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Hurricane Irma (2017)

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Chabad runs effort to replace destroyed wardrobes
For those living in the still-ravaged U.S. Virgin Islands, life is far normal. Many homes remain damaged or even uninhabitable after two hurricanes, Irma and Maria, hit nearly back to back in September. The tourist industry, which accounts for much of the...
Unity the focus as residents make their way back home
Most years, Sara and Yoram Levi of Key West, Fla., enjoy a home-cooked dinner with their young children before going off to synagogue at the start of Yom Kippur. This year, however, with their home still in shambles from Hurricane Irma, they will be eatin...
Chabad on Campus shifts efforts from refuge to relief and recovery
As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida last weekend, Chabad on Campus centers across the state opened their doors, providing shelter for students and community members. In the days since the storm passed, Chabad has switched into relief mode, providing me...
Jewish communities near and far help out as food, water and supply crisis grows
With power for most residents of St. Thomas expected to be out for months and less than a week’s supply of fresh water remaining, an emergency airlift of desperately needed supplies for the Caribbean island, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma, is on i...
Cooking, serving, packing and delivering grows daily as millions remain without power
On a good day, getting fresh kosher food in Naples, Fla., can be a challenge, as there are no restaurants or dedicated kosher markets in the city. But these have not been good days. Not since Hurricane Irma unleashed fury across the Florida Peninsula—down...
Caring for islanders’ spiritual and material welfare after Irma's devastation
Before Hurricane Irma, many of the Jewish community’s events on the island of St. Thomas were held outdoors under a large wooden trellis built in the front yard of Chabad of the Virgin Islands. That’s gone now. Irma tore the roof off of a resort a half-mi...
Some areas are still not accessible, others were relatively spared
As first light dawned across Florida on Monday, people began venturing out to evaluate the damage left in the wake of Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record. Large swaths of Florida have been battered by Hurricane Irma’s 120-plus-mph...
Reaching out after new orders to evacuate from Naples up to Tampa
Jewish communities along the west coast of Florida from Naples to Tampa Bay scrambled to make emergency preparations—and in many cases last-minute evacuations—Sunday morning as Irma smashed into the Florida Keys after re-strengthening to a Category 4 hurr...
Rabbi checks on community members, hands out stocks of food and water
It’s been a long three days on the island of St. Martin. On Tuesday evening, it was an idyllic tropical getaway. By 10 a.m. the next morning, it was a decimated shadow of itself, having taken six hours of pummeling from Hurricane Irma. Shocking photos sho...
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