Crisis fund increases but needs still growing

The Portland Jewish community’s COVID-19 Crisis Campaign has raised more than $800,000. Last week an anonymous donor made a matching challenge grant of $50,000 to grow the fund. 

“Our initial goal was to raise $750,000 to get our community through June 30,” says Marc Blattner, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, which created the fund with support from the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and individual donors. “We now recognize operational funding challenges will continue through the summer months. Please help us maximize this challenge grant by making your gift ( and enable us to raise over $900,000.” 
Contributions are being put to important use. To date, the COVID-19 crisis campaign grants committee has granted $603,500 in funds to 32 different Jewish organizations in our community, with new grant requests arriving daily. 
On April 30, $156,076 was allocated to 12 organizations 
(some had previously received funding). Grants were awarded to the following:
• As the Spirit Moves Us (Portland’s Unshul) received $1,800 for loss of revenue.
• Cedar Sinai Park received an additional $33,333 to buy personal protection equipment for medical personnel and residents.
• Chabad of Northeast Portland received $3,000 for payroll support, rent support and loss of revenue.
• Chabad at Reed College received $2,500 for payroll support and loss of revenue.
• Chabad of S. Oregon received $3,600 for payroll support and loss of revenue.
• Congregation Ahavath Achim received $3,600 for payroll support.
• Congregation Kesser Israel received $10,000 for payroll support, loss of revenue and cemetery maintenance.
• Congregation P’nai Or received $1,500 for loss of revenue.
• Congregation Shaarie Torah received $15,000 for loss of rental income from a preschool tenant.
• Greater Portland Hillel received $10,000 for payroll support, rent support and loss of program funding.
• Jewish Family and Child Service received an additional $66,743 for emergency financial assistance and mental health support.
• Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education received $5,000 for payroll support.
On May 7 the grants committee allocated $83,600 to five organizations (one had previously received funding):
 • Alberta Shul received $1,800 for loss of revenue.
• B’nai B’rith Camp received an additional $25,000 for loss of rental revenue.
• Chabad of Eugene received $1,800 for payroll and rent support.
• Mittleman Jewish Community Center received $50,000 for payroll support, enhanced cleaning and building modifications.
• NCSY received $5,000 for loss of revenue.


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