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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 856.673.2554.
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.