While Hurricane Sandy may be a week behind us, it continues to affect millions in the Northeast. Homes and synagogues were heavily damaged or destroyed, many remain without power, and entire communities are struggling to get back on their feet. Today the URJ formalized our partnership with NECHAMA – the Jewish Response to Disaster.

The Reform Movement recognizes the incredible work that so many in our communities are already engaged in, and this partnership will provide a coordinated approach to relief work – sending volunteers to the most needed areas, and ensuring that no community’s needs are overlooked. We will continue to monitor the progress of relief efforts and will share opportunities with you as they arise.

NECHAMA is currently accepting volunteers for opportunities to assist in Hurricane Sandy clean-up in the Northern New Jersey area, including Bergen County (Little Ferry and Moonachie) and Hoboken. There are a limited number of volunteer spots available, and we are experiencing a large outpouring of support from our volunteer network locally and nationwide. Please be understanding as we work to respond to both the large volunteer interest and the equally large amount of homeowner work requests.

If you are available to help with NECHAMA and the URJ’s relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy, please complete this information form to get started. 

If you’re unable to volunteer, please remember that you can still help: We’re currently collecting donations through our Hurricane Relief Fund to provide relief to congregations, families and communities.

Reform Movement Partners with NECHAMA on Hurricane Relief Efforts

A NECHAMA volunteer helps clean up of a badly damaged community center in Hoboken, N.J.