The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and our family of agencies are committed to providing essential resources to the entire community during this unprecedented time. This page will remain up-to-date with the latest links to programs and services that are here to help you cope during, and after, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


If you need help or want to help:

Email us at help@jfedsnj.org or call 856.673.2554

Volunteer: Shop and Drop

Shop for groceries for those in the community who are unable to get to a store and then drop those groceries at the client’s doorstep.

Sign up here

If you want to give to the COVID-19 Response Fund

The spread of the coronavirus is having significant implications on life here in South Jersey, across the country and around the globe. While it is still too early to determine what the long-term impact will be, we know that the most vulnerable communities will be hit hardest. In addition, we are looking at both short and long term needs for our Federation system, our Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family & Children Services, Jewish Day Schools along with all Jewish community institutions.

 

Federations were made for times like these. In crisis, we are the safety net and the support system that sustains Jewish communal life.

 

Please support our COVID-19 Response Fund. Every dollar granted, donated, or earned goes back into the community to address clear and present problems.

 

 

Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey
Coronavirus Update

Update for Saturday, March 14

Dear South Jersey Jewish Community,

As new information about this health crisis becomes available and its impact on our South Jersey Jewish community, we will keep you updated. This is the situation as of today, Saturday, March 14. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and its continued rapid progression through our country – and the world – has required our community to react and respond to new information and restrictions every day. While we adjust to these unprecedented restrictions on our daily lives, the safety of our community and staff is always at the forefront of everything we do. 

Starting Sunday, March 15, at 4:00 PM, the Jewish Federation and its family of agencies will shift its operations to best protect our staff and community: 

  • All facilities and buildings will be closed to the public for a minimum period of two (2) weeks. This includes the Jewish Federation offices, Aleph Adult Day Center, the Katz Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family & Children’s Service and its satellite offices, the Jewish Community Voice office, and the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc. office. 
  • All facilities and buildings will be open to staff only on Monday, March 16, between 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM to ensure we are prepared to meet our community’s needs remotely as we move to a work-from-home scenario. Monday will also include final laptop set-ups and trainings for remote working. 
  • All upcoming events for the next two weeks will be rescheduled for a later date or moved online. Check our social media channels and websites for the most up-to-date information on programs and services. 
  • All field-based and direct service professionals (including job coaches, home health aides and companions, and geriatric social workers) will continue in their respective roles at this time. 
  • As the Talmud teaches, “Kol Yisrael Aravim Zeh Bazeh,” (All Jews are responsible each for the other). All staff will be paid during this upcoming two-week facility closure as they work remotely. 


We are not closing Federation – a Federation is never closed. We are simply closing our buildings and facilities during this health crisis. 

These decisions were made with much care and thought – and reflect our mission of creating a vibrant Jewish community here in South Jersey. Some of our local synagogues and day schools have already made similarly difficult decisions to close for a period of time, restrict their operations, and/or work remotely as we face this public health threat. 

The resilience of the Jewish community can be seen time and again throughout the ages – and will be seen again through this current crisis. As a community, we have already:  

  • Convened a COVID-19 Response Team to meet daily to discuss changing needs. 
  • Convened a teleconference with synagogue and day school leadership for Thursday, March 19, to discuss next steps, exchange ideas and information, and assess specific needs and threats likely to arise in the weeks ahead. We will continue to host these virtual meetings on a regular basis as the situation evolves. 


A COVID-19 Response Fund has been established to enable our donors and community to help meet both individual and organizational needs. Even as we assess the medium- to long-range impact, we know these needs are already felt by our community organizations.

Our new dedicated webpage will provide the latest updates and resources. In addition to email, we will update this webpage with more information on operational changes, ways in which we are supporting the community, and opportunities to help.

The recommended practice of physical distancing is particularly challenging during these uncertain and chaotic times, when so many of us rely on our Jewish communities for comfort, care, and social connection. During these uncertain times, you can be certain that the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and its family of agencies is committed to its mission of caring for those in need, enhancing Jewish life, and ensuring the continuity of a vibrant Jewish community. While this may feel insurmountable, this is an opportunity to increase our social connections through new channels – this is our commitment to you. And while our programs and services may look a little different while we live with greater separation, the needs met will be the same.

During this time, we will continue to be in constant contact with our most vulnerable clients. If you or anyone you know is in need, please reach out to us at help@jfedsnj.org or call 856.673.2554. 

 

World News and Resources

During this time of great uncertainty for our community, knowledge is power. For the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic and information on how to protect yourself and your family, visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

World Health Organization

Additional information for community centers, schools, and other institutions is available on the JFNA Resource Page.

 

Tips to Protect Yourself

The CDC has advised everyone to take the following steps to protect themselves:

1. Clean your hands

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands


2. Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill
  • Practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings if COVID-19 is spreading in your community

 

Tips to Protect Others

The CDC recommends that we all take the following actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:


1. Stay home if you are sick

  • If you are not feeling well, stay home unless you need to seek medical care. Learn what to do when you are sick here.


2. Cover your coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow
  • Throw used tissues in the trash
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or apply hand sanitizer immediately after coughing or sneezing


3. Wear a facemask if you're sick

  • If you are sick, you should wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider's office
  • If you are NOT sick, you do NOT need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick


4. Clean and disinfect

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces everyday. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.