(JTA) -- Chabad-Lubavitch centers in Tokyo and Hong Kong have shipped tons of food into one of the Japanese cities hardest hit by last week's earthquake and tsunami.
The Tokyo-based Chabad-Lubavitch of Japan and the Hong Kong-based Chabad-Lubavitch of Asia have shipped bread, rice, noodles, soups, canned foods, flour and oil to the city of Sendai, Chabad.org reported.
The organization also has commissioned a bakery in Sendai to give out free bread. The bakery also will serve as the Jewish response’s command center, Chabad-Lubavitch of Japan director Rabbi Mendy Sudakevich told the website.
Sudakevich said he also has organized 50,000 ready-to-eat food rations to be flown in from the United States.
Meanwhile, several Israeli diplomats and their families stationed at the embassy in Tokyo returned home Monday for a temporary rest from the aftershocks, Israel's Foreign Ministry said. The diplomats' return is not connected to the possibility of more radiation leaks from nuclear power plants affected by the natural disasters, the ministry stressed.