The challenge presented by the new coronavirus (COVID-19) is unprecedented and therefore requires our community to come together in equally unprecedented ways. The needs in our community are vast—and, in many cases, immediate—particularly for vulnerable people who may already be socially isolated, in fragile health, or in financial crisis.
In response, we have launched the CJP Coronavirus Emergency Fund. One hundred percent of the money raised will support community members facing hardship as a result of this pandemic.
Coming together as a community to help our most vulnerable is a core Jewish value. Chemlah (compassion) and tzedakah (charity) are central to our faith, and at the core of Greater Boston’s Jewish community. We and our partners are working to fill the gaps for the many in our community who have been, and will be, most severely impacted by this crisis.
Here are some of the requests for support that we have already received:
- Groceries and food, including kosher goods for the elderly, people in financial distress, and those who are socially isolated
- Targeted financial support for Jewish homes for older adults given the extreme measures of social distancing required to keep residents safe
- Increased funds for CJP’s Interest-Free Loan Program and emergency assistance to help bridge debt incurred during time off work due to school closures
- Need for assistive technology for those facing social isolation, allowing them to participate in virtual religious services and other programming
- Basic needs, such as food and utilities, for our Ukrainian sister city of Dnipro, where many residents are going without their basic necessities
We will face more requests as needs evolve during this period of social distancing.
CJP will be making weekly grants through the Coronavirus Emergency Fund to address critical needs in the community. Distributions will focus on supporting agencies’ abilities to respond to urgent and systemic needs for seniors, those facing food insecurity and people in financial crisis.
Find weekly fund updates here.