B'nai B'rith International
B'nai B'rith International campaign leader

B’nai B’rith International has opened its Disaster Relief Fund to assist the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines that swept across the southern part of the country, killing thousands and leaving devastation in its wake.

The storm barreled across the country on Nov. 8, leveling entire villages and crushing infrastructure with 235 mph winds and giant waves. The death toll continues to rise.

“It’s hard to even imagine the widespread devastation they’re experiencing in the Philippines. Each disaster has its own unique challenges and this one will truly be a giant undertaking. As one of the funders of IsraAID, we have made an allocation to support their emergency response team in addressing immediate needs. In addition, we will be evaluating longer term rebuilding efforts,” B’nai B’rith President Allan J. Jacobs said.

The B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund aided victims of Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012, as well as the victims of the Moore, Okla., tornado in May 2013. B’nai B’rith disaster relief funds have also provided aid internationally, assisting earthquake victims in Haiti and Japan, and following man-made disasters, such as the Boston Marathon bombing.

“B’nai B’rith has helped disaster victims since 1865 and we will help the people of the Philippines following this crippling natural disaster,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. “The gravity of the situation is apparent and the need to help to rebuild a shattered country is great. We will work with representatives of agencies and those on the ground to provide assistance where it is needed.”

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