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Update on Earthquake Disaster
As the situation in Turkey and Syria unfolds, we are closely monitoring needs with our global partners and deploying resources strategically.
- More than 50,000 people have been killed after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Turkey and Syria. The quake is one of the strongest to hit the region in more than 100 years.
- The Israeli government has sent a delegation of 150 search and rescue experts and a team of 140 medical personnel in a mission called “Olive Branches.”
Activating our emergency protocols, UJA has approved an allocation of $278,000 to six nonprofits. The six initial organizations:
- American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency, our two largest overseas partners, to support their ongoing efforts helping members of the Jewish community and beyond.
- Latet, a leading social service provider in Israel, which is working closely with the Israel-Turkey Chamber of Commerce, various embassies, IsraAID, SmartAID, United Hatzallah, and others to send humanitarian aid. The aid is being delivered on donated Turkish airplanes; the first has already arrived.
- Afya, a longstanding UJA partner in crisis relief, which is sending five container loads of medical supplies via the Turkish embassy to support the needs of the injured.
- The Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood, based in New York and with longstanding ties to the Jewish community of Turkey, which is helping to provide food, shelter, and medicine.
- IsraAID, Israel’s leading non-governmental humanitarian aid group, is coordinating with the Turkish embassy and Turkey’s office of disaster relief to develop water, sanitation, and hygiene initiatives.
You can support our efforts by giving right now to UJA's Earthquake Relief Fund.
100% of your donation will go directly to relief efforts.