Canadian Jews Help Mitch Victims

A donation by the Canadian Jewish Congress has enabled more than 3,000 boxes of supplies to travel to Central American victims of Hurricane Mitch.

An emergency relief committee working under the auspices of the Honduran consulate in Montreal has been collecting food, sleeping bags, blankets, toys and clothes, which have been sitting in a warehouse in the city. The goods were held up, however, because the committee simply did not have the money to pay for shipping them.

The CJC donated $8,000 to the individuals responsible, which was give to the relief team this week.

Additional funds will shortly be sent to Honduras to assist with the rebuilding of a synagogue in Tegucigalpa that was destroyed by the hurricane.

“Historically, the Canadian Jewish Congress has always done its part to assist those affected by natural disasters,” whether in Canada or abroad, said CJC’s national president, Moshe Ronen.

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