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Jewish help to quake victims

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2005-10-17

Earthquake in Pakistan

Earthquake in Pakistan

World Jewish Aid has launched an appeal to help the victims of the October 8 earthquake in South Asia that has destroyed parts of Pakistan and caused the death of over 25,000 people.

The appeal has cross communal support from: The Chief Rabbi with the United Synagogue; The Movement for Reform Judaism; Liberal Judaism; The Assembly of Masorti Synagogues; The Spanish & Portuguese Jews’ Congregation, London; Tzedek; The Board of Deputies of British Jews; B'nai B'rith UK; The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief; The Federation of Synagogues.

In a statement, World Jewish Relief said:

"WJAID will initially be assisting with the emergency and then focusing longer term on helping the victims to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

Immediate aid is required to provide the survivors with basic supplies of water, food, medicines, clothes and shelter.

It is important that there is a Jewish response to this disaster - it is our responsibility to show what a positive part we, as Jews, play in the world as a whole, particularly at this time of year."

Chairman of World Jewish Aid, Tony Leifer, has also written to the High Commissioner for Pakistan, H.E. Dr Maleeha Lodhi. He said:

"The Jewish Community of the United Kingdom shares your grief at the severe loss of life following last week's devastating earthquake in your country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this terrible time.

Clearly this is a major humanitarian disaster and a huge relief effort will be necessary. The overseas aid arm of the UK's Jewish Community, World Jewish Aid has launched an urgent appeal for funds and I am confident that the UK Jewish community will, as it has done in the past, give generously to support that effort."

To support the appeal, click here.