New York - California Philanthropist Donates One Million Dollars To Orthodox Community To Help Sandy Victims
New York - In an effort to inspire others, a well known Los Angeles philanthropist and community activist has donated one million dollars to be distributed among families and schools that fell victim to Hurricane Sandy.
“Helping people after a storm like this is a mitzvah that, Baruch Hashem, probably comes along once in a lifetime,” Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz, co-CEO of Twin-Med a Multi-million dollar nursing supply business, told VIN News. “People, bakovodike people are out on the street and don’t have clothes. Many are focusing on helping individuals but you also have to remember that entire yeshivos have pretty much closed down. I am hoping that others will step up to the plate and give generously.”
Despite the fact that he lives three thousand miles away from the storm stricken areas, Rechnitz felt strongly that the aftermath of the hurricane was an issue that affected more than just New York and New Jersey.
“The Mesivta of Long Beach has to move up to the mountains for a few months,” explained Rechnitz. “So many shuls, kollelim and the yeshivos in Belle Harbor and Bayswater are all out of seforim and learning has basically come to a halt. Even though the storm may have hit the New York area, in reality it has hit us all.”
The funds, which are being administered by Torah Umesorah, are intended to replace equipment and seforim in schools as well as help individuals and families through communal assistance funds. According to Rechnitz, Torah Umesorah approved over half a million dollars in assistance in just one hour today.
“Seagate, Achiezer and Mesivta of Long Beach each received $100,000,” said Rechnitz. “A community assistance fund that is helping people in Far Rockaway and Long Beach got $150,000 and another $75,000 was allocated to the yeshivos in Belle Harbor and Bayswater.”
Despite the widespread damage done by the hurricane, Rechnitz expressed gratitude that the damages were mostly monetary in nature.
“Baruch Hashem people had time to evacuate,” said Rechnitz. “Thankfully this seems to be a tzara that was not meant to hurt people, just their possessions.”
Rabbi Zvi Bloom of Torah Umesorah and a trustee of the Achiezer organization based in the Far Rockaway/Five Towns area, expressed his appreciation for Rechnitz’ tremendous contribution. “I am especially thankful for the assistance we can now offer to our schools. Mr. Rechnitz has once again blazed a trail of chessed for others to emulate,” Rabbi Bloom said.
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