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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 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:

• 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.

• NYC Rent Freeze Program: The NYC Rent Freeze Program, which includes the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program and the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program, helps those eligible stay in affordable housing by freezing their rent.  Under this program, a property tax credit covers the difference between the actual rent amount and what you (the tenant) are responsible for paying at the frozen rate.  The longer you are in the program, the greater the benefit. If you enter the program today, continue to renew and meet all eligibility requirements, the current amount you pay for rent today could be the same in 20 years.  Click here to learn more and sign up.

• 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.

• KCI Food Pantry: The KCI Food Pantry provides fresh Kosher food delivery to anyone in need in the community. The economic downturn has affected many people, and the Met Council and UJA Federation of New York are helping the community get these food resources to help. Please call (646) 647-1380 or email All requests are confidential, and all food is delivered to your door.

Pick Up Food from or Donate to the Friendly Fridge: The Friendly Fridge BX is part of a network of open food pantries that aim to feed those who have been most affected by the pandemic in several high risk neighborhoods. Location: 5983 Broadway (242nd Street and Broadway). Questions? Please contact:


III. Community Support Resources

• 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.


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.

V. Today's Way to Help
  • City Cleanup Corp is hiring! NYCCC will employ 10,000 New Yorkers for beautification across our city. To view a list of jobs available, head to our Employment and Internship Opportunities page.
  • 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

  • Apply to Receive an Absentee Voting Ballot for US Elections:
    Local Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Early voting period is June 12-20.
    General Election Day is November 2, 2021. The early voting period is October 23-31, 2021.
    To see if you qualify for an Absentee Ballot, the deadlines to apply and how please click here.

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