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Bayit Coronavirus Email Thu 3/26/20: Today's Schedule including 7:45pm Seder Leading Class with Rav Avi and 9:00pm Yesh Tikva Event, New Resources for Pesach Prep, Financial Help and Mental Health and More

03/26/2020 05:10:42 AM


Dear Bayit Family,
Chodesh tov!  Rabbanit Bracha's derashah last Shabbat is about the Psalm for Rosh Chodesh - read it here and hear it here.
1) Today's Schedule and Links - Thursday, March 26
2) Pesach Prep Resources
3) Mental Health Resources
4) Financial Resources
5) Community Support Resources
6) Featured Upcoming Events
7) Closing Message

1) Today's Schedule and Links - Thurssday, March 26
• 6:45am: Shacharit -
• 7:50am: Shacharit with Musical Hallel at 8:15am -
• 10:15am: Book of Isaiah with Rav Steven - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 470 341 910.
• 11:15am: Beginners' Talmud with Gloria Nusbacher - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 470 341 910.
• 1:00pm-1:30pm: 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 - From Slavery to Redemption: Leading your own Seder with Rav Avi -
• 8:45-9:30pm: *NEW OFFERING*  Process space for Medical Professionals with Rav Steven, Dr. Elli Kranzler and Dr. Evelyn Hartman -
• 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 
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 meals for those in need or to simplify Pesach on a pay-what-you-can basis - fill out the form 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
• Bayit Social Worker Arona Berow is available for support (working limited hours): 201-468-0558,
• NY State Mental/Emotional Health Resources: The Governor has opened a Emotional Support Hotline: 1-844-863-9314, more general information and coping resources can be found at:
• Please fill out this survey to help us provide processing and connecting spaces that best meet your needs - click here
• Domestic abuse (physical, sexual, financial, verbal and emotional) impacts community members every day.  Living under quarantine with an abuser is that much more unbearable.  Please look out for friends and for yourself.  The Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) hotline at 877-88-JCADA and Shalom Task Force hotline at 888-883-2323 are open.  Your Bayit clergy are available at any hour.  Please watch this short video from Met Council.
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
• 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) Closing Message
Today is Rosh Chodesh Nissan - it is one of the new years of the Jewish calendar.  The Sages tell us it is a day filled with power and potential - the day when the Mishkan (Tabernacle) was consecrated and God's presence came to rest among the Jewish people in an ongoing way.  Today I simply express the wish that somehow we are able to tap into the power of this day.  To feel a newness and a sense of possibility even under these most trying circumstances, which are getting more challenging by the day.  Our resources and kindness are also growing by the day.  The Talmud teaches that our ancestors were redeemed in Nissan, and our future redemption will come in Nissan.  May this be a month of as much redemption as possible.
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, and a chodesh tov,

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 #20

Sun, March 29 2020 4 Nisan 5780