Mitzvah Duty

The Foundation’s Social Justice Committee has responded to the Jewish communities of Mexico City and Puerto Rico with Shalom Grants for post-earthquake and hurricane relief efforts.  Shalom Grants are akin to mitzvahs, moral deeds performed with a sense of heartfelt sentiment beyond mere legal duty, as in “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Havoc wrought by hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida, and beyond left communities in dire need of assistance.  Foundation support for natural disaster relief efforts goes back to Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Help victims meet urgent needs and begin rebuilding. Donate now.
Damage from Hurricane Andrew
Homestead, FL Jewish Center

Hurricane Andrew struck the Bahamas and Florida in mid-August 1992. Until Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it was the most destructive hurricane to ever hit the state, destroying  63,500 houses, damaging 124,000 others, causing $26.5 billion in damage, and leaving 65 people dead.  After receiving emergency assistance from the Foundation, members of the Homestead Jewish Center shared these pictures and voiced their gratitude.

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