From the Desk of Moshe Kruger
Another week has passed under the exponential and terrifying growth of the coronavirus.
Through better preparation, some say, it didn’t have to be this way as needs escalate dramatically in many communities. Our hearts go out to the increasing number of individuals and families who are dealing with economic hardship, illness, and devastating loss of loved ones.
The Covid-19 pandemic has put a major kibosh on many planned events. In my case, instead of enjoying getting to know you and learning about your families and Jewish life in South Bend and Benton Harbor in a more relaxed and informal setting, I’m sheltering and working from home like most Americans.
These are not normal times but the important work of the Federation continues here on our home front. I can report Jewish Family Services (JFS) has mounted an aggressive campaign to speak with all current and former clients. In addition, JFS is flexing with the need to identify others in the community who might be in need of help.
Thankfully, the JFS case load is manageable at this time but we should not let this fact lull us into complacency as we are nowhere near the top of the transmission curve in Michiana. Demand for JFS services will increase. We are all vulnerable to this disease. The virus does not discriminate who it infects. In time of need, JFS is here to help, providing social and financial support in our community.
So let me be clear, the Federation’s clarion call is plain ─ to those we have served in the past and to those who may be in need of help for the first time ─
We are here ─
If you or anyone you know needs help at this time or in the months ahead, please contact Rowan Kelley, Director of JFS at
or at 574-309-1213 to learn more about our
free and confidential
assistance and referral programs.
The Federation was built for moments like this. Your support now for our JFS Passover Appeal sustains and strengthens our Jewish lifeline to all community members in ways large and small. We welcome all donations, at any level. If you can help now it will make a difference to lift up our Jewish Community. Already we have been able to hold to the centuries old custom to provide matzoh and other items for the observance of Pesach for those in need. JFS will safely deliver Maot Chittim to over 40 households. We could not do this without your support.