Israeli Consulate Teams up With Chabad to Provide Flood Relief



In the wake of massive flooding across Eastern Kentucky, Chabad of Kentucky partnered with the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta, led by Consul General Anat Sultan Dadon, to provide immediate aid to those affected in Eastern Kentucky.

A Project Friendship convoy with over $100,000 of brand new mattresses and sorely needed cleaning supplies and basic apparel arrived on Monday to sites in the towns of Whitesburg, KY, and Hazard, KY, which are the main distribution sites for the region.

The Project Friendship representatives witnessed the devastation with Congressman Hal Rogers and shared inspiration and encouragement with all they met. “We are here for you,” Rabbi Shlomo Litvin told those affected. “Just tell us what you need and we will help find it and get it to you”.

Working with partners on the ground, including Rep. Angie Hatton, Mercy Chefs, and Rep. Chris Fugate, as well as Governor Andy Beshears’s office and the National Guard, Chabad was able to quickly get these much-needed supplies to the people most affected by the disaster. More shipments will fill further needs later this week.

Anat Sultan Dadon, Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States shared words of compassion and encouragement. “Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the flooding disaster in Kentucky. We send our sincere condolences to those who have tragically lost loved ones and wishes for a speedy recovery to all who have been impacted. At this difficult time, Israel stands with the people of Kentucky, and our Consulate is grateful to be able to join in an effort of offering some assistance to those in need.”

Earlier, President Joe Biden responded to Governor Andy Beshears’s request by designating the area a Disaster Emergency, launching federal funds to help the beleaguered region. At least 35 people have lost their lives in the storms.

The Rabbis began planning the charity cargo when word of the flooding emerged. “The Rebbe always focused, not just on humanity as a whole, but on each individual person,” said Rabbi Avrohom Litvin, Director of Chabad of Kentucky. “It is our responsibility to reach out to each and every person with love. Only then can our community heal.”


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