From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your thoughts, prayers and well wishes. Your friendship and concern means so much to us! If we didn’t manage to get back to you, please understand that we are working with one phone that has sporadic service and even less internet ability.
Our beautiful island of S. Thomas took a direct hit from hurricane Irma sustaining catastrophic damage. The island we all know and love is reeling from the utter devastation and destruction of its infrastructure. The hospital, airport, Cost U Less, Price Smart, many Hotels and the University are all amongst the buildings and landmarks that have been badly ruined. By most estimations it will take 4-6 months to restore power.
With little options for evacuation, and minimal ability to bring in aid, many of us are deeply concerned and hurting. While filled with tremendous gratitude to G-d that our family is physically ok, the new reality is settling in. Our island is devastated. Many friends have lost their homes, cars and businesses.
At this critical moment the purpose of our mission is as clear as ever. We need to help rebuild, raise morale, give hope and bring the comforting warmth of Yiddishkeit to the island.
We are reaching out to our friends, family and all those who have been touched by Chabad Virgin Islands since our establishment 12 years ago to please partner with us in rebuilding our lives and the lives of our community.
Now more then ever we need to be able to provide counseling, Shabbos dinners, high holiday services, home visitations and offer other forms of aid and relief.
May the good deeds made possible by you be your reward and may you and yours be inscribed for an exceptionally happy, healthy, and sweet New Year!
With much love and gratitude,
Asher and Henya Federman
P.S. If you know of anyone on the island who has yet to have been located or needs to be immediately evacuated please let us know. We are working to bring a trained Chabad team from stateside to assist us in the efforts.