Needs and Responses

College Students and Young Adults

Needs

Campus

In a July report, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) wrote:

Despite the major disruptions to higher education during the spring and summer, Hillel has actively supported its student communities during this time, rapidly scaling successful virtual program offerings, preserving the financial stability of the Hillel movement, addressing the health and well-being of Hillel staff and preparing for the complex scenarios for campus life in the fall. Hillels secured more than $20M in new resources this spring in order to maintain student programming and retain key field staff through a combination of PPP loans, restructured talent grants and strong results from an inaugural “Hillel Global Giving Week” campaign. On a programmatic level, Hillels swiftly pivoted online through a new “Hillel@Home” platform and a range of other digital engagement approaches. In just the past three months, Hillels have hosted thousands of online meetings and events, resulting in more than 170,000 total virtual engagements. Hillel is also taking an active role in the new “Serve the Moment” campaign to address the urgent needs of our communities through meaningful service and is ramping up its signature MitzVote campaign to promote civic engagement during the 2020 election season. As we approach the new academic year, Hillel is engaging in intensive planning to prepare for the broad range of conditions Hillels and students will face. The hybrid and varied nature of academic approaches will require substantial new investments to support continued growth in digital programming; operational safety and sanitation upgrades to Hillel facilities; new approaches to smaller group programming for Shabbat, holidays and all other programs; and targeted resources to address acute student needs – economic, emotional and pastoral. In the face of these many challenges, Hillel is pursuing opportunities to reimagine student engagement and to expand programming and education, including through a new “Hillel Higher Holidays” initiative. At the financial level, Hillels are beginning fundraising for the more than $75M that will need to be raised during fiscal year 2021 to maintain Hillel support for students during this critical and challenging period. Given the growing uncertainties related to individual giving, Hillels will be especially reliant on continued core support from Federation and foundation partners.

 

Moishe Houses

According to JFNA’s July report:

Moishe House entered the crisis with a reasonably strong financial position but with great uncertainty about how its core business model of engaging young adults informally through its network of homes would operate amidst the pandemic. The combination of its existing financial base and the PPP loan it received pushed off its financial uncertainty to 2021. However, it reports two unresolved challenges looking at the year ahead: 1. It needs to invest funding to provide additional support for residents and staff, for customized training focused on operating within the crisis and to respond to newly dynamic racial justice issues. In the past, it would have gone out to raise additional funds, but it is unclear whether it can do that in this environment. 2. Looking ahead to 2021, it projects a $1.5M deficit owing to losing nine months of basic organizational work, particularly around fundraising efforts to identify and cultivate new donors. Uncertainty around travel inhibits the ability to engage other partners and donors, and there has been resistance to meeting for fundraising online. The travel concern also means there is no ability to do site visits, which usually generate fundraising opportunities that are not happening. The virtual alternative does not meet the need. Moishe House has been encouraged by the amount of participation in online programming and, with the coming of summer, is also creating outdoor program models. There is greater in-person programming possible in other countries, where the virus has been more effectively contained. Jewish learning has increased as a percentage of the overall programming content. This is a function both of new people being attracted to these programs and of existing participants being more available. Expanding Jewish content will be a priority for national programming. Nonetheless, overall programming is down 60% among local programs and by 100% in its regional and national programs.

Responses

On April 20, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) launched the more than $80 million Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF), supported by a seven foundations, including the Aviv Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation, Maimonides Fund, the Paul E. Singer Foundation, and the Wilf Family Foundation, which will operate in coordination with the JFNA. The invite-only program will be divided in two, with a loan program based at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, providing payroll and basic operational assistance for non-profits in the coming months.In July, JCRIF announced it had made $10 million in grants to  more than 20 Jewish organizations, including Hillel International and Moishe House, as well as $20 million in no-interest loans, with $20 million more in loans under consideration.  More details about JCRIF, including a JFN webinar, here.

JDC Entwine, JDC’s young adult initiative, reports that it is offering an online platform where young Jewish adults can connect virtually with their peers, engage in global Jewish causes, and build Jewish community. The organization is also developing customized content for young adults with disabilities           

Watch JFN’s webinar on how the pandemic is impacting Jewish college students and young adults below: 

Resources

Professional Talent in the Jewish Nonprofit Sector and Covid-19

Date and time - Thursday, October 1
12-1 pm ET (7-8 pm Israel)

Source - JFN webinar

Amid Layoffs and Funder Bailouts, the Jewish Nonprofit World Is Fearing 2021

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Insider
September 9

Emotion Before Content: Evidence-Based Recommendations for Designing Virtual Jewish Engagement for Young People

Description - Research study/report

Source - Schusterman Foundation and Jim Joseph Foundation
August 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Been Buffeting American Jewry for Months. What Lies Ahead?

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
September 1

‘It’s Not the Same and Everybody Knows It’: Jewish Campus Life Goes Virtual

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
August 27

Synagogues Once Saved Judaism, Now They are Needed to Save Jews

Description - Op-Ed

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
August 26

What’s Going on in Jewish Education? Answers from Leaders in the Field

Description - Report

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
August 13

How are Jewish Teens and Young Adults Coping Through this Pandemic?

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
August 18

National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty Briefing: Focus on Higher Education

National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty Briefing: Focus on Higher Education

Date and time - Tuesday, August 4
12-1 pm ET

Source - JFN/Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty webinar
August 4

As Colleges Go Virtual, Students Go to Israel

Description - News Article

Source - NY Jewish Week
July 21

Next Year (We Hope!) in Jerusalem: How the Israel​ Experience Field Has Responded to Covid

Next Year (We Hope!) in Jerusalem: How the Israel​ Experience Field Has Responded to Covid

Source - JFN webinar
July 23

An Enduring Feature of the Pandemic So Far: Jews Are Flocking to Online Classes

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
July 22

Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF) Awards $10 Million to 20+ Jewish Organizations

Description - Announcement

Source - Jewish Community Response & Impact Fund
July 20

A Time to Act: Concrete Steps to Support the Unemployed in the Jewish Community

Description - Op-Ed

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
July 17

What We’re Learning: Announcing Natan 2020-2021 Grants

Jewish Nonprofits Launch Nationwide Volunteer Drive to Respond to Pandemic, Social-Justice Needs

Description - News Article

Source - Chronicle of Philanthropy
July 6

The Coronavirus Is Killing Off American Jewish Institutional Life

Description - Article

Source - Tablet
June 7

What Covid Is Teaching Us About Jewish Education

Description - Op-Ed

Source - New York Jewish Week
June 29

For Young Adults with Disabilities the Loss of Specialized Birthright Trips is Particularly Poignant

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
June 25

Service for a Strong Future

Service for a Strong Future

Date and time - Tuesday, June 23
1:30-2:30 p.m. Eastern

Source - JFN webinar
June 23

New Jewish Service Alliance Launches “Serve the Moment” with Plans for 100,000 Acts of Jewish Service

Description - Press Release/Announcemen

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
June 18

Will Our Post-Corona Vision Include Engaged Interfaith Families?

Description - Op-Ed

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
June 4

Unlocking the Future of Jewish Engagement: Study of Jewish Young Adults

Description - Report

Source - Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Spring 2020

A ‘Super Fund’ Aims to Keep Jewish Nonprofit World From Sinking

Description - News article

Source - New York Jewish Week
June 2

In the Post-Covid Crisis Universe: Israel Opportunities Await

Description - Op-Ed

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
May 27

As Colleges Go Virtual, Students Instead Are Heading to Israel on Gap Year Programs

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 21

As Pandemic Set In, Orthodox Union Furloughed 125 Staffers — a Quarter of its Workforce

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 19

Covid-19’s Impact on Jewish College Students and Young Adults

Covid-19’s Impact on Jewish College Students and Young Adults

Source - JFN webinar
May 12

Introducing the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund

Introducing the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund

Source - JFN webinar
May 11

The Biggest Jewish Coronavirus Relief Fund Will Soon Start Giving Out Loans

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 12

Hillel International Lays Off or Furloughs 20 Percent of Staff Amid Coronavirus Uncertainty

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
April 27

Nonprofit Funding Proposals

Teen Suicide Prevention Program

Description - Funding Proposal

Source - Rohr Jewish Learning Institute

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