Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy, Storm of the Century. Whatever you called it, forces of nature brought destruction and damage to a major part of the northeast where there are more than 140 Conservative kehillot.
In the days following the storm, looking for ways to help, sisterhood presidents from all over North America came up with a suggestion: unaffected sisterhoods could adopt sisterhoods in trouble and offer whatever assistance they could.
Coordinated by Women’s League Parliamentarian Sandy Myers and Region Services Chair Carol Simon, each of the 142 sisterhoods in the MetroNorth, BQLI (Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island) and Garden State Regions was contacted. Since many areas were still without power, the team phoned, emailed and called friends of friends to let each sisterhood know that their Women’s League sisters were there for them. Since then, several sisterhoods in different parts of the country have been partnered.
Almost immediately after Sandy struck, United Synagogue opened a web site for donations, which poured in from synagogues and individuals across North America. Thanks to this generosity, USCJ was able to award two grants to Nechama, a Jewish disaster relief group that was on the ground helping pump out water, remove mud, take down walls, and clear debris from two of our hardest-hit shuls in New Jersey and one in New York. USCJ also used the money to sponsor Shabbat dinners at affected congregations.