Federation Impact

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Holocaust Survivors at Special Risk Getting Help

Earlier this year, when the coronavirus pandemic began to unfold in Asia and appeared destined to hit the United States, the Jewish agencies that deal with America’s most vulnerable Jewish populations decided they had better get ready. Holocaust survivors, whom many consider to be the…

How Jewish Communities are Deploying Passover Aid

Across America, Jewish Federations are finding unconventional ways to cope with the restrictions while helping with Passover needs. Among them: kosher chickens in Columbus, Ohio, free matzah in Memphis, supermarket gift cards in Chicago, catered Seder plates in Houston and online Seders…

Major Jewish Organizations Form Emergency Pandemic Coalition

NEW YORK, (March 25, 2020) – Eight major Jewish organizations led by The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) formed an emergency coalition today to help the Jewish community collectively respond rapidly and effectively to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on Jewish life.

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A Survivor with Health Issues Can Stay in Her Home

With each new diagnosis, Luba becomes increasingly anxious. In the past, she relied on her physical strength to overcome hardships. But now that she is physically ill, she feels extremely vulnerable and unsafe.

Luba was a young child when the Nazis invaded her home city of Kiev, Ukraine. Re…

Breaking Bread and Building Friendships

Jewish meals begin with the blessing over bread, the hamotzi, and then everyone shares the bread. Reciting the hamotzi draws attention to the privilege of having food to eat. Seven days a week, with specially braided challah eaten on Shabbat, we acknowledge how grateful we are for the core s…