OCEAN COUNTY – With the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic that is hitting our area hard, the Jewish Federation of Ocean County made donations to local hospitals and nonprofit organizations.
The four hospitals in Ocean County were given pizza in advance of Passover. Additionally, local synagogues are continuing this program by adopting hospitals for more “thank you” efforts after the holiday.
“On behalf of the entire Jewish community, we are so appreciative for all that our nurses, doctors, and health care workers are doing to keep us safe,” said Shelly Newman, Co-Chair of the Federation’s Board of Directors.
Furthermore, the Board of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County approved the following grants to organizations that serve the most vulnerable in the community.
The most local one is a $2,500 grant awarded to Fulfill, formerly known as the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Those who need food assistance at this time should contact a local foodbank: fulfillnj.org
“During crises, people tend to limit their scope and only think about what is going on in their backyard. Yet, the coronavirus does not discriminate, and elderly and vulnerable populations are especially hard hit around the world. The Jewish community embodies the maxim that each Jew is responsible for one another,” Friedman said.
Therefore, two grants of $2,500 grants each are being sent to two of the premier social service organizations in the Jewish world, who help poor and vulnerable Jews in Israel and elsewhere internationally: the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
“JFCS is the centerpiece of how the Jewish Federation provides help and support to those in need in our community,” said Newman.
Those who are current clients, as well as those who are dealing with anxiety or relationship challenges during this time of self-isolation and too-close-quarters, can schedule appointments via video-chat or phone. Caregiver and bereavement support groups are also meeting via ZOOM. To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact JFCS@ocjf.org or call 732-363-8010.
Through philanthropy, encouraging meaningful connections, and convening our community, the Jewish Federation committed to addressing critical needs and caring for the most vulnerable in our midst. We thank those members of the Jewish community who have helped make this possible. For more information, visit jewishoceancounty.org.