Archive for : Houston

A Year After Harvey in Houston

This article originally appeared on Tikkun on September 25, 2018.

By Avital Ingber, Kari Saratovsky, and Sacha Bodner

In his beloved book, The Sabbath, Abraham Joshua Heschel poignantly writes: “Judaism is a religion of time aiming at the sanctification of time. Judaism teaches us to be attached to holiness in time, to be attached to sacred events, to learn how to consecrate sanctuaries that emerge from the magnificent stream of a year.”

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Jewish Community Plans Florence Relief

This article originally appeared in The Jewish Exponent on September 20, 2018.

By Joshua Needelman

Hurricane Florence has left thousands of people displaced from their homes and dozens of towns flooded in North Carolina and South Carolina. As of the morning of Sept. 18, the storm’s death toll was 32.

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Jewish volunteers still helping Houston victims a year after Hurricane Harvey

This article originally appeared in The JTA on September 17, 2018.

(JTA) — More than a year after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Jewish groups are still assisting in relief efforts while expressing concern for the victims of Hurricane Florence.

The Act Now Houston coalition — a partnership of national Jewish organizations including BBYO, Hillel International, JDC Entwine, Moishe House, OneTable, Repair the World, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston – are still sending volunteers to the Houston area to support the victims of the devastating flooding that destroyed more than 300,000 homes in Houston alone.

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Capital Camps CITs, One of Many Teen Groups, Helped with Harvey Relief Efforts

This article originally appeared in eJewish Philanthropy on September 13, 2018. 

Act Now Houston, an initiative started earlier this year, plans to build on a series of successful summer volunteer efforts and encourage additional groups to participate in the future.

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Essay: Reflections on #ActNowHouston

This article originally appeared in The Jewish News on June 14, 2018.

By Max Feber

I got involved with Repair the World through the PeerCorps program when I was only a sophomore in high school. Since then, I’ve volunteered dozens of times with RTW and have worked hard to help bridge the gap between the city and the suburbs. The work was always very hard. Whether we were building an ice rink, farming at one of the urban gardens or painting a mural, we always left feeling tired and rewarded. Tired after a long day’s work, I would go home, eat dinner and crawl right into bed.

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How We Answer the Storm in Houston

This article originally appeared in eJewish Philanthropy on June 14, 2018.

By Jeremy Wood

Eight months after Hurricane Harvey swept through Houston, the major news networks’ focus has moved on. Yet amid national silence, the local crisis continues, festering like the mold behind flooded walls that were covered up too quickly while their foundations rotted inside. Many Houstonians remain unable to return home and the city predicts a 10-year recovery, barring future calamities.

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Detroit Group Helps In Recovery From Harvey

This article originally appeared in the Jewish Herald-Voice on June 7, 2018.

A group of alumni from Repair the World’s PeerCorps Detroit went to Houston May 30, Memorial Day Weekend, to volunteer and aid in the continued recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey. They volunteered with Door l’Door (which provides new mezuzahs to families that may have lost them in disaster), Undies for everyone, SBP and West Street Recovery.

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Memorial Day Weekend: Repair The World PeerCorps Alumni From Detroit To Aid Hurricane Harvey Recovery

This article originally appeared on This Week in Texas on May 30, 2018.

By Steve Pardue

A group of alumni from Repair the World’s PeerCorps Detroit (they were high school students during the program and now are college students) went to Houston for volunteer service and learning to aid in the continued recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey. In Houston they volunteered with Door l’door, Undies for everyone, SBP, and West Street Recovery.

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Repair the World’s PeerCorps Detroit Visits Houston to Aid in Hurricane Repairs

This article originally appeared on Hot in Houston on June 3, 2018.

When hurricane recovery is still in progress months later after the huge disaster, Repair the World’s PeerCorps Detroit alumni decided to make Houston their destination for volunteer service in continued recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey.

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With Houston still suffering, Jewish groups step up hurricane relief efforts

This article originally appeared in the JTA on March 22, 2018.

By Ben Harris

Avram Mandell is no stranger to disaster zones. As the founding director of Tzedek America, a Los Angeles-based social justice group that runs relief trips for Jewish teenagers, Mandell helped out in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the wake of a devastating 2016 flood.

So he was hardly surprised on a recent trip to the Houston area with 15 California teenagers to discover floodwater still in homes six months after Hurricane Harvey decimated the area.

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