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JESS is open

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2005-01-06

Tsunami disaster

Tsunami disaster

The UK's Jewish Emergency Support Service (JESS) is operating fully in the wake of the recent tsunami tragedy by offering help and support for those affected by the disaster.

JESS brings together Jewish groups and organisations including the Board of Deputies, Community Security Trust, Jewish Care, MIYAD, Norwood, Visitation Committee, and the Synagogue Movements.
The service was formed in the late 1980s following the Pan Am Lockerbie crash and has been offering support to Jewish victims, their friends and family who are affected by such events. 
"We have exercised together over the years, but have never properly had to go into operation until now," a spokesman told SomethingJewish.  "At the moment we have no assessment of the scale of the problem insofar as it affects the Jewish community, but we are afraid that it will be larger than is currently apparent. What we can do is provide empathetic support which will supplement that which is to be offered by the government and the NHS."

For help and advice call 0800 652 9249