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. 


The short-term impact (< 3 months) is expected to be more than $700,000 across our largest community agencies. 

The medium-term impact (3-6 months) is expected to be approximately $2,000,000 across our largest community agencies.

Social Service Needs

  • Significant need for assistance for homebound older adults and Holocaust Survivors unable to access food, socialization, and other care.
  • Anticipated increase in demand for career counseling to serve the increased number of unemployed.
  • Expected significant rise in requests for mental health treatment.
  • Sharp rise in the need to provide families with food and financial assistance.
  • Providing online programming for our preschool and after-school enrichment programs, as well as our special needs population, seniors, adults, and teens.
  • Providing additional space for the local food bank to store donations.


Organizational Health 

  • All three agencies hope to be able to continue to pay employees at rates at or near their current levels, and to maintain critical health insurance. We expect that to change if the crisis extends beyond a few more weeks or months and key programs cannot occur.
  • Hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue due to cancelled programs, loss of rental income, and loss of grants and donations.
  • Expected significant rise in requests for mental health treatment.
  • Expense increases due to increased service demands.
  • Continuous cash flow challenges as the crisis continues.



100% of the funds raised will be distributed to meet our community's unprecedented needs.*

*An independent committee of community leaders has been tasked with the fair and thoughtful distribution of funds to our community agencies.



we will strengthen our community during this most crucial time


 Or you can mail a donation to 

The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties

Attn: Emergency Campaign for Our Community 

775 Talamini Road 

Bridgewater, NJ 08807 


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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.