Jewish organizations help search for missing Jews

Relief workers search for missing members of Joplin, Missouri's Jewish community in aftermath of devastating tornado.

By JORDANA HORN JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
May 25, 2011 04:58
1 minute read.
Damage caused by US tornado

Missouri Joplin tornado_311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

NEW YORK – In the aftermath of the second-worst tornado in US history, with half of the town of Joplin, Missouri, destroyed, relief workers are going to the area to search for Joplin’s Jewish population.

Rabbi Yehuda Weg, Tulsabased director of Chabad- Lubavitch of Oklahoma, arrived in Joplin with a carload of food and clothing late on Monday night, with a list of missing members of the Jewish community.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Those missing, Weg said, included two brothers active in the Jewish community of Joplin.

The town of 50,000 (metropolitan area about 175,000) has Chabad-affiliated Jews, and the United Hebrew Congregation of Joplin is a Reform synagogue that has been in existence since at least 1919.

The Union for Reform Judaism is collecting funds for storm relief.

Israeli expatriate Omer Mani operates a kiosk at the Northpark Mall, which survived the tornado. When he left the mall to go to his home, he found that he had lost almost everything but his tefillin and a bound copy of the Torah, Chabad’s news service reported.

As of Monday afternoon, the death toll from the tornado stood at 116, with hundreds more missing.



Joplin Mayor Mike Woolston declared Joplin a disaster area and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon dispatched National Guard troops to the area.

Related Content

Joan Rivers
August 28, 2014
Joan Rivers rushed to hospital following throat surgery

By JPOST.COM STAFF