The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh made its final COVID-19 relief distribution on Dec. 14, providing a total of $121,000 to four Pittsburgh-area Jewish organizations. Since 2020, the Federation has provided a total of $9,750,450 to help preserve health and education in Pittsburgh and overseas during the pandemic.
Following the latest distribution, the Federation’s COVID Relief Committee disbanded.
“The pandemic is not over, and many people are still in emergency situations,” Jeffrey Finkelstein, the Federation’s president and CEO, said in a prepared statement. “The Federation will continue to support Jewish agencies that help those devastated by COVID. What the end of the COVID Relief Committee means is that the Federation has incorporated COVID-related projections into budgeting and fundraising goals. With COVID infections rising locally, need remains acute and so does our collective responsibility for community members.”
The final distributions will fund COVID testing for staff at Jewish Residential Services; a financial counselor for JFunds’ clients (the distribution was to Jewish Family and Community Services); COVID-related staffing and response at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh; and support for staff and testing at the Jewish Association on Aging.
Members of the COVID Relief Committee were: Meryl Ainsman (chair); David Burstin; Alan Himmel; Judi Kanal; Simone Karp; Dr. Matthew A. Keller; Jan Levinson; Marsha Marcus; Marcie Solomon; David Sufrin; and Woody Ostrow.
The $9,750,450 of the Federation’s COVID relief included $2.5 million from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick