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AJ Acts

In these challenging times, many of us know the imperative and have the urge to find a way to help others. AJ Acts, AJ's Social Action Committee, has compiled a list that includes both some hyper-local worthy causes, as well as more global initiatives that could use your support in one way or another.

Initiatives Focused on Hunger Insecurity and Support for Frontline Workers in AJ’s Area:

We checked in with The Mitzvah Food Pantry at Beth Sholom. Stuart Warsetsky, who volunteers to oversee the operation there, let us know that their immediate needs are for money and back-up volunteers who can cover for some of regulars who may be more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19. They are specifically looking for volunteers under 60 — ideally a family unit who has been isolating together so they can effectively work together in close quarters. For more information and to volunteer, contact You can donate via credit card through Beth Sholom’s web site, and be sure to indicate in your note that it is for the Mitzvah Food Pantry

Laura Frank shared these resources. Laura does a lot of work around hunger insecurity in both her professional and volunteer life, and is a font of information on where we can put our energies.
 Here are some of the organizations that are helping pay local restaurants to provide meals to health care workers:

University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System Initiatives

  • If you are interested in supporting University of Pennsylvania Healthcare workers on the front lines during this crisis, you may make a donation to their Employee Assistance Fund.
  • Through the University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System, we can support neighbors in need who have been impacted socially and economically by COVID-19:
  • Some of the other ways to support Penn Medicine and its teams during this crisis are outlined here.

Initiatives That Are More Global

Marjorie Shribman and Judy Izes listened in on a Webinar that focused on how HIAS, Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger discussed the impact of the pandemic on the people they serve, and shared how we can help.
 Here is a link to the event that happened already, but on the right side of the web page are pertinent blog posts.

Some other worthy initiatives are listed on Repair the World’s website.

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