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Can We Help the Mavens of Disaster Relief?

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/rabbi_yonah/item/can_we_help_the_mavens_of_disaster_relief_20110621

When tragedy struck in Birmingham, Ala., a few weeks ago, killing scores of people and leaving thousands of residents destitute, a group of Jews saw a chance for mitzvot. Heading out from their home base outside of Minneapolis, a team of disaster relief and recovery experts drove their emergency trailers 1,000 miles to Alabama. They were joined by dozens of other Jewish volunteers who raced there from other parts of the country. While most of us watched on CNN, these volunteers were on the ground helping repair and clean up, providing skills, hard work and comfort — nechama — to the badly damaged city.

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