Jewish Journal

L.A. Jewish Community Steps Up For Chile, Haiti Earthquake Relief

by Julie Gruenbaum Fax

March 2, 2010 | 4:25 pm

Rescue workers in Santiago cope with the aftermath of the earthquake that rocked Chile, Feb. 27, 2010. (Juan Eduardo Donoso / Creative

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has set up an emergency fund for disaster relief in Chile, which was struck by a magnitude 8.8 earthquake on Feb. 27. All the funds will go to the American Jewish Joint Distributions Committee’s (JDC) Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, which works with organizations with operations on the ground.

In addition to supporting relief efforts in the hardest hit areas, JDC is in close contact with Chile’s Jewish community, which has about 16,000 residents, mostly in Santiago. The Jewish infrastructure, including a Jewish community center, two day schools and several synagogues, were not badly damaged and no one in the community was seriously injured. Nearly 800 people died in the quake.

The Los Angeles Federation is also continuing its efforts in Haiti, devastated by a Jan. 12 earthquake.

The L.A. Jewish community donated $500,000 to Federation’s Haitian Earthquake Relief Fund. The money initially supported immediate relief efforts, and now is also focused on longer-term recovery programs aimed at strengthening Haiti’s infrastructure and addressing the needs of those displaced by the earthquake.

To make a donation, go to The Jewish Federation of Greater LA,  or Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief.

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