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Hurricane Maria (2017)

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Main synagogue open for Shabbat; kosher supplies are distributed
As Hawaiians rush for supplies and hunker down as best they can while awaiting an onslaught from Hurricane Lane, Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries are busy preparing to help the community stay safe, celebrate Shabbat and cope with the uncertain days ahead. “Cha...
George and Pamela Rohr, and an anonymous donor, join Chabad’s efforts on the ground
A group of donors have agreed to match contributions to Chabad Lubavitch of Puerto Rico totaling $125,000 as part of a 30-hour campaign to help the Jewish center in its relief efforts following Hurricane Maria. Longtime Jewish philanthropists George and P...
Rebuilding begins slowly as aid shifts in the right direction
On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Asher Federman and two young rabbis set out on foot, armed with a shofar, to blow the ram’s horn for the Jews of St. Thomas. They visited local Jewish community members at their homes—people whose lives had been s...
Private donors contribute to vital airlifts of food, water and other essentials
Faced with a critical shortage of food, potable water and other urgently needed supplies, Chabad-Lubavitch of Puerto Rico has arranged for private planes to deliver essentials to the devastated island, where disaster relief efforts have faced significant ...
Flooded synagogue serves as a shelter and place of worship
As Rabbi Mendel Zarchi was rushing to make last-minute preparations for Rosh Hashanah services in the badly flooded synagogue where he and his family had taken refuge, he was not sure what exactly had occurred in the world around him on that final day of ...
Major damage feared on island that has been a primary conduit for Caribbean aid
Until Monday, Puerto Rico was the primary conduit of aid for the Caribbean islands struck hard by Hurricane Irma. Now it is preparing to take its own direct hit from Hurricane Maria, projected to be the strongest storm to strike the island in nearly a cen...
Rabbi prepares for Rosh Hashanah and a new onslaught of severe weather
A second hurricane is barreling through the Caribbean just weeks after Irma landed with force. Hurricane Maria, which on Monday destroyed much of the island nation of Dominica, is currently being classified as a Category 5 storm approaching St. Thomas, wh...
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