The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Executive Committee decided in mid-December to accept a lower committee’s recommendation to send $10,000 to Megiddo in northern Israel to ameliorate the damage caused by the devastating fires that struck the country in November.

The St. Louis Federation is matching Atlanta’s emergency allocation.

The money will come from surplus cash in a fund in Israel.

“On behalf of myself and Megiddo Regional Council I would like to thank you and the people of Atlanta for being there to cheer and support us in this difficult time,” Itzik Holavsky, the head of the Megiddo Regional Council, wrote to Federation.

“The fires have impacted our region with big destruction, and only by cooperation of the settlements and the security forces it ended without casualties. The emergency grant you have given us will definitely help repair the more immediate damage,” Holavsky added.

Federation has long supported the Yokneam-Megiddo region.