Park Synagogue Donates $60,000 to Combat COVID-19 Crisis

Cleveland - A Northeast Ohio religious institution doing all it can to help those in need amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Park Synagogue held a virtual event, "The Park Telethon: 10 Hours of Making a Difference" on Sunday, April 19th to support health care workers and provide food staples for people in need during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Park’s Senior Rabbi Joshua Skoff said, “We had announced beforehand the funds raised from the Telethon would be multi-purpose. One part would go towards PPE and provide protection for those who are protecting our most vulnerable. The second part would be helping the Foodbank and others who can no longer rely on typical donations to provide food for those who are in need.” Park congregants and guests presented on different topics throughout the day virtually on Zoom. Topics ranged from sharing updates about the present and future of COVID-19 to exercise classes, cooking demonstrations and magic, as well as the importance of wearing masks and helping parents deal with the anxieties their children may be facing. In total, Park raised $60,000 from 346 donors. 

With many local non-profits spending exorbitant amounts for unexpected costs, Park decided to distribute the donations to several local organizations: 

  • Greater Cleveland Foodbank 
  • Koinonia Homes, Inc. 
  • Menorah Park 
  • Montefiore 
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America, Buckeye Chapter 

Park’s President Susan Ratner said, “We are all in this together, and we wanted to do something to give back to our community during this challenging time. It is our hope that these gifts will make a difference in helping take care of our most vulnerable community members.” 

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