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Stand With Us To Help Israel

Friday, December 2, 2016
Dear Adelson Community,
As many of you know, for the last several days, Israel has experienced a devastating wave of terror-related fires across the entire country. There were more than 400 fires around the country and over 100,000 people have been evacuated.  
Fortunately, there were no fatalities, but hundreds were hospitalized with burn injuries and for smoke inhalation. Thousands of families, schools and businesses suffered extensive property damage. The United States, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, Bulgaria and the Palestinian Authority have sent firefighting aircrafts and crews to assist. 
The city of Haifa has suffered tremendously in recent days. Our school has a strong relationship with Leo Baeck, a school in Haifa, which has sent us, so far, seven  “Young Ambassadors”. One of them, Noy, who has arrived this past August, has many friends who were impacted by the fires. Nearly 25% of Haifa’s residents were evacuated. Approximately 170 buildings and 1,184 damaged, of which Five Hundred and Twenty are uninhabitable.
The picture to the right is of Noy’s Middle School Science teacher’s apartment, which is located on the first floor. The teacher and her family are 1 of 650 Haifa families, which have lost everything they own.
This is an urgent call from our friends in Israel to stand side by side with them in time of need.  Our donations will help purchase urgently needed supplies such as clothing, bedding, blankets, school equipment, kitchen utensils and other essential items needed for their everyday life.
Leo Baeck is directly involved in the rehabilitation of sixty families. We aim to help them provide each family with the sum of 5,000 shekels ($1,300), which they will transfer directly to the families to purchase whatever they require for immediate relief. Money raised will replace schools supplies, kitchen appliances, furniture, children games, books and more.
Funds can be transferred directly to the Leo Baeck Education Center Foundation in Houston via check or wire transfer.
* Please state that the funds are intended for Emergency Relief Haifa Fire Funds.
For incoming wires from within the US:
ABA NO:  021000021
CHECKING ACCOUNT:  001-00818633
The SWIFT code for international wires to Leo Baeck’s U.S. account: CHASUS33
For donations made by check to the Leo Baeck Education Center Foundation, the check should be mailed to:
Linda Uzick
Assistant Director, Donor Services
Houston Jewish Community Foundation
5603 South Braeswood
Houston, Texas  77096
Ms. Uzick can be reached at:
Phone: 713-729-7000 ext. 332
Fax: 713-721-6232
Funds can also be transferred directly to the Leo Baeck Education Center, Haifa, via check or wire transfer:
Again, please state that the funds are intended for Emergency Relief Haifa Fire Funds.
Leo Baeck Education Center
90 Derech Tsarfat
P.O.B. 6283, Haifa 31062
Israel bank account details:
Account Name: Leo Baeck Education Center Ltd
Bank Hapoalim BM
Kikar Paris Branch No: 736
Pal Yam Street 2, Haifa, Israel, 33095
Tel: 972-4-868 1421
Account Number:  12 – 736 - 324895
Swift Address: POALILIT    
IBAN / Swift Code: IL89-0127-3600-0000-0324-895
All contributions made to the IAC over the next 72 hours will go directly to support the firefighters working around the clock to save lives and property. 
We encourage you to donate now to this critical effort to give these courageous men and women the support that they need to address this grave danger. 
Together, let’s send a powerful message that we stand with the Israeli people at this time of need.
The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Rabbinical Assembly, and the Masorti Foundation are jointly working to coordinate relief efforts in Israel. A Fire Emergency Fund has been established at the Masorti Foundation. Proceeds will be used for 
1) Immediate assistance to those in need.
2) Funding to support NOAM youth in the clean up and relief efforts, which will likely be required over a longer period of time; 
3) Any remaining funds will be delivered to JNF as a gift from the Conservative / Masorti movement.
Contributions can be made either by:
Check with the notation “Fire Emergency Fund” mailed to:
Masorti Foundation
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 832
New York, NY 10115
Call the Masorti Foundation at (212) 870-2216 to make a credit card contribution
Go online to, click on Make a Contribution, and in the Program Designation, we will create a line for “Fire Emergency Fund.” Until that is done, use the Chesed Projects designation. All contributions for the Chesed Projects will be treated as for the Fire Emergency Fund.


The Orthodox Union is collecting contributions online at or by check made payable to “OU-FOREST FIRE Campaign” and sent to:
Orthodox Union
11 Broadway
New York, NY 1004
ATTN: Israel Emergency Forest Fire Campaign


ARZA and the Union for Reform Judaism, with the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, are collecting donations through the Carmel Fire-Israel Emergency Fund at, or write to
633 Third Ave, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10017


Donations to B’nai B’rith International’s Israel Emergency Fund can be made online using a secure online contribution form at or by mail (checks payable to the B’nai B’rith Israel Emergency Fund) to:
Israel Emergency Fund
B’nai B’rith International
2020 K Street, NW, 7th floor
Washington, DC 20006


The National Council of Young Israel is collecting funds at


ZAKA, Israel’s volunteer disaster-response service, is collecting funds at It can also be reached by calling (718) 676-0039 or by e-mail

Thank you for standing with us when we stand with Israel,
Amir Eden
Director of Israel Education