Maimonides showcases global disaster relief

by | May 2, 2014 | Other News

Mark Lipton and Marty Snyder.

Mark Lipton and Marty Snyder.

Two gripping stories of disaster and the relief efforts that came to the aid of those affected were shared with members of the Maimonides Society on Monday, March 31.

Danny Pins, Joint Distribution Committee executive officer and director of Africa and Asia Special Projects JDC-Israel, told the story of how the JDC responded to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013. He explained that in addition to focusing on immediate relief, as well as long-term goals, and partnering with local organizations and businesses, the JDC created positive change.

Marty Snyder, a U.S. Navy retired captain, discussed the challenges the U.S. Navy faced when they were sent to help with relief efforts in Haiti after the devastating earthquake hit in 2010. Snyder relayed stories of the difficulties in trying to help an overwhelming number of people who had never received this level of medical treatment before in their lives.

The Maimonides Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is comprised of Jewish healthcare professionals dedicated to educational, social, and philanthropic activities. To learn more or to become a member, visit or contact Shayna Horwitz at 965-6124 or

by Shayna Horwitz