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Synagogue Raises Funds for Tornado-Stricken Ohio College (Photo)

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

A Cleveland area synagogue is raising funds to help Ursuline College repaid serious damage caused by a tornado that ripped through its athletic center on Saturday. No one was injured because the twister tore through the area in the pre-dawn hours, tearing the off the roof and blowing away one wall.

The conservative B’nai Jeshurun, which has more than 1,000 members asked congregants to donate to the former women-only college, where some men now also study.

“They are our neighbor. We have close relations with them. We work with them. We’re collecting as much money as we can and will send it to the college, Rabbi Stephen Weiss told the Cleveland Jewish News.

Ursuline was founded by Roman Catholic nuns as the first women’s college in Ohio.

 

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Prepare for Heavy Flooding in ‘Battle of Derecho’

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

A massive “derecho” collection of several thunderstorms packing gusts of up to 100 miles an hour along a span of 240 miles is in its early stages of formation as storms roll eastward from the Midwest and are expected to bring flooding to the New York and New England area.

The word “derecho” is Spanish for  ”straight,” characterizing the straight-line winds that are forecast to devastate areas where 20 percent of American until Friday.

The potentially massive storm system is a collection of storms that join together, creating a potentially deadly blow from Chicago to Baltimore and possibly into Philadelphia. High winds and heavy rains are predicted for the New York area, particularly eastern Long Island, and along the New England coast.

Last year, a derecho smacked into 11 states and Washington, killing 13 people, downing trees and causing power blackouts and $1 billion in damage.

The storm is 240 miles wide and is expected to travel 50 miles, starting with thunderstorm Wednesday afternoon and evening in northern Illinois, according to AccuWeather.

Tornados are possible.

If the thunderstorms connect, as expected, the system will be in the form of a bow that will develop into a derecho.

One of the worst facets of the derecho is the surprise factor.

Accu Weather advised, “If you will be out and about or have any plans Wednesday afternoon through the night, you will need to pay special attention to the weather as this could be a particularly dangerous situation…

“Keep in mind that lightning is one of Mother Nature’s most dangerous killers. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning, even if the sun is still shining.”

“It’s a pretty high threat,” said Bill Bunting, operations chief at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. “We don’t want to scare people, but we want them to be aware.”

The storms will move so fast that “by the time you see the dark sky and distant thunder you may have only minutes to get to safe shelter,” Bunting added.

The derecho is not expected to be as savage as previous ones that hit the United States last year, in 2003 and 2006, but damage and flooding might be more extensive.

The “best case” scenario I that the thunderstorms will not connect. “It’s like predicting a large tornado is going to happen. No one can do that. The only thing we can do is say conditions are favorable for one to happen,” said MSNBC meteorologist Bill Karins.

Chabad to the Rescue for Oklahoma Residents

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The devastating tornado that struck just outside of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Monday, May 20, had wind speeds of up to 200 mph, flattened entire neighborhoods and destroyed the Briarwood Elementary School.

Oklahoma City is home to only about 5000 Jews, very few of whom were directly affected by the devastation, but the Chabad of Oklahoma City immediately sprang into action to provide any and all assistance to those in need.

“The Oklahoma City community is very friendly towards Jews and incredibly supportive of Eretz Yisrael,” Rabbi Ovadia Goldman told The Jewish Press Tuesday morning, “and that is why we are especially committed to doing everything we can to help, we want there to be a noticeable response from our community.”

The Chabad has offered an array of help to those in need, including offers of shelter, monetary assistance, cell phones, food and clothing.

In addition, three rabbinic interns spent hours on Tuesday working with local law enforcement officers who are searching for missing people and for salvageable items.

“Obviously our inspiration comes from the Rebbe (Rabbi Schneerson), who always said we must be good not only to Jews but to the entire world, but it is especially important to us to show how much we appreciate the love and support of the larger community which has been hit by this disaster,” Rabbi Goldman told The Jewish Press on Tuesday morning. “This is our turn to give back.”

Rabbi Goldman and his wife Nechama have been in Oklahoma City for 16 years.  They truly feel blessed to be in a place where the Christian community has been consistently supportive.

“They aren’t looking for anything in return,” Rabbi Goldman said, “they just truly believe that whomever blesses those whom HaShem blesses, will be blessed by HaShem.”

The rabbi and his staff are working not only with law enforcement professionals, but with many other local organizations to help coordinate and to provide relief for those in need.

“We’re working with the Red Cross, with the Oklahoma City food banks, with other religious organizations as well as non-denominational ones,” Rabbi Goldman told The Jewish Press.

“We are letting people know that our facility is very capable of providing shelter to families with young children, to the healthy elderly, whoever needs a place to stay.”

He said in addition to monetary resources, the community would benefit immensely from prayer – for those who were lost, those injured, those who lost property and the first responders who pushed past downed power lines, through gas leaks and debris to go head-first onto the scene.

“It’s a time to act, it’s a time to do something,” Goldman said. “We’re here ready to help make sure the help people offer can have the greatest impact possible.”

Rabbi Goldman said that 100 percent of all disaster relief donations will be provided to those in need.

“Members of our local community have come forward and will cover all the administrative costs for us so that anyone wishing to help us help those struck by this disaster can know everything they give goes to those afflicted.”

Anyone interested in making a donation should contact the Oklahoma City Chabad at JewishOKC.com/relief.

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