Representatives of the Chabad-Lubavitch organization and of ZAKA, the Jewish search and rescue group, are already in Haiti to help survivors and Jews in the disaster zone.
Ahead of Shabbat, Chabad envoys were working hard to prepare kosher food and a proper Shabbat meal for Jewish aid workers already on the devastated island.
Chabad's emissary to the Dominican Republic, Shimon Pelman, told Ynet that he arrived in Haiti in order to identify and assist Jewish residents and rescue workers, in order to provide them with challah bread and wine for Shabbat.
ZAKA team en route to Haiti (Photo: ZAKA)
"I will go from house to house to see how the Jews there are doing," he said. "My objective is to go in, examine the situation, and look into the needs. I will also look for a spot to erect a tent that will provide food to rescue teams."
Pelman said that crew members from all over the world have contacted the Chabad organization and asked for kosher food.
"Every team includes Jews: Mexico, South Africa, Australia," he said.
Meanwhile, ZAKA has also sent a team to Haiti. The group's spokesman, "Motti Bukchin, spoke with the first volunteers who landed in the island and told Ynet that during the night they were taken into a shelter to protect them from rioters On the streets.
ZAKA volunteers have decided to launch a fundraising effort in order to purchase first aid and medical equipment for survivors, as well as water, food, and tents. Mati Goldstein, Zaka's mission commander in Haiti, said that donations to the group would enable it to "purchase medical equipment and items to be used by the millions of refugees and homeless."