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Three Jewish groups get funding boost to help community’s Covid recovery

Genesis Philanthropy Group announced three new partners for its UK portfolio, as the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, Maccabi GB and UJIA.

Israel tour group at the Kotel before the pandemic (Credit: UJIA)
Israel tour group at the Kotel before the pandemic (Credit: UJIA)

Three Jewish groups will receive a funding boost to help support the community’s recovery from Covid-19.

Genesis Philanthropy Group announced new partners for its UK portfolio, as the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), Maccabi GB and UJIA.

Writing in Jewish News, its CEO Marina Yudborovsky said the organisation had “extended our funding remit over the course of the pandemic to address a number of urgent and emerging needs”.

During the course of the pandemic, it has backed the JLC’s emergency Covid fund and co-founded the Free School meals programme with PaJeS.

Yudborovsky reflected on GPG’s support for the three new partners over the last 12 months, which has included supporting JPR’s preparation for the 2021 census, backing Maccabi GB’s Yellow candle campaign for Yom HaShoah, and UJIA’s work with Reshet to expand youth provision and engagement.

She said: “GPG has made a long-term commitment to the UK Jewish community and this will mean supporting organisations while they start to decipher what the “new normal” looks like in practice.”

However, rebuilding community life to its pre-Covid structure is not what we are aiming for. We want to go further. With all the current challenges in mind, now is the time to plan for a resurgence to ensure that we build on the lessons learned from this uniquely difficult year.”

GPG helps Jewish community organisations, including the JLC and PaJeS, cultural organisations such as JW3 and JLGB, as well as the National Holocaust Centre and Museum, PJ Library and Moishe House.

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