SOURCE: The Jewish Federation of the East Bay

The Jewish Federation of the East Bay

May 22, 2013 17:50 ET

East Bay Jewish Federation Opens Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund

Oklahoma Emergency Aid Partners Call for Immediate Support

OAKLAND, CA--(Marketwired - May 22, 2013) - The Jewish Federation | The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay (www.jfed.org) has opened an emergency fund to gather aid for the victims of the devastating tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City area Monday, leaving at least 24 people dead and a community in need of vital services.

"The Jewish Federation system is positioned to respond quickly to emergencies and we've seen that demonstrated by the community since we launched the fund yesterday. We are in communication with the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, whose staff and constituents were directly affected by the tornado. Our hearts go out to families and loved ones of the victims of this terrible disaster and we are calling on our community to do everything we can to help them," said East Bay Federation and Foundation CEO Rabbi James Brandt.

The local Federation in Oklahoma City is coordinating ground efforts with emergency relief partners, including a local food bank, Habitat for Humanity and the Red Cross. All funds donated will go to the local Federation and its relief efforts. To donate go to www.jfed.org or call Leeba Morse at 510-318-6447.

Media Advisory: Rabbi James Brandt, CEO of The Jewish Federation | The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay and Claudia Felson, President of the Federation board, are available for interviews.

About The Jewish Federation | The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay

Established in 1918, the Federation and Foundation have served the East Bay and Jews across the world for 95 years. Guided by our Jewish values of tzedakah (righteous giving), chesed (loving kindness) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation work together to build a vibrant and inclusive local Jewish community. (www.jfed.org)

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