA of Greater Toronto's Relief Fund will go towards efforts coordinated by the Jewish Federations of Colorado in cooperation with other Jewish Federations across North America and with the additional expertise of IsraAid, our overseas relief partner.  

To contribute to UJA's Colorado Flood Relief Fund, please visit http://ujadonations.com/Colorado or call 416-631-5705.

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