The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) announced on Thursday that it has launched a Hurricane Relief Fund to support the relief and recovery for those affected by Hurricane Ian. 

The hurricane has forced thousands of Floridians to evacuate and has left millions without power.

“While we’re still assessing the damage, it’s clear that many communities in Ian’s path will have significant needs,” JFNA Chair Julie Platt said in a statement. “Jewish Federations are especially well-positioned to help in these kinds of situations, which is why we have opened an emergency collection for donations and are preparing to provide emergency grants to the communities hit by this devastating storm.”

The Jewish Federations’ Emergency Committee, a volunteer body that allocates emergency funds for disaster relief, will make grants to support the effort.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid offered his thoughts and prayers for victims on Twitter.

Sending strength to my friends POTUS,  Governor Ron DeSantis, and all those involved in responding to this tragedy,” he tweeted.


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