How Has the Jewish Community Been Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm. It has impacted everyone at all levels of society and this includes the Jewish community.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on everyone and this includes the Jewish community. This pandemic has spread all over the world and despite guidelines that have been issued to keep people safe, the virus continues to impact the most vulnerable people in society. This includes the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions, including children. This could prove particularly problematic for a Jewish community that has already been adversely impacted by the pandemic.

According to data that has been published by the National Insurance Institute, more than half of all chareidim are below the poverty line. It should come as no surprise that those who live in poverty are vulnerable to the virus. Furthermore, this study also shows that they do not see themselves as poor and do not behave in a manner that shows they are unable to meet their needs. This could be a huge problem as the virus continues to spread.

Clearly, based on this data alone, the economic situation of numerous members of the Jewish community is concerning. While, during normal times, not having access to resources might mean difficulty finding food, water, and shelter, this issue is amplified during times of crisis, such as the times that we are currently facing. This could also mean that these individuals are going to have trouble accessing appropriate healthcare.

In this manner, this includes resources such as PPE, hand sanitizer, and basic healthcare services. Those who are exposed to COVID-19 need to make sure they have access to testing. That way, anyone who tests positive can be isolated and the potential for community spread can be reduced. Unfortunately, for communities that live in difficult situations such as the Jewish communities mentioned above, there could be a severe lack of resources. This means that these communities are likely to be hit harder in this situation.

Sadly, there has not been enough media attention paid to this very real situation. That is why everyone else has to step up and help out communities in need. When Jewish communities need help, it is important to provide help through Jewish fundraising. When trying to find the right platform to run a fundraiser, it is important to lean on online platforms. Try to find a platform that provides multiple options for payment so that donors have an easier time donating. This will increase the number of donations that organizations receive. It is also important to use social media to get the word out. There are hundreds of millions of people who use social media on a daily basis, making this a powerful platform to reach as many people as possible.

While it is sad that there are so many Jewish people who continue to live in poverty, it is even worse that this is an issue that has arisen during the pandemic. Everyone has to stick together during these challenging times and help those in need. This is where a strong fundraising platform can be helpful for communities that are living in poverty.