Chabad distributes OU disaster-relief funds in Oklahoma

(JTA) — Chabad distributed some $15,000 in disaster-relief funds provided by the Orthodox Union to area residents affected by the recent devastating tornado.

The money was distributed by the Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to It was used for store gift cars and cash relief to area residents whose homes were destroyed by the tornado that struck on May 21, killing 24 and destroying or damaging 2,400 homes in the Oklahoma cities of Moore and Oklahoma City.

“On behalf of those here in Oklahoma who will receive this help, my thanks go to all of the OU members and friends who were so generous in a time of real need,” said Rabbi Ovadia Goldman, director of the Chabad center. The money was collected in OU synagogues and via social networking.

Chabad, which opened its center as a shelter, and has been collecting and distributing supplies for displaced families and the elderly.