In Sandy’s wake

In Sandy’s wake

How to help

How to help

Volunteer opportunities

The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey’s Bonim Builders is working with the Nechama disaster relief agency to help clean out flood waters in our community, and it needs your help. Volunteers are gathering mornings at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades at 8:15 am.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Wear waterproof boots, pants, sweatshirt, and dress in layers. Tools and safety equipment will be provided. Bring work gloves, drinking water, and a brown bag lunch. Registration will take place on site. RSVP to Stacey Orden at or 201-820-3903 and indicate which date you prefer.

The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty has several volunteering opportunities in several boroughs. Details at

Speak Russian? There are frequent opportunities for Russian-speaking volunteers to help the elderly in New York City. Email and let them know you’re available. is working to organize volunteering opportunities in New Jersey. They’re currently collecting supplies and serving meals in Newark..

For an interactive map of New York City volunteering and donations opportunities, go to

Where to donate

The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey is collecting money for hurricane relief. Go to donate, or mail a check marked Hurricane Sandy Relief to JFNNJ, 50 Eisenhower Drive, Paramus, NJ 07652

Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice is working with Newark’s Mayor Cory Booker to help local Newark organizations help with the city’s post-storm recovery. For details, and to donate, go to

Drop off your donations of nonperishable food items, baby supplies, and cleaning supplies at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades and the federation will pick them up on Thursday, Nov. 15, and deliver them to food pantries in Bergen County.

Up-to-the-minute information

New Milford native Dan Sieradski has been reporting on-the-ground calls for donations and volunteers, mostly for those hard hit in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. If you’re able to donate or to drive to the Rockaways, go to or

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