Jewish communities around the world are calling attention to the needs of the homeless and hungry survivors of last week's tsunamis in South Asia by establishing emergency relief funds. The devastating waves that killed more than 150,000 people have left millions more without food, clean water and shelter. Please consider giving to one of the following Jewish organizations that have taken the lead in disaster relief.
• The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), which is funded by Jewish federations, has begun a special emergency effort to collect funds for relief efforts that will help various agencies provide emergency supplies for the survivors who have been left homeless due to flooding and structural damage. Contributions can be made by credit card via JDC's Web site; by phone at 212-687-6200 ext. 851; or by sending a check payable to "JDC: South Asia Tsunami Relief," Box 321, 847A Second Ave., New York, NY, 10017.
• The American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is working with 24 non-governmental, community-based organizations in South Asia to assess the needs of their local populations and provide food, water storage containers, blankets, cooking supplies and temporary shelters. Secure online donations can be made by credit card or by calling 1-800-889-7146. Contributions can also be mailed to American Jewish World Service, Asia Tsunami Relief, 45 West 36th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY, 10018.
• B'nai B'rith International has opened a general disaster relief fund for the tsunami victims. Donations can be sent by mail to B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund, 2020 K Street, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC, 20006 or made online.
• MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger has launched a campaign to assist tsunami victims. Donations can be sent by mail to MAZON, 1990 South Bundy Drive, Suite 260, Los Angeles, CA, 90025 or made online.