Needs and Responses

International

Needs

While most Jewish funders have been focused on relief efforts in North America and Israel so far, international needs are expected to rise dramatically in the coming weeks and months as the coronavirus continues to spread. The challenges in developing countries in particular are expected to be particularly great, as their public medical and human services infrastructure is generally weaker than in the West.

Responses

The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, of which JFN is a founding partner organization, has created an emergency COVID-19 fund to provide protective personal equipment (PPE) to as many Syrian refugees as it can reach. MFA is hoping to raise $250,000 to provide PPE for Syrians in refugee and IDP camps; extensive testing for COVID19; and hygiene kits, including hand sanitizer and soap.  Learn more here.

In the Former Soviet Union, JDC is providing Jewish community professionals with Professional support and guidance on how to function and build resilience through emergencies; Virtual programming materials for Passover seders and beyond; Small grants for community-run initiatives such as mobilizing volunteers to bring food to the elderly, online programming to increase socialization of the elderly, and online community-building efforts.

In Ethiopia, the JDC says it plans to leverage a century of experience in bringing immediate humanitarian relief to Jews and non-Jews alike in their hour of need. JDC plans to train key organizations and institutions in the lifesaving practices of handwashing, proper hygiene, and social distancing, and equip two central health facilities in Addis Ababa with the medical equipment needed to assist in treating those infected with the virus.

Given the global impact of this pandemic, JDC reports that it has been in direct contact with all of its field staff and communities in every region in order to assess the rapidly changing situation on the ground. 

Resources

Help and Hope for COVID’s Jewish New Poor

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
September 24

Coronavirus Crisis Is Testing the Resilience of Europe’s Small Jewish Communities

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
September 21

European Jewish Community Day School Crisis Fund Announces $2.7 Million in Grants to 13 Schools

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
September 22

Brazilian Jewish Schools Raise $4 Million in Donations for Scholarships

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
September 17

A Cataclysm of Hunger, Disease and Illiteracy

Description - Op-Ed

Source - New York Times
September 16

Help Us Measure Jewish Giving During Covid

Help Us Measure Jewish Giving During Covid

How Buenos Aires’ Jews Have Weathered the Pandemic

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
August 21

With Refugees Hit Doubly Hard by the Pandemic, Jewish Groups Step up Aid Efforts

Description - News Article (Sponsored by Schusterman Family Foundation)

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
July 17

How Rio Jews Are Adapting to the Pandemic

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
July 7

Eastern European, FSU Jewish Communities and The Age of Corona

Description - News article

Source - JNS
July 5

For Elderly Jews in the Former Soviet Union, COVID-19 Lockdown Loneliness is Debilitating

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
June 25

This World Refugee Day, Calling on the Global Jewish Community to Act

Description - Op-Ed

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
June 17

European Jewish Museums After Corona

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
June 9

As COVID-19 Puts Brazil’s Poverty Issues Into Sharp Focus, Brazilian Jews Rush to Help Favelas

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
June 5

JDC Aid Organization Lays Off 53 Staffers Around the World

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 22

When COVID-19 is Just One of Many Crises: The Pandemic’s Impact on Displaced Persons

When COVID-19 is Just One of Many Crises: The Pandemic’s Impact on Displaced Persons

Source - JFN webinar
May 18

73% of Charities Worldwide See Decline in Contributions

Description - News article

Source - Chronicle of Philanthropy
May 18

Migrants and Refugees Need COVID-19 Support — in Israel Too

Description - Op-Ed

Source - Times of Israel
May 18

How COVID has Changed our Humanitarian Operations

Description - Op-Ed

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
May 15

How the Coronavirus is Hitting Jewish Communities Worldwide

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 5

Report from IsraAID on its Global Coronavirus Emergency Response

Description - Report

Source - IsraAID

Report from American Jewish Joint-Distribution Committee

Source - JDC
March 23

Defending Human Rights During COVID-19

Description - Article

Source - American Jewish World Service
March 23

Nonprofit Funding Proposals

Personal Protective Equipment for Syrian Refugees

Personal Protective Equipment for Syrian Refugees

Description - Relief effort

Source - Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees
May 4

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