In mid-March, the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and Oregon Jewish Community Foundation created the COVID-19 Emergency Campaign with commitments of $250,000 and $100,000, respectively. Since then, 231 donors have contributed, bringing the crisis fund to $760,000 to provide assistance to individuals in need and capacity support for Jewish organizations impacted by COVID-19.
As of April 8, the COVID-19 Emergency Campaign has made 14 grants totaling $243,348, with additional funds committed to some of those recipients for May and June, as well. While the grants are all to organizations, three of the grants enable the organizations to provide emergency aid to Oregonians: Jewish Family and Child Service, Jewish Federation of Lane County and Jewish Free Loan.
Organizations receiving grants, the amount received (* indicates additional grants set aside for May and June) and what the grant funds are:
• B’nai B’rith Camp: $13,500; mitigate loss of rental income and operational support
• Camp Solomon Schechter: $10,000; mitigate loss of rental income and operational support
• Cedar Sinai Park: $33,333*; purchase personal protective equipment for medical staff and residents
• Chabad of Hillsboro: $3,000; mitigate loss of fee income
• Congregation Neveh Shalom: $16,000; payroll support and mitigate loss of fee income
• Congregation Shir Tikvah: $1,000; additional support to pay educational coordinator
• Jewish Family and Child Service: $91,515*; emergency financial assistance and mental health support – if you need help call 503-226-7079
• Jewish Federation of Lane County: $10,000; provide emergency financial assistance to Jews outside of the Greater Portland area
• Jewish Free Loan: $25,000; provide additional $1,000 interest-free loans for those impacted by COVID-19
• Maayan Torah Day School: $15,000; payroll support and mitigate loss of tuition income
• Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education: $5,000*; payroll support
• Passover food for people in need: $12,500; provide Passover food boxes for 150 families, purchase Passover food for Jewish people around the state and enable the Sunshine Pantry to purchase Passover food
• Portland Kollel: $2,500; payroll and rent support
• Temple Beth Israel-Eugene: $5,000; mitigate decrease in donations.
Many local Jewish organizations are applying for the federal Small Business Association loans that have the potential to convert to grants if certain conditions are met. Future grant applications will likely depend on each organization’s ability to receive SBA funds.
For 100 years, the Jewish Federation has been positioned to support individuals and organizations in our Jewish community. The pandemic is not over; the work is not done. Donations to the relief fund are still needed. Donate at https://www.jewishportland.org/covid19relief.