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Jewish Emergency

JEN helps members of the Howard County Jewish community help one another in times of financial crisis.

On any given day, members of our Howard County Jewish community face financial crises. Some are elderly individuals and couples living on very low fixed incomes who have unforeseen medical expenses. Others are parents with young children who have suffered employment setbacks and cannot afford to buy food, pay rent, and meet other costs of living.  Often, those in need can’t afford their bills and don’t know where to turn for help. If you are in need of assistance, please call the JEN phone line at 410-831-8617. 

How JEN Works

Requests for assistance are submitted to the JEN Committee by the Federation's Social Services Manager and clergy who are members of the Howard County Board of Rabbis. These requests are vetted by the JEN Committee and then distributed to the JEN donor network via email.

Upon receiving a request, donor network members decide whether they would like to make a tax-deductible donation and the amount to be contributed to given emergency. There is no obligation for any member of the network to contribute at any time. Giving and receiving take place anonymously; names of recipients and donors are confidential.

Donations are used to make direct payments to third-party vendors, such as businesses providing goods and services to recipients, rather than payment to the recipients themselves.  

How You Can Help


Join the JEN donor network list by sending an email to:


As a member of the network, you will receive an email, averaging one per month, describing the nature of an emergency need in our community. You may then choose whether or not to respond.


Make a general tax-deductible donation to JEN by sending a check to:  

Jewish Emergency Network

c/o Jewish Federation of Howard County

10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

Columbia, MD 21044

If you are in need of assistance, please call the JEN phone line at 410-831-8617. 

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