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Here are opportunities to support the work of Jewish and Israeli organizations helping to meet the needs of those affected by the deadly earthquake in Nepal:

AJWS: With its long-standing commitment to disaster relief in the developing world, American Jewish World Service has set up an Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund.

B’nai B’rith International: B’nai B’rith has opened its Disaster Relief Fund to aid victims and help other agencies.

Chabad: Hundreds of Israeli backpackers and tourists are taking refuge at the Chabad center in Kathmandu. A campaign to raise relief funds has been set up, and Chabad chapters throughout the Bay Area are sending out emails about it.

IsraAID: For more than a decade, IsraAID has been helping people the world over in extreme crisis situations. A fundraising project for Nepal has been established at

JDC: The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has set up an emergency campaign to provide urgent assistance, in particular medical relief and supplies in the hardest-hit areas.

Jewish Federations of North America: All three Jewish federations in the Bay Area have posted information on their websites about collecting funds for relief efforts. Much of the money raised will go toward people’s immediate needs.

Magen David Adom: MDA reportedly was the first Israeli relief group on the ground in Kathmandu. The American Friends of MDA is raising funds.

Tevel: At the time of the earthquake, Tevel had 47 Israeli staff and volunteers and 55 Nepali staff and fellows on the ground in Kathmandu and the surrounding villages. All are redirecting their work from community development to disaster relief.

United Hatzalah of Israel: A fully volunteer nonprofit that responds to medical emergencies in Israel is part of Israel’s joint rescue and recovery team in Nepal.

ZAKA: Israel’s major nongovernmental lifesaving, rescue and recovery organization is helping out in the region.