Back in 2014, NECHAMA responded to widespread flooding in Metro Detroit and spent the next 6 months mucking and gutting 300 homes throughout the city. Now 1 ½ years later, NECHAMA has returned to help with the ongoing road to recovery for homeowners in the Motor City.
Real estate professionals from across the industry rocked out for charity on April 12 at the fifth annual Real Estate Rockers in Relief concert at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. The concert drew a packed house, raising awareness and over $110,000 in funds for The JDRC, a program of NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster, an organization that assists communities across the nation with disaster recovery, including ongoing relief efforts in Texas and Michigan following floods.
"All who are hungry, come and eat; all who are needy, come and celebrate Passover."- -The Passover Haggadah
We begin the Passover seder with holistic concern for the less fortunate among us – concern for their bodies and their spirits. We invite them to fill their bellies with cinnamon-laced charoset, fluffy matzah balls, and coconut macaroons. And we invite them to recline with us as we retell the Passover story and experience the exhilarating journey from slavery to freedom. Passover asks us to extend the physical and spiritual dignity we expect for ourselves to all others. It is no stretch to say that Passover gives us the opportunity to show care for the whole person, even a stranger at our table.
After 3 weeks of assisting homeowners with flood cleanup in Caddo Parish, NECHAMA has left Louisiana to prepare for the next disaster and get ready for our return to Detroit, where our recovery program will be leading repair/rebuild trips.
NECHAMA had been responding to the widespread flooding that impacted much of Louisiana, as well as parts of Texas and Mississippi, affecting upwards of 30,000 homes. After identifying significant unmet needs within Caddo Parish, NECHAMA put out the call for volunteers and hit the ground running. The crews on the ground were able to get started so quickly in large part due to the incredible support NECHAMA received from the likes of Agduath Achim Synagogue and B'nai Zion Congregation, the North Louisiana Jewish Federation, the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, and the Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. These partners and many additional members of this wonderful community, opened their doors, kitchens, and hearts to NECHAMA too.