Coronavirus Resource Page

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In this unprecedented crisis, JFN is committed to be a resource for funders and for the entire community. It is critical that we know what our fellow funders are doing and that we try, as much as possible, to coordinate responses so as to have a greater impact on the ground. In these times of quarantines and social-distancing, we can’t afford to be isolated from our partners.

To that end, we are asking JFN members to answer this very short survey about your work and COVID-19.

Our goal is to collect information and share themes, determine gaps in resources, identify where we can be helpful, and point you to resources that already exist. Ultimately, we seek to map the philanthropic response and make sure that needs are being addressed.

Please fill out this survey at your earliest convenience.

Last updated: March 23, 2020

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 & Nonprofits


Resources for Educators & Parents

  • Prizmah Center for Jewish Day Schools: Includes detailed information on online learning, examples of coronavirus-related communications to parents and guidance about safety protocols.
  • Jewish Education Project's Resource Page: School-related guidance on how Jewish day schools, congregations, JCCs, early childhood, and independent settings are responding and planning in their communities. Includes links to relevant webinars. 
  • Unpacked for Educators (Open Dor): Live online Jewish learning sessions on a variety of topics for school-age children.
  • Addressing Crisis: Resources for Jewish Teen Philanthropy (Jewish Teen Funders Network): This resource highlights different Jewish text, conversations prompts and suggestions for how to apply Jewish teen philanthropy during a crisis situation.(Added on March 20)  
  • Resources for Quarantined Families (PJ Library): Ideas for ways to stay busy and have fun at home, along with guidance in talking with your children about quarantines and pandemics.
  • Remote Learning Resources Page (Center for Israel Education): Includes a variety of materials to enhance your knowledge of Modern Israel including videos of past CIE presentations; recorded webinars; podcasts; and informational videos about specific topics. Check back often as we continue to expand our digital offerings; Also offering Israel Direct Education and Learning, an online learning program delivered through Teachable. (Added on March 23)



  • Coronavirus Funds (Giving Compass & National Center for Family Philanthropy):Find a range of vetted funds addressing immediate and long-term needs related to coronavirus and COVID-19. Comprehensive list of vetted COVID-19 relief funds. You can also explore local funds with NCFP's map. (Added on March 23)
  • Defending Human Rights During COVID-19 (American Jewish World Service): "From our decades of work, we know that the most vulnerable communities across the world will face the most serious impacts of this pandemic, because at times of crisis, the human rights of oppressed and marginalized people are nearly always further violated." (Added on March 23) 
  • Goodnation Coronavirus Response Fund (Added on March 20): JFN Partner Goodnation, in partnership with National Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster (NVOAD), has created this fund to focus on our most vulnerable populations, including seniors, the homeless, families living in poverty, people with disabilities and students in need. Support will provide: Disaster Response to care for the most vulnerable; Local Support by nonprofits already on the front lines;Global Intervention by leading international health and relief organizations. 
  • Repair the World and Amplifier: Resource on caring for the sick in times of crisis. Includes relevant Jewish texts, as well as information on volunteering and places to donate money.
  • How to Change a Physical Event to a Virtual Conference: A checklist of things to consider and options available.


Reports from the Field


North America





Live-Streamed Events and Webinars



Monday, March 23

  • JFN 2020 Virtual Convening Day 1, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Eastern time (4:30-8:30 p.m. in Israel): For JFN members and JFN 2020 conference registrants only. Please email [email protected] for more details.


Tuesday, March 24

  • JFN 2020 Virtual Convening Day 2, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Eastern time (4:30-8:30 p.m. in Israel): For JFN members and JFN 2020 conference registrants only. Please email [email protected] for more details.




Wednesday, March 25


Thursday, March 26


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.

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.


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.