Updated March 25, 2020
How You Support Our Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Without your generosity through the Annual Campaign, our Federation would not be in a position to respond to today’s crisis. But we can. As the saying goes, we were there on 9/11 because we were there on 9/10. The Federation is organizing the community response and convening our agencies, schools and congregations to keep them running and providing essential support.
The coronavirus crisis has produced six areas of immediate need:
Here’s how you, as a donor, have helped so far:
1. Helping People Get Groceries, Meals, and Essential Supplies
2. Helping with Job Support
3. Helping Through Counseling
4. Helping By Caring For Our Most Vulnerable
5. Helping Lessen Isolation and Staying Connected
Jump into live-streaming workouts in the J Cincy Fitness Community group; and check out arts and culture and foster community connections here.
See familiar faces with live-streamed classes, PJ Library stories, and more in our J Cincy Families group.
The entire list is being continually updated here.
COVID-19 Resource Hub: a source for daily updates from trusted sources, including how to talk to your kids about the coronavirus.
Virtual Community Event Calendar: While we can’t gather in person right now, here are creative opportunities to connect virtually with others in Jewish Cincinnati as well as ideas for families.
Please send us Your Ideas to Connect: Share your creative ideas for how we can stay connected and support each other.
6. Helping with Crisis Management
The Federation has accelerated our next funding allocation to community agencies, including to Jewish Family Service, the Mayerson JCC, and JVS Career Services, so they can continue to serve the most vulnerable among us.
Our Shared Business Service professionals are supporting over 20 agencies, congregations, and schools, which are providing essential services while operating remotely and despite fast-changing financial realities.
We are providing a communications backbone for the community – convening our agency and organizational professionals and rabbis every week by video call to understand everything from how to secure government relief funding to how to do funerals safely during the crisis.
Seeking financial relief for our Jewish nonprofits, in collaboration with our national umbrella organization, our Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and Shared Business Services.
Our JCRC has been doing government advocacy, coordinating hourly with Jewish community government affairs specialists in Columbus and Washington, DC. They have spoken directly to Governor DeWine and US Senators Portman and Brown to ensure that state and federal relief includes support for our community and its essential services.