Israeli and Jewish agencies alike have jumped to Nepal's aide in the wake of tragedy — a shining example to us all.
The tragedy unfolding in Nepal in the aftermath of the recent earthquake is almost too great to bear, with fears that as many as 10,000 are dead and millions affected. But action, along with empathy, is needed.
Once again, the Israeli government and aid organizations, along with Jewish humanitarian agencies, are on the front lines of the relief effort
. The Israel Defense Forces arrived on Tuesday after delays that have stymied much of the operations. The IDF set up a field hospital in Kathmandu, which Israeli media reported was expected to be Israel’s largest effort of its kind. Similar hospitals followed disasters in Haiti, the Philippines and Japan.
Beyond the Israeli government, several Israeli aid organizations are operating on the ground, including IsraAID, Magen David Adom and Tevel. And Jewish organizations with long experience in disaster relief, including the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the American Jewish World Service, are collecting funds to help ease the trauma today and help rebuild for the future.
Everyone should do what they can to contribute to this quintessential act of tikkun olam, just when it is most needed.