Fire Assistance

(UPDATED 11/12/18 at 1:30pm)
As you are aware, nearby fires have impacted over 90,000 acres.  An increase in winds have contributed towards the spread and will make it more difficult to contain over the next two days.  In addition, air quality in and around the affected areas continues to be a concern.
Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the safety, health and well being of our community members, we have decided to close Temple Aliyah on Monday, November 12. We will continue to monitor the situation over the hours and days ahead and will communicate a decision to open or close for Tuesday no later than 6:30am on Tuesday morning (likely Monday evening).
A testament to our community’s resilience and compassion, many of you are asking how you can support members of the community in need. As such, we’ve partnered with several other Jewish organizations to identify resources that people need – and match those with resources people can offer.
  • Please click here to access a community-wide needs assessment form.  Give us information about what you need and what you can provide. If you see someone in the sheet who needs a resource you can provide, contact them directly and offer that support. Please complete this form EVEN if you have already spoken to one of our volunteers who have been texting and calling congregants over the weekend.
  • The Jewish Federation has set up a hotline that will be manned from 8am-8pm to help triage those in need of housing, counseling, evacuation center information, and emergency loans from our partners at Jewish Free Loan. The hotline number is: 323-761-8100
Over the next 72 hours, we will be communicating to our school and synagogue community through phone calls and email to ensure we get messages out to everyone who needs them. Please expect a communication at least once per day with updates about when and how we’ll resume community and carry on.
For your own awareness, we recommend staying tuned to your local news, local fire department twitter and local county emergency notification broadcasts.   
In addition:
  • Monitor Air Quality through a reliable tool. AirNow is a great resource that enables you to enter your city or Zip Code to assess your air quality. Regardless of what tool you’re using, note that most tools are monitoring the air quality based on a focused period of time, typically 2 – 12 hours in the past. If you smell smoke or see ash, the air quality is unhealthy – in spite of what it might show on the monitoring tool. Trust your senses.
  • In addition to local resources, it may be beneficial to track statewide fire(s) status through sites such as Cal Fire. Take note of mandatory evacuations, road closures, safe zones and the state of our neighboring communities.
  • Before you return to your home after the fire: We’ve been advised by an environmental assessment professional that we need to be careful when we re-enter our homes after fire. As anxious as we might be to get back and return to normal, we need to consider the “chemical-soup” present after a fire. It is not our place to offer specific advice of this kind, we want to suggest that you listen to professionals, read and learn before returning to your home.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep you informed of important school and community updates. In addition, you can contact Alicia Cohen Kraus, Membership Engagement Director (akraus@templealiyah.org) here at Temple Aliyah during this period if you are in need of support.   
We will be joining our friends from other local synagogues again to day 10am – 3pm at deToledo High School (22622 Vanowen) with staff to play with kids, therapists and clergy to sit and talk, coffee and food and just a place to be – please join us at some point during the day.