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May 21, 2013 4:07 pm

Leading Jewish Groups Come to Aid of Oklahoma Tornado Victims

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Footage of the Oklahoma City tornado on Tuesday. Photo: YouTube.

Prominent international Jewish organizations are coming to the aid of the victims of Monday’s devastating tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City region with wind speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, killing 24 people, including nine children.

Despite the area being home to just around 5000 Jews, local Jewish groups such as Chabad of Oklahoma City are doing its part to assist in disaster relief.

“The Oklahoma City community is very friendly towards Jews and incredibly supportive of Eretz Yisrael, and that is why we are especially committed to doing everything we can to help, we want there to be a noticeable response from our community,” Rabbi Ovadia Goldman told The Jewish Press on Tuesday morning.

Chabad has offered an array of help to those in need, including offers of shelter, monetary assistance, cell phones, food and clothing.

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Meanwhile, other international Jewish organizations have opened up relief funds for the victims of the tornado.

B’nai B’rith International has opened its Flood, Tornado and Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund. This fund has helped victims of other major disasters such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and the earthquakes in Japan in 2011 and Haiti in 2010.

“No amount of advanced warning could have prepared the people of Moore for the horrors this storm has brought. We’re going to do our best to help these people get back on their feet,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said in a statement.

Donations to the B’nai B’rith International fund can be made online here.

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) also announced Tuesday that it is setting up an Oklahoma City Tornado Relief Fund, dedicated to gathering aid from across the Jewish federation community. Donations can be made online here.

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