While the full extent of the damage is not yet known, it is clear that there is already a lot of work to do to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. To this end we have now heard back from a couple of clergy colleagues in the Houston area with ideas of how we can help.

Right now, there is an immediate need for gift cards to be distributed to families who find themselves in need. Stores that have been mentioned include Kroger, Target, Walmart, Home Depot, and Lowes, as examples of the type of gift cards that would be helpful at this time. We will therefore be collecting gift cards and sending them on to Congregation Emanu El and Congregation Beth Israel to distribute amongst those in need.

If you would prefer to make a financial contribution you can send a check to TST ear marked for Hurricane Harvey support. We will then send a combined donation from the membership of Temple Shir Tikva to the Clergy Good Works Fund at Congregation Emanu El and to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund at Congregation Beth Israel – both will be used to support families in need after Hurricane Harvey.

Finally, in partnership with Greene Family Camp a full-day camp program for kids whose families' lives have been affected by Hurricane Harvey has been set up for tomorrow through Monday. This will allow parents to take care of their homes, cars and other responsibilities after a difficult week while their children are looked after. Each age-specific unit's day will consist of arts and crafts, sports, and other fun games and programs. Additionally, the camp will be providing three meals per day to participants, including a breakfast and dinner to which campers' entire families will be invited to attend. If people would like to support Hurricane Harvey's Houston Day Camp, then you can visit this website to make a donation:

We hope to send the first batch of gift cards and donations by September 8th.

We are sure that this is just the beginning of the work that needs to be done and will be sure to stay on top of things to ensure that we can do all that needs to be done to help those affected.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Danny Burkeman
Cantor Hollis Schachner
Matt Langweber (President)
Wendy Newman (Social Justice and Community Connections Trustee)