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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
  • BJCC Seeking Volunteer Musicians: Music can make the world a bit sweeter even in these very trying times. Seeking individuals or small groups to soothe and entertain our seniors with outdoor concerts all summer! Social distance observed of course If you have music to share, contact Niti, BJCC Director of Volunteers: or at 917-693-3084, 8am-8pm any day Sun-Fri.
  • KCI Community Food: KCI Community Food provides fresh Kosher food delivery to anyone in the community. The pandemic has affected many people, and UJA and the Met Council have helped 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.  Volunteers are needed at the pantry - please fill out the volunteer form here.
  • Wondering What To Do With All That Food Waste?  A Green Team Message: Sadly, the NYC Organics Collection Program has been suspended due to the pandemic. While our brown bins will remain idle for now there is something each of us who is invested in composting can do.

1. Email the City Council to express your feelings about composting:   

2. Try composting at home:
Outside: Purchase a composting bin or place a board down on the ground, pile greens (food scraps) and browns (lawn scraps) and cover. Keep Moist. 

Apartment or Terrace: Choice: No Worms or Worms - Vermicomposting - Eg. or  
Place dampened newspaper in 1 inch strips as bedding in plastic bin, add vents, like these (click to view) - 3 parts bedding to 1 part greens.
Contact with any questions or comments.

  • Join the Riverdale Jewish Community Partnership Book Club TODAY!: We are embarking on community-wide Riverdale Book groups. While some may want to simply read and discuss with their families, we strongly encourage everyone to join a group to engage in communal conversations. Book groups will consist of 8-12 people who will read White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo or the book of their choice, and they will take place on the platform of their choice. Click here to join a group. Forms should be filled out by July 3 so we can begin our important work together. We hope reading, learning, and sharing with others in our community will lead to more personal and communal reflection and inspire more action toward a better tomorrow.
  • Reduce your own use of plastic (a reminder from the Bayit Green Team): When ordering online, use the “Contact Us” link to send this statement: "When filling my order please only use plastic packaging when absolutely necessary and use degradable/environmentally friendly packaging at all other times."  For Amazon orders: Sign into your account; Select Help from the tool bar/banner under the search window; Scroll down to "Browse Help Topics"; Click on "Need More Help"; Click on "Contact Us"; Click on button "start chatting now"; Express your feelings about degradable/environmentally friendly packaging. Don’t be discouraged by negative responses. The more inquiries they get the more likely they will take this into consideration. Contact  with any questions or comments.
  • POTS (PART of the Solution): POTS serves some of the most vulnerable of our Bronx neighbors, and each day the COVID-19 crisis continues, the problems they already face are magnified. Already familiar to many Bayit members, POTS has been operating since 1982 and its services beyond food pantries include homeless prevention programs, transitional residence programs, clothing programs, case management services and a legal clinic.  
See the link below for ways that Bayit members can become engaged with this important agency—by volunteering your services or by donating money which is desperately needed and will be used to support their services:

You can donate through the link above or by check to POTS / 2759 Webster Ave, The Bronx, NY 10458. You can also volunteer: from helping with their soup kitchen to doing deliveries to volunteering professional help in their many skilled support areas, POTS relies on your contributions of  time, effort, and skills.
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