As the coronavirus crisis has unfolded, UJA and our network of nonprofits on the ground have been responding to drastically mounting and evolving needs. After assessing initial needs, we’ve allocated nearly $35 million to address challenges across the community, help sustain our institutions, and do all we can to make sure that the most vulnerable get the help they desperately need.
Hear our CEO, Eric S. Goldstein, speak about escalating needs in our community and how UJA's nonprofit partners are stepping up.
Our first stage of response was focused on addressing people’s basic needs — food, employment, and the continuation of essential health and human services. We provided funding to expand food distribution and to support the operational capacity of indispensible human service agencies.
Our next wave of funding was focused on helping sustain Jewish community centers, assist low-income populations, and — in what is perhaps our most sacred responsibility — ensure that no Jewish casualty of the virus will be denied a dignified burial. Additional details on these initial rounds of allocations can be found below.
We know how hard this Passover will be for so many. To help those in need, including those who would normally attend free or subsidized community seders, we’re distributing 8,300 Passover seder meals in the coming days.
This may be a challenge unlike any we’ve faced before, but UJA was built for this moment. We’re working around the clock with our diverse and interconnected network to help all those counting on us.
We also know that this is a crisis that has hit painfully close to home for so many of us. For anyone who is coping with illness or loss, our hearts go out to you.