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On the Ground in Nepal: 4th Update from AJWS Staff

AJWS’s Director of Disaster Response & International Operations, Samantha Wolthuis, and Associate Director of Risk Management and Administrative Services, Aaron Acharya, traveled to Nepal last week to lead AJWS’s response to the earthquake. This is the fourth on-the-ground update from Samantha and Aaron. Read their first, second, and third updates. Yesterday, we headed east to the Kavrepalanchok district, …Read More

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Thank you to the amazing JCC Manhattan Nursery School for your generous donation to our Nepal Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund!

Nursery school students help repair the world

Our President Ruth Messinger met with some adorable, charitable four-year-old students at the JCC Manhattan’s Nursery School this morning to thank them for their generous contribution to our Nepal Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund. The students organized a bake sale last week after learning about the devastating Nepal earthquake, raising more than $1,000 for our Nepal Fund! The students …Read More

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On the Ground in Nepal: 3rd Update from AJWS Staff

AJWS’s Director of Disaster Response & International Operations, Samantha Wolthuis, and Associate Director of Risk Management and Administrative Services, Aaron Acharya, are in Nepal this week leading our response to the earthquake. This is the third on-the-ground update from Samantha and Aaron. Read their first update here and their second update here. Aaron wrote the update below …Read More

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AJWS’s Director of Disaster Response & International Operations, Samantha Wolthuis, with Saili Tamang, an earthquake survivor from Mazuwa, Nepal

On the Ground in Nepal: 2nd Update from AJWS Staff

AJWS’s Director of Disaster Response & International Operations, Samantha Wolthuis, and Associate Director of Risk Management and Administrative Services, Aaron Acharya, are in Nepal this week leading our response to the earthquake. This is the second on-the-ground update from Samantha and Aaron. Read their first update here. Today, Aaron and I went on a site …Read More

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On the Ground in Nepal: 1st Update from AJWS Staff

It has now been 10 days since Nepal was struck by the deadliest earthquake to hit the country since 1934. The death toll has exceeded 7,500 and the United Nations reports that millions are affected. AJWS set up our Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund within hours of the earthquake and we’re providing immediate support and humanitarian relief to six organizations …Read More

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Children Respond to the Crisis in Nepal

We launched our Nepal Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund on the day the quake hit, and AJWS supporters of all ages immediately responded with a generous outpouring of donations, some with notes and tributes. One of the most moving of all the responses came from the three children of Rabbi Sharon Brous, a member of AJWS’s …Read More

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