Natural disasters

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.


As Hurricane Sandy hits, Katz’s deli kept bagels coming

By Gil Shefler, November 1, 2012

Darkness descended over the historically Jewish neighbourhood of Lower East Side on Tuesday evening where the power was still out the day after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the north-eastern coast of the US, leaving at least 50 people dead and millions without electricity.

At the Chasam Sopher synagogue, one of the area’s many Jewish institutions, there were no signs of light or life.


Superstorm Sandy stops filming of Aronofsky's Noah's Ark epic

By Jennifer Lipman, October 31, 2012

In what could be termed an ironic case of life imitating art, filming of a biblical epic telling the story of Noah and his ark was put on hold this week due to Superstorm Sandy.

Darren Aronofsky's film, starring Russell Crowe as Noah, was due to be filmed on Monday at locations in New York.


Jewish couple killed by Hurricane Sandy

By Sandy Rashty, October 31, 2012

A young Jewish couple were killed by a falling tree as Hurricane Sandy hit Brooklyn, New York, on Monday night.

Jacob Vogelman and Jessie Streich-Kest, both 23, were walking their dog when they were struck by the tree in Ditmas Park, according to various media reports.


Flooding hits homes and businesses in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 9, 2012

Freak flooding sent rivers of water into Jewish homes and businesses in Manchester on Sunday afternoon, one of only a few areas to be hit in the region following a two-hour deluge.