JCL Reaches Out to APPKI in Wake of Pakistani Floods

Dear Dr. Babar and members of the APPKI:

The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Community of Louisville expresses our deepest sympathies and concerns about the current flooding situation in Pakistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pakistani community of Louisville, and your family and friends back in Pakistan.

Should there be anything that we, as a community, can do in this time of crisis, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Matt Goldberg, Director
Community Relations for JCL

Leon Wahba, Chairman
JCL Community Relations Council


Editor’s note: This week, torrential monsoon rains in Pakistan have caused devastating flooding, affecting some 2.5 million people. There have been approximately 1,500 deaths so far; some communities have been totally destroyed and many people are homeless. Doctors without Borders reports that this is the worst flooding in Pakistan in 80 years. Monsoon season continues through mid-September.

The Jewish Community of Louisville, through the CRC, has developed a close relationship with the local Pakistani American community and the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of Kentucky and Indiana (APPKI) in particular. We have partnered with APPKI on work done of behalf of the victims of the Haiti earthquake, and continue to partner with them on a variety of projects and programs around Louisville.

Dr. Muhammad Babar is a representative of APPKI. It is our turn to reach out to them in their time of need. He described the situation in Pakistan as catastrophic.

To raise funds to help, APPKI has worked out a partnership with Actors Theatre of Louisville. On Saturday, September 25, $20 of each ticket sold for the 7:30 p.m. performance of the Brown-Forman Series play The Kite Runner will be donated to flood relief efforts in Pakistan. Tickets are $70 for prime seating and $55 for mid-priced seating.

Order online at https://www.actorstheatre.org/form_entourage_kiterunner.htm or call 585-1210. Please use the Entourage Discount Code APPKI. Tickets must be purchased before noon on September 2.

The Kite Runner is adapted by Matthew Spangler from Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling novel about two boys in Afghanistan who are pulled apart by decades of civil unrest and one man’s epic journey to confront the past.

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