Vancouver’s Jewish community responded to a fundraising appeal for flood relief by donating $248K in one week

An appeal from Vancouver’s Jewish Federation for funds to help people affected by unprecedented flooding and destruction in British Columbia has raised $248,000 in just one week, with donations continuing to arrive.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver launched the fund on Nov. 17, after British Columbia declared a state of emergency.

Federation seeded the appeal with a disbursement of $10,000 from its contingency fund and the rest has come from private donations.  

Last week, Federation CEO Ezra Shanken said the organization was in touch with about 84 families in the affected areas to see if they need assistance.

Vancouver federation is considering both urgent needs as well as long-term plans for rebuilding, as it examines where to donate the funds, a federation spokesperson said.

Some money has already been disbursed to hard-hit areas, but a decision will be made later this week about how further funds will be allocated.

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