Say what you will about the National Prayer Breakfast and its backers, but the news from JTA is that President Obama brought AWJS into the room in his remarks about Haiti relief:
WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama cited the American Jewish World Service among groups that exemplify “God’s grace, and the compassion and decency of the American people.”
Obama, addressing the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, spoke of recent efforts to bring relief to Haitians after the island nation’s devastating earthquake.
God’s grace, he said, was expressed in Haiti “through multiple faith-based efforts. By evangelicals at World Relief. By the American Jewish World Service. By Hindu temples, and mainline Protestants, Catholic Relief Services, African-American churches, the United Sikhs. By Americans of every faith, and no faith, uniting around a common purpose, a higher purpose.”
This Friday, Jan 29th, at the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv, a host of Israeli artists, musicians and actors will hold a fundraising event for the people of Haiti. All revenues will be transferred to Haiti by event organizator IFA (Israeli Flying Aid) and will be used for medical, humanitarian and spiritual assistance in Haiti.
Among the participants in the event: Ninette Tayeb, Mooky, Keren Peles, Ivry Lieder, Alma Zohar, Mosh Ben Ari, Jeremy Kaplan, Sagol 59 (me!) and many others. The event will be hosted by Sarit Vino-Elad and Danny Kushmaro.
By now, you’ve heard about the terrible tragedy in Haiti; practically torn in half by a massive earthquake, leaving citizens and visitors in danger. Plenty of people have already made drastic moves to help, and below I’ve included a few links where that you can too:
You can also text 90999 with the word “HAITI” to donate $10 to the American Red Cross.