B’nai B’rith International today contributed an initial $1,000 to the relief of the victims of a cyclone that devastated southeastern Bangladesh last weekend.
Dr. Daniel Thursz, executive vice president of the Jewish service organization, called on B’nai B’rith lodges and units around the world, as well as all persons of the Jewish faith, to donate funds to the Moslem country.
“From its very inception, B’nai B’rith has done what it can to alleviate the hardships of people stricken by disaster,” said Thursz. “Race, religion and nationality are not factors; only humanity is.”
The B’nai B’rith leader urged members and others in the Jewish community to send contributions for Bangladesh relief to the organization’s international head-quarters, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. The funds will be forwarded to the appropriate relief agencies for Bangladesh. Checks should be made out, “B’nai B’rith – Bangladesh Relief.”
According to reports, more than 10,000 persons are missing or dead, 14,000 cattle killed and nearly half a million acres of crops destroyed.
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