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Hurricane Dorian

This week, Hurricane Dorian caused devastation to the Bahamas. The hurricane stalled over Grand Bahama Island for nearly two days, leaving whole neighborhoods, as well as airports and hospitals, submerged. At least 13,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed on Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. Seven people have been killed.

The Israel-based humanitarian group IsraAID, B'nai Brith International, and Chabad are pitching in to help the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian's devastation.   IsraAID's emergency response team will distribute relief supplies, offer psychological first aid and deploy water filters to restore access to drinking water while conducting further needs assessments in affected communities, the NGO said in a statement.  

You can also donate to B'nai Brith, which is accepting donations to its Disaster Relief Fund to assist those affected by Dorian. 
Donations will go to assist local recovery and rebuilding teams.

The disaster in the Bahamas has provided even more evidence that we are getting closer and closer to the tipping point for the survival of the planet as we know it. Climate change is upon us - the storms are more intense, the destruction deeper, and. as always those, with the least are hurt the most. In her OpEd piece from September 4, Dr. Erica Moiah James, founder of the Natural Gallery of the Bahamas, wrote that "We Bahamians listen to climate deniers in rich countries who are oblivious or indifferent to those who bear the weight for their wonderful lives. Meanwhile, the water rises from the ground in our yards because the water table is so high during high tide, and plants we once depended upon no longer grow. We experience too much rain or too little rain, and fresh water supplies are increasingly contaminated by rising sea levels." Read the full article here.

Sat, September 19 2020 1 Tishrei 5781