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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 Taylor Brivtan can be reached at tbritvan@jbfcs.org or 516-524-2951.

• 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: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/covid-19-resources.html

• 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 http://www.thebayit.org/form/covidrelief.

• 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.

 

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 shiragordon25@gmail.com.

• 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.

• 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 - ravsteven@thebayit.org.

 

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 COVIDSerumTesting@mountsinai.org
- Columbia - Click here
- Montefiore/Einstein: Click here
- Rockefeller University: Click here
 
V. Today's Way to Help
 
  • Kaddish Pairing Project: As you may be aware, the United Kingdom is entering a renewed lockdown and Synagogues will be closed there for 28 days. One significant concern is that those who are saying Kaddish for loved ones will not have access to a tefillah for reciting Kaddish during this period of lockdown.

    In the spirit of Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Bazeh, we are partnering with our British brothers and sisters to support their community.  A website has been established at  theus.org.uk/kaddishvolunteers to allow those with access to a minyan to recite Kaddish for those who do not.  Please consider signing up.

  • Blood and Platelet donations needed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: Please donate Platelet and Blood for Jason Mazurek onsite at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (1st Avenue & 68th NYC). To make an appointment please call Joe Licata  - 212-639-8177 or email licataj@mskcc.org. Type O+ preferred but any type okay for platelet donation.

  • 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 http://www.thebayit.org/form/covidrelief.

  • Callers: We want to continue to check-in on those in our community who have been isolated at home for such a long time and continue to offer an opportunity for callers to connect with other members in the community and reduce loneliness. This is particularly important during the holiday season when families are not able to gather around the same table and spend the holidays together.

    We need more volunteers!
    If you can help, or want to learn more, please email shiragordon25@gmail.com.

  • Apply to Receive an Absentee Voting Ballot for US Elections:
    Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
    To see if you qualify for an Absentee Ballot, the deadlines to apply and how please click here.

  • Consider Becoming a Bayit Shopping Buddy or Caller: As we continue to adhere to social distancing and as our city continues to gradually re-open, some of our volunteers are returning to work and other responsibilities and that means that we may need more volunteers in the coming weeks.

    Shopping Buddies: We want to continue to discourage "extra" errand running and continue to provide shopping buddies, especially to our immediate neighbors. You can be paired up with someone in your building or geographic proximity.

    Callers: We want to continue to check-in on those in our community who have been isolated at home for such a long time and continue to offer an opportunity for callers to connect with other members in the community and reduce loneliness.

    We need more volunteers!
    If you can help, or want to learn more, please email  shiragordon25@gmail.com.
Mon, November 23 2020 7 Kislev 5781