California Fires: How to Help

(Last updated November 15, 2018)

California wildfires have killed dozens of people and are destroying thousands of homes, as well as Jewish institutions. Below is a non-exhaustive list of resources for Jewish philanthropists to learn more and help.

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Related video — Briefing: Fires Devastating the Los Angeles Jewish Community


Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Relief Fund

Emergency Hotline: (323) 761-8100, open daily 8:00am - 8:00pm

Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps Recovery Fund

Shalom Institute (Camp JCA) Wildfire Relief Fund

Social services: in-person meetings with professionals for counseling, financial and legal assistance, and more, provided by Jewish Family Service, Jewish Free Loan and Bet Tzedek Legal Services. These services are available Monday-Thursday, 9:00am - 5:00pm and Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm at The Jewish Federation, 19710 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364.

Teen Pop-up Camp at Temple Aliyah: The Jewish Federation is opening a three-day Teen Pop-Up camp at Temple Aliyah for 7th-12th grade students. The Camp will be open Wednesday (11/14) – Friday (11/16) 10:00am - 3:00pm and is free. Anyone who is available to volunteer and has experience working with teens, running programs, logistics, camp etc., should email Jordan [email protected] 

How Community Foundations Can Better Coordinate Responses to Disasters (FSG)

How to Help Those Affected by the California Fires (The New York Times)

How to help those affected by the California wildfires (PBS Newshour)

Los Angeles fire races through the heart of a Jewish community (JTA)

Jewish school, summer camps damaged or destroyed in Woolsey fire (The Boiling Point)

California camps vow to rebuild in aftermath of still raging wildfires (JTA)

In Wake of Fires, Ilan Ramon Day School Vows to Rebuild (Jewish Journal)