Video: Supporting Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19

During this coronavirus pandemic, already vulnerable populations find themselves in an even more precarious spot.

Watch this March 30, 2020, 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.


Susan Ditkoff, Senior Advisor, The Bridgespan Group Boston 


Alex Roth-Kahn

Managing Director, Caring Department

UJA-Federation of New York

Alexandra Roth-Kahn is the Managing Director of the Caring Department at UJA-Federation of New York. In this capacity, Alex advances the organization’s commitment to ensure that those struggling with life’s challenges are supported by the Jewish community. Through strategic planning, grant making, and convening, the work of the Caring Department supports members of the Jewish community and beyond who struggle with issues related to poverty, employment, aging, disabilities, mental health, and end-of-life. Alex develops new models of care to respond to these challenges and stimulates innovation in the field. The work of the Caring Department is actualized in New York, Israel, and the Former Soviet Union.


Program Director, Israel & Jewish Community, US 

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Rafi Rone serves as a Program Director for The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. In his role, he is responsible for grantmaking in Israel and the Jewish community at-large in the United States.

Rafi directs the grantmaking for the Foundation in Israel, which includes Older Adults, Jobs, and Women At-Risk. Domestically, Rafi oversees the Foundation’s Jewish community services initiatives.

Rafi joined the Foundation in January 2016, after serving as the Vice President of Jewish & Israel Initiatives for the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds for five years. He has more than 25 years of community relations and community development experience working on behalf of the Jewish community, covering four continents and dozens of Jewish communities. Rafi was stationed in the Former Soviet Union, Israel, and Eastern Europe for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and he previously worked at the Baltimore Jewish Council as Deputy Director, at the Jewish Federations of North America as Director of Education and Training, and at Birthright Israel.

Stephan Kline

Associate Vice President for Public Policy and Interim Director of the Washington Office

The Jewish Federations of North America

Stephan Kline is The Jewish Federations of North America’s Associate Vice President for Public Policy and Interim Director of the Washington Office. Previously he was JFNA’s Senior Director of Government Affairs where he worked to provide service to Jewish Federations and expand their capacity to access health and human services funding and as Legislative Director, supervising the Federations’ advocacy related to health and long-term care, not-for-profit tax, housing, budget and appropriations, and family issues. Stephan received the Association of Jewish Community Government Affairs Directors Distinguished Service Award and authored a publication, “The Continuum of Care in the 21st Century -- Helping Federations Meet the Needs of our Jewish Elderly.”

Reuben D. Rotman

President & CEO

Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies

Reuben serves as the founding President and CEO of the recently established Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies. The Network is an international membership association, which seeks to be the leading voice for the Jewish human service sector; the go-to place for best practices, research, innovation, training and partnerships. With a focus on the needs of its 140 member organizations, the Network’s over-arching goal is to strengthen its member agencies so they can better serve those who seek their help.

Reuben’s commitment to the field of Jewish communal service has been unwavering and has included professional leadership experiences in Federations and Jewish Family Service organizations in New Jersey, Detroit and New York, as well as service as a board member of J-Pro New Jersey and the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies.