OU Lends Hand to Oklahoma Aid Network

The Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma, which is on the ground organizing relief efforts for the communities hit hard by last week’s devastating tornado, has received $15,000 in disaster-relief funds from the Orthodox Union. The funds were received just before the Jewish Sabbath, and are being distributed over the Memorial Day weekend and throughout the week.

“On behalf of those here in Oklahoma who will receive this help, my thanks go to all of the OU members and friends who were so generous in a time of real need,” said Rabbi Ovadia Goldman, director of the Chabad center, who said the money will be used for store gift cards and cash relief to area residents whose homes were destroyed.

Rabbi Judah Isaacs, director of community engagement for the Orthodox Union, said it aims to provide assistance in the face of such disasters and examine where other Jewish help can be found.

As word spread about the tornado’s tremendous impact and damage done to residential areas, businesses and personal property, the Orthodox Union sent a message to synagogues letting them know about the fund-raising effort. Then it connected to Chabad, which opened its own center as a shelter, and has been collecting and distributing supplies for displaced families and the elderly.

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