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Bushfires 2009 - statement from JCCV

ט"ו שבט ה' אלפים תשס"ט

As a result of the statement by the Rabbinical Council of Victoria President, Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant currently on our website we have received a number of positive comments and suggestions for assisting the victims of this terrible disaster. These can be seen to the right ===>

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Click on the link for the text of a statement by the Mizrachi Organisation Exec Director Ronnie Figdor titled Impact.

The following message has been received from the JCCV:

The bushfires have struck Victoria with devastating effect. The JCCV’s affiliates have responded immediately in a coordinated and cooperative way.

1 Jewish Aid Australia is taking the lead in distribution of donations of money.

A The most effective way of doing this is online at: http://www.jewishaid.org.au/donate-2.html . Any queries should be addressed to Lisa Buchner 0410 550 0102 or lisa@jewishaid.org.au

B  Jewish Aid Australia will be placing an advertisement in this week’s AJN seeking donations. Any communal organisations wishing to be involved should send their logo to Lisa by close of business today.

2 Magen David Adom is assisting with material aid, including:

Clothing, Shoes, Children's Toys, Linen

The following drop off points are available:

146 Kooyong Road, Caulfield
8 Gray Street
, Brighton
Midali Espresso - 261 Carlisle Street, Balaclava (7am - 6pm only, 7 days a week)

4 Glen Rd
, Toorak

Please package all items in garbage bags and leave on porch if no-one home

Can you please send this email onto all of your family and friends and ask for their assistance.

For any queries please contact:

Glynis Lipson -
0418 102 891
9272 5633

Michael Spektor -

0412 666 696


Emma Lipson -
0412 944 610

Please distribute this email to your mailing lists.
The JCCV urges you to assist our fellow Victorians.

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The pets and animals who have survived the bush fires and their owners are in need of food, medication and tempory accomodation. Please contact the DogsVictoria the RSPCA or your local vet for details of how you can help.

Posted by Judy Levron: Founder of ANDATT on 2009-02-09 05:45:20 GMT

Tu B'Shvat and the Bushfires... It would be appropiate today, for us to put money aside/donate to towards re claiming the environment and the planting of trees in the bushfire effected areas.

Posted on 2009-02-08 22:39:34 GMT

Well done Rabbi Kluwgant. This a good response. Please tell Barny Zwartz.

Posted by Ymr on 2009-02-08 21:21:21 GMT

Having personally experienced being caught up in a bushfire, (evacuated twice within the one week during the 1962* Dandenong Ranges bushfires) I can relate albeit in a very small way with the terrible unspeakable tragedy unfolding in Victoria.   As citizens of Victoria, not only must we pray for the safety and welfare of our less fortunate neighbours and the valiant firefighters and other services dealing with this catastrophe,  but……at this moment of need…………urgent material  assistance is required.

Posted by Emmanuel Althaus on 2009-02-08 20:56:03 GMT

As you have probably heard by now, tragically, the entire township of Marysville has been destroyed by fire. All buildings have been burnt to the ground except for one.   The Cumberland Resort and Villa Day Spa has been utterly destroyed and Ann, the owner, lost her father in the fire.   The people there have been evacuated to Alexandra and other areas, and are basically homeless.   I am deeply saddened by this sudden tragedy.   However, I am vigorously looking for new resorts that will be able to accommodate us for Pesach.   I have one positive response so far, and am still waiting to hear from other beautiful 4-5 star resorts   Please bear with me for a few days till I hear back from the many resorts that I have already contacted.   I am going to consider only those that are of a high standard and who will be willing to work with me on making it all successful. You will, no doubt, understand my predicament, and I ask for your patience. May Hashem help the poor victims of the fire.

Posted by Rabbi Sholom Mendel Kluwgant on 2009-02-08 20:55:02 GMT

Like so many others I have been watching the news regarding the fires in Victoria and how it has ravaged homes and lives in communities very to our own, and I count my blessings, while wondering what I can do to help people who have lost EVERYTHING!    A person alone isn’t going to make much of a dent, so I thought if I send an email to everyone I know in Melbourne and asked them to send an email to everyone they know and so on, then we can make a collective difference!    I rang up my Rabbi, who has graciously opened the Synagogue for people to drop off items that will be useful to those in need, such as bedding, towels, toys for the children whose homes have been destroyed, and any other items that you may deem useful for these families.   Hopefully, before long, we will have collected enough to ease some of the suffering that these people are going through.   You can drop off these items at the Moorabbin Hebrew Congregation, 960 Nepean Hwy. Moorabbin in Melbourne between the hours of:   3.30pm – 6pm Monday, 9 February 2009   9.00am – 10.00am and 2.00 – 4pm Tuesday, 10 February 2009   9.00 am – 10.00am and 8.00 - 9.30pm Wednesday, 11 February 2009   8.00 - 9.30pm Thursday, 12 February 2009   We will arrange collection and delivery to the affected families from there.   If you are unable to drop anything off during these times, but would like to donate to these families, you can either ring the Red Cross Appeal on 1800 811700 or please contact me on 0431 277 496 to arrange for an alternative drop off.   Also, if anyone is able to give of their time, so that we can extend these drop off hours, please let me know ASAP.

Posted by Kerrin Rozen on 2009-02-08 20:53:40 GMT

Hundreds of homes have been destroyed over the past few days… Thousands of people are in desperate need of our help.   Please donate:       * Blankets     * Pillows     * Linen     * Adults & Kids Clothes     * Household Items     * Packaged Foods – Ready to eat.     * Only Clean Items Accepted   Pick Up:    If you can’t come to us we will come to you:   Pick Up Times: Today, Monday and Tuesday between 8pm and 10pm   Please advise via email daniel@lazar.com.au  or 0419 332 777 & 0419 22 00 83   Drop Off Times & Location:   The Hatzolah Centre 320 Orrong Road Caulfield North 3161   Monday the 9th of Feb between 12.00 Midday and 3.00pm   Tuesday the 10th of Feb between 10.00am and 2.00pm   Further Activities: Sunday the 15th of Feb - To Be Advised   The items donated are being delivered directly into the 18 Red Cross Centers setup around Victoria .   Thanking you in advance.

Posted by Daniel Lazar on 2009-02-08 20:52:14 GMT

Message: re the current bushfires in Vic, I think this is the time to show solidarity with the Victorian community by 1)holding a night of Tefila 2)a public appeal for money, blankets, white goods, 3) an appeal for Jews to donate blood through the Red Cross I would be happy to assist.

Posted by Sydney Pilcer on 2009-02-08 20:51:01 GMT