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Bayit Coronavirus Email Wed 3/25/20: Today's Schedule including 8:30pm Resiliency Workshop, Pesach Prep, Mental Health Resources, Financial Resources and More

03/25/2020 11:38:06 AM


Dear Bayit Family,
Good morning!
1) Today's Schedule and Links - Wednesday, March 25
2) Pesach Prep Resources
3) Mental Health Resources
4) Financial Resources
5) Community Support Resources
6) Featured Upcoming Events - *New Events Thu-Sun*
7) Rosh Chodesh Tefillah/Torah Information for Tomorrow
8) Closing Message

1) Today's Schedule and Links - Wednesday, March 25
• 6:45am & 7:50am: Shacharit -
• 11:30am: Talmudic Tales with Rabbanit Bracha - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 470 341 910.
• 1:00pm-1:30pm: *NEW OFFERING* Breath-Body-Mind with Shira Gordon. RN, MS, MPH, certified Breath-Body-Mind Teacher. Gentle movement and coherent breathing for anxiety reduction and increased resilience - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3700.
• 7:00pm-7:30pm: Mincha/Maariv -
• 7:45pm-8:45pm: Pesach Prep Class - How do I Kasher my Kitchen and Keilim for Pesach? with Rav Ezra -
•  8:30pm-9:30pm: *SPECIAL EVENT*  "The Road to Resilience: How to Develop Resilience, Grit and Emotional Fortitude During Difficult Times" with Bayit member and psychotherapist and clinical supervisor Dr. Josh Altman -
People who learn about resilience and utilize the skills taught in the resilience workshop are able to build their emotional fortitude and better cope with life's challenges. This is a workshop that utilizes both didactic and experiential learning, through lecture, video, PowerPoint and group discussion. 
2) Pesach Prep Resources
• Pesach Halachic Question Whatsapp Group - join here
• Upcoming Classes and Programs - read more here
• Pesach Shopping - if you need assistance or can volunteer, please fill out the form today at
• Pesach Siyumim for Firstborn - after Shacharit Erev Pesach, April 8, at 7:20am and 8:30am -
• Pesach 5780 FAQ document coming soon!
• We believe that Pesach should only be spent in our homes with the members of our household this year, which can create significant challenges for many of us.  We deeply understand that some of us are struggling to commit to staying home or worried that it is not possible for us.  If you need help making this stay-at-home option workable for any reason, please reach out to a rabbinic team member right away.  We are here with resources and approaches (food and connection) to enable you to make your home stay over the 3 days of yom tov as smooth and doable as possible.
3) Mental Health Resources
• Please fill out this survey to help us provide processing and connecting spaces that best meet your needs - click here
• Thursday night 8:45-9:30pm: *NEW OFFERING*  Process space for Medical Professionals with Rav Steven, Dr. Elli Kranzler and Dr. Evelyn Hartman -
4) Financial Resources
• If you need financial assistance in the wake of Covid-19, please reach out to any member of the rabbinic team.  We are here to help and have financial resources available.
• If you'd like to offer support, please donate at
• We are grateful to the SAR community that a Relief Fund has been established under the auspices of the SAR David Cooper Chesed Fund.  All members of the Riverdale Jewish community or the SAR school community are eligible. This fund is dedicated to those impacted by the current crisis.  You may reach out directly to the SAR principals or speak to a clergy member for further information. For more information, click here.

5) Community Support Resources
• Submit your errand requests here and someone will respond within a couple of hours.  Please share this resource - our community is here to help!  Please try to bundle your requests to enable our volunteers to go out less frequently.
• If you'd like to receive a call to connect with another member of the Bayit community, or if you'd like to make calls, please contact Shira Gordon at
• To join a WhatsApp group for sharing support and strength and best resources for managing quarantine and social distancing and their effects, please click here.
6) Featured Upcoming Events - *New Events Thu-Sun*
Thursday night 9:00pm: Yesh Tikvah Infertility Awareness Program -
This annual communitywide and worldwide Shabbat event will be happening virtually this Thursday night.  Learn more from experts in the fertility community about the emotional and physical toll of infertility and how we can hold space for those struggling. More info at 
• Saturday night, March 28 8:45pm: Zooming To Pesach Together -
Community-wide Melave Malka with insights on the Seder from Riverdale Jewish community leaders.  In formation: HIR, RJC, TRM, The Kehillah, YIOZ, CSAIR, Riverdale Temple
• Sunday, March 29 8:30pm: An Evening of Learning in Support of ORA -
Although so many aspects of our lives are on hold, the work at ORA, the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot, is only increasing as ORA’s clients are at home with their abusers.  Learn with and from advocates, survivors and professionals from our Riverdale Jewish community and beyond.
7) Rosh Chodesh Tefillah/Torah Information for Tomorrow
• Tomorrow morning's tefillot will remain at their regular times, 6:45am and 7:50am
• The 7:50am Shacharit will include a musical Hallel beginning at 8:15am
8) Closing Message
Every day I hear so many stories of kindness - new ideas of how to help each other, volunteers connecting resources with people in need.  The simple "checking in - how are you?" texts we send each other, no matter our age or health or level of stress or calm.  These are the building blocks of our community - in tough times and simpler ones.  Let's keep doing that.  And let's keep being gentle with ourselves - if we made it through the day, we were successful!  Let's make sure the expectations we set for ourselves are reasonable and loving.
Reminder to all to take good care of ourselves and each other.  Try to do something specific today that strengthens you, and something else that strengthens someone else.

May it be a good day,

Rav Steven, Rav Ezra, Rabbanit Bracha, Rabba Sara and Rav Avi
Richard Langer, Executive Director
Daniel Feit, President
Staff Contact Info: Richard Langer: 732-626-5902,  /  Phyllis Newsome: 201-503-4923,  /  Yael Manor-Oshinsky: 201-503-5562,  /  Shuli Boxer Rieser: 929-269-2892,

All the emails that we are sending about Covid-19 are posted to our website at Coronavirus Email #19

Sun, March 29 2020 4 Nisan 5780