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Baton Rouge Jews raise funds for flood victims

Baton Rouge’s Chabad House launches an emergency fundraising campaign for thousands of people affected by the massive floods that swept across Louisiana.

At least five people have perished and more than 20,000 people have been rescued in Louisiana amid floods that began Friday due to heavy rainfall. The deluge brought 6 to 10 inches of rainfall to the southeastern parts of the state. Several more inches of rain fell Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, which warned that floods may spread to Texas.

“People have lost their homes, cars, are out of work, and need food, clothing and shelter,” reads the fundraising appeal posted Monday by the Baton Rouge Beit Chabad, which opened last year, on its website. “Some members of the Jewish community of Baton Rouge also “have seen major devastation,” says the appeal for the fundraising drive, which has a $25,000 goal. “It is our job to reach out and help in any way we can.”

— JTA

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