Jewish Response to Haiti Earthquake

While we are still on holidays, Shira encourages members to support Jewish Aid’s appeal for the devastation unleashed by the earthquake in Haiti.

To all concerned Jewish community members:

In Haiti, tens of thousands of people are reported dead and the death toll continues to rise after the most devastating earthquake to shake the region in two hundred years (for more info click here). Schools, hospitals and thousands of homes have been destroyed and over three million people have been left without adequate food, shelter, healthcare and basic infrastructure.

All proceeds from this appeal will be distributed to CARE Australia, which is a non-religious and non-political Australian charity, who are conducting a large scale relief and rescue operation:

"CARE is deploying additional emergency team members to the devastated city of Port-au-Prince in Haiti, where the worst earthquake in 200 years destroyed houses and left thousands homeless. While the exact death toll from the 7.0-magnitude quake is not yet known, it is expected to be catastrophic.

"It is just morning here now," describes CARE's Country Director in Haiti Sophie Perez on January 13, less than a day after the quake. "I can hear helicopters working on the search and rescue. The immediate need is to rescue people trapped in the rubble, then to get people food and water. We're particularly worried about the children, because so many schools seem to have collapsed. Children were still in school in the afternoon when the earthquake hit, so there are many children trapped. It's horrifying."

The Australian Jewish community is being mobilised to support Haitians in their time of need. Please consider a generous contribution to JAA's Haiti Appeal, to enable CARE to assist communities in Haiti to respond, recover and rebuild in the wake of this enormous disaster.

Donations can be made by credit card over here or direct debit online (see below). All donations are tax deductible. (Please allow one month for your receipt to arrive.)

Thank you for your generous support.


Gary Samowitz

CEO, Jewish Aid Australia

ph: (03) 9500 2206

m: 0413 525 592


For more information about Jewish Aid Australia click

For a direct deposit, Jewish Aid’s account details are as follows. (Please email us after you have transferred your donation.)

Bank: Bendigo
Account: Jewish Aid Australia
BSB: 633000
Account Number: 123798688

Posted on January 14, 2010 .