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Jewish Volunteers Comfort Victims of Thailand Flooding

Jewish Volunteers Comfort Victims of Thailand Flooding

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Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Nehemiah Wilhelm distributes supplies to Thai flood victims outside of Bangkok.
Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Nehemiah Wilhelm distributes supplies to Thai flood victims outside of Bangkok.

Described as the worst monsoon season flooding in recent history, Thailand’s so-called “Great Flood” has left hundreds dead and millions without homes, inflicting psychological suffering among many evacuees.

Amazingly spared has been the capital of Bangkok, from where teams of Jewish volunteers venture out daily to distribute food and basic supplies to those in need.

Led by Chabad-Lubavitch of Bangkok co-director Rabbi Nehemiah Wilhelm, the groups consist of other local rabbis and Israeli backpackers.

“There are several places around Bangkok, small villages, main roads and farms that have a lot of flooding,” details Wilhelm.

“So we are going to small places and handing out food and basic things to help them survive.”

Though many have lost relatives and their homes, Wilhelm says that each visit seems to give victims a bit of hope.

“They are so excited when they see us,” relates the rabbi.

Flood waters are expected to take up to two weeks to recede.
Flood waters are expected to take up to two weeks to recede.

“They are happy that we’re thinking of them and helping.”

While the rains have subdued, the flood waters are expected to take up to two weeks to recede.

Chabad of Thailand is no stranger to helping out during natural disasters. After the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami left thousands dead, the Chabad Tsunami Relief effort worked tirelessly to help Jewish and non-Jewish survivors in every way.

“We want to make the world a better place,” says Wilhelm, noting that the Israeli embassy will join the relief effort next week, “so we help everyone.”



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Anonymous N.Hollywood, CA. November 29, 2011

Thank-U so much 4 your effort 1-of our house is flooded in Bangkok, May the LORD bless-U and repay-U 4 your good deeds.
Sha'alu shalom Yerushalayim !!!!! Reply

ruth housman marshfield hills, ma November 24, 2011

Hei Hei Hei Hei, Mayim Mayim... Yes, Thai that KNOT, because it's the gift we all need to give, to each other, and that's the "rap".

With sorrow for this disaster and with gladness that Jews are helping others who are not Jews. Aren't we all in this, together?

The biggest Jew Wish would be, that we all could come together around the world, to celebrate Diversity. We do need to celebrate each other! G_d created us all, and this is a most cosmic dance. Perhaps one day we can all do the hora together. Ahora, after all, means NOW in Spanish. A hora! And maybe then horA's are in order.

So we've got to hurry, because for me, it seems 2020 means, Perfect Vision. We have 8 yrs

Are we looking for a MESSiah. It seems that cleaning up the "mess" is part of what we need to be doing, and that is, all together now! We cannot ever condone what happens in the lives of others, that causes such extreme suffering, but we can all add and subtract, and the after "math" of such tragedies requires us, to do tikkun, in every way! Reply

Alanardeng NY, USA November 21, 2011

Food distribution Let me guess---bagels and lox? Reply

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