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May 27, 2013 (San Diego) – “Our school community was deeply saddened as we learned of the magnitude of the widespread devastation caused in the community of Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding areas. The absolute destruction has profoundly affected the lives of thousands of the residents in that area,” Chaim Heller, head of the San Diego Jewish Academy wrote in a letter to parents of students.  “Jewish tradition teaches us "Al Taamod al dam re'echa" (Do not stand idly by while our neighbors are in pain). San Diego Jewish Academy has a longstanding tradition of reaching out to help any and all who are in need. We believe that our Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and (acts of loving kindness) are essential components of our instructional program at San Diego Jewish Academy.”

Earlier this year, the SDJA community came together to raise over $20,000 for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. In that same spirit, students and staff are moving forward to support tornado victims in Oklahoma. Students contacted Chabad in Oklahoma City, which is assisting in relief efforts, and obtained a list of supplies that are needed. See list below of items you can donate. Students will be attaching hand-written notes of encouragement and kindness to their items and  placing them in specially-decorated boxes to be shipped to victims.  Students and staff from SDJA will be traveling to Oklahoma June 24-28 to help in any ways needed.

Here are the items requested (new, wrapped items only please):

  • Gift cards from Walmart or Target (preferred item as per Chabad Oklahoma City)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Comb or hair brush
  • Bar soap
  • Deodorant
  • Nail clippers
  • Body lotion
  • Shaving cream

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Daniel Sussman, lower school principal or Shani Abed, lower school Director of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at

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