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

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.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

$1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN

A family grieves outside the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Wednesday.

Israeli PM Offers Condolences After Texas Gunman Kills 21 at Elementary School

U.S. President Joe Biden, this week.

Biden Decides to Keep Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Terror List, Says Report

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

Progressive Jews Urge ADL Chief to Apologize for Calling Out Democratic Activist

Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders with Jessica Cisneros in San Antonio last week.

It’s AIPAC vs. Bernie Sanders in Too-close-to-call Texas Democratic Runoff

U.S. President Joe Biden. Making a historic pivot to Asia.

Biden Does What His Three Predecessors Talked About Yet Failed to Do

Meir Kahane addressing his followers during a demonstration in Jerusalem, in 1984.

Why the U.S. Removed Kahane Chai From Terrorist Blacklist