Our New York office opened on Thursday, November 1, after being closed for three days after Hurricane Sandy. Staff members are all safe, although many have no power in their homes. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding through the very difficult situation caused by Hurricane Sandy,” said CEO Allan Finkelstein. “Everyone has been impacted in some way, whether it be downed trees, street closings, and/or loss of power.”
Jewish Community Centers all over the East Coast have been impacted to some degree, but are struggling to reopen and provide service for their communities. JCCs in Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, Long Island, and New Jersey are the most severely affected. The Riverdale YM-YWHA offered a free family day to its community in the Bronx. The JCC in Scranton opened for people to shower, charge their phones, and drop their children off at the daycare center. The JCC of Greater Baltimore is acting as a disaster relief site.
For those who want to help, Jewish Federations of North America have established a relief fund for donations. In New York City, Citymeals on Wheels needs help, and the Lower East Side (home to the Educational Alliance) was particularly hard hit.