The Boiling Point

Jewish community of Japan works fast to offer quake aid

Leila Miller, Outside News Editor

April 18, 2011

Despite its small size, Japan’s Jewish community of 2,000 organized unique relief-efforts when a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan on March 11. Besides raising funds to supply refugees with clothing, hot food, and ice cream for the children, community members sent kosher chickens and challahs to an IDF team based in a tsunami-washed town. “As...

A Jewish teen’s account of the earthquake

Leila Miller, Outside News Editor

April 18, 2011

It was during a game of floor hockey in P.E. when the gym floor in  Tokyo’s American School in Japan began shifting sideways. At first, 16-year-old Hannah Rosenfeld thought that it was just a minor earthquake and her classmates pretended they were “surfing” on the floor, but then their teacher yelled at them to go outside. Hannah, a Jewish Japanese-American, was born...