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Addressing Urgent Pandemic Needs

COVID-19 Relief Tops $7 Million

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s board approved an additional $1 million in COVID-19 relief distributions on December 14, unlocking $600,000 in matching dollars for health and human services from Jewish Federations of North America. The $7,300,854 in total pandemic relief funds blew past the $7 million milestone and provided critical funds to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as cases skyrocket in Allegheny County and worldwide.

The latest round of distributions will address the most urgent needs in our Pittsburgh Jewish community and in Jewish communities around the world through seven of the Federation’s beneficiary agencies and overseas partners: Jewish Association on Aging, Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, Community Day School, Hillel Academy, Yeshiva Schools, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Based on the requests of these agencies, the board approved funds to address critical areas such as meal delivery for older adults, personal protective equipment and health screenings.

Jewish Federation’s pandemic relief distributions are made possible by the strength of the Federation’s Community Campaign, which has supported Jewish Pittsburgh for over 100 years. On Sunday, volunteer fundraisers further strengthened this year’s Campaign by raising over $211,000 at the Super Sunday phone-a-thon. This year’s event looked a little different, with volunteers making calls from their own homes, but that did not stop community members from answering the call to make their commitments to the Community Campaign.

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