Update 9/1


As we enter Shabbat later today, let’s all take a moment to acknowledge how grateful we are for living in such an amazing city and being part of such a strong and committed people.



Here is a recent update about the recovery efforts in Houston.



More updates and images are available on the Federation’s Facebook page.



  1. Starting last night, our kosher caterers and Dallas Kosher, along with area congregations, started feeding people based out of Beren Academy. They are serving 1,000 meals a day through next week. Stevens Transport via the Aaron Family provided a refrigerated semi to drive down.

  2. On Sunday, Artie Allen, CEO of the Aaron Family JCC, and Bradley Laye, Federation CEO, will be driving down to Houston with goods donated by both our local Jewish community and Federation’s National Young Leadership Cabinet. More than 16,000 items were purchased and sent to Dallas to be brought down. At this point, we do NOT want any more material or supply donations. Supplies are becoming more available in Houston, and dollars are a far more efficient way to help people. You can donate here. We will be broadcasting the loading by the JCC and Federation professionals and volunteers Sunday morning, the trip down and the unloading via Facebook Live.

  3. Our local JFS has been helping thousands who are in evacuation centers here in Dallas with both material support and psychological and full wrap-around services. They are the most respected provider of such services in Dallas for both the Jewish and non-Jewish community. They are still taking material donations, a list of which can be found on their website.




The Jewish Federations of North America campaign has already advanced significant funds to the Houston system of Federation, JFS and the JCC to disburse to those in need and take care of Jewish institutions. Your support has made all of this possible.



We are in Elul, the month of reflection leading up to Rosh Hashanah, and if ever a moment of reflection could be had, it is deserved to spend it on the current and ongoing efforts will be doing to rebuild our family to the south.



Thank you for all your support in this crisis. 





Mark Kreditor         Bradley Laye 
Board Chair           President & CEO   




Update from 8/30


Dear Dallas Jewish Community,


We could not be more proud of this community—your response has been absolutely inspiring. The rains have stopped, and the waters are receding. Assessment is starting, and the rebuilding of our family down south will take a long time. Here’s what you have done and can do: As noted yesterday, we have funded, through Dallas Kosher, all three of our local kosher caterers to procure, cook and transport food to Houston starting tomorrow through next week. Over 1,000 meals will be served each day to those in need. This is being promoted to the entire Jewish community in Houston. Whether one keeps kosher or not, tomorrow’s Shabbat meal and challah, we believe, is going to taste better than any they have ever had. Below are some pictures of that work.


  1. You can continue to donate by clicking here. 100% of all donations received will be deployed to the immediate needs of our Houston Jewish community.

  2. You can bring the goods listed to the Aaron Family JCC. We have a truck going down on Sunday and another early next week. Please do not bring these items on Saturday. The Federation’s National Young Leadership Cabinet has been sending items from Amazon from members all around the country!

  3. Long term housing will be needed in Dallas. We believe some families will have to make the tough decision to relocate for a period of months or a school year because of housing damage. If you are willing to host a family for an extended period of time (months), please email with your contact information. Someone from Federation will be in touch by the end of next week to get more information from you.

  4. Can I volunteer? So many have asked if they can help by going to Houston to volunteer. We all want to do something. There are organizations calling for volunteers, and we hope you heed the call. As of today, we are not ready to mobilize volunteers through the Federation because of a few key factors: 1) The specific need is not yet defined as folks are just getting back to their homes today to assess the damage and 2) Going to Houston, volunteering and coming back is not a day trip; housing is in short supply in Houston for those displaced—we do not want to burden the housing system until they are ready for us. The rebuilding and remediation of the Houston community will be a long haul effort, and there will be many opportunities sooner and later to help.


Mark Kreditor         Bradley Laye 
Board Chair           President & CEO