SPOTLIGHT: COLLABORATING TO HEAL OUR NORTH BAY COMMUNITY FROM WILDFIRE DESTRUCTION In October 2017, wildfires ravaged Sonoma and Napa Counties, claiming 44 lives, destroying thousands of homes and businesses, forcing over 100,000 individuals to evacuate, and burning 245,000 acres, an area more than eight times the size of San Francisco. Included in this large-scale devastation was the almost complete destruction of URJ Camp Newman, a beloved home away from home for 1,500 children and adults each year. The physical and emotional impacts remain palpable today, over one year post-fires. To assist with relief and recovery, we partnered with the Jewish Community Federation and Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay to: mobilize over $1.4 million for recovery efforts (including $800,000, contributed through the North Bay Wildfire Emergency Fund, thanks to 1,300 individual donors); create a strategy for strengthening Jewish community infrastructure and supporting trauma recovery, including direct grants to every synagogue and Chabad in Napa and Sonoma Counties, JCC of Sonoma County, Jewish Family and Children's Services, Jewish Free Clinic, IsraAID and URJ Camp Newman; provide scholarship assistance to children from the region for Jewish overnight camps, day camps, preschool and Israel programs; provide $355,000 in grants from donor-advised funds managed by both Federations to Jewish and non-sectarian organizations in the North Bay; and engage Jewish volunteers to support recovery through hands-on volunteerism, by providing Judaica gift baskets for Jewish families who suffered complete loss and to rebuild homes with Habitat for Humanity. CARINGTHROUGH COMMUNITY 8