The Sidmans are among the lucky ones: Their Colorado Springs home is still standing, nearly untouched by the flames that left many of their neighbors' houses in ashes.
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) and its partner, the Friends of Israel Firefighters (FIF), are leading efforts to raise funds to supply Israel’s beleaguered and aging firefighting force with the equipment it needs to battle the out-of-control brushfire consuming Israel’s Carmel Mountains near Haifa.
40 people died on Thursday as a huge brushfire was raging across the Carmel Mountains near Haifa, resulting in the death of some 40 people and hurting dozens of others, among them prison guards and firemen.
Cartoon about the San Diego County wildfires.
During the San Diego fires, a family rescues one of their synagogue's five Torahs and preserves it during the evacuation.
Southern California Jews deal with wildfires in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties.
By phone, e-mail and word-of-mouth, the bad news kept piling up at Congregation Emanu El in San Bernardino.
The homes of six families had been burned to the ground in the devastating wildfires sweeping across Southern California.
Another 30-40 families had been forced to evacuate their homes, and no one knew the present whereabouts of eight other families.
Rabbi Douglas Kohn, the Reform congregation's spiritual leader, was at the point of utter exhaustion.