Our Jewish Community Stands Ready to Help: Donate Now to the North Bay Wildfire Emergency Fund

San Francisco, CA – Our hearts and prayers are with all those in the path of the wildfires raging across Sonoma and Napa Counties. From the most recent reports, the fires have killed one person, destroyed an estimated 1,500 residential and commercial structures, endangered schools and camps, and forced the evacuation of up to 20,000 people. Since late Sunday night, over 73,000 acres have burned and the damage toll is expected to rise.

Tragically, we have learned that a majority of the buildings at URJ Camp Newman have been destroyed; thankfully the staff safely evacuated with the Torah scrolls earlier today before the fire reached the camp.

Our Federations have been in close contact, working with Jewish communal organizations and synagogues in the affected regions to assess urgent and emerging needs. Our Jewish community stands ready to help.

As we continue to learn more about this tragedy, we urge you to contribute to the North Bay Wildfire Emergency Fund. As we evaluate the damage with our community partners in the region, rest assured that all donations will reach those most in need. Your generosity will enable a robust and effective response both immediately and throughout the long recovery process. We will continue to update the community as more information is available.

One of our strengths as a community has always been harnessing our networks in the service of people in crisis, responding quickly and effectively wherever tragedy strikes. Today, it's in our own backyards.

Thank you for your concern and generosity.

In gratitude,

Danny Grossman
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

Rabbi Jim Brandt
Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund connects people of all ages, backgrounds, and perspectives to the power of the Jewish community to improve the world. We partner with donors, organizations, and foundations to address pressing issues facing our community, and develop innovative strategies that result in deep and lasting impact locally, in Israel, and around the world. Learn more at www.jewishfed.org.

For immediate release

October 09, 2017