We are beginning to hear about the damage and devastation that have occurred during Hurricane  Harvey.  I received this from the Rabbinical Assembly:

   Congregation Beth Yeshurun of Houston, one of the flagship Conservative synagogues in North America, took on very heavy flooding throughout the building. The homes of four of their rabbis as well at least 500 congregant households were flooded as well.
   Congregation Or Ami did have leaks but fared much better. They are currently open as a comfort station with wifi, coffee and a/c. However, many of their congregants were impacted by the flooding.
   Other colleagues in the affected area are have had their homes of offices flooded as well. Our Rabbinical Assembly will be sending free replacement copies of all our publications to colleagues who lost their personal copies due the flooding. 
   The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston has  started a fund to help the Jewish Community of Houston. Our colleagues in Houston encourage donating to that fund

   Additionally, both of synagogues have started funds specifically for their community members impacted by the flooding:
  • Beth Yeshurun has established a Flood Recovery Fund to help address the overwhelming needs that both the synagogue and its families are facing, in both the short and long term.
  • Or Ami also established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

  May God give them strength in their time of struggle

 Rabbi Randall Konigsburg 
Beth Sholom B'nai Israel 
400 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, CT 06040
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