Nearly 1,000 religious books have been rescued from the heavily damaged Chabad House in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Chabad House is located in the city's downtown, near the epicenter of the major Feb. 22 temblor that claimed more than 165 lives, including three Israelis. Days after the quake, a rescue worker, at risk to his own life, removed the Chabad center's two Torah scrolls.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is helping the Jewish community of Christchurch to rebuild following the city's devastating earthquake. JDC funding will contribute to Christchurch Jewish community efforts to repair a damaged local synagogue and homes, replace household goods, provide financial stipends and temporary relocation costs, and support community service or children’s programs for the wider community, the organization said in a statement.