(ADDRESSING WELLNESS & FINANCIAL NEED AMONG THOSE WHO ARE VULNERABLE)
- created a volunteer matching program to help immunocompromised individuals with grocery and pharmacy deliveries; we recruited volunteers for a similar program just for seniors;
- partnered with Hebrew Free Loan to support launch of COVID need loan program for individuals and small businesses and their employees;
- conducted a wellness series on Zoom, featuring COVID Answers with an infectious diseases physician and Coping with COVID Stress with a psychologist;
- supported JTeam Teen Philanthropy members in pivoting to help those in need due to COVID-19;
- mentored J-SERVE teens in reinventing their annual day of community service as a virtual mitzvah day with:
- check-in phone calls to older adults
- thank you messages for healthcare workers
- virtual babysitting playdates with PJ kids - and more.
- advocated to include these local non-profits in the Federal COVID Stimulus bill, so they could keep more employees on the payroll to continue operations, programs, and services;
- shared access to our network of national experts on optimizing stimulus applications;
- provided updates on financial information including:
- Payroll Protection program
- small business loans
- convened weekly and bi-weekly meetings to help assess needs and provide support to
- social service agencies addressing food insecurity
- day school educators working in virtual mode
- synagogue presidents, executive directors, administrators, and rabbis on their myriad challenges and best practices.
- connected Jewish organizations to cyber security experts and resources, just as synagogues, schools, agencies, and cultural centers needed to switch to virtual operations;
- conceived a virtual, state-wide program on addressing bias;
- together with neighboring Federations, created conversation starters on Preparing to Return to Work and Worship for Jewish organizations;
- developed tips for individuals and businesses to protect themselves from opportunistic frauds and scams involving online activities, finance, medical needs, and more, including:
- COVID-19 cyber security considerations
- how to spot phishing email scams
- protecting yourself on social media
- video conference best practices
- security with facility closures
- Homeland Security tips to stop fraud.
(FOSTERING JEWISH LIFE ONLINE)
- created the Jewish Life Online portal and resource page to keep people connected, informed, engaged, and supported;
- introduced FRIDAY LIGHT weekly email with community highlights;
- produced and promoted holiday commemorations and celebrations, e.g., for Passover, Yom Hazikaron, Yom Ha'atzmaut, Lag B'Omer, and Shavuot;
- conducted a Main Event "teaser" event with keynote guest, Adeena Sussman, and several local foodies;
- created a virtual travel series to Jewish heritage desitnations in Israel, Poland, and Morocco.
More than ever, the Jewish Heart of NJ is working together to make Jewish life stronger, safer, more supportive and sustainable through this difficult time and for many, many generations to come.
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