Disaster Relief Fund


The past few weeks have wreaked devastation and catastrophic damage, and caused trauma from Houston to Florida, Puerto Rico to Mexico. 


One hundred percent of the money raised through this fund will be used to help those impacted by recent natural disasters including Hurricanes  Harvey, Irma and Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico.


Jewish Federations are there when you need us most. Our network of local and international partners enables us to respond quickly and effectively. We fund urgently needed basics like food and medicine, and long-term needs like trauma counseling. We provide resources to emergency service providers so they can help where they’re most needed.

100% of the money donated will go directly to hurricane relief efforts in 2017.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Update


The devastation across the Houston region generally and in the Jewish community is on the scale of Katrina in New Orleans. With an estimated 2,000 homes flooded and seven major community facilities severely damaged the short, near and long-term needs for the Jewish community are now estimated in excess of $30 million. In addition, the small neighboring communities of Galveston and Beaumont/Port Arthur have a number of Jewish families with severely flooded homes.

The Federation system has raised about $15.5 million -- including more than $21,000 from the Lehigh Valley Jewish community, but more help is desperately needed. Donate now.


Learn more about how these funds are already being put to work. 


Responding to Harvey

A community in action

Responding to Hurricane Irma


In most of Florida and the neighboring states to the north, Hurricane Irma had varying degrees of impact. For the most part, the areas with the largest Jewish populations on the east coast were spared significant damage. The most severe damage to homes and communal institutions are in Naples, Jacksonville and St. Augustine. In addition, there are smaller communities up through Georgia that are reporting the need for some assistance for families and infrastructure.  

The long power outages in the week following the storm created a significant short-term health issue, especially for seniors, and Federation was involved in extensive outreach, visiting and food and water delivery efforts. Several local Federations have been provided emergency grants. We are still assessing longer-range needs across the broad number of communities hit by Irma.

The truly severe impact from Irma has been in the Florida Keys and U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas), where enormous damage to power grids, airports, shipping ports, water supplies, medical systems and more have brought daily life to a standstill. In addition, many homes were damaged; some completely ruined.  


Help us be there where we are needed most as the rebuilding process begins. Donate now.



Our Response in Puerto Rico


As the dust begins to settle on the latest devastating storm, we once again find families in critical need. Until Hurricane Maria leveled most of Puerto Rico's power and communications, it had served as the primary conduit of aid to Caribbean islands suffering in Hurricane Irma's wake. Now the people of Puerto Rico, including the 3,000 Jews, are themselves in desperate need of our help to restore basic services. 


Jewish Federation representatives are in virtually hourly contact with the leadership of the Puerto Rico and St. Thomas communities around a whole host of issues.


  • Grants totaling $225,000 are already approved and funds transferred to support:
  • Direct aid grants to the synagogue communities in the various places
  • Funding to ship two containers with $200,000 of donated medical, emergency and construction supplies to Puerto Rico and St. Thomas through Afya Foundation
  • Funding to support IsraAid’s deployment on Puerto Rico
  • 212 generators have been or are being delivered for the community’s needs

Make a donation now.


Our Partners in Mexico


Leveraging historic and deep experience helping the world’s most vulnerable Jews in dozens of countries overseas, our overseas partners provide expert, immediate humanitarian aid and recovery for communities in crisis or emergency around the world today.


When a 7.1-magnitude earthquake sent shockwaves throughout central Mexico, the JDC immediately began working with CADENA, our humanitarian partner in the Mexican Jewish community, to provide search and rescue support and emergency aid. 


Volunteers from the Jewish Agency for Israel have mobilized in two Mexican communities to help residents recover.


Our disaster relief fund will help the JDC and Jewish Agency continue these efforts and help with the aftermath. Make a donation now.