Washington Federation fundraises for Hurricane Matthew relief

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ORMOND BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 7: Palm trees blow in the rain and wind from Hurricane Matthew, October 7, 2016 in Ormond Beach, Florida. Overnight, Hurricane Matthew was downgraded to a category 3 storm. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images via JTA)
ORMOND BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 7: Palm trees blow in the rain and wind from Hurricane Matthew, October 7, 2016 in Ormond Beach, Florida. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images via JTA)

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is soliciting donations for a relief fund for those affected by Hurricane Matthew.

A fundraising email explained that it will distribute 100 percent of the funds “to provide immediate support for the most critical and urgent needs identified in places like Haiti, the Caribbean and the southeastern United States.”


The email also stated that the local federation will work with The Jewish Federations of North America, which has opened its own relief fund.

The hurricane has weakened to a Category 3 storm, but still threatens a large area and most notably Jacksonville, The New York Times reported.

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Reuters reported that the hurricane killed more than 800 people in Haiti and has left tens of thousands homeless in the Caribbean country.

The local federation’s fundraising email emphasized the connection between helping those in need and Jewish values.


“Our enduring commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world) and gemilut chasadim (acts of loving-kindness) implore us to stand with the victims of Hurricane Matthew in their time of hardship,” the email said.

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