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“Thank you for taking in my uncle and nephew, protecting them from the impact of the Hurricane…”

“After being turned away from shelter after shelter, Temple Shalom welcomed me in…”

“I cannot thank you enough for providing a safe space for us to find air conditioning, food, and hope…”

 

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There are so many stories from the last few weeks – during which time Temple Shalom opened its doors to serve asan emergency Red Cross shelter, and later as a cooling station distributing food and resources. We collectively rose to meet the challenge of caring for the most vulnerable members of the community – from the elderly woman who came to shelter clutching her purse as her only possession to the families who came to the center desperate for a respite from the heat, and in need of water, food, and baby supplies. We have been here to support everyone in need of care.

 

While we maintained our ability to assist others, our community suffered from the hurricane as well. Many experienced significant material losses; some permanently displaced from their homes or senior living facilities because the structures have been condemned. Efforts to provide those in need with temporary shelter and food in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma drained resources set aside for other purposes. Hurricane Irma ripped the sun-shade over our playground to shreds, leaving the children at Temple Shalom without a safe place to play outside in the harsh Florida sun. And, though the building structure stands strong, fallen trees and high winds resulted in exterior damage, water leaks and roof issues that will need repair in addition to replacing landscaping.

 

“Kol aravim zeh ba’zeh” – all the members of the community are there for one another. Although there is no timetable for the recovery from this natural disaster, know that Temple Shalom will continue to meet the needs of those impacted by Hurricane Irma – providing financial assistance and resources to those in distress. We invite you to invest in the work of Temple Shalom to heal our community, and bring a sense of wholeness to those whose lives have been turned upside down. Your gifts will repair lives that have been shattered, and support our efforts to recover and rebuild.  

Adam Miller

Rabbi Adam F. Miller

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