Resources for Partner Organizations

*Updated Wednesday, July 8

A Time to Mourn: Grieving Together in the Time of COVID-19 
Join together on July 9, 12:00–12:15 p.m., with the Greater Boston Jewish community to pause and reflect as we mourn all those lost during the COVID-19 pandemic thus far. Our 15 minutes together will include personal reflections, ritual and the dedication of a new community memorial.

Conversation with Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards 
On Thursday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council) is hosting a conversation on police reform, racial justice, and more, featuring Lydia Edwards, Boston City Councilor. Please register

Summer is ON! Through the soon-to-be-launched initiative Bost(ON)Summer, CJP, JCC Greater Boston, and are partnering to put the fun back into summer. Dozens of organizations throughout the Jewish community are creating unique events for families with kids in grades K-12 and we are bringing them all to you in one place on From virtual programs to socially-distanced, in-person activities to summer-in-a-box toolkits, we’ll be updating options throughout the summer. You can add your events and blog posts to like you normally would, and the site editors will add your content to the Bost(ON)Summer page. If you have questions about adding content to the site, contact  

Resources from Nutter 
Nutter regularly releases guidance on business practices related to the COVID-19 crisis. You can find their latest notifications on their website.  

Resources from Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) A portal is open, through JFNA, for virtual community and informative resources. Please spread the word to your synagogue, school and other partners. 

Resources from the Bridgespan Group 
The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit organization in Boston that provides management consulting to nonprofits and philanthropists, maintains a number of resources on their webpage to help organizations manage issues that have developed due to COVID-19. We encourage you to take a look at the site and utilize the resources provided.  

Reopening of Massachusetts Phase 2 
The state of Massachusetts is now on Phase 2 of its reopening plans. What does that mean for you? You can view Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement, and we expect to have another announcement by the end of the week. We know that there will be added costs, bumps in the road, anxiety, hours of staff retraining, and forms and rules

The guidelines for child care facilities and day camps have been posted. They require ‘providers to create detailed reopening plans that must be approved by the Department of Early Education and Care.  

Small Business Administration Loan Program  
The Small Business Administration announced that its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grant and loan program is open. This program offers long-term, low interest loans that can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.  

Massachusetts Issues Guidance for Houses of Worship 
On Monday, May 18, Governor Baker and his administration released guidance for Phase 2 of reopening Massachusetts, which addresses houses of worship. Specific details for houses of worship, along with resources and checklists, can be found here. Additional details are on the Reopening Massachusetts webpage and CJP’s Communal Security Initiative page. There are also Reentry Resources on this webpage. 

Federal Paycheck Protection Program Funding Update
The Federal Government is issuing new guidance and rules regarding Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans. Below are resources, updates, and other resources to help you manage your PPP loan. 

Nonprofit Governance Bylaws and COVID-19 
Massachusetts has issued new guidance to help nonprofit organizations manage their boards of directors and governance processes during COVID-19. Among other guidelines that provide flexibility, new legislation allows boards to meet virtually, even if an organization’s bylaws require in-person meetings. The new provisions will be in place until 60 days after Governor Baker ends the State of Emergency in Massachusetts. More information can be found here

Grants for Synagogues

CJP Communal Security Infrastructure Grants for Synagogues
The CJP Communal Security Initiative is sending Reopening Care Kits to all the synagogues, schools, and Chabads in the CJP catchment area. CJP is not advocating for reopening anytime soon, and are just providing some information and tools to raise awareness, provide support, and help when each organization does decide to reopen.   

Each Reopening Care Kit includes: 

  • A touchless wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispenser to mount by entryways 
  • Four gallons of hand sanitizer refill solution 
  • A “Welcome” poster and three other posters with reminders about social distancing and hygiene containing CDC guidelines   

The free Reopening Care Kit is a $250 value.  Please look for an email next week containing details to sign-up for a late July delivery of the Reopening Care Kit.    

In addition, the Communal Security Initiative has offered a reimbursable $5,000 physical security infrastructure grant to synagogues and Chabads, and a $10,000 grant to Jewish day schools. Please email CJP Communal Security Initiative with any questions. 

Virtual Development Convenings

Hosted by Jennifer Weinstock,
Senior Vice President of Philanthropy at CJP

Monday, July 20, August 10, August 31 | 3:00–4:00 p.m. 

Join Zoom Meeting

After attending Jennifer Weinstock’s development webinar in March, many people requested follow-up opportunities for open conversations about fundraising issues that are arising during this time. Please join Jennifer on these open Zoom video calls to ask questions and discuss how we are fundraising during these unpredictable and challenging times. 


18 Doors is offering two upcoming webinars for professionals: 

Unpacking Bias: Best Principles for Jewish Organizations
Wednesdays, July 8 at 8:00 p.m., and July 15 at 1:00 p.m. 
Join Tema Smith and begin to unpack biases so that you can look at your work of engaging interfaith families with fresh eyes. 

Working with Interfaith Families: Best Principles for Jewish Organizations
Tuesday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m. 
Learn the basic principles of being truly welcoming to interfaith families. 18 Doors will cover everything from your website to your ritual committee, and you will leave with some best principles to get you started on the work of making sure your organization is fully embracing interfaith families.

The NonProfitTimes and Chazin & Company are offering a free webinar about Financial Strategies for Nonprofits Opening, Pausing and Reopening during COVID-19. On Thursday, July 16th - 2:00pm (ET), A panel discussion among nationally-known CFOs will explore the financial ramifications for nonprofits of the start and stop U.S. economy. What happened to the financial axioms that were to protect organizations should a crisis like this occur? Panelists will discuss what is happening throughout their organizational systems and plans for the future. Register Here 

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Massachusetts Chapter (AFP) is offering new webinars in the upcoming weeks, including Fundraising Fundamentals and Massachusetts Perspectives on Philanthropy. You can get more information and register.

CJP Staff Contact Information and Focus Areas

Engagement Organizations and Overall questions: Beth Tauro,

Basic needs, social services, and support for the vulnerable:
Amanda Hadad,

Day schools: Ariella Hellman,

Early Childhood: Jodi Jarvis, 

SynagoguesZachary Kogen,

Other services: Dara Freedman-Weiss,

Financial assistance:
If you or someone you know in our community needs financial assistance during these difficult days, please visit the CJP Warmline or call the Warmline at 1-800-CJP-9500. 

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