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The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is committed to providing essential resources for our community during the international crisis caused by the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

In the less than three weeks since we established the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, through the generosity of our community members, we have raised more than $950,000 and made 12 total grants so far for critical services totaling almost $250,000. This week’s grants include:

In Greater Philadelphia, $83,000 has been designated to these organizations and initiatives:

  • KAVOD Survivors of the Holocaust Emergency Fund (SHEF)

To provide basic needs services for Holocaust survivors, in partnership with Marcy Gringlas, Joel Greenberg and Seed the Dream Foundation.

  • Abramson Senior Care

To provide food and supplies for the homebound elderly.

  • Jewish Relief Agency (JRA)

To maintain a safe and healthy work environment for ongoing food distribution.

  • Personal Protective Equipment

Providing 1,000 masks to partner agencies while they provide ongoing care to serve the basic needs of their clients.

  • Judith Creed Horizons for Achieving Independence (J’CHAI)
To provide food and supplies to their developmentally-disabled, home-based adult clients.


In Israel, $78,000 has been designated to meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable in Israel through the following organizations:

  • Latet Israel

A matching grant with Seed the Dream Foundation, to help the most impoverished and isolated elderly, including thousands of Holocaust survivors.

  • Leket Israel, the National Food Bank

To purchase nutritionally balanced meals for high-risk individuals.

  • Orr Shalom
To cover the Passover expenses for the most vulnerable at-risk children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.


Those most vulnerable in our communities are counting on all of us help. Please consider making a donation to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund by clicking here.

We will continue to assess emerging needs and allocate life-sustaining funds in real time through our Emergency Response Committee. To read about last week's grants made to KleinLife, Mitzvah Food Program, Jewish Family and Children's Service and Philly Friendship Circle, please click here

If your Nonprofit organization provides critical needs to our Jewish communities and you would like to apply for a Jewish Federation Emergency Response Fund grant, please click here

For more Jewish Federation resources on COVID-19, click here.