AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE (AJC) is providing $150,000 in support of efforts to aid victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support medical teams.
“As the pandemic spreads, straining precious medical resources, assisting those on the frontlines of care and research is imperative,” said AJC CEO David Harris. “To save a life, a core Jewish value, is critically important in this time of a global health crisis. Each of us must do whatever we can. I only wish we could do more.”
The recipients of the AJC donations include:
• Health Research, Inc., affiliated with the New York State Department of Health, to support the state’s Covid-19 response and help purchase life-saving equipment.
• Elmhurst Hospital, in Queens, for purchasing life-saving equipment. The hospital, which serves a diverse population, has become an epicenter of the deadly impact of the disease.
• MIGAL Galilee Research Institute, located in Kiryat Shemona, Israel, which is working to develop medical responses for Covid-19.
• The government of Italy, through a special campaign, #ItalyStayStrong, set up by its embassy in Washington, D.C. Italy has had the highest number of fatalities from Covid-19 of any country in the world. AJC has long had a representative in Rome.
• The Jewish community of Italy — with which AJC has close relations — to provide humanitarian relief for a population hard-hit by the pandemic.
The support is made possible by AJC’s Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Humanitarian Fund and Stephne and Kerrin Behrend.