Federation Impact

For Jews Hit Hard By the Pandemic, a New Worry — Not Having Enough Food

In early April, a Jewish couple in Pittsburgh did something they never thought they’d ever have to do: They contacted their local kosher food pantry to ask for help. Both had recently lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and were struggling to pay their bills. They…

Federations Tap Deep Experience & Networks to Respond to Pandemic-Era Needs

When the novel coronavirus began its relentless sweep through elder-care facilities in North America, Andrew Banoff, chairman of the Association of Jewish Aging Services, found himself pleading with medical suppliers and government agencies to sell the facilities enough personal protective…

For Jewish Teens Struggling Now, Jewish Groups Extend a Lifeline

Makayla Wigder, a high school senior from Houston, had been looking forward to the prom, graduation and one last summer with her friends before leaving for college. Then came the coronavirus pandemic. Now those plans appear highly unlikely to materialize. “It’s just…

Stuck Home But Having Fun: Engaging Young Children Jewishly During COVID-19

After weeks at home, like kids across the country, Ashley Chenault’s three children missed the friends they usually see at PJ Library activities. So Ashley was thrilled when she and her kids got to participate along with their friends in a fun virtual scavenger hunt, run by the Jewish…

Here’s How U.S. Jewish Groups are Helping Overwhelmed Health Care Workers

When the coronavirus pandemic began sweeping across America, New Orleans artist and former paramedic Peter Seltzer decided he had a role to play. Seltzer not only came out of EMT retirement to pick up paramedic shifts, he also investigated how else he could help health care workers by…