14 January 2010

Jewish Organizations Helping Haiti

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Magen David Adom began assembling a team of experts as part of a larger American Red Cross mission. The team will establish field clinics in cooperation with local rescue groups and the Red Cross, and Israeli volunteers will help search for the thousands thought to be buried under the rubble.

MDA also said Wednesday it was considering expanding its team to a full field delegation of doctors, paramedics and medics that will join the other Israeli rescue missions.

Meanwhile, an Israeli coalition of humanitarian groups, IsraAID, is sending a 12-man search-and-rescue team, which includes emergency medical staff.

The IsraAID team has been underwritten by contributions from the American Jewish Committee, the Washington-based B'nai Brith Intentional as well as the Canadian B'nai Brith branch and the Venezuela-based Central American branch.

Several Jewish groups have also launched emergency fundraising campaigns to help with relief efforts. Those groups include the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), B'nai B'rith International, B'nai B'rith Brazil, the American Jewish World Service, the Canadian Jewish Congress, and others.

We need you, want to help? Visit the organizations named in this post to learn more.

Jpost.com staff, AP, Yaakov Lappin and Judy Siegel contributed

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