Federation Launches Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund

The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and our national organization, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), are teaming up to raise funds in support of those effected by super Typhoon Haiyan, which has wrought widespread destruction in the Philippines.

One hundred percent of funds donated will go those in need. Your donation will support relief efforts by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). JDC is consulting with local officials, the Filipino Jewish community and global partners to assess the evolving situation on the ground in the Philippines, where one of the strongest storms on record has wrought widespread destruction. More than 10,000 people are feared dead, with reports of ocean surges as high as trees. The central city of Tacloban on the island of Leyte is among the worst hit on the Pacific nation.

The Federation-supported JDC has led relief efforts for previous storms in the Philippines, and helped support the local Jewish community in a nation that sheltered 1,000 European Jews fleeing the Nazis during World War II.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Filipino people suffering from this terrible storm’s unimaginable destruction," said Michael Weiner, chairman of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.

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