Israel Needs Your Help: Forest Fire Devastates Haifa

December 3, 2010

Israel needs your help. The worst fire in the nation’s history erupted yesterday from the forests of the Carmel in Haifa.

International aid from Britain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Greece was offered almost immediately to help quench the flames as Israel’s resources were quickly depleted.

As of early Friday morning, Friends of Israel’s Fire Fighters updated:

More than 15,000 residents evacuated, flames near Haifa. Mass evacuation continues into night as fire ranges in northern Israel, thousands of Haifa residents ordered to leave homes. At least 40 dead; casualty information center reopens for first time since Second Lebanon War.

Here’s How You Can Help

Jewish National Fund (JNF)

The Jewish National Fund has established a Forest Fire Emergency Campaign.

Here’s how your donations can help- and keep in mind here how many of our physical resources were lost in the fire and that Israeli firefighting sources will need extensive funds to recuperate from the loss of equipment:

  • $100- Hose
  • $500- Helmet
  • $1,000- Hose Nozzle
  • $5,000- Masks and Tanks
  • $7,500- Camera
  • $10,000- Equipment
  • $50,000- ARV
  • $125,000- Fire Truck

The JNF has also organized an international conference call on Friday, December 3rd for 12:00 EST with CEO Russell Robinson and several of their chief executive officers, as well as Shimon Romach, Chief of the Israel Firefighters, and Tim Tidewell, US Chief of the Forest Service. Click here to register and log-in information will be sent to you.

Note also JNF’s projects to Help Alleviate Israel’s Water CrisisForest Management and Fire Prevention, and Friends of Israel’s Fire Fighters. You can learn more about them here.

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Israeli Water: Innovations and Challenges in 7 Videos (Blog Action Day 2010)

October 16, 2010

No issue is more critical in the Middle East than water. But what does that really mean? Water is a transboundary issue that affects the environment, geopolitics, social, and health concerns.

Today is Blog Action Day for the environment and this year’s theme is water. I’m on a quest to learn more- even if it only means bolstering my knowledge incrementally- and I’m happy to take you along for the ride.

Water and the environment are a vital issue. But where to begin? I decided to consult the experts using videos from Israeli universities, the Jewish National Fund, Israel21C, and more. I encourage you to post your own links in the comments section so that we can learn from each other.

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Here’s how this post is organized.

  1. Introduction: Get acquainted with the issue of innovative water technologies in Israel and overview of the challenges we face
  2. Best Practices:  Meet students and alumni from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Arava Institute of Environmental Studies who are becoming global scientific ambassadors on water-related issues
  3. Next Steps: Learn from a case study in the Bedouin community of Um Batin. One of Israel’s next steps in water management is in bringing basic resources to all the citizens of the nation

Innovations in Israeli Water Technology

Straight from Israel’s new YouTube channel comes this overview of Israeli water technology that focuses on Israel’s role as a scientific ambassador to governments around the world. It additionally covers:

  • Water purification, desalination, and reclamation
  • Drip irrigation as a technique to maximize crop yields while simultaneously decreasing water usage

— Read on to learn more —

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Week in Review: Top 7 Jewish Philanthropy Highlights

August 16, 2007


Don’t have time to keep up on Jewish and Israeli philanthropy news from around the world? Let me be your one stop for this week’s highlights.

1. Sheldon Adelson pledges $30 million more to Birthright Israel totaling $60 million this year.

2. Bat Mitzvah girl Samantha Resnick donates $100,000 to the Jewish National Fund to build a playground for special needs children.

3. Margot Freudenberg, a Holocaust survivor who established a network of free residential cancer treatment centers, turned 100. Ad meah v’esreem!

4. Minnesotan Jewish organizations offer aid in bridge crisis: Jewish Family and Services of Minneapolis and the Jewish Community Relations Council provide free counseling for survivors, as well as victims’ families and responders.

5. Israeli opthamologists provide services and surgery to Sudanese and Ethiopian refugees in Kenyan camps through Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN High Commission for Refugees

6. Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics marked a widening social gap, noting:

“A man’s workweek in 2006 was 45.4 hours long, while a woman’s was 34.8 hours long. On average, the men’s wages were 58% higher then the women’s, but considering the difference in the workweek, said the CBS, that gap was reduced to 20%.”

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7. And of course, you already know about Larry Ellison’s donation of $500,000 to the residents of Sderot.

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