Israel pledges $1M in aid for Houston Jewish community after Harvey

Israel pledges $1M in aid for Houston Jewish community after Harvey
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The Israeli government reportedly plans to give $1 million to Houston's Jewish community in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The money pledged by Israel will go toward restoring places such as synagogues, schools and Jewish community centers damaged by the storm.

“The Jewish State is measured by its response when our brothers around the world are in crisis," Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement released Monday, according to the Jerusalem Post.


"For years the Jewish communities stood by Israel when it needed their help; now it is our turn to stand by Houston's Jewish community," Bennett added.

Harvey, which made landfall last month in Texas, displaced thousands of people and brought devastating flooding to the region.

Recovery efforts are ongoing as the region begins to rebuild itself in the storm's aftermath.

The House is expected to vote Wednesday on an aid package for disaster relief. The Trump administration has requested an initial $7.85 billion in emergency funding.

President Trump visited Texas twice last week, meeting with storm victims and touring affected areas in Houston on Saturday.