Ready to Help: B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund Set to Provide Aid for Australia and Puerto Rico Disasters
(Washington, D.C., Jan. 15, 2020)--B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International’s Disaster and Emergency Relief Committee has voted to make an allocation to assist in fire damage recovery and relief efforts in Australia and earthquake recovery and relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
The B’nai B’rith fund is accepting new donations to help these and other communities to recover, in both short- and long-term rebuilding efforts.
Australia bushfires have killed more than 25 people, destroyed some 20 million acres of land, forced citizens to flee their towns and killed countless wildlife. Puerto Rico has experienced a series of earthquakes that began Dec. 28 and have exacerbated the destruction from Hurricane Maria in 2017. Early damage estimates have reached $110 million with more than 500 homes destroyed.
B’nai B’rith International will work directly with B’nai B’rith Australia/New Zealand to determine the best and most direct ways to assist. In Puerto Rico, we will work in tandem with groups already assessing unmet needs.
For 155 years, B’nai B’rith has helped countless people across the globe who have faced adversity from natural and man-made disasters. Recent donations to our Disaster Relief Fund have helped community rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico and across the southern U.S. after Hurricane Maria; aided communities impacted by wildfires in Northern California and assisted communities in Tennessee struggling after flooding. We also used our Disaster and Emergency Relief Fund to aid the residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.
Help communities in need by donating to our Disaster and Emergency Relief Fund: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/bbi-disaster-relief
Donors can also call 800-573-9057 to make a credit card contribution over the phone, or send a check payable to the B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund to:
B’nai B’rith International
Disaster Relief Fund
1120 20th Street NW, Suite 300N
Washington, D.C. 20036
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit www.bnaibrith.org