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Education a priority in the list of post-hurricane needs
With thousands of people still displaced two months after Hurricane Harvey flooded swaths of eastern Texas, leaving heavily damaged homes and property, Chabad of Houston is directing funds raised towards immediate uses. One of them is Jewish education. To...
A Chabad contingent does what they do best: offer sustenance in all its forms
If there’s one thing the world has been reminded of in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it’s that when it comes to human lives and suffering, people respond. When women in the Chabad community in Houston, Texas, saw what was going on around them, they took i...
They traveled to Texas from a dozen U.S. states to help
Witnessing the “sheer depth of loss” firsthand, 50 rabbis from a dozen different states set out to homes, shelters and hospitals in Houston this week to give spiritual and material comfort and aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. After morning prayers ...
A marathon 72-hour drive from Connecticut, and others from around the nation
Rabbi Mendy Hecht is tired. After all, he had a marathon 72 hours that saw him drive from his home in Connecticut all the way to Texas to help out those struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey before flying back home Tuesday in time to teaching se...
As the High Holidays approach, making time to assist those hard-hit by Harvey
Rabbi Eli Goodman knows what it’s like to lose everything to a hurricane. His home and synagogue in Long Beach, N.Y., which faces the Atlantic Ocean, sustained heavy damage in the fall of 2012, when Hurricane Sandy ripped up the East Coast. He is among 50...
Spending Labor Day weekend with disaster victims salvaging items from their homes
Student volunteers from college campuses from as far away as Boulder, Colo., arrived in Houston on Sunday to spend Labor Day weekend in sodden homes and drying streets, providing relief for victims of Harvey. Groups that included students, alumni and camp...
After a night on the road, a day of nonstop work for college-age volunteers
When Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, Rabbi Yisroel Wilhelm, co-director of the Rohr Chabad Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder, understood more than most the tremendous effort, generosity and compassion it takes for a community to rebuild aft...
Trucking company said they had no way of getting into Houston
With much of Houston’s kosher-food supplies ruined by catastrophic floods, the first refrigerated truck with kosher staples arrived in Houston late last week just in time for Shabbat. The driver? Rabbi Dov Mandel, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Fort Wort...
A photojournalist documents the efforts of Rabbi Naftoli Schmukler of Chabad Coastal Bend
ROCKPORT, Texas—Hurricane Harvey first made landfall in the Corpus Christi area late Friday, slamming the towns of Rockport and Port Aransas. It continued up through the bay area and into Houston, bringing with it a storm surge of devastating proportions....
Students have been pitching in wherever they can since the storm hit
With the raging winds of Hurricane Harvey gone and the floodwaters beginning to subside, the focus is now turning to salvaging homes and belongings before they are destroyed by mold, water and moisture. In a race against time, hundreds of young volunteers...
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