The Jewish Federations of North America are facing challenges during the coronavirus crisis. For more than 30 years, the Cincinnati Jewish Federation has delivered meals every week to homebound and vulnerable seniors in the community — about 52,000 each year. This past week alone, they gave more than 5,000—including one meal to a 100-year old, without which he would have starved. Eric Fingerhut, president and CEO, The Jewish Federations of North America, says, “Despite having to close our buildings, we have moved quickly to deliver meals instead of having them picked up, and to teach, pray, engage, celebrate and mourn together online.” He continues, “We have purchased and distributed personal protective gear to many of our local caregivers and contributed additional philanthropic resources where possible. This pandemic has taken on many, significantly the 80,000 Holocaust survivors in this country – one-third of whom live under the poverty line. Many have been retraumatized and are suffering from conditions caused by social isolation—and phone calls and meal deliveries are a lifeline.” Read more.
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