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Reflecting on the Japan Tsunami, One Year Later

This Sunday, March 11, marks the one year anniversary of the magnitude 9 earthquake, and the resulting tsunamis and nuclear meltdown that devastated large swaths of coastal Japan. In just a few chaotic hours, tens of thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands were left homeless. (Watch this video which shows what the damage looks like a year later.)

Japan’s story touched the hearts of people all over the world, and many donated money or time to help out. The Jewish community alone raised millions of dollars of support, and sent trained search and rescue teams to Japan. Repair the World featured a photo slideshow showing rabbinical student Andrew Scheer’s journey in Japan with a delegation of volunteers. And thanks to a initiative, 2 million paper cranes and well-wishes were sent to Japan, along with more than $500,000 in support. Check it out below:
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Photo Essay: Three Faces of Service – Japan, Alabama, Senegal (Part 1)

This photo essay is the first of three in the “Three Faces of Service – Japan, Alabama, Sengegal” series. The photos were contributed by Andrew Scheer.

When disaster strikes, it is a natural human response to want to help those who are suffering. We donate money to organizations helping the afflicted area. We organize clothing and food drives. We go and assist with the clean up efforts. But sometimes, we feel compelled to do even more.

In a year rife with natural disasters that devastated communities across the globe, Andrew Scheer, a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) in New York, went on three unique service trips. He traveled to Japan after the earthquake, to Birmingham, Alabama after the tornadoes, and to Senegal on a Rabbinical School Delegation trip with American Jewish World Service (AJWS).
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