Jewish group to help victims of quake in Turkey
By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
October 25, 2011 13:17
A Jewish relief group has partnered with the Jewish community of Turkey to help victims of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake which struck the eastern part of the country earlier this week killing hundreds.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) announced on Monday it has started collecting money to “ensure the victims' immediate needs are addressed.”
"Building off our historic work in Turkey, the disaster-preparedness training we have provided in the past, and the strength of our partnership with the Turkish Jewish community, we are responding quickly and strategically to help victims in their time of need," said Steven Schwager, JDC's Chief Executive Officer.
Ankara has turned down about a dozen offers of aid from foreign countries including Israel, Armenia and Greece.