Birmingham Jewish Federation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
The importance of a strong and vibrant Jewish community has never been clearer than it is today. The Birmingham Jewish Federation, in collaboration with Collat Jewish Family Services, Levite Jewish Community Center, N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, the Birmingham Jewish Foundation, and all area synagogues, are proud to play a role in safeguarding the most vulnerable among us, and to help coordinate and communicate the efforts of our community partners.
We are all working together to understand the immediate and short-term needs of members of our Jewish community and the greater community most impacted by the situation surrounding COVID-19. This may include emergency financial support for housing and utilities, medicine, food assistance/delivery, and social work/counseling services.
In response to the current crisis, we have created the Birmingham Jewish Federation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to support our agency partners, Israel and the broader Birmingham Community. While this effort must not replace our annual campaign, there is an immediate need for these funds, which we hope will be above and beyond your generous annual commitment. 100% of all contributions will directly support those impacted by the pandemic, and/or programs providing critical community services.
Opportunities for Giving
Collat Jewish Family Services is the caring heart of our community. During this crisis, we are ensuring that our most vulnerable populations have their basic needs met and that our whole community has access to mental health and wellness counseling. As a United Way and BJF Partner Agency, we serve people of all faiths and financial abilities. Your support provides food, financial assistance, emotional support and counseling during this uncertain time.
Israel World Jewry Bureau
The Israel-World Jewry Bureau is a unique allocations process, developed in 2004, that has allowed The Birmingham Jewish Federation to help fund smaller, yet equally important agencies, doing vital work for people in need in Israel and around the world. As of this moment dollars are needed to help fight COVID-19 in Israel.
Levite Jewish Community Center's mission, at its core, is to make our community better. Our vision is for a better Birmingham community -- one that the LJCC helps build and shape through universal values expressed Jewishly. During this time of crisis, because we are a Red Cross certified disaster relief/preparedness facility, we are providing food for families who rely on school lunch programs and do not have access to that resource right now. Operation Cares Kitchen will be open for the remainder of the week and we are hoping to provide this service as long as this crisis continues. We are also providing emergency childcare to first responders, essential workers and healthcare professionals through Operation Cares: Camp for First Responder Families. Additionally, the LJCC will host a blood drive with the Red Cross each Monday to help with the shortage due to COVID-19. We are proud to be serving the broader Birmingham community on behalf of our Jewish community. Additionally, we are providing our membership and the entire Jewish community with virtual opportunities to stay active through workout videos, to stay healthy mentally through guided meditation, and to engage their children through story time and learning opportunities, while continuing to offer perspective on the pandemic through a Jewish lens. During this time of need, it is also our goal to support our dedicated staff by acts of tzedakah in the same way they have supported our Jewish and broader Birmingham community.
The N. E. Miles Jewish Day School has transitioned to alternative modes of instruction for the time being as we gear up to shift to a virtual campus. We are committed to continuing to provide a rich, stellar and comprehensive Jewish education for each and every student just as we do in our brick and mortar building. However, we anticipate financial obstacles as we move forward in these challenging and uncertain times.
As difficult as this time is for everyone, we are committed to continue paying our staff, and they, in turn, are committed to continuing to provide an innovative, and engaging educational experience for our students. We know that there will be more challenges ahead: In addition to the physical toll of COVID-19, many of our families may experience new or additional financial hardship, such as job loss, that will prevent them from being able to continue making tuition payments at the same level or even meeting basic daily needs. We have a longstanding commitment to making a Day School education accessible to all families, regardless of financial ability. We do not know for sure what challenges lie ahead, but we know they are coming. Please consider supporting NEMJDS and know that we appreciate your support now more than ever.
The United Way Community Crisis Fund helps increase access to food, serve basic needs for struggling families and provide emergency response to the greater Birmingham area. Give to the fund to serve immediate needs of individuals impacted by the Coronavirus.
The Birmingham Jewish Federation will be allocating these unrestricted funds through grants to local agencies and synagogues to fulfill needs in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
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If you prefer to donate by check please mail to:
Birmingham Jewish Federation
PO Box 130219
Birmingham, AL. 35213