Founded in 1985, the Jewish Assistance Fund provides immediate financial assistance, without expectation of repayment,
to Jewish people in western Pennsylvania who have limited resources and are in need of emergency support for food, clothing, housing, utilities,
transportation and medical necessities.
We respond quickly and confidentially
Assisting members of the Jewish community and their families experiencing financial challenges
by providing grants for
pressing financial needs, with NO repayment
Tell others about JAF's grants.
Word of mouth is powerful
You can refer family members, friends, colleagues, congregants,
patients, clients, neighbors, students, community members, etc who may be eligible
The Jewish Assistance Fund provides grants for necessities including:
This is a grant with no repayment
We respond to all inquiries and meet with eligible applicants weekly throughout the year
During these challenging times, in general, people can reapply every six months. Each person’s situation is unique. We encourage everyone to contact us.
Jewish individuals and families
Living in Western PA who need financial help in order to meet their basic needs for food, clothing, housing, utilities, transportation or medical necessities
Tell family members, friends, colleagues, congregants, patients, clients, neighbors, students, community members, etc. about the Jewish Assistance Fund
Encourage them to visit the JAF website or call 412.521.3237
We will contact them and privately and confidentially speak with them
You tell someone and they contact JAF and leave a message (phone or website)
We take it from there.
JAF appointment coordinator calls and talks with them.
Grantors meet with applicants weekly, throughout the year, by appointment.
An appointment is scheduled to meet with JAF Grantors.
Referral to other organizations.
After people contact us, we will call them. They will have the opportunity to discuss their situation privately and confidentially. If they are eligible, after an application by phone, JAF volunteers will review their application. Applications are reviewed weekly
"JAF is a story that so needs to be told. You have added quality and dignity to a senior's life and for that, we are all indeed appreciative. She feels special and doted upon. and this experience has indeed ignited her spirits. What a difference your kindness has made."
"The Jewish Assistance Fund is an invaluable resource in our community. They transform impossible circumstances to help people rise above unimaginable challenges. I have been honored to work closely with JAF during my tenure as Executive Director at the Aleph Institute, and I look forward to continuous connection and collaboration."
"I can't thank you enough for your help as I begin to get back on my feet due to your generosity!"
"We have had many situations in which clients have received eviction notices and utility stop notices. When they received a check from JAF they thanked us, and many in tears said they did not know what would have happened to them without our help."
"This is just a note to thank the Jewish Assistance fund for getting me my hearing aide. I will always remember your mitzvahs and I appreciate it so much."
"Words are difficult to find, but please accept our gratitude for your attentiveness, sensitivity and incredible generosity. With your help we are able to begin the dental work that is most desperately needed. Financial Assistance Recipient"
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your most generous grant. Although I am able to work part-time, my hours are limited due to my chronic illness. Therefore, your grant to me is most needed and most appreciated. "
"I just wanted to send a note thanking everyone at JAF for your kindness and understanding of my needs. The grant I received was used for medical bills and payoffs on past due debts. Thank you so much. I am so grateful that you are providing help for Jews in need."
Without repayment for pressing expenses
Living in more than 55 zip codes in Western PA touched by the easing of mounting expenses
Ensuring availability of confidential and accessible financial support