Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Special fund to help former residents of Gaza and Northern Shomron

OU is Collecting Funds to help Former Residents of Gaza and Northern Shomron

The Orthodox Union is collecting funds for families who were removed from their homes in Gaza and Northern Shomron, both for their short-term needs, and in order to help them rebuild their lives elsewhere. The funds will be distributed through the OU's Seymour J. Abrams Israel Center in Jerusalem.

The staff of the OU Israel Center is actively involved in assisting these people, but funds are needed now. All funds collected will initially be spent on providing for these immediate needs, and subsequently for any long-term support that may prove necessary.

Many of the families expelled from Gaza in the last few days have been put into crowded and inadequate living conditions. Some are being housed temporarily in hotels, with entire families sharing one room. This arrangement is to last for only 10 days, after which they will have to fend for themselves. Many do not yet have access to their household goods and personal items that were left behind, and need emergency support.

Contributions may be made through our website, or by sending your check, payable to Orthodox Union Gaza/Shomron Fund, to Orthodox Union, 11 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004. Please write "Gaza/Shomron Fund" clearly on both the check and the envelope.

Credit card donations may be made here.

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