Jewish Agency, Boston CJP visit Haifa and distribute aid to city's fire victims


A burned out kitchen in a home destroyed by the wildfires in Haifa Nov. 25. Credit: Gili Year/Flash90.

( The heads of the Jewish Agency of Israel and Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) visited Haifa Wednesday to distribute aid funds to victims of last week’s wildfires. 

“In these trying times, the Jewish world is united in concern for those Israelis rendered homeless by the recent wildfires,” Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said. “The Jewish Agency is distributing immediate grants of $1,000 to each family unable to return home.” 

During his visit, Barry Shrage—president of CJP, which is the Boston area's Jewish federation—praised Haifa’s emergency responders for successfully evacuating some 60,000 residents without any deaths and only minor injuries.

“The secret of this miracle is hundreds of dedicated intelligent, caring and committed staff and volunteers, led by some of the very best professionals I've ever met,” Shrage said. “Haifa is a strong community characterized by mutual respect, cooperation, inclusion and hope. Boston is blessed to be partnering with this community and grateful for the cooperation of The Jewish Agency and the JDC (American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee).”

The Jewish Agency announced earlier this week that it would distribute grants of $1,000 per family to victims across Israel whose homes were severely damaged and uninhabitable due to the recent wildfires. The grants were made possible through funding from the Jewish Federations of North America—including funds raised by the Boston CJP, the Jewish United Fund of Chicago, and other local federations—as well as Keren Hayesod-UIA and other donors.

Posted on December 1, 2016 .