Federation helping families of covid-19 victims overseas
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Federation helping families of covid-19 victims overseas

As the pandemic spread, JDC, with support from MetroWest, was able to provide uninterrupted care to poor Jewish elderly in places like Moldavo, where this aid is being distributed.
As the pandemic spread, JDC, with support from MetroWest, was able to provide uninterrupted care to poor Jewish elderly in places like Moldavo, where this aid is being distributed.

The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest in Whippany has been active helping people in need during the pandemic. To date, its emergency response team has allocated more than $2.7 million locally through the annual campaign. The federation has not come to the aid only of its local community; instead, it has allocated more than $220,000 in emergency support for covid-19 relief to its overseas partners.

The federation’s president, David Saginaw, said “There are more than 30 agencies that we allocate funds to. So one philanthropic gift to Federation can touch tens of thousands of people all over the globe.”

As an example of its commitment to support communities not just in Greater MetroWest but in Israel and around the world, the federation recently approved a grant for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a leading Jewish humanitarian organization working in 70 countries. The one-time emergency grant of $5,300 went to support the families of two homecare workers in Russia and Belarus who died from the coronavirus. They were frontline staff helping elderly patients amidst the pandemic, and their work had been funded by Greater MetroWest. For this reason, the grant not only serves to help the victims’ families, but it also expresses the federation’s gratitude to people who assist Greater MetroWest in helping others who are in need.

Dov Ben-Shimon, executive vice president/CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, said, “In the middle of this pandemic, even now, we’re still connected together. We’re responsible for each other. We believe in a shared destiny and a sense of mutual commitment.”

For more information, go to www.jfedgmw.org.

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