Coronavirus Resource Hub

Last updated: March 27

Coronavirus Resources & Online Events

 

Resources for Funders & Nonprofits

Resources for Educators & Parents

General Resources

Reports from the Field

Live-Streamed Events and Webinars

Recorded Webinars 

News/Announcements from Funders

 

Resources for Funders

Resources for Nonprofits

 

Resources for Educators & Parents

 

General

 

Reports from the Field

 

North America

 

 

  • How Jewish Family Service is Responding (Seattle): CEO Will Berkovitz on building and using a crisis response team, figuring out how best to keep serving clients, making decisions during a crisis, and operating while conditions are changing rapidly. (Via the Bridgespan Group. Links on this page to other reports from the field, as well.)

 

  • The Jewish Federation of San Diego County, Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego and Leichtag Foundation have partnered to establish the San Diego Jewish Community COVID-19 Emergency Fund. The accelerating scale of COVID-19 calls for a coordinated, streamlined response to support those who are most vulnerable and impacted primarily in San Diego’s Jewish community. A consortium of initial funders have already contributed more than $1.6 million to launch this Fund. This urgent effort will gather information about community needs and immediately allocate funds, employing effective processes that proved successful in prior crises. Accepting donations here. (Added 3/24)

 

  • Charitable Food Resource Guide During COVID-19 (Mazon): General resources and state-by-state resources. "As the coronavirus spreads, MAZON is carefully monitoring the situation, coordinating with our grantee partners and other colleagues across the country, gathering the latest information, and advocating at the federal and state level for swift and effective action to expand access to food assistance for those affected. While we recognize that all states and communities will be impacted, MAZON is committed to listening for and lifting up the needs and concerns of those places where we expect to see a disproportionate impact, including in the most food-insecure states as well as those states already reporting large numbers of coronavirus cases. Over the coming days and weeks, we will act as an information clearinghouse for the most-up-to date information from these states as we work to ensure essential services, government benefits and food assistance are available to all who need them." (Added 3/25)

 

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International

Live-Streamed Events and Webinars

 

Friday, March 27

  • Family Philanthropy's Response to COVID-19 (National Center for Family Philanthropy), 12 noon-1:15 p.m. Eastern: How should philanthropy focus its giving and attention during a global crisis? How do families support the health of their grantees and surrounding communities while working to keep nonprofits financially resilient in the midst of disruption? In this webinar, hear from sector leaders who will discuss the long-term philanthropic response to the crisis, how to support grantees with an equity lens, and ways that funders can bolster the long-term financial and organizational health of the sector. Registration required.

Monday, March 30

  • Supporting Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19: How We Can Help (JFN), 12 noon-1 p.m. Eastern: During this coronavirus pandemic, already vulnerable populations find themselves in an even more precarious spot. Join us for a discussion by funders and experts in the field of human services where they share what they are seeing firsthand, the evolving needs, what they are doing to address the growing challenges, and what needs to be done moving forward. This conversation is hosted by The National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty, a collaborative of funders, central agencies, direct service providers, researchers, media outlets, and advocates dedicated to fighting poverty in the American Jewish community. Registration required.

Wednesday, April 1

  • Camp and COVID-19 (JFN), 12 noon-1 p.m. Eastern: How will camps be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? Join us for an open discussion between funders and experts in the field. Presenters will share camps’ needs as they look at what we know now, what still needs to be learned, what is currently underway, what gaps need to be filled, and where there is opportunity for partnership and collaboration. Please come to the conversation prepared to share your questions, current thinking, and any actions you may have already taken. Registratio required.

Thursday, April 2

  • Jewish Arts and Artists in a Time of COVID-19 (JFN), 12 noon-1 p.m. Eastern: In a prolonged moment of social distancing and sheltering in place, we find ourselves turning to artists for help. Artists and creatives are actively providing entertainment and distraction when we are stranded in our homes. They are helping us empathize with those who are suffering, process our own feelings, and let us try to come to terms with our new reality, together.But artists are also among the first to suffer in this moment. Working artists have seen their incomes evaporate. Performances, gallery openings, standing gigs, book releases, all have been cancelled or put on indefinite hold. This conversation, hosted by CANVAS -- a new collaborative giving fund devoted to Jewish arts & culture and incubated at JFN -- will give participants a firsthand account of how these issues are playing out in real-time, and how funders within the Jewish community and beyond are rising to the occasion. Registration required.

Sunday, March 29

  • J-Serve, an International Day of Youth Service (Jewish Teen Funders Network and BBYO): Teens from all over the world can attend workshops, partake in group projects, and fundraise for organizations that are doing work specifically to address the current COVID-19 crisis. The Jewish Teen Funders Network has worked to create an interactive, online giving experience where teens can join teams, fundraise, and learn the importance of giving through our Jewish values. Exact times to be announced.

Friday, April 10

Recorded Webinars

Coronavirus and the Jewish Community: Responses from the Field (JFN webinar from March 18)

First and foremost, the coronavirus pandemic is a public health crisis. But it is also creating significant economic and logistical challenges for institutions and vulnerable populations within and beyond the Jewish community. In this webinar, Sagi Balasha, Chief Executive Officer of The Ogen Group; Paul Bernstein, Chief Executive Officer of Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools; Lisa Eisen, Co-President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; Rabbi David Rosenn, Executive Director of the Hebrew Free Loan Society and JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny explored the scope of the problem, how Jewish institutions are responding and what funders can do to help. During the webinar, Lisa Eisen and Andrés Spokoiny referenced this episode of JFN's Jewish philanthropy podcast, "What Gives?" 

Post-Election Scenarios in Israel and How Coronavirus Changes Things (JFN webinar from March 17)

Yohanan Plesner, president of the non-partisan Israel Democracy Institute and a former Member of Knesset, discusses who won, who lost, and how the coronavirus changes everything.

JFN 2020 Virtual Convening Videos (One-Stop Shop)

In addition to being posted below and on the JFN Facebook page, sessions can be viewed on the JFN YouTube channel ("JFN 2020 Playlist") and here. New ones will be added throughout the week of March 23.

Coronavirus Is a Test for Funders and Failing Isn't an Option (Video of Andres Spokoiny speech delivered on March 23)

JFN 2020 Virtual Convening Day 1 Plenary (March 23) 

Victoria Vrana, Deputy Director of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, a world leader in health philanthropy provides an overview of philanthropic response in these times; JFN members Jeff Solomon and Marc Baker share lessons from their experience and Jewish sources on how to remain ethical, caring and mentschlich in these times. 

Israel's Social Sector in the Wake of COVID-19 (March 23)

In this briefing (from JFN 2020 Virtual Convening), we hear from Lior Finkel-Perl, CEO of Civil Leadership, about the status of the social sector in Israel, especially given the lack of a governmental budget over the past year and now further impacted by the coronavirus. She shares results from a recent survey of the needs of the NGO sector in Israel and potential directions for involvement. JDC Israel’s director of planning and development, Galit Sagie, presents on examples for emergency adaptations they have implemented in the past few weeks in reaction to the situation.

JFN 2020 Virtual Convening Day 2 Plenary (March 24)

Hear from one of Israel’s most popular speakers, Yoram Yovell, who brings insights from the world of brain science on how we build resilience and create mental and emotional strength for ourselves, our families and our extended communities, especially when social distancing requires us to be physically separate. Jude Yovel Recanati, founder of Natal and chair of Gandyr Foundation, speaks to working with vulnerable populations, and Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz offers a message of hope and strength.

 

News from Funders

  • The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation (Israel) announced an immediate donation of $13.6 million to boost the efforts of Israel’s hospitals to fight the spread of the coronavirus. (3/19)
  • The Azrieli Foundation approved an emergency fund on March 18, earmarking $2 million to be directed to immediate needs in Canada, and NIS 10M to needs in Israel. Priority areas include serving the elderly and Holocaust survivors (particularly for food and basic needs), the educational and psychosocial needs of at-risk youth and special-needs learners, services for individuals with disabilities.
  • The Jewish Federation of San Diego County, Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego and Leichtag Foundation have partnered to establish the San Diego Jewish Community COVID-19 Emergency Fund. The accelerating scale of COVID-19 calls for a coordinated, streamlined response to support those who are most vulnerable and impacted primarily in San Diego’s Jewish community. A consortium of initial funders have already contributed more than $1.6 million to launch this Fund. This urgent effort will gather information about community needs and immediately allocate funds, employing effective processes that proved successful in prior crises. (Added 3/24)
  • Major Jewish Organizations Form Emergency Pandemic Coalition (eJewish Philanthropy). Added 3/26/20
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