Dear Friends,

I am completely and utterly amazed at our community’s overwhelming response to the devastation in Houston from Hurricane Harvey. Our community’s generosity is nothing short of incredible, enabling us to respond to the need quickly and launch a successful gift card drive. Thank you to each and every person who contributed, and to our volunteers who made this gift card drive possible. Temple Israel has raised over $17,000 which we will be sending to Congregation Emanu El in Houston to distribute to their congregants.

Please see Rabbi Pam Silk’s touching response to our community’s generosity below.

Again, many thanks for each and every contribution,

Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin


From: Rabbi Pam Silk 
Date: September 5, 2017 at 11:33:15 PM CDT
Subject: Re: Temple Israel Omaha Gift Card Drive

I’m speechless. And those who know me know that I’m never speechless. The words thank you fall so very short of the gratitude we have for the magnitude of the gifts you’re sharing with us. The generosity of your community is overwhelming and will help to wrap our community in such love and care as so many rebuild their ruined homes. 
The clergy team at Emanu El shares a single discretionary fund: the Clergy Good Works Fund. Your gifts will enable us to help families afford temporary housing while continuing to pay the mortgage on their ruined homes, pay for rentals and make down payments on cars to replace their totaled vehicles, help towards large deductibles to ensure their homes are cleared and treated correctly before they can begin building back, and to replace and provide for personal care items, clothing, shoes and so much more. 

From our congregational family to yours, thank you, thank you, thank you.