In times of uncertainty, the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City has always been a safe haven for people to turn to for guidance and comfort. We are committed to providing comprehensive, updated information about the COVID-19 outbreak and how it is affecting our community. We will update this page regularly as more information becomes available.

 

How You Can Help

The importance of a strong and vibrant Jewish community has never been more clear than it is today. Jewish Federation, in collaboration with partner agencies, our fellow funders, Menorah Heritage Foundation and Jewish Community Foundation, and all congregations, are proud to play a role in safeguarding the most vulnerable among us, and to help coordinate and communicate the efforts of our community partners.

 

We are all working together to understand the immediate and short-term needs of members of our community and the wider community most impacted by the situation surrounding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This may include emergency financial support for housing and utilities, medicine, food assistance/delivery, and social work/counseling services.

 

Meanwhile, we have created the Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund to support areas of greatest need, including supporting our partner agencies and the programs that provide critical community services.

 

100% of all contributions will directly support those impacted by the pandemic, and/or programs providing critical community services to the most vulnerable and at risk in our community.

Federation's Response to Coronavirus

 

First and foremost, know that Federation is here for you. Please, reach out to us if you, or someone you know, need support—be it food assistance, financial support, emotional support or virtual social support. 

 

As a staff, we are taking every precaution to keep ourselves safe so we can continue to effectively and efficiently serve our community during these uncertain times. To that end, Federation employees have begun working remotely until further notice.

 

We will continue our regularly scheduled meetings via video conference and on the phone with each other and with you. If you have a meeting scheduled with one of us, you will be receiving an individual invitation from us for that video chat or call. However, if you would like to reach any of us via email, please visit our staff page.

 

In addition, all upcoming Federation events have been cancelled or postponed. These are hard decisions, but first and foremost, we must protect the health and safety of our community members.

 

Notices From Our Community Partners

 

  • JFS - Jewish Family Services
  • The J - Jewish Community Center
  • Jewish Vocational Service
  • KC Rabbinical Association - Effective through March 31, Kansas City synagogues will:
    • Close any of all supplemental religious school programs that involve gathering together.
    • Cancel in-person daily minyan and all Shabbat services. Each congregation will determine how to provide alternative experiences.
    • All adult learning and social activities that involve face-to-face communal gathering will be cancelled.
  • Kosher Meals On Wheels - No social visits will be made, but meal deliveries will continue. Please contact Esther Friedman at 913 710 1900 with the information of those who need meal delivery.

 

Please visit our Virtual Community page for a list of online community gatherings and resources.

 

COVID-19 Information & Resources

Your Support Matters Now More Than Ever

The importance of a strong and vibrant Jewish community has never been more clear than it is today, during these uncertain times. Please consider donating to the Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund to support those in the greatest need, including supporting our partner agencies and the programs that provide critical community services. 100% of all contributions will directly support those impacted by the pandemic, and/or programs providing critical community services to the most vulnerable and at risk in our community.