One of the most powerful storms ever recorded has taken thousands of lives, and destroyed vast areas of the Philippines. As is almost always the case, Israel wasted no time in mobilizing rescue teams, trauma specialists, and other medical professionals, and sent them to the devastated area. The Jewish world was not far behind in gearing up, as well.

In our area, the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey is coordinating the effort. The donations it receives will be channeled to Philippine relief through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. To make a donation online – and we strongly urge you to do so – go to or call (201) 820-3937.