Sunday, September 18, 2005

Chabad at Rutgers to Aid Hurricane Victims

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Chabad at Rutgers to Aid Hurricane Victims

Chabad House at Rutgers University has joined with the mayor's office of the City of New Brunswick to act as a collection center for money, food and necessary items in response to Hurricane Katrina.   At a news conference on Monday, September 12, 2005, on the steps of City Hall, Mayor Jim Cahill of New Brunswick announced a combined municipal effort to address the needs of hurricane victims in Louisiana and for aid for those moving to new locations.  The Mayor’s office has designated Chabad House as one of the centers to accept vital financial material and logistical aid.  

 “It’s impossible to see the images of destruction and loss coming from the Gulf Coast and not be moved to action,” said Mayor Cahill.  “Our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands who are suffering from this disaster, and we will continue to do everything we can to help the survivors.  We ask our generous citizens to contribute an extra amount during this emergency that they can earmark for hurricane relief.”  

 Rabbi Yosef Carlebach, Director of Chabad House, quoted from the Talmud: “That one who saves one life is like one who saves an entire Universe.  Now is the time that we can help save the lives of many of our fellow citizens.”  Chabad House will act as a center to collect needed funds and materials which will be distributed throughout emergency centers in the disaster area.  Chabad House is also working with more than a dozen Chabad Centers across the gulf coast providing shelter, food, clothing and accommodations to displaced families.  Chabad House of Louisiana has been involved in evacuation efforts and has provided counseling, referrals to other agencies and networking for those in search of loved ones.  The organization is also helping place children in Chabad schools (with tuition waived) and is finding temporary housing for many families.  Additionally, they are using their network of community and business contacts to find new e! mployment for displaced persons.

 For further information, please contact Rabbi Yosef Carlebach at Chabad House at Rutgers University, 170 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, (732-296-1800).

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