hurricane harvey relief

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the state of Texas on Aug 25, 2017. Over the next five days, it dropped a year’s worth of rain over Houston. Many were saved from their flooded homes with nothing more than the shirts on their backs. As the extent of the damage became clear, we reached out to our colleagues at the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Houston to offer assistance. Within days of the hurricane, seven organizations came together to establish a $250,000 emergency loan fund to help Houston’s Jewish community recover from the devastation.

Here are some of the moving stories of people whose lives were turned upside down by Hurricane Harvey. With support from our Northern California community and the Jewish Free Loan community across the country, these families have made it through the worst and are looking toward the future.


Rabbi Yaghobian’s Story

24 families of Congregation Torah VaChesed in Meyerland were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Many of them are recent immigrants who did not have flood

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Mike’s Story

Mike Getz is a member of the Beaumont City Council. He had been renting out his second home to a family when Hurricane Harvey

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Tzivia’s Story

Tzivia is the CEO of the Houston Kashruth Association (HKA), which is responsible for the kosher supervision of many restaurants in Houston, and coordinates

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