URGENT | 35 Volunteers Needed: Help NYC Holocaust Survivors with JDC Entwine.

Dear New York Metropolitan Area Friends,

As the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy continues to unfold, we’ve received updates from our partners at the Marks Jewish Community House (JCH) of Bensonhurst. Marks JCH serves 20,000 people in South Brooklyn, primarily Russian-speaking Jews from the Former Soviet Union.  

The Marks JCH has briefed us on Holocaust survivors stuck in the dark in top level apartments – without power, food, homecare, and unable to come out of their homes. 

Some of the 200 survivors they help they can’t be reached as phone lines are down. 

The Marks JCH staff has been working very hard and could use some extra help.

We need 35 volunteers for Sunday...

By 5pm Friday (11/2.)

What: 20 volunteers will bring much needed food, water, candles and company to the elderly; 15 will lead activities with youth at a nearby shelter.
Sunday, November 4 

Above of all, we’ll be bringing our love and support to a local community in need.

Sign up now.

We’re looking for volunteers to join us in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and visit elderly in need of assistance.

Please email Gila gilaw@jdcny.org to officially sign-up.

  • Sign up is required.
  • Spots are limited. Volunteers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please include your cell phone number and any languages you speak, particularly Russian.
  • Volunteers who live in Brooklyn or have a car may meet us there but must register with Gila.
  • Serious inquiries only – if you register with us, we expect you to show up. 

Vital information:

  • JDC is providing a bus for the group. This bus will also be used to transport Marks JCH staff and volunteers who are running short on gas.
  • Meet in Manhattan on E. 44th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues by 9:45am SHARP.
  • Volunteers should be 21 years of age or older, able bodied, prepared to climb stairs if necessary, and MUST bring one bag of non-perishable, ready to eat food (such as crackers, nuts, dried fruit, nothing that needs heating) candles (or flashlight w/batteries) and a large bottle of water.
  • We will depart Brooklyn at 5pm, returning to 44th and 3rd Avenue by 7pm (weather and traffic permitting.)

Can’t join us?

Give supplies: Email gilaw@jdcny.org for information on donating food, bottled water, or candles (crackers, nuts, dried fruit, nothing that needs heating) to our group.

Other opportunities: A number of incredible local organizations are rallying support for local communities.

  • Our invaluable partners at UJA-Federation of New York have opened the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Funds raised will be used to provide support to agencies and communities that have been impacted by the devastation.
  • There are many shelters in the area that are in need of donations of food, clothes etc. If you can volunteer at an evacuation shelter or know anyone who can, please contact Shelly Fine at sfine50@aol.com or 917.453.3911.
  • Uri LTzedek, a Jewish Social Services organization, is organizing volunteers delivering water, batteries, etc. on the Lower East Side. Please contact them at info@utzedek.orgIf you are interested in donating, the Masbia Soup Kitchen has been providing meals at shelters in the New York Metro area.

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November 2, 2012 at 3:32 PM



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