Looking for resources?

When you feel overwhelmed, uncertain about your options, or in need of support, Federation, JSSA, and our network of local human service organizations are committed to making it as easy as possible to access available support and assistance. With one call to 703-J-CARING (703-522-7464), residents of DC, MD, and Northern VA will reach a trained professional who will connect you with the right providers in our robust partner network, giving you access quickly to the services and support you need. 703-J-CARING is accessible Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and all calls are confidential. Everyone deserves care. Learn more and find support at 703-J-CARING.

Below, explore ways to connect with purpose during COVID-19, and a regularly growing list of community resources and opportunities to learn, connect, and engage Jewishly. Browse the full Directory here or the individual resources below.

Local Hotlines

  • Montgomery County Crisis Center: 240-777-4000
  • Northern VA’s Crisis Link Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077
  • DC’s Crisis Hotline: 888-793-4357
  • Jewish Council for the Aging Senior HelpLine:
    1. Maryland and D.C.: 240-290-3311
    2. Virginia: 703-652-1515
    3. TDD: 301-881-5263
  • Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) Inquiry and Screening Department
    Maryland: 301-816-2633
    Virginia: 703-896-7918


Mental Health

Financial, Food, & Legal Assistance

  • Adel Fund provides support for short-term basic needs such as mortgage and rent payments, and medical support. 
  • Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington provides assistance to people facing medical challenges and to the families who care for them.
  • Hebrew Free Loan of Greater Washington: Offers emergency loans
  • Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) provides a screening line for all services related to mental health, special needs, and senior care. Maryland: 301-816-2633 and Virginia: 703-896-7918.
  • Montgomery County Kosher Meals free, daily kosher lunches for kids. All households in Montgomery County with children age 18 and under are eligible to participate in this USDA program.  
  • Rabbi Emergency Fund offers funding for rabbis to support members of the community who are in need during times of crisis. Please contact your local congregation.
  • Tzedek DC helps people with legal problems arising from debt. In addition, Tzedek DC is also available to help with fraud, scams, and other consumer concerns related to the Coronavirus outbreak, including fake virus tests, predatory loans above the legal interest rate cap of 24%, and illegal price gouging.
  • Yad Yehuda offers support for programs like Tomchei Shabbos and the Capital Kosher Pantry, and provides emergency cash and food assistance to individuals.

Resources for Jewish Life During COVID-19

Food Insecurity

Health and Wellness


Financial Assistance

People with Disabilities

Families with Young Children