Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response

Since the crisis started to unfold, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta has been intently focused on working with our community partners to understand immediate needs and how we could respond most meaningfully. This may be a challenge unlike any we’ve faced before, but helping our community through these difficult times is what Federation is here for.

As the Philanthropic Champion for our community, Federation opened the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. Learn more and donate here.

Caring for Urgent Needs and Protecting Vulnerable Populations

Our primary concern is the health and well-being of our community members. If you need help or resources please click here. 

Our first stage of response through the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund addresses people’s basic needs — food, employment, insurance, the continuation of essential health and human services, and emergency financial assistance. 

Through multiple rounds of grantmaking, Federation has provided $1,901,500 in relief funding to our community in this area. Additionally, Federation granted $150,000 from global emergency reserves for emergency needs in Israel and Belarus. See details here.

Ensuring the Stability and Sustainability of our Community

While our initial grants have been directed primarily to individuals and social service needs, we all know that the essential pillars of Jewish community — our Jewish community center, camps, day schools, synagogues and many other community serving organizations — are facing dramatic challenges. We have already granted $450,000 relating to the financial stability and support of our Jewish organizations, and we will continue to evaluate this need closely. Learn more and see details here.

Creating Virtual Jewish Life

Federation programs such as PJ Library, JumpSpark, Shinshinim Atlanta and Jewish Abilities Alliance have been hard at work transforming programs into virtual offerings, and Federation has also been serving as a curator for virtual offerings throughout the community.

Learn more about available resources and virtual gatherings here.

Convening Community Conversations

Federation serves as a convener and an amplifier of the Jewish Atlanta ecosystem. As such, we have been communicating with organizations throughout Greater Atlanta on a regular basis, assessing needs, offering resources around SBA loans and other topics of interest, and fostering opportunities for collaboration.

As our community now begins to contemplate a return to communal activity, we want to ensure that our actions are dictated by our values, and are in concert with the best scientific and medical advice available. We are committed to bringing the Jewish community together for these important conversations about how we can consider each other’s organizations and needs while caring for our individual and collective well-being.

We’ll be hosting sector conversations that look at specific considerations of types of organizations and will also host an initial cross-sector conversation so we can explore together what reopening responsibly looks like for our community.

As a starting point, we are sharing this COVID-19 Guidance and Considerations for Resumption of Operations prepared by the Resumption of Operations and Organizational Reopening Working Group through Secure Community Network (SCN), the Jewish Homeland Security initiative.  Our Community Security Director, Neil Rabinovitz, and Deputy Community Security Director, Zach Williams, continue to work closely with SCN and we will continue to share further guidance as it is received.

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