Combined Jewish Philanthropists, Greater Boston's Jewish Federation provided the Haifa Municipality with $200,000 in aid funds on Friday following the Carmel fire disaster that claimed the lives of 41 people on Thursday and continues to threaten the city's Denia neighborhood.
Haifa and Boston are twin cities. In 1989 the Haifa-Boston partnership was founded by a group of businessmen from both cities who aimed to promote immigrant absorption projects following the aliya waves from the former Soviet Union.
The Jewish community in Boston forged close bonds with the Haifa community over the years. Hundreds of people from Boston and Haifa are currently active in maintaining the relationship.
Boston's Jewish community is also slated to send a special delegation to Israel early next week to assist the Haifa community. The federation members are recruiting the help of donors, community members, synagogues and schools in an effort to raise as much funds for Israel.
Consul General in Boston Shai Bazak thanked the heads of the Jewish federation personally for their assistance on Friday.
Donations can be made at the CJP website.
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