Oklahoma: Now it’s our turn to help…

tornado_urjThe Union for Reform Judaism has, over the last six months helped West End Temple in collecting donations for us. Let us support relief efforts for those who are suffering in Oklahoma after yesterday’s deadly tornado.

Please read the press release below and contribute.

The Union for Reform Judaism is accepting donations to assist in the wake of the deadly tornado in Oklahoma. The URJ will allocate funding received to agencies on the ground that are best equipped to respond to this disaster. We’re also working closely with our congregations in the affected region to assure the safety of their congregants, their neighbors, and their structures and to determine next steps in relief work.

URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs said in a statement released today, “We are numb with grief, and yet inspired by the heroic resilience of the people of Oklahoma. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by this horrific tragedy. For now, we will collect donations and distribute them to the American Red Cross and others on the ground in Oklahoma. As other needs arise, perhaps including volunteers to assist with the clean-up and rebuilding, we stand ready to help in any way possible.”

To make a donation online visit Checks can be sent to the Union for Reform Judaism (Attn: Oklahoma Tornado Relief), 633 Third Ave., New York, NY 10017

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Helping the children of West End Temple

West End Temple is a neighborhood community center, open to all local residents. Over 200 children walk through its doors every week, not only to attend the best nursery school on the peninsula, or its terrific religious school, but West End Temple is also home to Brownies, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, JCCRP Youth Basketball clinics, Kinder-Jocks SportsTM soccer clinics, Lego Camp, Tot Drop-In Center, and a children’s art program.

It is urgent that we help these children who have lost so much return to a sense of the familiar, to reunite them with the teachers and classes and programs that they love.

As a first step we want to reopen our Educational wing, and we need your help to do so. While we were lucky to have some flood insurance it’s very clear that it will not cover a great portion of the destruction caused by Sandy.

Your donation will not only help restore a venerable community institution, but will also mean so much to the daily lives of the young children of the neighborhood. With the educational wing reopened, they can begin to regain a sense that their world, turned upside down by Sandy, is returning to “normal.” They need to be able to come together with their friends, in their community, to learn and to play.

If you’d like to make a donation, click on the photo below and you’ll be taken to our secure website:

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Donation details…

The Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) has set up a fund to help West End Temple and its congregants, as both were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Everyone in the community had significant damage to houses, possessions, and cars.

Many of West End Temple’s congregants are in need: Figuring out where to send their kids to school, where to get to a hot meal, etc. The synagogue, which is central to the well being of the community, was under four feet of water, and basically destroyed – office, library, sanctuary, computers, walls, floors, carpets, sound system, windows, and much more.

Please give what you can by clicking on this link to the URJ’s secure website.

Then, go to the link specifically mentioning WEST END TEMPLE.

These people will rebuild their lives, but they need your help.

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West End Temple Celebrated Hanukkah/Shabbat

Because so many made it happen:

  • Rabbi Bob Loewy and Gates of Prayer, Metairie, Louisiana for helping to underwrite the Hanukkah / Shabbat dinner.
  • Congregation Rodeph Sholom Religious School, Manhattan and its families for decorations and goodie bags.
  • Tammy and Anthony Marino and friends in Sugarbush TX for toys – in memory of Tammy’s uncle Nat Lieberman.
  • And generous donations of gift cards from
    • Temple Solel Hollywood FL
    • Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden CT
    • Congregation Beth Ahabah, Richmond VA
    • Reform on Campus/Men of Reform Judaism