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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
  • Volunteer to Teach at Yachad's Partners in Torah: 
    Yachad, is an international organization dedicated to enhancing the life opportunities of Jewish individuals with developmental disabilities or other learning challenges. Yachad is offering during the Coronavirus pandemic virtual personalized learning - one-on-one with a mentor or partner chosen especially for individuals with developmental disabilities!
    Join Partners in Torah to get paired up and start learning! To volunteer to teach or to sign up to learn click here


  • Elul Chesed Drive - Help Your Neighbors In Need: Did you know? The Bronx has the highest rent burden with Bedford Park and Kingsbridge at 65.8% of households being rent burdened. 7 of the 10 most rent burdened neighborhoods in
    NYC are in the Bronx. (rent burdened is spending more than 30% of income on rent).

    POTS helps those households by providing food for families,
    job counseling so that such families might find better employment; legal assistance so
    that rent-burdened families might find available subsidized housing.

    You can donate directly to POTS [please add HIR to the notes when you give]:  


  • Volunteers Needed at HIR Blood Drive - On Sunday, 9/13, 9am-3pm: We are looking for volunteers to help during the drive. Volunteers will help greet and register donors and help to ensure that the event runs smoothly. Strict health, safety, and sanitary protocols will be maintained at all times. Everyone must wear a mask or face covering and temperatures will be taken. If you are able to, volunteer slots are an hour long and you can email Seryl at with your time preference. 

    Additionally, we are looking for volunteer callers to make phone calls to individuals who have donated at prior Bayit drives. We will supply you with a contact list and a script of what to say. Please reach out to Seryl if you are interested.


  • 2020 Census Phone Banking: Battle of the Boroughs! Hosted by State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
    The September 30th deadline to complete the  2020 Census  is approaching fast, and Team Biaggi is working to guarantee every member of District 34 is counted. Join us in representing the Bronx in a virtual phone banking competition to encourage New Yorkers across the five boroughs to fill out the 2020 Census, to ensure NYC is accurately counted and our communities receive their fair share of political representation and federal funding!
    WHEN: September 10th, 2020; 4PM – 7PM.
    SIGN-UP: To volunteer and represent your borough,  please fill out this form  by September 8th. For questions, please email
  • Apply to Receive an Absentee Voting Ballot for US Elections:
    Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

    Early Voting Period is October 24, 2020 - November 1, 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
Wed, September 23 2020 5 Tishrei 5781