Natural disasters

London woman seriously ill in Thai hospital

By Rosa Doherty, January 24, 2014

A Jewish woman from north - west London has been seriously injured in Bangkok and is in need of emergency donors for her rare blood type.

Lara Rose remains in critical condition after being admitted to Samitivej Hospital and has reportedly exhausted the entire supply of B and O donor blood available.

Her surgeon is appealing for more blood as Mrs Rose needs an amount equal to 10 donors.


Israel in the Philippines: IDF relief for Typhoon Haiyan survivors

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2013

Israeli authorities sent doctors, civil engineers and psychologists to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Israel and World Jewish Relief rush to Philippines aid

By Sandy Rashty, November 14, 2013

An American Jewish man watched his wife go into labour as Typhoon Haiyan hit their home in the Philippines last Friday.

Dale Streisand, the cousin of Hollywood icon Barbra Streisand, lost his house in the southern province of Bohol — but saw the birth of his newborn baby on Saturday.


IDF heads to Philippines to help storm survivors

By Sandy Rashty, November 12, 2013

Israeli rescue forces and Jewish aid groups have been dispatched to the Philippines to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The storm swept through the eastern seaboard of the Philippines, before heading west and hitting six central Philippine islands. At least 10,000 people are believed to have been killed.


Jewish charity launches appeal for victims of Philippines typhoon

By Sandy Rashty, November 11, 2013

A British Jewish charity has launched an emergency appeal for the victims of the violent storm in the Philippines .

World Jewish Relief, which offers international support to Jewish and non-Jewish organisations, plan to send aid to the south-east Asian country, where 9.5 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan.


For rockets go indoors; for earthquakes, run outside

By Isabelle Fraser, October 25, 2013

The Israeli Home Front minister, Gilad Erden, has warned that 7,000 people could perish if Israel was hit by a major earthquake.

Speaking to Parliament, Mr Erden added that tens of thousands of citizens could be injured and 200,000 left homeless.


Children struck by lightning at Reform Jewish summer camp

By Sandy Rashty, July 1, 2013

Three children were injured after being struck by lightning at a Reform Jewish summer camp in Indianapolis.

The children – a 12-year-old boy, and a girl and boy both aged nine - were caught in a sudden storm during an activity day at the Goldman Union Camp Institute.


Chabad aids victims of Oklahoma tornado

By Zoe Winograd, May 21, 2013

A Chabad centre in Oklahoma has opened its doors for families affected by yesterday’s devastating tornado.

The tornado, which hit Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon, has left at least 91 people dead , including 20 children , and hundreds injured.

The Chabad community centre of southern Oklahoma is provid ing shelter and supplies for those left homeless.


Meteorite damages Siberia shul

By Ray Filar, February 21, 2013

The meteorite that sent rock fragments raining down over Russia last Friday, injuring more than 500 people, damaged a Siberian shul during morning prayers.

Congregants were hurt and windows smashed at the Federation shul in the city of Chelyabinsk, 950 miles east of Moscow.


After Hurricane Sandy a sheitel donor comes to the rescue

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2013

Three months after superstorm Sandy hit the United States, a New Jersey businesswoman has found an unusual way to come to the aid of strictly Orthodox residents whose homes were devastated.

Flora Shepelsky has donated more than 60 sheitels to women who saw their hairpieces damaged when flooding hit Seagate, a coastal town near Coney Island.