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#LouisianaFlood: What We Know

Update 8/22/16 4:00 p.m.: 

Recent data from the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce indicates that 110,000 homes and 7,300 businesses in the area were impacted by the flooding. 27 Jewish households were directly affected.  An LSU economist predicted today that it will take approximately a year for the Greater Baton Rouge area to recover from the devastation.

 

This past weekend, a team of 15 volunteers went to Baton Rouge, organized by JNOLA, to assist NECHAMA, the Jewish disaster relief organization, in mucking and gutting homes. Federation will be loading up a bus of volunteers from our community (Jews and non-Jews at least 16 years of age welcome!) to assist again this coming weekend. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Tana Velen at tana@jewishnola.com, or Jayne Stillman at jayne@jewishnola.com.    

 

A HUGE thank you goes out to our wonderful, local Jewish community organizations who have rallied to the aid of our friends and neighbors to the west.  We are blessed to have such a cohesive and caring community here in New Orleans.  Over $100,000 has been raised through the Jewish Federations of North America to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge area, from generous donations that have been made throughout the country. Here’s how you can help:

 

1. NECHAMA, the Jewish disaster relief organization, has a team on the ground in Baton Rouge. They are still looking for volunteers to help with clean-up throughout the Baton Rouge metropolitan area - but you must register on their website at nechama.org. 
 

2. The Archdiocese of New Orleans and faith leaders from across the city will come together for an interfaith prayer service on Tuesday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis Cathedral. All are welcome.
 

3. Drop off or mail gift cards (for any amount) for Winn-Dixie, Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe's, Office Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, Petsmart and Petco to the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus (3747 W. Esplanade Avenue, Metairie, LA 70002) - we will ensure they get to the Baton Rouge Federation for distribution to those who need them most.

 

4. Many of us remember all too well the tumultuous aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Can you lend emotional support and practical advice (how to navigate insurance paperwork, etc.) to our friends in the Baton Rouge Jewish community? Contact Jayne Stillman at jayne@jewishnola.com to learn more and to volunteer.
 

5. Reach out to your synagogue and/or local Jewish community organization about their endeavors, and join in!  To learn more about what New Orleans' Jewish organizations have planned, contact Jayne Stillman at jayne@jewishnola.com.​ Here's a solid start, though

 

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) continues to raise funds to support the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge in order for them to meet urgent needs. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible donation will go to the Baton Rouge Flood Relief Fund.  

 

Click here to donate.

 

Those affected in Baton Rouge should email Ellen at ellen.sager@jewishbr.org or call her at 225-907-4869. Emergency funds are available to impacted members of the Baton Rouge Jewish community through a disaster fund held at the Baton Rouge Federation.


Here are some additional resources:
 

Federation launches 2017 Allocations Process for Beneficiary Agencies

All organizations are invited to submit applications to receive funding as a Beneficiary Agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. A percentage of the Federation annual campaign funds are designated for this purpose and all Jewish agencies and organizations are invited to apply. When considering allocation requests, the Allocations Committee will take into account the impact the particular organization has on the local Jewish community, the need for funding and projected local benefit. Please note that preference will be made for local organizations. Synagogues and other places of worship are not eligible to apply.

 

More information about applying for Beneficiary Agency funding, including eligibility requirements, criteria for funding and access to the Beneficiary Agency Application Questionnaire is available here.

 

The Allocations Committee will accept electronic and/or paper applications until Friday, September 30. Questions? Please contact Jayne Stillman at 504-780--5612 or at jayne@jewishnola.com.

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