2020 has been the year of the pandemic – the most serious and urgent public health crisis in generations.


To help keep the people in our community safe, HFNJ worked with some current grantees, extending existing grants to enable them to understand the new landscape and convert HFNJ-funded work to meet the new reality.  We made a six-figure contribution to the Pooled Fund administered by the United Way of Greater Newark and sit on the Advisory Committee for the distribution of that funding.  In sum, HFNJ set aside almost all other concerns and has to date awarded the following Covid-19-related grants, which total approximately $3.5 million:

Covid-19 Emergency Grants:

 Awarded early on in the crisis, these grants of up to $50,000 each helped community agencies and institutions stock up on PPE, install plexiglass shields and the like, convert to virtual service, and distribute food to individuals and families suddenly in need.  A total of more than $1.1 million was awarded to the following agencies:

Bridges Outreach                                                             KinderSmile Foundation

The Bass Foundation                                                      Main Street Counseling

Center for Autism (N. Ward Ctr.)                               Millburn Rescue Squad

Children’s Aid & Family Services                                Morristown Medical Center

Children’s Specialized Hospital                                  New Community Corp.

Clara Maass Medical Center                                      Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Community Food Bank of NJ                                        Overlook Hospital

Community Health Law Project                                  Pillar Care Continuum

Community Hope                                                             Planned Parenthood Metro

Family Connections                                                         Planned Parenthood N, C, & S NJ

Family Service League                                                    St.  Barnabas Medical Ctr                                                        Ironbound Community Corp.                                         Table to Table

JCC of Central NJ                                                              Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Jewish Community Housing Corp.                             University Hospital

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest                       Youth Consultation Services

Jewish Service for the Dev. Disabled                        Zufall Health Centers

Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest

Grants to Hospitals to Prepare for the Next Wave: 

HFNJ awarded over $1.6 million in grants to the following hospitals to equip them with HEPA filter/air purifiers and otherwise prepare them for the next wave of Covid-19 cases and future contagious disease emergencies.  Grants went to the following: 

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Clara Maass Medical Center
Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Grants to Jewish Day Schools in Greater MetroWest NJ:

To enable schools to safely re-open in the fall of 2020 – in whole or in part – HFNJ awarded funding to the following:

Golda Och Academy
Gottesman RTW Academy
Joseph Kushner Academy and Rae Kushner High School

Additional Covid-19-Related Funding went to:

Family Service League
JFS Central NJ
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Summit Medical Group
Wynona’s House

This work continues.  HFNJ is intent on being responsive to community need and doing our part to keep everyone who lives in our catchment area as safe as we can.

Last modified: July 11, 2021