Declaring that 1985 “appears to have had more than its share of natural disasters,” B’nai B’rith International president Gerald Kraft announced that the Jewish service organization again would allocate a relief fund, this time to Colombia. He called on its lodges, units, and individual members also to contribute.
Kraft noted that B’nai B’rith this year had raised funds to-aid Ethiopian famine victims, Bangladesh flood victims and Mexican earthquake victims. “We can do nothing less than respond similarly to this latest disaster,” he said.
The B’nai B’rith leader said the funds would be distributed to the South American country “just as soon as the most effective use of the money can be determined.” He added the B’nai B’rith is also planning other means of assistance.
Kraft said contributions to help victims of Colombian disaster should be sent to B’nai B’rith Community Volunteer Service, 1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. Checks should be made out to B’nai B’rith International and earmarked Colombia Volcano Relief.
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