TEN: Together Ending Need is a collaborative of funders, institutions, direct service agencies, researchers, media outlets, and the greater community dedicated to fighting poverty in the American Jewish community. Founded in 2019, it is coordinated by Jewish Funders Network and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. Sign up here.
Rachel Sumekh announced as its Project Executive. You can reach Rachel at [email protected]
Some key data on Jewish Poverty:
- 21% of Jewish households are low income, and only 11% of those are Orthodox.
- According to Pew Research, in 2021, there were around an equal number of Jews making under $50,000 (21%) as making over $200,000 (23%)
- It's only getting worse. Every day, more Jewish families are struggling to make ends meet. From 1991 to 2011, the number of people living in low-income Jewish households in New York City DOUBLED from about 180,000 to 361,100.
- These families are often one event away—one emergency, one home repair— from falling into serious financial crisis.
- Members of our Jewish community who experience the impact of financial insecurity are essential voices in our work and communal life.
- After four years, the National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty rebranded as TEN: Together Ending Need. TEN brings together funders, social service agencies, and communal leaders to build a Jewish community that supports the basic needs and humanity of our people. Like a minyan coming together TEN represents the essentialism of collection action towards our shared goal.
If you are a funder interested in connecting with other leaders working to end Jewish and communal Povery, visit email [email protected]