“The pairing of the rabbi and the firefighters was a natural one.
“He had beds. They had been sleeping on asphalt. He had food and showers. They were grateful.
“Rabbi Yosef Brod should have rushed down the mountain a week ago, when the Slide fire was burning toward Camp Gan Israel, the 75-acre Jewish camp he runs in the San Bernardino Mountains. The fire charred nearly 13,000 acres and wiped out 201 homes as it spread.
“But Brod, a rabbi with the Chasidic Lubovitch, or Chabad, sect, stayed. ‘Have a nice day,’ he told his employees as they evacuated. ‘Drive carefully.'”
Camp offers shelter, peace amid fire chaos. Refusing to leave his retreat, rabbi devotes himself to serving crews battling the Slide blaze, by Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times, October 29, 2007