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Joplin’s small Jewish community hit by tornado

JTA

May 24, 2011 | 10:28 am

At least two Jewish brothers are missing in the wake of a deadly tornado that tore through Joplin, Mo.

Other members of the small Jewish community there are in need of basic supplies, Chabad.org reported late Monday.

Rabbi Yehuda Weg, the Tulsa-based director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Oklahoma, drove to Joplin Monday night with a list of Jewish community members in need or missing and a car full of supplies, joining volunteers from the American Red Cross and local disaster agencies, according to Chabad.org.

Weg travels to Joplin twice a month to supervise kosher production lines at several food manufacturers and to meet with the 15 to 20 Jews living there.

Weg said that those missing following the tornado included two brothers active in the Jewish community.

Some 116 people are confirmed dead and dozens are missing following what is being called the second-deadliest tornado in U.S. history. The tornado cut through Joplin Sunday evening, one of several tornadoes that hit the Midwest over the weekend due to a system of severe thunderstorms that also have caused massive flooding.

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