Help for the 20K Jewish communal professionals laid off during pandemic


That’s how Melissa Engelberg felt after being laid off in April due to COVID-19 cutbacks.

“I was shocked, I was sad and I was worried,” said Engelberg, who lost her job as director of grants and programs at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. “I understood the reason — the times are just so unprecedented — but this was my dream job and I had never lost a job before.”

Engelberg let colleagues and friends know she was seeking a new position. Soon afterward, two people alerted her to Rise, a new initiative from Jewish Federations and JPRO Network, to help the roughly 20,000 Jewish community professionals who have been furloughed or laid off due to pandemic-related cutbacks.

So far, Rise has provided hundreds of professionals around North America with career support and resilience building. The online program’s career component is open to any professional – Jewish and non-Jewish – who worked in the Jewish communal sector until COVID-19 struck. Read more.


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