Pictures Don't Smell

Finding a way to help Sandy’s victims.

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(4) Anonymous, November 14, 2012 12:28 AM

Rabbi- My family and-I had no electricity for 13 days, but we consider ourselves to be very fortunate. I want to help people cut through the red tape of dealing with FEMA, their insurance companies and any other system they need to communicate with. I am a social worker by profession and an advocate because it is what I MUST do. (I see that you also have a social work degree.) Please refer to the e-mail I have provided, and have someone contact me. Thank you.

(3) Donna, November 13, 2012 6:57 PM

Our shul is helping

Beth Tfiloh in Baltimore is helping! Please go on to our web site Beth to see all of the help we are giving.All of those affected are in our thoughts and prayers.

(2) Lydia Isak, November 13, 2012 5:30 PM

Helped in far Rockaway

My husband and I drove out to Far Rockaway last Sunday from Monsey. We felt we wanted to do something and had no idea what would be asked of us. We went to Yeshiva Shaar Yoshuv which has become a staging point for lots of things. The men get assignments from there and are dispatched to homes and shuls to do whatever is required, be it shoveling out sand, filling garbage bags with refuse and schlepping them to the street, and a sorts of heavy, dirty work. The gym of the yeshiva has been converted to a very organized space to donate clothing, bedding etc. Thanks to all the people who donated hangers, clothing racks, tables, and lots of clothing, much of it new. A special thanks to Chaya Sorah(unfortunately, I do not know her last name), who has organized the gym after her garage became too sma for the sheer amount of donations coming in. The yeshiva's dining hall is being utilized to feed families that have been displaced as well as volunteers that are working. Women and young girls, as well as yeshiva boys were serving food, unpacking trucks, and organizing a the donated items.I was so impressed with the patience of the mothers and fathers who had lost so much as well as their graditude towards a they were receiving. I will ways remember the e remote smile from a young girl who received a NEW toy to take home.My husband, daughter(who also came along to help) and I felt such achdus on Sunday with all types of Jews working TOGETHER towards a common goal.May Hashem continue to give all those affected both the spiritual and physical strength required in the coming months. Just two more points...what really struck me was a woman helping out at the main table who was saying Tehillim whenever she had a free moment. And secondly, what we realized is what is really need dis MONEY!!!! Not everyone has insurance or enough insurance and many of those affected are yeshiva couples with large families, Please keep this in mind when you wonder what you cn do to help !

Anonymous, November 13, 2012 11:10 PM

The great undertaking of Yeshivah Shaar Yoshuv

We really very, very much appreciate the efforts of all the people who have contributed in any way to making it easier for all those who suffered; financially and emotionally. The Yeshivah housed many bochurim who had no place to go during the initial days of the hurricane. Achi Ezer has been there for so many people in every possible way, offering even the most simple, everyday items, such as lanterns for the dark, clothing, food, etc. It was phenomenal. My own daughter lives in Far Rockaway, and her husband learns in Shaar Yoshuv, and they are a young Kollel couple with limited means. They lost a great deal of possessions, including 10 or more CASES of seforim, in NEW condition (they were recently married), and the loss was devastating, especially because they lost all their furniture, including beds, dressers, a dining room table, etc. Yeshivah Shaar Yoshuv was such an indispensable part of their returning to normal; serving lunch and supper, and offering all types of assistance. We can never estimate the value of the magnitude of their chesed. To thank everyone would not even come close to what I and many others feel, nor would it be adequate. May we never know any such events in the future.

(1) Robert, November 13, 2012 1:26 AM

Baltimore did it twice!

I was one of the Baltimore group who went to Seagate to help clean out basements. Kudos to Rabbi Hauer and the organizers who made it happen! See


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