San Antonio Jewish community raises almost half a million dollars for crisis support

By Jill Jacobs-Aguirre

 

On March 25, the Jewish Federation of San Antonio launched the Community Crisis Campaign in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help the most vulnerable among our community with essential and critical assistance. The campaign kicked off with the Jewish Federation of San Antonio providing $180,000 from reserve funds.

On April 13, the Stanley & Linda Blend Family empowered the Community Crisis Campaign by offering a match of up to $150,000 for individual donations.  The generous match challenge ignited the community who stepped up to raise almost half a million dollars.

Federation convened a Crisis Allocations sub-committee co-chaired by Marc Shnall and Joe Patrick. On April 3, the committee distributed $95,000 to Jewish agencies and congregations. The first-round of allocations was given to mitigate the economic disruption of COVID-19 and stabilize Jewish organizations’ financial health. The funds provided operating support to maintain our Jewish organization’s workforce and key services.

Within weeks, the second-round allocations were distributed. $197,000 supported organizations that provide direct services to populations most vulnerable to or directly impacted by the medical and/or economic impacts of the pandemic.  These allocations are providing security, both financially and for the physical and mental health of Jewish individuals in our community.  Additional rounds of allocations will take place as the crisis continues.

AGENCIES WHO RECEIVED CRISIS FUNDING

Barshop Jewish Community Center

Camp Young Judaea

Chabad Center for Jewish Life & Learning

Congregation Agudas Achim

Congregation Rodfei Sholom

Hebrew Free Loan Association

Jewish Family Service

Ohr Lanu Foundation

San Antonio Jewish Senior Services

Shmuel Bass Torah Academy of San Antonio

Temple Beth-El

Temple Chai

URJ Greene Family Camp

While many people receiving services were already participants in ongoing Federation-supported programs, there are now many hundreds of individuals and families who are newly and suddenly in need of significant assistance from our Jewish community and the Community Crisis Campaign has been here to help.

The outcome of the Community Crisis Campaign demonstrates that we will always band together in the face of challenges. Even though we cannot physically be together, we can still step up to protect one another.

The Community Crisis Campaign remains open and contributions are still being accepted.  Please click here if you would like to participate: www.jfsatx.org/ways-to-give

Please contact Jill Jacobs-Aguirre, Senior Director of Development, if you have any questions at jacobsj@jfsatxorg.

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