Natural disasters

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.


Snowy Jerusalem cut off in worst storm in 20 years

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

An estimated 15-20cm of snow has fallen in Jerusalem, shutting down roads into the city in the biggest winter storm in 20 years.

Schools and nurseries are to be closed on Thursday across northern Israel and the West Bank, courts have been shut, buses are not running and the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway is closed.


Storm causes chaos in Israel

By Anna Sheinman, January 8, 2013

Some pictures of the chaos caused across Israel and the Palestinian territories by the worst storm the country has seen in 10 years.

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Transport chaos as huge storm sweeps through Israel

By Anna Sheinman, January 8, 2013

Israel has ground to a halt in what is being called the worst storm in a decade.

Roads, railways and airports have shut, rivers have reached capacity and now community centres are being opened in preparation for potential evacuations.


New York’s tears after Sandy

By JCReporter, November 8, 2012

The deaths of two childhood friends in Hurricane Sandy has touched the lives of many in New York’s Jewish community.

Over 300 people attended the funeral of Jessica Streich-Kest, 24, and Jacob Vogelman, 23, who were killed by a falling tree as the storm hit New York on October 29.


Israel rescue team sent to Ghana in wake of building collapse

By Zoe Winograd, November 8, 2012

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has sent a search-and-rescue team to Ghana after a shopping centre collapsed in Accra on Wednesday.

The team of doctors, engineers and communication experts left Israel Wednesday evening, only hours after the multi-story building collapsed, trapping many people inside.


New York man beaten and mugged during Hurricane Sandy

By Hadas Haimov, November 2, 2012

A Jewish man from Brooklyn was beaten and mugged during Hurricane Sandy.

The gang of five took advantage of the empty streets and attacked the man at 7pm on Monday.

The attackers kicked their victim repeatedly and knocked him unconscious. While the man was lying on the ground bleeding, the five stole his wallet and phone.

The victim was taken to hospital.