NECHAMA’s Response Team has been deployed to South Carolina, where historic rainfall has caused extensive flooding across the state. Reports of widespread damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure, as well as tragic loss of life, continue to come in as water levels crest. Our team is proceeding with caution as we determine where our assistance is most needed.
NECHAMA is on the ground in Charleston, SC ready to respond if needed
Even with Hurricane Joaquin now unlikely to make landfall in the continental U.S., parts of the East Coast are experiencing massive amounts of rain and flooding. Hardest hit are the Carolina’s, where meteorologists are reporting a “1 in 500 year rain event”. A state of emergency has been declared throughout South Carolina and residents have been urged to stay indoors and off the roads.
Have you ever seen a sukkah made of 2 x 4s? Of tarps and bamboo? Of bed sheets and cinder blocks?
This year when you “dwell” or “sit” in a sukkah, take a moment and notice its radical flimsiness. The Festival of Sukkot challenges us to experience the fragile nature of the world around us by intentionally sitting in a shelter that offers little “shelter.” The message: While we hope our homes provide us with shelter, they can become fragile despite our best efforts. As much as we wish to control the forces of nature around us, we are still at best only able to do what we can do. That we get to live and celebrate another day truly is awesome and amazing.
Bill Jr Jr: NECHAMA’s New Assistant to the Executive Director
After much anticipation, Executive Director Bill Driscoll Jr. is happy to announce that the newest member of the NECHAMA family has finally arrived. William Driscoll III (or as we call him, “Bill Jr Jr”) is ready for the next deployment!