More than $428,500 Distributed in Emergency Grants for Critical Human Needs

Through our COVID-19 Maimonides Response Fund,  you  have the power to help people in our community with housing, food, assistance with mental health issues, and other critical human needs.


Grants to date have been made to our synagogues, Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven, to the Towers at Tower Lane, to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, to Ezra Academy and Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy, and to Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement (JCARR). 


Social services

Since the pandemic, Jewish Family Service added 197 sessions, many of which serviced isolated seniors and those with disabilities. More than 763 hours of case management were provided to more than 250 individuals, and the pantry has served 500 families.





Food for seniors living at The Towers at Towers Lane

For 198 seniors residing at The Towers, three healthy nutritious meals delivered daily has been a lifeline. It helped them social-distance in their apartments and ultimately saved lives. Less exposure, less risk, and transmission have kept everyone safe.




Personal Protective Equipment

Seniors residents at The Towers and children at Ezra Academy and at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy are safer when there are enough masks, gowns, gloves, for all staff.




For Families and Individuals in Need

People who lost their job in the pandemic were in need of rent assistance, food, utilities, and other expenses related to job loss. Funds were channeled through community synagogues and rabbis, the Jewish Federation, and JCARR.




iPads for Seniors

iPads were purchased so that seniors residing at The Towers at Tower Lane can more easily participate in family virtual meetings and telehealth appointments.

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