Jewish Federation joins effort to help Oklahoma tornado victims


The Jewish Federation of St. Louis and Jewish groups nationally are joining the effort to help those displaced by the tornado in suburban Oklahoma City.

The Federation has opened a mailbox for donations that will be directed to help relief efforts. Funds collected will go to support relief efforts of the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City and will be coordinated with relief efforts of The Jewish Federations of North America.

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To donate, click here or mail donations to: JFNA Oklahoma City Tornado Relief Fund, c/o Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146.

“Our hearts go out to those dealing with the aftermath of this terrible tragedy—those grieving for loved ones lost and those who will work tirelessly over the weeks and months to help this community to heal,” said  Federation President and CEO Andrew Rehfeld in a news release. “St. Louisans understand the devastation that tornadoes can cause; the destruction of an elementary school filled with students and teachers was especially painful. We will do all that we can to help.”

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, announced Tuesday that his organization will collect donations and distribute them to the American Red Cross and others on the ground in Oklahoma.

“We are numb with grief, and yet inspired by the heroic resilience of the people of Oklahoma,” Jacobs said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by this horrific tragedy.

“As other needs arise, perhaps including volunteers to assist with the clean-up and rebuilding, we stand ready to help in any way possible.”

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B’nai B’rith International has opened its Flood, Tornado and Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund.

Meanwhile, the Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma has opened its building as a shelter and is collecting supplies for those displaced by the tornado that hit Moore.