The Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana stands in solidarity with our neighbors in the African-American community and people of conscience everywhere in expressing our anger and sorrow at the senseless murder of a black man, George Floyd, by four Minneapolis police officers. This is just one more example of the racial bias and injustice that has permeated our country for generations
Our Jewish traditions and values compel us to stand up for the rights of all people without prejudice or bias. If we do not speak out, if we do not take action, we are part of the problem.
Now is the time for action!
Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC)
Chairs: Rosalie and Don Levinson
Federation's Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) promotes racial and religious understanding and endeavors to eliminate anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry through advocacy and educational programming.
THEN... To tie together our Shabbat-in-a-Box experience, the rabbis of each of our six Northwest Indiana congregations will share a short, inspirational message in a Friday afternoon pre-Shabbat Zoom gathering, May 22 at 5:15pm.
Thank you to all those who stood with us and gave what you could in this time of unprecedented need. Through your generosity, we raised over $10,420 on #GivingTuesdayNow.
These funds will allow the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana to continue providing crucial support to the most vulnerable in our community during this crisis:
THANK YOU TO: Anonymous (4) • Barbara Bard • Sharon Bartel • Renee Berkowitz • Ellamarie Boersma • Richard & Lynn Braman • Bill & Joann Braman • Sherry Conway • Carol Culberg • John & Judy Doherty • Sean Egan • Helene Elias • Barbara Fierer • Sam & Adriana Front • Becca Galante • David & Jennifer Garfin • Jay & Frances Gerson • Larry & Sharon Gill • Joel Gorelick • George & Dana Graves • Iris Greenbaum • Tiby Greenberger • David & Nancy Gross • Terry & Kim Harman • Jeffrey & Marilyn Hirsch • Mark & Judy Jacobi • Jean Jacobson • Debbie Kaplan • David & Kim Katona • David & Mardi Katz • Rick & Judy Katz • Doris Kennedy • Rabbi Mitchell & Penny Kornspan • Alan & Ro Lahn • Barry & Lynda Levin • Don & Rosalie Levinson • Jack & Andrea Lieser • Richard & Kimberly Marks • Carmen McKee • Elyse Miller • Carrie Morris • Bill & Leslie Nelson • Jeff & Erin Nowakowski • David & Aida Nozick • Michael & Monica Osipoff • Holly Ptacek & Daun DePaul-Ptacek • Jennifer Rodriguez • Dean and Wendy Roman • William Ronald • Bernard & Kay Rosen • Rachel Saller • Sonny & Bobbye Schatz • Mitchell & Laurie Serber • Service League Of Northwest Indiana • Andy & Lisa Sharmat • Sandi Sherman • Mark & Sandy Sperling • Jim & Elaine Spicer • Mona Stern • Lou & Randi Stricker • Joel & Adina Sutlin • Lonna Temkin • Eyal & Liraz Tenenbaume • Larry Tolchinsky • Warren & Anita Ugent • Alan & Debby Walker • Don & Nancy Webster • Miriam Webster • Ruth Weinberg • Barry Weiss • Julie Wodarski • Aaron & Erica Yakovetz • Jennifer Yalowitz
Your remarkable response has truly made today a #ThankYouWednesday. Together, we can continue to meet whatever challenges come our way. Together, we can overcome any crisis – even this one – no matter the physical distance.
It's never too late!
Missed us yesterday? Gifts made after May 5 can still be counted toward our #GivingTuesdayNow final totals. Just note "Giving Tuesday Now" in the donation memo. If you are able to give, please click below to donate online, or call the office anytime during business hours to make a credit card donation by phone.
And for those who are struggling: how can we help you? Whatever your circumstances, we are here for you. Please call the Federation office at (219) 301-0960 for any additional assistance we can offer you during this time.
In this time of uncertainty, there's a fundamental truth that gives us hope: that together we can do extraordinary things. Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back and heal. Whether through donations to community organizations, celebrating doctors and nurses at shift changes, or reaching out to a neighbor to help with groceries, generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic. Together.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled #GivingTuesday on December 1, 2020 – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.
On May 5, the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana will be participating in #GivingTuesdayNow. Our Federation is answering the call to assist our most vulnerable community members and help bring our Jewish community together. We have expanded our roster of support services during this time:
As we all know, the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is already becoming a public health crisis in many parts of the United States. One important component of slowing the rate of transmission is “social distancing”: avoiding close contact with other people, even before COVID-19 is known to be spreading in our community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick, which includes ALL people over the age of 60. The CDC recommends that older adults stay home as much as possible in the coming weeks to reduce their risk of being exposed to COVID-19.
Out of concern for the health and safety of our senior population, we are cancelling all AFC on-site lunches and programs at least through March 31, 2020. The Brunch & Play outing for March 18 will be postponed to July.
At the same time, we know that times of isolation and sickness are exactly when our seniors need social and nutritional support the most. Thus, the Adult Friendship Club will offer home meal delivery only to all AFC members, Mondays and Wednesdays from March 16 through March 30.
Mon 3/16: Choice of turkey OR salami sandwich, coleslaw, chips, pickles, cookies
Wed 3/18: Beef chili, cornbread, cookies
Mon 3/23: Chicken casserole with rice & vegetables, brownies
Wed 3/25: Spaghetti & meatballs, salad, garlic bread, cake
Mon 3/30: Chicken stir-fry with rice & vegetables, cookies
Please call the office by 10am on Monday 3/16 to place your orders for delivery. You may also leave a voicemail for Rachel over the weekend. Deliveries will be made between 12-2pm each day. The cost will be $8 per delivered meal. No money will be collected at time of delivery. We will track your orders and you may bring a check or cash once AFC resumes regularly scheduled meetings.
At this time, we have no information regarding the AFC Passover Seder scheduled for Wednesday, April 1. It remains to be seen how we will proceed for April and May. Plans will be announced as they unfold, based on the developing situation.
We are here for you during this time of confusion and uncertainty. Please call the Federation office for any additional assistance we can offer you during this time. If you know someone who is immune-compromised or another senior who may need resources, please let us know how we can help.
We wish continued good health and good spirits to every one of you and our surrounding community.
At present, all activities are continuing normally at the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana. We do ask that everyone entering our building follow the CDC-recommended protocols we have put into place:
In addition, please be aware that the CDC is encouraging people over the age of 60 — as well as anyone with a severe chronic medical condition such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes — to "stay at home as much as possible" to reduce their higher risk of contracting COVID-19. We want to ensure that people do not put themselves or others in harm’s way and ask that you follow the CDC Guidelines.
We will continue to keep you informed as information becomes available.