News

May 20, 2020

Federation Supports Seven Acres Nurses and Staff with Gift Cards

While Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services always celebrates Nurses Appreciation Week, this year was different. Due to COVID-19, the essential staff of this Federation-partner agency had to change the way they worked while maintaining quality care. Appreciating these front-line workers became even more necessary and meaningful and Seven Acres expanded Nurses’ Appreciation to include all of its essential staff. The Federation contributed providing gift cards, and another Seven Acres supporter provided a second gift card.

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May 14, 2020

Pandemic Response Plan

As the Federation learned of the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic internationally, it began to focus on a community response through the Jewish Action and Response Network (JRAN). Dr. Ed Septimus, an infectious disease physician for Memorial Hermann, created a template for an organizational pandemic response plan for his congregation, Beth Israel, and one for Shalom Austin.

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May 14, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program

The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a toll on people and businesses at the local, state, national, and international level. When the Stay Home, Work Safe order began in the Greater Houston area, it quickly became clear that our Jewish community organizations would feel the effects.

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May 8, 2020

It is the Moments that Matter

On a recent Sunday, Aerin Kalmans (pictured below with her mother Elyse), a 20-year-old college sophomore who is currently back home in Houston, picked up the phone on behalf of the Federation to call a 93-year-old man she had never met. She was calling just to check in. “How much time do you have?” he asked. “All the time in the world—literally,” she replied.

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May 8, 2020

Federations Tap Deep Experience and Networks to Respond to Unique Pandemic-era Needs

When the novel coronavirus began its relentless sweep through elder-care facilities in North America, Andrew Banoff, chairman of the Association of Jewish Aging Services, found himself pleading with medical suppliers and government agencies to sell the facilities enough personal protective equipment, or PPE, to protect their employees and residents.

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May 4, 2020

Jewish Teens Struggling in the Coronavirus Era, Jewish Groups Extend a Lifeline

Makayla Wigder, a high school senior from Houston, had been looking forward to the prom, graduation and one last summer with her friends before leaving for college. Then came the coronavirus pandemic. Now those plans appear highly unlikely to materialize.

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May 3, 2020

Mensch Out Supports Federation & Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Appeal

This May, the Jewish community is receiving an extra burst of support from the Mensch Out campaign. Three communications firms joined forces to create Mensch Out to help Jewish-owned and Jewish-run restaurants, retailers, and businesses which are struggling during the COVID-19 Stay Home, Work Safe order.

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April 28, 2020

Federation and Foundation Launch Joint Fundraising Appeal to Help Jewish Community Address COVID-19 Pandemic

To ensure Jewish life in Houston endures during this unprecedented time, the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and the Houston Jewish Community Foundation have partnered to launch a joint COVID-19 Emergency Appeal with an initial fundraising goal of $5 million.

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Announcements

COVID-19 Information

March 23, 2020

We are currently gathering information and community resources to share to this page. At this time, we have suspended Federation events and gatherings until the end of March. This action was taken in accordance with CDC guidelines.

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March 23, 2020

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