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New initiative to provide emergency relief for Jews of Color during COVID-19

SAN FRANCISCO, California – The Jews of Color Initiative COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for Individuals is a new program created to assist Jews of Color in the U.S. who are most in need as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and economic fallout.

“Systemic racism is amplifying the impact of COVID-19 on Jews of Color and all People of Color in the U.S,” says Ilana Kaufman, executive director of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative. “We need to get funds into the hands of the most vulnerable, many of whom struggle daily to pay bills and put food on the table. We are committed to both inviting applications and disbursing funds in ways that are transparent and reflect a welcoming environment for Jews of Color.”

The initiative’s application requires minimal documentation and is open to People of Color in the Jewish community living in the U.S., including People of Color who self-identify as Jewish, People of Color who work or have worked for a Jewish communal organization, and People of Color affiliated with organizations in the Jewish community.

Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis as funds are available. Funding will be in the range of $250-$2500 and is for individuals facing hardship and an inability to obtain basic necessities as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. All funding must be used for rent or mortgage payment; transportation to work or medical appointments; utilities; groceries; medical bills; or burial expenses. 

For more information or an application, visit jewsofcolorinitiative.org/resources.

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