Six Jews perished and over one hundred were injured in the Florida disaster, according to the results of an investigation conducted by Rabbi I. S. Ravech of Daytona Beach, Florida, on behalf of the Jewish Relief Committee of Miami.
Some Jewish residents in the afflicted area are still missing. The property damage of Jewish families in this region amounts to $20,000,000, according to Rabbi Ravech’s estimate.
The amount of $100,000 is necessary for the relief of the afflicted Jewish families, according to the rabbi, who issued an appeal. “American Jewry must act in the old spirit of Rachmanim B’nai Rachmanim (the merciful sons of the merciful),” he stated. “This aid must be extended speedily. There are several hundred homeless and penniless Jewish families in the region. Emergency committees have been organized in the various towns. All available synagogues have been converted into Red Cross stations.”
There are sixty Jewish families in Fort Lauderdale. None of the members of these families perished or suffered injuries. The amount of property damages suffered by them amounts to a quarter of a million dollars.
In Hollywood no Jews were killed. Ten families remained homeless. Their property losses amount to three quarters of a million dollars. The city authorities are doing wonderfully well in the relief work there.
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