Louisville federation launches fundraising drive for tornado victims

NEW YORK (JTA) – The Jewish Federation of Louisville has opened a fund to help victims of tornadoes that ripped through the Midwest.

Federation officials said they were eager to help donors who wanted to help those affected by the storms, which claimed dozens of lives and cut a path of destruction across several states.

"Our hearts go out to our neighbors in Southern Indiana who are suffering tremendously in the wake of last week’s powerful storms," Stu Silberman, the Louisville federation’s president and CEO, said in a statement Tuesday. "We are honored to play a role in helping restore lives by coordinating relief efforts from Jewish communities around the country."

Other Jewish groups also have responded to the storms. NECHAMA, a Jewish disaster relief organization, is set to begin a cleanup operation in two communities, and the National Association of Jewish Chaplains also will deploy chaplains to affected areas.

The storms did not have a direct impact on any Jewish communities.

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