A Message From R. Yaakov Bender, RY Darchei Torah, Far Rockaway


Sifrei Torah drying in Brighton Beach

We have just gone through a difficult few days and I would like to go over two important points:

1. Many people , young and old, are hurting now. They need help in cleaning their homes from all the water and the debris. Please encourage your children to stop whatever it is they are doing and offer to help. Whatever is required, please roll up your sleeves and get to work.

2. There are many families in town that have literally been wiped out. We must get them back on their feet. I personally know of many families who have lost everything including every bit of clothing, furniture, etc. They are literally left with the proverbial clothing on their backs. When the campaign begins shortly, chaired by distinguished baalei batim in our community, we ask you to respond generously. This is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity.

We look forward to see only happy endings and beginnings.

Thank you very much,

Rabbi Yaakov Bender

Rosh HaYeshiva

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Susan Leigh
2 years 10 months ago

Rabbi Bender,

Please tell me where I can send things. Our Jewish community sent a tractor trailer to Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, etc. and I’m shipping five cartons of school supplies to the Long Beach Public Schools tomorrow.

I want to help Darchei families.


Bob Miller
2 years 10 months ago

The object is to get Jewish families back on their feet and safe. The size of their previous homes, or the lack of it, is irrelevant.

2 years 10 months ago

Whoa nelly,

Thanks for clarification. I asked so I could get the answer you wrote. I don’t live in the area and I have to view from afar based on the pictures. There’s a tour of the Sea Gate devastation I watched and it made me ask why people with million dollar homes are asking for help to rebuild. Do I want my money going to rebuild waterfront mansions? But you answered that the money is not going to rebuild the mansions. The owners of the mansions are contributing to these funds and helping others. Whether they rebuild their mansions is up to them, but I’m happy to know the money is really going to those who are in dire need. Thank you for helping me understand this! Trust me, I’m not the only one asking this question!

Whoa nelly
2 years 10 months ago


Your comment is uninformed. Whole there are wealthy people who love in the 5 towns as well as other shore communities, there are many others who are fare from being wealthy and have nothing left at this point. I personally know several.

Besides, being wealthy does not mean you do not need services. On top of that, those same wealthy individuals have themselves been contributing huge amounts of support to these organizations. All the more because they are in similar situations.

What is more than a bit surprising is why you even asked such a question, the answer being obvious even without knowing specific cases.

I got an email from a friend who lives in the Rockaways and was flooded out the apartment and lostost everything other than what she evacuated with. Including her source of parnassa. Since she couldn’t work, she spent the interim time volunteering a some of sites.

Such is our people. Wealthy or not.

2 years 10 months ago

Update: I found an article which gives more information on the background behind the photo. It says that the Torahs were in a locked safe five feet above ground when the storm came.

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