By Rabbi Judy Schindler

We wash our hands for protection,

in preparation, in prayer …

for ourselves and our health,

for our families and those we love,

for the wellness of those providing

healthcare services and other essential

needs, for the world and its wellbeing.

God, source of life, grant a complete healing

(r’fuah shleimah) to all.


Jews have faced crises throughout history. Whenever faced with emergencies, Jews traditionally respond with prayer, action, and adaptability.  Today, we are faced with both a flood of emotions and a flood of requests for assistance from our local community.

As is the tradition, the Greater Charlotte Jewish community has responded to these needs with understanding, compassion, and financial support. But, as is also a tradition within the Jewish community, people need to participate. The escalation of COVID-19 calls for a coordinated response to meet the demands created by this unprecedented pandemic. And that coordinated response is the JewishCharlotte Emergency Response Fund.

The JewishCharlotte Emergency Response Fund will be guided by the Federation and fund individuals, families, and Jewish organizations affected by the pandemic. The assistance will allow organizations to preserve their workforces, and deliver critical services. 100% of every dollar raised will go directly to agencies to… Continue reading

Due to the constantly changing schedules of programming and events in our community, we have decided, in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, to cancel the April 2020 edition of The Charlotte Jewish News. The ever-evolving information on closings has made the current information irrelevant. For complete updated information on how each organization is handling its events, please use the link tab above and contact the agency itself.

There will be a May 2020 edition. Please stay safe and healthy.

From the Board and staff of The Charlotte Jewish News.