With your vital support, the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign supports the vulnerable as well as nurtures the seeds for a vibrant future for our Jewish community year in and year out. But this year is different. This year there’s COVID-19. 


Federation stepped up. Since its founding in 1896, Federation has done this work. We organized a community-wide COVID-19 Relief Fund, led by longtime Jewish community volunteers Suzette Fisher and Sherri Symson. The fund is focused on improving the lives of those in our community whose financial stability or mental health have been harmed by the pandemic. This fund is coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, and run as a collaboration between the Federation, The Jewish Home of Cincinnati, The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, and community members. 


Through September 2021, more than $1.6 million in grants has been distributed to help our agencies, organizations and community members of all ages with funding to support basic needs, safe delivery of programs and services, and mental health needs. 

Four Areas of Pandemic-Related Need

Basic needs (i.e. food, shelter, transportation, job loss, and essential living expenses), are being funded by private donors.

The area of mental health (i.e. support to address the effects of social isolation and financial stress, especially on older adults, youth, and vulnerable populations), is also being funded by private donors. 

The safe delivery of programs and services is funded by The Jewish Foundation and the Jewish Federation.

Services specific to seniors, including addressing the effects of social isolation through technology and tech support, food insecurity, and emergency financial assistance, is funded by The Jewish Home. 

Who Is at Immediate Risk?

5,300 households
in our community live paycheck to paycheck

2,300 households
reported “just getting along” “nearly poor” or “poor”

Over 1,900
unemployed adults in Jewish households

Contact Us 

Jan Evans
Director of Strategic Impact
513-985-1528  |  jevans@jfedcin.org