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First Team of IsraAID Workers On the Job in Oklahoma

Israeli Organization Looking into Emotional Needs of Victims

By: Daniel Horowitz

Published: May 27th, 2013 in News » World

First Team of IsraAID Workers On the Job in Oklahoma

On Thursday, May 23, just days after a tornado ravaged parts of Oklahoma, killing 24 people including 10 children, the first team of professional IsraAID workers landed in Moore, Oklahoma, where they immediately went to work in an attempt to help victims rebuilt their lives and their peace of mind.

Immediately after the devastating tornado hit Oklahoma destroying countless homes and reducing one elementary school almost entirely to rubble, United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto sprung into action, establishing its UJA Oklahoma City Tornado Relief Fund.

The fund will meet needs identified by the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, and is supporting the relief efforts of IsraAID.

IsraAID: The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid, is an Israeli-based humanitarian organization that responds to emergencies all over the world, and has partnered with UJA of Greater Toronto regularly to help victims of natural disasters since the December 2005 Tsunami in Southeast Asia.

“Our team in Oklahoma has visited various towns in the affected area, among them Bethel, Little Axe, Moore, Shawnee and Dale,” said Shachar Zahavi, Executive Director, IsraAID. “We are currently working with local christian churches in several of these small towns helping with the cleaning and gutting out of houses. With regards to the trauma counseling, our professional volunteers will be meeting with local agencies this week to determine the emotional needs of the affected community. I wanted to thank the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto and the Jewish Federation of Oklahoma for their partnership and support. “

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