Jewish Communal Responses to Flooding in Louisiana


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The Jewish Federations of North America has launched a collection to benefit relief efforts on the part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge. Scroll down to see the statement of needs from the Federation. Click here for a first-person account from JFNA's Emergency Committee Chair, Brian Serymour.

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NECHAMA: Jewish Response to Disaster is also collecting donations and seeking volunteers.

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Statement of Needs from the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge:

Flood details:

  • 11% of the affiliated Jewish community received damage.
  • 110,000+ homes have suffered damage.
  • 35.4% of homes within the Greater Baton Rouge area flooded.
  • $20.7 Billion estimated value of destroyed property.
  • 280,910 displaced people.
  • 103,000 survivors have applied for federal assistance to date.
  • 21% of businesses destroyed.

Current relief budget (as of Aug 30, 2016):

Family grants $12,000 x 35 homes 420,000
Flood Relief Manager/Infrastructure 60,000
Social Services 250,000
Interim Housing/transportation 100,000
Education (tuition, tutoring) 50,000
Synagogue Grants (religious school, programming, onegs, dinners, dues relief) 150,000
Rayner Center Preschool tuition grants (childcare) 30,000
Outside accounting support 50,000
Additional office equipment and office space rent 25,000
Community outreach (helping others, not just ourselves) 50,000
Total $1,185,000