Updated May 15, 2020
How the Annual Campaign has Powered Our Community's Response
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. We and our vital support organizations jumped into action—providing groceries, tele-counseling, job training, coordination and planning, and more.
But the growing crisis requires an Emergency Campaign. If you would like to give to the Cincinnati Jewish community's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, click here. The Federation is designed to help us through this emergency. Federation’s job is to assess needs across the community, sharing information, and coordinating a response—enabling our agencies to provide essential support. This is what we do best.
The coronavirus crisis has produced four areas of need:
Here’s how you, as a donor, have helped so far:
1. Helping People Get Groceries, Meals, and Essential Supplies
2. Helping with Financial and Job Support
3. Helping Through Mental Health, Wellness Services; Lessen Isolation
Jewish Family Service launched tele-counseling with 65 clients, including supporting many isolated older adults, allowing clients and staff to stay in their homes. With special crisis regulations changing daily, getting this done was a big lift.
Cincinnati Hillel helped many, including an isolated UC student and his girlfriend, to be able to celebrate Passover. Michael Evers brought them Haggadot for a Passover they hadn’t planned on having alone—before COVID-19.
"One of the most beautiful things about being a part of the Jewish community—and I think this time of crisis speaks to this—we support each other.’’ —Michael Evers, Director of Cincy Internships at Cincinnati Hillel
Jewish Family Service in partnership with PJ Library, the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, and Rockwern Academy, launched Project Connect—sending letters and artwork made by local community members to help connect Holocaust survivors and other seniors at risk of isolation.
Jewish Family Service delivered fabric masks to local Holocaust Survivors so they can stay as safe as possible.
JDC distributed over 4,500 health hygiene and activity kits to Israeli Arab and Bedouin families through volunteers, with materials about how to use them and how to practice social distancing.
Jewish Federations of North America provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to 90 Jewish nursing facilities and Jewish social service agencies.
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati supported the Halom House throughout a difficult COVID-19 two-week quarantine—helping with everything from options for supplemental staffing, to homemade meals, to handmade get-well cards from local children. Halom House provides services to adults with developmental disabilities.
“I am so grateful for how the Federation, JFS, and the Jewish community put their arms around us during the darkest moments of this crisis.” —Amy Fisher, Executive Director, Halom House
Mayerson JCC is managing multiple Facebook Groups open to members and non members—currently there are over 1,200 individuals as part of the JCC virtual community.
Cincinnati Hillel is coordinating multiple virtual events, including weekly virtual gatherings, and a get-together honoring graduating seniors.
Jewish Family Service Russian Jewish Cultural Center is offering English classes online.
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati created digital resources—with over 10,000 unique visitors from 3/16 to 4/29:
4. Helping with Organization's Long-term Economic Difficulties
Accelerated second quarter’s funding allocation to our partner agencies to use as needed.
Supported 22 Jewish organizations with essential Shared Business Services so they could operate remotely.
Advocated for state and federal relief for the Jewish community. We continue to advocate for additional relief. That advocacy includes exploring funds available from a newly established Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF), in coordination with the Jewish Federations of North America, which will provide more than $60 million in interest-free loans and $20 million in grants nationally to help maintain the infrastructure of Jewish life that advances Jewish education, engagement and leadership.
Convened our agency professionals and congregational rabbis weekly to share information and respond to immediate critical needs.
Created the new SAFE Facilities Reopen Group with 45 participants representing every agency, school, and congregation. The core team went through thousands of pages of regulations and best practices from Governor DeWine, the CDC, and more, and reduced it all to a 20-page master resource.
Coached 22 agencies, schools and congregations on how to apply for government relief. These forgivable loans will enable organizations to make payroll till end of June; but they will not provide for increased needs, nor will they provide for operational expenses after June.
We were able to secure 100 percent of the $4.6 million in funding our organizations applied for under the CARES Act Payroll Protection Program (PPP).
Without this financial lifeline, many of our Jewish organizations would have been forced to implement layoffs or furloughs. This lifeline is temporary. “For these organizations, there is some temporary relief,” said Val Krueckeberg, SBS Managing Director. “Because of these funds, nearly five hundred and seventy jobs are more secure for the next two months.”