In times of tragedy and disaster, blood supplies often run critically low. Giving blood is an incredible mitzvah, and one which costs you only time. Call 1-800-GIVELIFE (1-800-448 3543); if the number is busy, the Red Cross requests that you please keep calling so that you can schedule an appointment at your local blood donation center. You can also try Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (blood donations). -- (310) 423-5346.
Undoubtedly, much financial help will be required to assist the individuals, families and institutions affected by the recent attacks. We will provide information about where monetary donations can be directed as soon as such information is available. Check www.jewishjournal.com for updates.
The Victims of Terror Fund set up by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will provide financial support for crisis counseling and other needs to victims of recent terrorist attacks in the United States.
Donations made payable to:
The Jewish Federation
Victims of Terror Fund
6505 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1000,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
provides security guidelines for Jewish institutions, which are especially relevant during the High Holy Day season. http://uscj.org/item104_681.html
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELFFor emergency assistance or information, call:
The Jewish Federation (City Office)
The Jewish Federation (Valley Office)
Jewish Family Services (City Office)
Jewish Family Services (Valley Office)
Board of Rabbis of Southern California
Individually, or with your family or community, recite prayers.
It is customary in Jewish tradition to recite Psalms in response to tragedy or in a time of fear and concern. Choose Psalms that are meaningful to you, or try Psalm 23.
Bring your community together: organize a prayer vigil, reciting Psalms and other readings, and a sharing of thoughts and feelings.
JewzNewz.com contributed to this report.