Israel Pledges $1 Million Aid to Houston's Flood-devastated Jewish Community

'For years the Jewish communities stood by Israel when it needed their help; now it is our turn to stand by Houston's Jewish community,' Diaspora Minister Naftali Bennett says

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In this aerial photo, a neighborhood near Addicks Reservoir is flooded by rain from Tropical Storm Harvey Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston, U.S.
In this aerial photo, a neighborhood near Addicks Reservoir is flooded by rain from Tropical Storm Harvey Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston, U.S. Credit: David J. Phillip/AP

Israel said on Monday it will donate $1 million in emergency aid to Houston's Jewish community to aid in post-Harvey recovery efforts.

Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement that the funds will be earmarked to help the 60,000-strong community repair and rebuild schools, synagogues and a community center damaged in the storm and floods.

Bennett says that "for years the Jewish communities stood by Israel when it needed their help; now it is our turn to stand by Houston's Jewish community."

The aid money will be submitted for government approval at an upcoming Cabinet meeting.

Harvey struck on August 25 and pounded the city with five consecutive days of heavy rains, causing an estimated tens of billions of dollars in damage.

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