December 7, 2012 – New York – AJC is assisting New York houses of worship damaged extensively by Hurricane Sandy. Two synagogues in New York City and a church in Long Island are the recipients of AJC humanitarian relief grants.
The West End Temple in Neponsit, Queens, and Temple Beth El in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, both of which suffered severe flooding damage, will be able to rebuild. The Island Park United Methodist Church, a multicultural congregation, will repair the extensive damage caused to its sanctuary and fellowship hall.
“Recovery and rebuilding will take a long time for those in the New York area who took a direct hit from this devastating storm,” said Michael Schmidt, director of AJC’s New York Regional Office. “We hope AJC’s donations will provide some relief to those in need.”
The donation comes from AJC’s Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Humanitarian Fund, which in the past has provided assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and to survivors of both natural and man-made humanitarian disasters in countries around the world. The American Red Cross received a donation from AJC last month to provide humanitarian assistance to those suffering from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy.
Founded in 1906, AJC is the global Jewish advocacy organization. It has 26 offices across the U.S. and nine overseas posts.