This is a devastating time for the Baton Rouge Jewish Community. Many of our families have been hard hit by this disaster and are working diligently to start rebuilding their lives. We need your support!
This was one of the most unprecendented and unexpected weather disasters in the area's history. Neighborhoods that never flooded suddenly had multiple feet. Baton Rouge is located well above sea level and has historically served as an evacuation site for our neighnors 70 miles east in the Greater New Orleans area who came for Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Gustav in 2008 amd Isaac in 2012. It is a highly unusual situation for this community to be in a position of seeking substantial help rather than providing it directly.
The impact on the Jewish community, hear in Baton Rouge, is significant - 11% of our families experienced direct and substantial loses. Unlike larger cities, Baton Rouge does not have a JCC, a Jewish Family Service or other Jewish organizations that would normally provide support and assistance. The entire recovery effort is being shouldered by the two synagogues and a Federation office that is staffed part-time. The community is working together under the umbrella of the Federation to address the needs of local Jewish families.
It has been so heartwarming to see and experience the outpouring of support, both near and far, for the affected members of our Jewish community. Please know that your donation will provide much needed assistance to our families in crisis, support rebuilding efforts, offere essential case management services and offset expenses for Jewish education and experiences which would not be possible without your help.