The Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI) will allocate a part of its ‘Eight Per Thousand’ funds and will make all possible dedicated fundraising efforts to support the fight against the coronavirus, in cooperation with the Jewish Medical Association, and help organisations providing social and health services at the front line of the crisis.
This follows a decision by the board of UCEI, with distribution criteria to be taken care of by the respective UCEI commissions. Eight Per Thousand is a system under Italian law, through which taxpayers devolve a compulsory 0.8% from their annual income tax return to an organised religion recognised by the country.
“The tiniest creature poses a great threat to humanity everywhere, but we are convinced that human good and solidarity are even stronger,” declared UCEI in a statement. “The religious world, with its ability to reach people and create community and closeness, must unite today more than ever in this challenge.”
“Italian Jews have always been and always will be committed to the most precious asset that is life”, said UCEI President Noemi di Segni.