As the effects of COVID-19 race through the Jewish community, scores of individuals and families face a loss of income and support services, increasing mental healthcare needs, and an inability to navigate a new way of caring for themselves.
People in need in our community routinely turn to the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties, the Shimon & Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties as the first responders in critical situations. However, our efforts to "be there" are challenged by closures, human resource issues and falling donations - curbing our ability to deliver critical services to care for the increasing number in need.
*An independent committee of community leaders has been tasked with the fair and thoughtful distribution of funds to our community agencies.
The Jewish Federation of SHAW is the umbrella organization of the area's Jewish community, bringing together agencies, organizations, and communities to support and fulfill the needs of the Jewish people. The Federation raises funds to coordinate services, and helps support agencies that touch the lives of Jews in Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties.
JFS is a non-profit, non-sectarian social service agency whose mission is to preserve and strengthen the quality of individual, family and community life based on Jewish values. We provide our services to a diverse socio-economic client population that includes individuals, children, young adults, families and the elderly.
The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center will provide a wholesome, nondiscriminatory facility with a wide range of services and diverse programming. This Center is committed to preserving, enhancing and strengthening Jewish identity and fellowship and will work to enrich the Jewish community and community-at-large.