The People of Hawaii Need Us

Dear Friends, 

We are heartbroken as we take in the images from Maui, where wildfires have taken dozens of lives and devastated the historic town of Lahaina. Not only is support urgently needed in Maui, but also throughout the state, particularly in Honolulu, as people flee the fires in search of shelter, currently in scarce supply on Maui. In Honolulu, Jewish communal organizations are among those working around the clock to support those in need.  

Federation is deeply committed to serving our community during times of crisis. As the fires continue to wreak havoc, we feel a profound obligation to extend our helping hand. We stand together with those affected, and we believe that our collective efforts can make a significant impact. And here in San Diego, the images of neighborhoods ravaged by wildfire are all too familiar. We know better than most what it takes to get through these initial chaotic days, and what it will take to rebuild. 

The people of Hawaii need us.  

The Jewish Federation of San Diego has created the Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund to support the victims of this tragic natural disaster by providing vital aid.  

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Our partners at The Jewish Federations of North America are in touch with the local communities and monitoring evolving needs on the ground, which right now include toiletries, first-aid kits, baby food, and more. Your gift to Federation’s Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund will reach the people of Hawaii directly as they regroup and recover, with Jewish Federations of North America ensuring every dollar is spent meeting urgent needs. 

The Jewish Federation and our San Diego Jewish community have always been there for those facing disaster. Our enduring commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world) and gemilut chasadim (acts of loving-kindness) implore us to stand with those who are suffering during difficult times.    

To support the relief efforts:  

  • Donate online here
  • Give through your Jewish Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund. Please make your gift to The Jewish Federation of San Diego and indicate "Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund" in the comments.
  • Mail a check payable to The Jewish Federation of San Diego to 4950 Murphy Canyon, San Diego, CA 92123. Please indicate "Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund" on all checks.  

Other ways to support relief efforts: 

  • San Diego’s own Cohn Restaurant Group is supporting their Maui team members, their families, and the local community with a food pantry to serve any and all in the area.
  • Maui Humane Society has set up a Wishlist on Amazon for items needed for rescued animals.  

On this Shabbat, we thank you for your generosity and continued support of the Jewish Federation as we fulfill the mitzvah of helping those who need us, wherever they are. 

With gratitude and wishing you Shabbat Shalom,


Heidi Gantwerk
President & Chief Executive Officer


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