UJIA Israel Chanukah Covid-19 Relief

The impact of Covid-19 has been felt far and wide, but amongst those hardest hit are individuals and families who entered the crisis without savings and/or in low-income jobs without job security. As a result, hourly earners and those who only get paid if they come to work are in a precarious situation.

In the town of Kiryat Bialik alone, there are 400 families impacted by low-income jobs such as cleaning and security. At any time, approximately 20 of these families are in quarantine, and without income they have little money to buy food let alone make other purchases for their children. Many of them don’t have internet access to order food online or the Hebrew language skills required to do so. UJIA together with the municipality are providing food packages of dry and fresh goods tailored to the needs of these families to ensure they have enough to eat while they are in quarantine. In addition, each family is receiving a set of three age-appropriate games for their children. Food is being packaged and delivered by volunteers.

Even as children in Israel return to school, those 10 and older are attending only part-time with some or all of their learning taking place online. This means children whose families can’t afford laptops are unable to participate or can only do so partially via their phones. Therefore, there is a critical need for laptops to help ensure that the damage of this lost year of learning is limited. UJIA together with the municipality and the Rashi Foundation are supporting the community of Tsfat (Safed), one of the poorest in the country, and in particular the Bnei Menashe immigrants from India.

Donate below to support these relief efforts and help feed an Israeli family or provide a laptop this Chanukah.