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Covid-19 Resources

Click on the headings below to go directly to each section:


I. Mental Health Resources

• Bayit Social Worker Arona Berow is currently on parental leave.  For JBFCS support, please contact Andrea LoPresti at

• 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.


II. Financial and Food 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.

• Small Businesses: Learn about NYC’s Employee Retention Grant and the Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance Loans.

• Kosher Meals from Get Food NYC: The Riverdale Y is partnering with Get Food NYC to provide kosher meals for seniors in the community. If you already receive Kosher Meals on Wheels, you may not apply for this program. Beyond the Riverdale Y's capacity, they will now be able to refer your name to Get Food NYC so you can receive the kosher meals. For more info call: Lydia Ecker at the Riverdale Y - 347-913-4391.

• Kosher Grab-and-Go Meals in Riverdale: NYC will open the first Kosher Grab & Go Meal site in the Bronx at P.S. 24 Spuyten Duyvil (660 West 236 Street, Bronx, NY 10463) on Monday, May 11. Starting Monday, three free OU-kosher grab & go meals will be available daily for anyone in need. Meals are available for children and adults Monday through Friday. Serving children and families from 7:30am-11:30am and adults from 11:30am-1:30pm.  No one will be turned away at any time; all adults and children can pick up multiple meals at once. No registration, ID, or documentation required.


III. Community Support Resources

• Submit your errand requests here and someone will respond.  Please try to bundle your requests as we are all going out less frequently and trying to reduce shopping to once a week at one store.

• 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.

• To learn about and participate in initiatives to support Hebrew Home and Allen Hospital staff, please click  here.

**NEW**: If you are, or know of, a social worker who speaks Spanish and English who can help some immigrant Bronx families in crisis due to Covid get connected with social services and resources, please contact Rav Steven -


IV. Covid-19 Community Reminders

• The Hatzalah statement on when to call and when not to call Hatzalah, is here.  We are so grateful for Riverdale Hatzalah.

• Information on the studies that people who have been Covid-19-positive may be eligible to participate in:

- Mount Sinai: Contact
- Columbia - Click here
- Montefiore/Einstein: Click here
- Rockefeller University: Click here
V. Today's Way to Help
  • Support Local Businesses: With unrest on our streets, we are particularly attuned to the welfare of our local businesses that have been challenged by this pandemic.  Let's continue to support them and express our solidarity with local merchants.  Please continue to patronize our kosher establishments as much as possible, especially now. To learn more about how to support your local businesses, click on the links below.
    Kingsbridge Business Improvement District
    ​​​​​​​Bronx Chamber of Commerce
  • As we are all deeply pained by what is unfolding in our nation, we will raise a voice as a Riverdale Jewish community against racism and in solidarity.  Please click here to join the 100+ Riverdale community households and sign up for a 20-minute slot at the Riverdale Monument as an individual or household. One individual or household at a time.  Please bring a sign to hold with a positive expression of peace and community or opposition to racism or hatred.  For those who cannot take a slot in person, you can sign up for a virtual slot from home as well.
  • JASA Van Cortlandt Senior Center: Support one of our local community institutions caring for the welfare of our elders.  Click here to become an emergency volunteer with JASA Van Cortlandt Senior Center.
  • Kingsbridge United: #kingsbridgeunited is a grassroots local organization providing fresh produce and local restaurant food (supporting vendors who are particularly struggling) to those in great need in the Kingsbridge neighborhood as well as creating and distributing English-Spanish resource postcards with essential coronavirus relief information especially needed by those without internet access or other direct channels to this information.  You can support their work by Venmo to @jessicawoolford - every little bit makes a big difference.
  • The Laptop Project, based in Teaneck, refurbishes used/broken laptops, tablets and smartphones and gives them to people in need. There is a desperate need for devices at this time. If you have  a smartphone, tablet or laptop (does not have to be in working order, as the Laptop Project can rebuild devices), please contact  Please cc MJ Kanner at  and she can help coordinate.  If you know someone who needs a device please ask The Laptop Project to add the person to the list.  Learn more at
  • CovidWatcher  - Help NYC Understand COVID-19's Impact: Columbia University  has rolled out a  new research tool called  CovidWatcher  which will track COVID-19’s impact on New York City neighborhoods in real time, filling in critical gaps in knowledge of the virus to better understand the needs across New York. Your data leads to more insights, updated daily. The link is It should take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey is intended for everyone to fill out, regardless of symptoms or concerns about exposure.  
  • Fighting Covid-19 in the Developing World - AJWS: In 19 of the neediest countries around the world, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is working with its nearly 500 on-the-ground partner social change organizations to protect the most vulnerable people on earth from COVID-19. Learn more about their work here.
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