IN WAKE OF HARVEY DEVASTATION, ISRAEL PLEDGES $1M AID TO HOUSTON'S JEWISH COMMUNITY




İrem Uzun –TDO- Israel reported that it will donate $1 million to Houston’s Jewish community to aid in post-Harvey recovery efforts. “The Jewish State is measured by its response when our brothers around the world are in crisis," Diaspora* Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett said.     

Hurricane Harvey struck on August 25 and pounded the city with five consecutive days of heavy rains, causing an estimated tens of billions of dollars in damage. It killed dozens of people and left thousands without a home.       

The aid will be transferred through the local Consulate in Texas and used to help repair and restore schools, synagogues and other communal infrastructures which is not funded or supported by the state, according to the statement released by the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. "For years the Jewish communities stood by Israel when it needed their help; now it is our turn to stand by Houston's Jewish community," Bennett said.

* The Diaspora: 1 The spreading of people from one original country to other countries. 2 The Jews living in different parts of the world outside Israel, or the various places outside Israel in which they live.