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Responding to this week’s heavy flooding in central Texas that killed at least 19 and caused millions of dollars in damage, B’nai B’rith International opened it’s Flood, Tornado and Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund to assist the victims and rebuild.

News of the announcement was covered by and the Baltimore Jewish Times. Read highlights from the news coverage, below:

Baltimore Jewish Times:

Franco said the Jewish communities in the Meyerland, Bellaire, and Willow Meadows neighborhoods were some of the hardest hit due to their proximity to the Brays Bayou. 

She added that they are working to locate apartments that are willing to house displaced residents on a temporary basis.


Rhonda Love, vice president of programming at B’nai B’rith International, said on Wednesday the organization opened its disaster relief funding page at

She said it was too early to tell how much money had been raised.

Love added that two B’nai B’rith leaders from the Houston area were in the process of making connections for aid.

“Right now there’s that on the ground response for cleanup,” she said.

Jewish organizations are raising disaster-relief funds following the devastating flooding in Texas earlier this week, during which Houston’s Jewish community sat at the center of the damage experienced by that city.

Countless Jewish homes and multiple synagogues were among the structures damaged following rain that exceeded 11 inches in some areas from May 25-26.

B’nai B’rith International opened its Flood, Tornado and Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund—hosted here—following the Houston flood.

“Whether it’s on the other side of the planet or in our own backyard, we’re both quick to respond and always eyeing how to help the long-term recovery effort,” Daniel S. Mariaschin, executive vice president of B’nai B’rith, said in a statement. “It’s no different with the flooding in Texas. I’m eager to learn from agencies on the ground and from our local members on how we can be involved in assisting these people.”