Sunday, August 19, 2007

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Jewish News from Peru Earthquake

Got this tidbit via Elisheva's Alerts...

A reader emailed:

I spoke with my mother, who lives in Lima (Peru). There are no reports of any Jews killed or injured, or of any Jewish property destroyed or seriously damaged by the earthquake. (!!!) All Jewish institutions, including the local synagogues and Batei Chabad (Chabad houses), are intact. The Mikvas aren't damaged at all. (!!!)

But the country is in state of emergency. The death toll raises by the hour, and the local hospitals in Ica and Nazca can't treat all the injured.

Don't know if you caught this: On CNN, a reporter tried to ask a local rescue officer about the issues, they guy screamed back in Spanish: "shut up and let me work, put your camera down and either help out or get the heck out!". They did not translate his words!

Voz Iz Neias corroborates this, with this info...

Sterna Sara Blumfeld, co-director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Peru, said her family escaped yesterday's devastating earthquake relatively unscathed.

Blumfeld told a morning news reporter that all of the glass windows in her Lima house exploded during the 7.9-magnitude trembler that struck the South American country Wednesday night.

I am unaware of any kosher Jewish organization accepting tzedakah to help. If anyone knows of one, please let me know.

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