Beginning in mid-March, the Portland Jewish community raised $900,000 with the Greater Portland Jewish Community COVID Emergency Fund, a joint project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation.
By early June, the fund had provided $800,000 to 41 Jewish organizations across the state of Oregon and Southwest Washington. The remaining $100,000 was reserved until fall to see how the crisis evolved and where funds would be needed.
The COVID-19 Steering Committee met on Oct. 28 and made 11 grants totaling $83,253 to the following organizations:
• B’nai B’rith Camp – $16,000 for loss of revenue
• Camp Solomon Schechter – $8,400 for additional nursing costs in summer 2021
• Cedar Sinai Park – $30,000 for staff testing and personal protection equipment
• Chabad of Hillsboro – $1,000 for outdoor canopies and tables
• Havurah Shir Hadash (Ashland) – $3,600 for loss of revenue
• Maayan Torah Day School – $3,600 for loss of revenue
• Mittleman Jewish Community Center – $8,100 for personal protection equipment, Chromebooks and technology costs
• Oregon Hillel – $1,953 for personal protection equipment and cleaning supplies
• Portland Jewish Academy – $6,000 to assist with the purchase of a large outdoor canopy tent
• Temple Beth Tikvah (Bend) – $1,000 for technology upgrades
• Temple Emek Shalom (Ashland) – $3,600 for personal protection equipment and cleaning supplies.
About $17,000 is left in the fund. Another round of grants will be made in November.