The UJA-Federation of New York has announced grants totaling $9 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, boosting its response to the public health crisis to approximately $44 million.
A third round of emergency grants awarded by the organization includes support for newly vulnerable families seeking to connect with Jewish life and Jewish congregants in the New York region and to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers. The grants include awards totaling $6 million to help Jewish summer camps weather anticipated budget shortfalls; $2 million to launch a day school scholarship fund for families facing significant financial need; $600,000 in support of four rabbinic associations working to assist the most vulnerable members of their congregational communities; an additional $300,000 to the Afya Foundation to secure a month's supply of gloves and masks for nonprofit partner agencies; and $50,000 to Hatzalah to purchase PPE for a hundred ambulance crews and more than a thousand volunteers.
"At the core of the New York Jewish community is an incredible infrastructure of organizations that underpin our ability to sustain and strengthen Jewish life into the future. In this third round of relief, we're helping to ensure that the tens of thousands in our community directly impacted by COVID-19 are still able to access these critical Jewish resources," said UJA chief executive Eric S. Goldstein. "At the same time, as this virus continues to ravage the most vulnerable among us, UJA remains committed to doing all that we can to support and protect our community — from individuals afflicted with the virus and those fighting it on the front lines, to the invaluable neighborhood institutions that make us who we are."
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