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Covid-19 Resources

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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
  • From Racial Injustice to Community Change: Whether it’s protests in the streets or signs in apartment windows, calls for racial justice are everywhere. We are a multi-racial Jewish community dedicated to healing a fractured world.  But, in these turbulent times, what can we do beyond making a statement to make a meaningful difference? The answer is: quite a lot! In this highly participatory online workshop, we will explore historical and contemporary cases that will prepare us to join with our own communities and our neighbors. You will get a chance to reflect on your own experiences and leave with new tools that will enable you to take action and engage effectively with friends, colleagues and community leaders.
    Join one or more of these stand-alone, and connected, sessions, the first of which is August 7th.
    Presented by JOIN for Justice: The Jewish Organizing Institute and Network, with support from UJA Federation of New York.
    Session 1 - Friday, August 7th, 2-4pm est. Register here.
  • Fast for Feast: Please join us this Tisha Bav, not just by fasting, but following the advice of the Prophet Isaiah and many great rabbis by calculating the approximate sum of money you saved by abstaining from food, and donating it to Fast for Feast for hunger relief.
    With the funds split between BJCC and Leket Israel, your fast will transform into a feast for our brothers and sisters in Israel, and support the Bronx Jewish Community Council's hunger relief work right here in our community. Click here to Donate 
  • Volunteers Need @ the Census Week of Action: Please consider signing up to participate in the "Census Week of Action", taking place Monday, July 27 through Saturday, August 1. To ensure a complete and accurate count of our communities, we are offering people to sign up for activities such as phonebanking (on any day between Mon-Fri), peer-to-peer texting (on Fri only), and "Friends and Family" outreach (on any day between Mon-Fri). To sign up click here.
  • Day in the Life at POTS on Thursday, August 6th at 5pm: We invite you to join us for a free virtual gathering that will provide an inside look into A Day in the Life at POTS. Meet POTS staff members working to ensure that New Yorkers in poverty continue to have access to food, housing, supplies, benefits and other services during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can click here to register.
  • Support Excluded Workers: The Bayit's Social Action Committee focused last year on immigration and is currently focused on addressing the most urgent needs of health, hunger and housing instability in our greater Bronx neighbourhood. The presentation by the leadership of POTS last week heightened our awareness of the way in which the pandemic has increased these dire issues in our borough.
    These injustices converge around the welfare of workers, in particular underdocumented workers, in this pandemic time. Nearly on in six New York City jobs lost due to the pandemic was held by an undocumented worker. However, despite contributing to NY's tax base, these workers and families have been excluded from stimulus checks, the unemployment insurance system, or pandemic unemployment assistance. To understand these issues and learn more about advocating for the New York State Fund to support excluded workers and their families, join a briefing through the Manhattan JCC with Ruth Messinger and others today at 2pm. Register here.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: POTS (Part of the Solution) could not possibly accomplish all it does without the time, talent, and labor of thoughtful and caring volunteers. POTS is grateful to the many hundreds of people who become part of the solution every year. Due to the rapidly developing situation, specific opportunities and possibilities for volunteering at POTS are likewise changing. Please get in touch with their Volunteer Coordinator, Stephanie Caban at to find out how you can help.
Become a POTS Ambassador: POTS is only as strong as its community. Boost POTS Awareness by letting someone who needs help or who would like to give help know about POTS, and by sharing POTS’ social media posts with family, friends, and the groups you belong to. To become a POTS Ambassador email​​​​​​.
  • Looking for Spanish & English speaking Social Worker: 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-19 get connected with social services and resources, please contact Rav Steven -
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