In the wake of recent wildfires in San Diego, CA, we are grateful to Jessica Kronis, Director of Hillel of San Diego, North County, for the update below.
“Our Hillel house was evacuated but everyone was safe and okay. California State San Marcos was close to ground zero of a very big wild fire, leading to the rescheduling of commencement and exams, but thankfully everyone is okay. Some of our students, community and board members were also evacuated; it was an intense time.
A team of students from Hillel of San Diego volunteered with Jewish Family Service’s Hand Up Food Pantry at Camp Pendleton, where fires were still burning. Camp Pendleton is the world’s largest Marine Base, covering territory the size of Rhode Island. Wildfires have been burning on base for 5 days, creating chaos and evacuations for Marines and their families who live and work there.
Some of the student volunteers who came to help distribute food were evacuated from their own homes in San Marcos due to the wildfires in North County, San Diego. We take great pride in knowing our students care about their community and are willing to act at a moment’s notice to respond to community needs.”