Thanks to more than 1,660 generous donors, CJP raised and distributed more than $3 million to support individuals and families facing hardship due to the pandemic.

From March 2020 to June 2022, CJP made grants through the Coronavirus Emergency Fund to address critical needs in the Greater Boston community and overseas. Distributions were made in response to urgent and systemic needs for seniors, those facing food insecurity, and people in financial crisis, as well as supporting innovative projects, such as those to combat isolation and to provide supplies to organizations working in-person with clients.

One hundred percent of the dollars raised went directly to support individuals and families in our community and overseas facing challenges due to COVID-19.

The list below shows how each dollar of the fund was distributed. 

Total distributed: $3,169,416

Support for older adults, including care, personal protective equipment, combating social isolation, and more: $764,000 (24% of fund)

  • $290,000 for 2Life Communities 
  • $130,000 for Hebrew SeniorLife 
  • $200,000 for Chelsea Jewish Lifecare 
  • $144,000 for COVID pool testing pilot at 2Life Communities and Hebrew SeniorLife

Support to address food insecurity, social isolation, and direct client needs: $1,852,050 (58% of fund)

Support to partner organizations for direct client services, food, technology for clients, and combating social isolation: $860,200

  • $185,000 for Jewish Family & Children’s Service
  • $172,000 for Yad Chessed 
  • $166,200 for Jewish Family Service of Metrowest 
  • $100,000 for Jewish Vocational Service 
  • $95,000 for Tifereth Rapael 
  • $40,000 for the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts 
  • $40,000 for Yachad 
  • $25,000 for Gateways: Access to Jewish Education
  • $22,000 for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston 
  • $15,000 for Hope and Comfort 

Support for community projects: $991,850 

  • $470,784 for Holiday in a Box to provide hot meals to those in need and isolated for the holidays 
  • $291,068 for personal protective equipment and testing to provide necessary equipment for early childhood centers, schools, synagogues, organizations, and more working with in-person students and clients 
  • $126,500 for a rabbis’ fund to provide grants for senior rabbis’ discretionary funds to help congregants with immediate COVID-related needs 
  • $31,578 for a child care pilot to help parents in need of child care 
  • $30,000 for a school lunch program to support four community day schools to help with food insecurity 
  • $25,000 for the United Way Housing Initiative to provide housing needs and resources as the eviction moratoria ended 
  • $10,000 for Silverlining Buddy System to combat social isolation by partnering younger and older adults together
  • $6,920 for Anti-Poverty Initiative cash assistance directed toward immediate needs

Support to partner cities and overseas communities: $553,366 (18% of fund)

  • $289,766 to Dnipro, Ukraine, to provide medical supplies and equipment (learn about CJP’s work to support Ukraine during its ongoing conflict) 
  • $131,000 to Haifa, Israel, to provide support for Parents at the Center and families of soldiers, cash assistance, and computers for remote learning 
  • $70,600 for Argentina to support remote education, medicine, and food 
  • $50,000 for Latin America to support emergency needs 
  • $12,000 for India to support emergency needs

Thank you to our donors, supporters, and partners in Boston and overseas, who all came together to help one another during a time of need.