Dear friends,

As you will no doubt be aware, covid is raging in India, overwhelming the country’s health system.


This has heavily impacted our Jewish brothers and sisters, as it has everyone else.


We have been told that at least 15 members of Mumbai’s Jewish community have died, and many more are suffering.


What can you do?


Donate directly to the JDC  [American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee] which is one of the few Jewish organisations that currently have permission to receive foreign donations in India.


Through its operations in India the JDC is pursuing the following initiatives:

  • Logistical support for vaccinations – due to the lock-down it is difficult for some to get to a vaccination centre. JDC is making arrangements with local transportation companies to provide such services. (Some of the local young adults have also volunteered to accompany lonely elderly once current restrictions are lifted.)

  • Critically needed ventilators, made in Israel, will be delivered to three hospitals in Mumbai and Ahmedabad, and oxygen concentrators will be distributed to public health centres around Ahmedabad.

  • Health kits, filtered masks, and other medical supplies will be distributed in hard-hit villages to help more than 20,000 people.

  • A medical helpline for local women to get guidance from doctors — along with WhatsApp audio and video messages about COVID-19 prevention, treatment, and care options — will be deployed to areas with growing infection rates.

  • Local women entrepreneurs will be trained on best practices for COVID-19 prevention and use of oxygen concentrators to aid their communities.

  • American and Israeli doctors are being enlisted to support Indian ICU doctors and nurses as well as establish telemedicine services in rural locations.



To donate


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Thank you for helping at this extraordinary time.  As the Talmud states:

“he who saves a life is as if he has saved an entire world.”




Stephen Goodman

New Zealand Jewish Council 


Clive Lawton

Commonwealth Jewish Council


Garth Cohen

Auckland Hebrew Congregation


Richard Noar

Nelson Jewish Congregation


Vivienne Levy

Canterbury Hebrew Congregation


Olga Bernstein

Auckland Progressive Jewish Congregation


Sylvie Bolstad

Waikato Jewish Association


Jeremy Smith

Wellington Progressive Jewish Congregation


Marlene Levine

Wellington Jewish Community Centre

URGENT APPEAL – Help Mumbai’s Jewish Community

10 May 2021