Weinberg Foundation awards emergency grants for Israel

Anthony Weiss

(JTA) — One of the largest Jewish foundations in the United States awarded$700,000 in emergency grants to Israeli nonprofits to assist in their response to the recent conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

The Baltimore-based Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation, which controls some $2 billion in assets, announced on Tuesday the grants  to a number of nonprofit organizations based in both the U.S. and Israel.

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Most of the grants are aimed at assisting disadvantaged individuals — such as the elderly, disabled and mentally ill — and their families by mitigating the disruptive effects of persistent rocket fire from Gaza, as well as direct assistance to those who are vulnerable from the attacks.

The grants include $40,000 for portable “convenience kits” to allow disabled and elderly individuals to relieve themselves during long stints in shelters; two separate grants of $50,000 for mobile or portable bomb shelters for buildings and areas that do not currently offer shelter; and $25,000 for home visits to families of autistic children who are regressing due to the interruption of their routines by rocket fire.

The Weinberg Foundation, established in 1990, devotes one quarter of its total grants to Jewish causes.

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