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How to Help During Coronavirus

Updated 11/2/2020

V. Today's Way to Help

  • 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.

  • Mark Your Calendar - Exploring Criminal Justice Reform in America: The Bayit and its Social Action Committee are proud to present a two part series about Criminal Justice Reform in America. Tomorrow Wednesday, 10/28, @ 8pm we will have a watch party, of the film "13th." And on Wednesday, 11/4, @ 7:00pm we will join community members and New York Activists as they discuss their first hand exprriences with the Criminal Justice System and the work towards Criminal Justice Reform. Click here for links. 
    Learn about our history, our current laws and policies and how you can get involve!

  • Ballot Tracking: All New York City voters who choose to vote by mail can do so using this website: https://nycabsentee.com/tracking. This is useful if like so many of us you worry about COVID exposure and also have concerns about postal service speed or any issues with your ballot. The easiest methodology is:
    - Click "Voter Information"
    - This will allow you to put in your information and click "Search".
    - Once your information is verified through the search button, it will display the tracking status for your ballot.

  • Early Voting: Early in person voting in New York is from Saturday, October 24 - Sunday, November 1. For most of Riverdale this early voting site is in Tech Academy, 2975 Tibbet Avenue, Bronx, NY 10463. To confirm your polling site for early in person voting and for election day voting go to findmypollsite.vote.nyc. (Note: Early voting poll locations differ from election day polling locations.) We encourage everyone to vote as early as possible.

  • POTS - Helping the Bronx Bounce Back: Join Part of the Solution (POTS) on at 7pm EST for an inspiring evening honoring the resiliency of the people of the Bronx and telling the story of POTS. POTS stayed open throughout the worst of the pandemic to help its community of over 40,000 low-income individuals and families.
    This event will be live streamed. To receive a link to live stream and/or donate click here. Please consider making a donation now to support our neighbors.
    We look forward to having you with us tonight!

    See Rav Steven's Video Message about POTS, HERE

  • Job Challenges? UJA-Federation Has Resources To Help! Free services include career coaching, a job database, and a series of Career Conversations. Please join our upcoming Career Conversation: Facing Professional Transitions with Pride, Strength and Resilience
    Guest Speaker: Elana Paru, Director of Organizational Culture and Talent at Temple Shaaray Tefila Monday, October 26 at 11:00 AM Registration and Zoom Info 

  • Staying Green in Pandemic Times: Don’t let the pandemic sink sustainability! Check out the Bayit Green Team’s Guide to Recycling & Waste Reduction.  Let's start the new Jewish year with taking action to take care of our planet.  Click here to view the Green Team's Guide.
    Questions? Please email green@thebayit.org.

  • Assemblyman Dinowitz Presents: Flu Shots - Wednesday, 10/14, 10:00am-1:00pm - At St. Gabriel's Church, 3250 Arlington Ave (Church Rectory): Very limited supply, you must register in advance (same-day registration cannot be guaranteed) to receive a flu shot. The flu shots will be provided by New York-Presbyterian on October 14.  Click here to register.

    The flu shots will be standard doses. You must be 18 years or older to receive a flu shot at this event. If you have specific medical needs or concerns (such as needing the senior dose) please check with your doctor.

    Please bring any insurance documentation you have. Fee waivers will be available for those without health insurance, but it is helpful for our partners to continue providing flu shots if they can get reimbursed by people's insurance providers.

    NOTE: The flu shots will be administered indoors but you may have to wait outdoors until your turn is called. Everyone will be required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times. Physical distance of at least six feet will also be maintained.

    Please contact Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz's Office with questions at 718-796-5345 or DinowitzJ@nyassembly.gov

  • POTS - Helping the Bronx Bounce Back: Join Part of the Solution (POTS) on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7pm EST for an inspiring evening honoring the resiliency of the people of the Bronx and telling the story of POTS. POTS stayed open throughout the worst of the pandemic to help its community of over 40,000 low-income individuals and families.
    This event will be live streamed. To receive a link to live stream and/or donate click here. Please consider making a donation now to support our neighbors.
    We look forward to having you with us on October 22nd!

    See Rav Steven's Video Message about POTS, HERE

  •  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.

  • Local Food Package Packing and Delivery: Riverdale Y is in need of volunteers: Due to the coronavirus crisis, the Y is currently packing and delivering more than 600 cooked meals and non-perishable food staples to seniors (including Holocaust survivors) residing in Riverdale.

    Regular volunteers are needed on:
    Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:30PM - 1:30PM to assemble food packages
    Monday and Thursday mornings from 10:00AM - 12:30PM pack perishable goods
    Every weekday between 12:00PM and 2:00PM to deliver the items door to door

    For more information on how to volunteer, please contact Adrienne Goldfelder at adrienne.goldfeder@gmail.com.

  • Riverdale Yachad is looking for teens to be involved in throughout this year:

    • Looking for males to join a monthly supper club. Come join our local male Yachad members for good food, conversation, and making friends. This program happens monthly in the evening. The first event is October 18th. Email Karpelt@ou.org if you are interested in participating in this program.

    • With so many Yachad members locally (Riverdale, White Plains, NYC) and many of them not in school or programs, we are looking to set up Yachad members with 1-2 High Schoolers or with a family. Will work with volunteers to find a match and then they will coordinate timing with the family. We are asking volunteers to do 1 hour a week with their buddy. Email Karpelt@ou.org if you are interested in this or have more questions.
  • 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.

  • Spanish Speaking Volunteers Needed @ POTS: As the ripple effects of the COVID pandemic continue to unfold in the borough of the Bronx, the need for more volunteers is great.
    Are you a Spanish speaker or do you know someone who is? Please email Stephanie Caban at SCaban@Potsbronx.org to volunteer.  
    Our community has donated over $14,000 to help POTS as they work to serve the hungry, the housing insecure, the jobless, and the needy. But volunteers are still in need. Click here to donate.

  • Eviction Prevention and Homeless Services - BronxWorks: As we approach Sukkot, we are aware of the fragility of housing and appreciate the estimable blessing of having a roof over our heads.  We know there are so many in our borough who don't, and we think that at this time so many more people are facing the threat of eviction than any time in recent memory.

    While our Bayit homeless respite site is on hiatus, one way we can focus our efforts on education and action in this area is by learning about the exceptional work of BronxWorks (our partner in the homeless respite site) in eviction prevention and homeless services.

    Learn more, consider donating, and get involved!

  • Donate Blood @ Riverdale Y - Monday, 10/12, 12pm-6:00pm: Join others in donating as the Riverdale Y hosts a Fall Blood Drive on Monday, October 12, from Noon - 6:00 pm. Register in advance by visiting www.RiverdaleY.org/blooddrive. Capes encouraged and masks required. Be the community hero we know you are!

  • If you'd like to offer support to those impacted financially by Covid-19, 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.

  • 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. Click here for staff contact information.

  • Power the Polls: The 2020 election is coming up, and we have a responsibility as citizens of this nation to not only to vote, but to help ensure others can vote as well. Sign up here to learn more about becoming a poll worker in order to assist on election day.

  • Do you have a friend or a neighbor that will not attend synagogue for Rosh Hashana due to the COVID pandemic? Please share the information below with them.
    Erev Rosh Hashana Gathering, Singing, and Praying with Reb Elli & The Rabbinic Team
    Tomorrow  •  Friday  • September 18  •  5:30pm

    Click here to join on Zoom or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3703

  • Last Call for Elul POTS Drive - We have Reached Our Goal! Thank you to all those who donated. 108 families from our community contributed $13,427, not including the monthly tallies. Our Elul Drive ends tomorrow. If you would like to make a donation, any amount is welcome! 
    Click here to donate. Click here to view a flyer including a list of some of our donors.

  • Bayit Call Out for Volunteers: We are close to the final stages or preparation for Rosh Hashana. All that we are able to accomplish is thanks to lay leadership and volunteers who step up to the plate when needed. Are you able to help?

    • Set up a tefillah site for Rosh Hashana (Help put up outdoor canopies at offsite locations) - please email richard@thebayit.org

    • Deliver pre-Rosh Hashana packages or to pack Rosh Hashana Packets please email ravezra@thebayit.org​​​​​​.
  • Donate Blood @ TODAY's HIR Blood Drive - Sunday, 9/13, 9am-3pm: Click here to sign up online or email Seryl at sermc@aol.com or call 718-549-8152 with your time preference.
  • 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]:   https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/potsbronx  

  • 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 sermc@aol.com 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 evasquez@nysenate.gov.
  • United States Census 2020: The September 30th deadline is quickly approaching and NYC needs you to be counted in the 2020 Census. Completing the 2020 Census is the best way you can ensure that our community and all New Yorkers in need get critical government funding for healthcare, hospitals, education, childcare, social services and emergency allocations from the federal government. And the results will impact NYC funding for the next decade. 
     
    But so far, only 57% of us have responded. Have you? 
    It’s really easy and can be done from wherever you are – online or over the phone.
     
    To complete it online, go to  www.my2020census.gov. Prefer to fill out the census by phone? Call 844-330-2020. The 10 questions should take no more than 10 minutes. 
  • 19 Annual 9/11 Blood Drive @ The Bayit • Sunday • September 13 • 9am-3pm: Appointments strongly encouraged! Walk-ins can only be accommodated if there is an open time slot. Out of the 143 slots available for sign up at the Blood Drive so far we have 49 people registered -- More blood donors needed! 
    Schedule your appointment online at:  https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/274049 or contat Seryl at 718-549-8152, SERMC@aol.com.
  • Elul Chessed Drive: Help Your Neighbor In Need: For POTS households, median income is $11,500 a year for an average of 3 people – or half of the poverty line. 12% of Bronx households live at less than half the poverty line. That's equivalent to $9 dollars a day for each household member.  POTS provides meals for the poor, job counseling for those who need it and legal services to help such households avail themselves of existent federal, state, and city programs.

    The Bayit has embarked on a partnership with POTS to help them as they work to serve the hungry, the homeless/housing insecure, the jobless and the needy. Click here to donate [please add HIR to the notes when you give].
  • 19 Annual 9/11 Blood Drive @ The Bayit - Sunday, September 13 9am-3pm: Appointments strongly encouraged! Walk-ins can only be accommodated if there is an open time slot. As of August 27th, out of the 143 slots available for sign up at the Blood Drive so far we have 21 people registered -- More blood donors needed! 
    Schedule your appointment online at: https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/274049 or contat Seryl at 718-549-8152.
  • Elul Chesed Drive - Help Your Neighbors In Need: Did you know that as of June 1st, the overall New York City mortality rate due to COVID-19 was 200 deaths per 100,000 people. For sheltered homeless New Yorkers, it was 321 deaths per 100,000 people – or 61 percent higher than the New York City rate. POTS continues to serve the homeless population in the Bronx. So far at least 21 Bayit families have donated over $7,100 to POTS. Help us meet our goals for Rosh Hashanah - $12,000 for POTS clients, 100 Bayit families involved!
    You can donate directly to POTS [please add HIR to the notes when you give]:  https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/potsbronx 
  • Rally of Jewish Solidarity with the Uyghur Community: Currently, the Communist Party of China (CPC) is running "Xinjiang re-education camps," more commonly known to the international community as concentration camps to indoctrinate Uyghurs and other Muslims as part of a "people's war on terror." Hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs Muslims are being oppressed simply because of their faith.
    Join us on Sunday August 30th from 1:00-2:00PM at the Isaiah Wall across the United Nations as we, the Jewish people, stand united against the violence and brutality of the Chinese government and stand up for human rights, no matter its creed. For more information click here.
  • 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.

  • Volunteer at an in-door or out-door High Holiday Service: As we prepare for the new Jewish year 5781 we  are looking to offer as many options as possible for those who would like to daven B'tzibur or would just want to hear shofar blowing. Please volunteer - to lead services if you can, to blow shofar, help serve as a gabbai or gabbait or a site coordinator to ensure the smooth running of the different services. To share your volunteer preference with us, please fill out the High Holiday registration form. If you have any question please email rabbanitbracha@thebayit.org.
  • 2020 Census: If you're looking for something positive you can do for your community from the safety of your home, you can sign up to send texts, join phonebanks or email reminders about the Census to your neighbors.  Just click  https://www.nyc.gov/censustext. The Census matters: census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. Fill out your census, remind family and friends, and reach out to others.
  • 19th Annual 9/11 Commemorative Blood Drive • 9/13, 9AM - 3PM Urgent Need for Blood Donors!
    Coronavirus concerns, blood drive cancellations, and working from home requirements have seriously impacted donor turnout!
    In addition to honoring the victims of 9/11, this year’s Blood Drive is dedicated in memory of Judy Fettman Dreyfuss as a celebration of her life and what her life teaches us all.  To maintain our commitment to following social distancing guidelines we strongly encourage donors to make an appointment in advance.  Walk-ins are welcome, but may be required to wait outside until a slot opens up.  You must wear a mask or face covering and your temperature will be taken.  Schedule an appointment online at  https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/274049 or contact Seryl at 718-549-8152 or sermc@aol.com
  • Riverdale Temple Blood Drive • Today, Thursday, Aug 13 • 4-8:30pm: The New York Blood Center is experiencing an increase in demand for your A Positive blood as area hospitals resume elective surgeries. To help meet demand, we are asking you to please attend this blood drive in your area.
    The Riverdale Temple is located at 4545 Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471. Please wear a mask or face covering when you come to donate and don't forget to bring your donor ID card. Appointments are strongly encouraged (walk-ins will be permitted if we can maintain social distancing). Click here to make an appointment or call 1.800.933.2566.
  • 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.
  • Can You help with a Weekly Donation of Fresh Produce & Non-Perishables to a Food Pantry in Kingsbridge?
    North Bronx Collective, a woman- and QBIPOC-led mutual aid group is partnering with the Food Justice Ministry of the Church of the Mediator to address food insecurities caused by COVID-19.
    What You Can Do: donate once a week fresh produce & non-perishables from this list only:
    (Canned, processed, and sugary foods will not be accepted!)
    Fresh fruit & produce, whole grains (rice, pasta, quinoa, oatmeal), whole grain dried products (pasta & crackers), organic flour & corn flour, seeds (sunflower & pumpkin), dried beans & legumes, organic, raw honey, spices, fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, garlic, sunflower/safflower/coconut or olive oils, raw apple cider vinegar (pref in a jar), sea salt, cat/dog food/supplies, Honest (brand) diapers, hand sanitizer/alcohol spray, face masks (no gloves), bags (paper, cloth, reusable plastic).
    Where: Church of the Mediator, 260 W. 231st St., Kingsbridge 
    When: Tuesdays between 6:30-7:30pm
    For further info, call 929-333-2492.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shabbat Nachamu Cards For Atria Residents: Please help our neighbors at the Atria who haven't had guests or visitors for almost six months. Take some time during Tisha B'Av to spread some Ahavat Chinam // Free Love -- and write, paint, or draw a card to be delivered on Shabbat Nachamu.Drop off at bottom of HIR Driveway through July 31st, Friday afternoon. 
  • 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 
  • NYS COVID Rent Relief Application Deadline is tomorrow July 30th!  Please share with someone in need: The application period for the NYS COVID Rent Relief Program closes this Thursday, July 30th, 2020. New York State renters can apply online in English here. Applications and supplemental forms are also available for download in English and other languages. An Authorized Representative Release Form is available, and can be found in additional languages here.

This program is designed to provide assistance to low-income households experiencing an increased rent burden due to a loss of income during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides a one-time payment to cover the difference between a household’s rent burden on March 1st, 2020 and the increase in rent burden during the months for which the household is applying for assistance (up to four months, from April through July 2020).

  • 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 scaban@potsbronx.org 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 acollard@potsbronx.org ​​​​​​.

  • 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 - ravsteven@thebayit.org.
  • Learn more about Bronx hunger and homelessness with POTS this Wednesday night! BRONX LIVES MATTER: FIGHTING HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS IN OUR BOROUGH

Wednesday • 8:00PM • zoom.us/j/61316133702

Please join Rav Ezra & The Bayit Social Action Committee as they host a community meeting with a presentation from Christina Hanson and Dan Rostan from Part Of The Solution (POTS). POTS is a social service organization with many connections to the Bayit community, located near Mosholu Parkway and Botanical Garden. Learn about what it’s like to live today in the neighborhood where the Hebrew Institute was founded, University Heights. Food insecurity, homelessness, and challenges accessing healthcare and legal services make everyday life difficult. Learn concrete ways to get involved and partner with our broader Bronx community. This presentation is the first step in a long-term commitment by the Bayit to encourage every member to invest in POTS and our neighbors. More to come!

  • Blood Drive at Manhattan College - Thursday July 9: Make an appointment, online, here. The New York Blood Center Enterprises (NYBCe) is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and continues to carry out our lifesaving mission in our communities.  To ensure we are prepared to support health agencies in our communities and across the country, NYBCe strongly urges individuals who feel healthy and well to make an appointment at a donor center or blood drive to give blood, platelets and plasma.  DONORS PRESENTING:
    Must wear a mask or face covering
    Will have their temperature taken
    Must be 14 days symptom free if recovered from COVID-19
    May NOT donate if they have a positive diagnostic test or experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
    May NOT donate if they are currently on self-quarantine restrictions 
  • Join POTS: As part of its outreach to our neighbors in the Bronx who are coping with food insecurity, the Bayit Social Action Committee recommends that we all demonstrate our support by joining with a local Bronx organization: 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.  
    Click here 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.
    Stay tuned for more information about The Bayit's upcoming work with POTS. 
  • New York Cares Volunteers: New York Cares is currently:
    • Running on-the-ground volunteer programs that focus on urgent needs, like providing meals for food-insecure and homebound New Yorkers.
    • Shifting existing programs from in-person to online and adding new virtual volunteering opportunities.  Some of our latest projects include virtual yoga and Judo for elementary school students, a virtual fitness dance party with students and families, virtual SAT tutoring, phone banking to homebound seniors to conduct wellness checks, virtual citizenship preparation, and an online current events discussion group with adults and seniors who are blind or have low vision. 
    • And More...
      Learn about the organization and find opportunities to volunteer go to: https://www.newyorkcares.org/coronavirus 
  • 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: nMinkove@bjcconline.org 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 kcifoodpantry@gmail.com. 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: speakerjohnson@council.nyc.govareynoso@council.nyc.govacohen@council.nyc.gov   

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. https://unclejimswormfarm.com/ or www.LESecologycenter.org  
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 green@hir.org 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  green@hir.org  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: https://potsbronx.org/how-you-can-help-during-the-crisis/

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.

  • Bechol Lashon and Juneteenth Kabbalat Shabbat: Be’chol Lashon (Hebrew for “in every language”) "strengthens Jewish identity by raising awareness about the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience. Be’chol Lashon brings the historic Jewish commitment to civil rights and racial justice forward into the 21st century. Embracing the historical diversity of the Jewish people and, more importantly, the growing diversity of the community today is the most important step toward securing relevancy in an exciting American future."
    • Learn about and support their work here.
    • Join Rabbis Sandra Lawson and Isaama Goldstein-Stoll for a special Kabbalat Shabbat service on Zoom on Friday at 5pm ET to mark Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the day when the enslaved people of Texas were freed, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.  Register here.  Hosted by Be’chol Lashon, Keshet, and the National Council of Jewish Women
  • This Wednesday, 6/16 at 8:00pm, we ask you to join us in a shared learning experience as we watch together “Space of Healing and Listening”, a JCRC-NY program that was live on June 7. This is a 75 minute video presentation in which we hear voices of prominent Black leaders sharing their stories, including Tamara Fish, Co-Founder of Khazbar and Former President of the Jewish Multiracial Network, Rev. Charles O. Galbreath, Senior Pastor of Clarendon Road Church, and others. The link to watch together is zoom.us/j/6136133702. We will have opportunities for brief personal reflection following the screening.
     
  • The RJCP is facilitating a series of book clubs which can be within each institution or community wide, beginning with Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility and offering other book options going forward. We are proud to be participating - more information to sign up for a book club will follow.
  • Virtual Bronx Covid-19 Memorial: The Office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is in the process of creating a virtual memorial for Bronxites lost to COVID. If you would like to share the memory of a Bronxite you knew who passed away from COVID please send a picture and a small paragraph. Please send this tribute to Alexis Walters at awalters@bronxbp.nyc.gov.
  • Local Food Package Packing and Delivery: Riverdale Y is in need of volunteers: Due to the coronavirus crisis, the Y is currently packing and delivering more than 600 cooked meals and non-perishable food staples to seniors (including Holocaust survivors) residing in Riverdale. Regular volunteers are needed on:
    • Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:30PM - 1:30PM to assemble food packages
    • Monday and Thursday mornings from 10:00AM - 12:30PM pack perishable goods
    • Every weekday between 12:00PM and 2:00PM to deliver the items door to door

For more information on how to volunteer, please contact Adrienne Goldfelder at  adrienne.goldfeder@gmail.com.

  • George Floyd Memorial FundThis page includes a link to a fund to support George Floyd's family as well as an address where cards and personal letters of condolence, solidarity and strength can be sent.
  • 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 kcifoodpantry@gmail.com. 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.
  • Support Local Businesses: With unrest on our streets, we are particularly attuned to the welfare of our local businesses that have been challenged by this pandemic.  Let's continue to support them and express our solidarity with local merchants.  Please continue to patronize our kosher establishments as much as possible, especially now.
    To learn more about how to support your local businesses, click on the links below.
    Kingsbridge Business Improvement District
    Bronx Chamber of Commerce
  • JASA Van Cortlandt Senior Center: Support one of our local community institutions caring for the welfare of our elders.  Click here to become an emergency volunteer with JASA Van Cortlandt Senior Center.
  • Kingsbridge United: #kingsbridgeunited is a grassroots local organization providing fresh produce and local restaurant food (supporting vendors who are particularly struggling) to those in great need in the Kingsbridge neighborhood as well as creating and distributing English-Spanish resource postcards with essential coronavirus relief information especially needed by those without internet access or other direct channels to this information.  You can support their work by Venmo to @jessicawoolford - every little bit makes a big difference.
  • The Laptop Project, based in Teaneck, refurbishes used/broken laptops, tablets and smartphones and gives them to people in need. There is a desperate need for devices at this time. If you have  a smartphone, tablet or laptop (does not have to be in working order, as the Laptop Project can rebuild devices), please contact info@thelaptopproject.org.  Please cc MJ Kanner at  mjspeech@yahoo.com  and she can help coordinate.  If you know someone who needs a device please ask The Laptop Project to add the person to the list.  Learn more at  https://thelaptopproject.org.
  • CovidWatcher  - Help NYC Understand COVID-19's Impact: Columbia University  has rolled out a  new research tool called  CovidWatcher  which will track COVID-19’s impact on New York City neighborhoods in real time, filling in critical gaps in knowledge of the virus to better understand the needs across New York. Your data leads to more insights, updated daily. The link is https://covidwatcher.dbmi.columbia.edu/. It should take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey is intended for everyone to fill out, regardless of symptoms or concerns about exposure.  
  • Donate Blood - Riverdale Y Blood Drive, May 27: New York Blood Center has declared a Blood Emergency and your help is needed as we are experiencing an increase in demand for blood. To help meet demand, we are asking you to please attend this blood drive coming to your area: The Riverdale YM-YWHA Gym, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 11:00 - 5:00pm - 5625 Arlington Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471
    • Due to the current public health crisis and social distancing rules, donors MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT (walk-ins will not be permitted at this time). Click here or call 1.800.933.2566 to schedule an appointment.
    • Don't forget to bring your donor ID card or know your donor ID number. Eat well and drink plenty of fluids before donating.  We look forward to seeing you. To learn more about the importance of donating during this time and to answer your questions regarding COVID-19, please visit www.nybc.org/coronavirus.
    • Do not donate if you have: a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing), had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days, been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 until 14 days after your illness has resolved. NOTE: close contact is defined by CDC as being within 6 feet of an infected individual for a prolonged period of time.
  • Fighting Covid-19 in the Developing World - AJWS: In 19 of the neediest countries around the world, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is working with its nearly 500 on-the-ground partner social change organizations to protect the most vulnerable people on earth from COVID-19. Learn more about their work here.
  • New York Cares - Virtual Volunteering: New York Cares partners with New York City to provide volunteer opportunities for all New Yorkers.  During coronavirus, it is developing and providing virtual volunteering opportunities from virtual SAT tutoring, to phone banking to homebound seniors to conduct wellness checks, to virtual citizenship preparation and more.  For more information and to register as a volunteer, click here.
  • Combat Bullying - Knit, Crochet, or Help Support Hat Not Hate! As we spend time at home, we can put our craft skills to work to make a difference.  Knit or crochet blue hats or support the work of Hat Not Hate, an anti-bullying organization.  In October, National Bullying Prevention Month, the hats are distributed to schools across the country for students to wear, empowering them to stand up to bullying.  The goal for this year is 100,000 hats!  For more information, click here.
  • Volunteer Packers at the Riverdale Y: As we expand our communitywide meal pickup and delivery programs, the Riverdale Y is packing shelf-stable breakfast and dinner foods for delivery for seniors who need.  A few more volunteer packers are needed for Wednesday and Friday afternoons.  Please reach out to ranlee40@aol.com.
  • The Mask Project: The Mask Project is supporting out-of-work immigrant mothers to make filtered cloth masks for vulnerable populations in the community, focusing primarily on the Navajo Nation, seniors, refugees, and asylees who don't have access to this desperately needed piece of protection.  The Mask Project is a project of Arizona Jews for Justice.  Through the kindness of your donations, the group of immigrant mothers will able to safely make 750 masks per worker per week.  Learn more here.  If you would like to support this campaign, please donate here. And if you donate and you need a mask, please send us your address to arizonajews4justice@gmail.com and we will mail a mask to you.
  • Helping Those Who Help Us - National Domestic Workers Alliance: The NDWA, especially in this time, has kept our focus on the way coronavirus has impacted our domestic workers - those who take care of our children, our homes, and aid our loved ones in need of assistance with their daily living.  NDWA's resources include fact sheets about the profound insecurity so many are experiencing now, a care fund to help support them, and ways to be the best employers we can to those workers - for when they are able to be in our homes and when they aren't.  Check out their critical resources here.
  • Help Get Food to Those Who Need - World Central Kitchen: Traditional safety nets like school feeding programs, city services, and food banks are struggling to meet basic needs. Seniors, who are isolated for their safety, are unable to access meal services. Meanwhile, the country’s hospital workers are more stretched than ever before.  WCK is working across America to safely distribute individually packaged, fresh meals in communities that need support. WCK is now active in dozens of cities, including the Bronx, providing 250,000 fresh meals every day. WCK is also now activating restaurants to help meet this demand by providing jobs for their staff and meals for those in need. #ChefsForAmerica is making a key connection between people who need meals and restaurant workers and drivers who need to earn a living. You can support WCK's work here.
  • Join and Support the Skilled Laborers Brigade (SLB): Before the COVID-19 crisis, all 500+ SLB members were paid professional tradesmen in the fashion and entertainment industries including tailors, cutters, pattern makers, seamstresses, stitchers, graphic artists, designers, and more. Most members belong to trade unions. They are looking for from-home help to quickly turn materials into finished PPE. Professional tailors, seamstresses, cutters, die cutters pattern makers, milliners, props fabricators, fabric merchandisers, designers, production assistants, coordinators, drapers, manufacturers, graphic artists, stitchers, dyers, website builders, furniture upholsterers, marketing professionals, painters, fundraisers, puppet builders, weavers, metal workers, drafters, and 3D printers can all help. Volunteer your time, or donate at www.skilledlaborersbrigade.com or at info@skilledlaborersbrigade.com.
  • Helping New Bronx Covid-Positive Parents: Montefiore doctors have seen a great need for basic baby supplies, especially for those born to Covid-positive mothers.  They have created care packages with the most-needed supplies.  An Amazon wishlist has been created for these essential items here. You can support this effort by going to the wishlist and purchasing these necessary items that can make a huge difference for Bronx families.
  • Show Appreciation to a Montefiore Hospital Frontliner - Project Adopt-a-Frontliner
    Project Adopt-a-Frontliner aims to bring personalized messages of gratitude to frontline health care workers at Montefiore Medical Center. Once you email Adira Hulkower to let her know that you are interested in participating, she will provide you with the name of a doctor or nurse, and then cards and videos can be sent through her at adopt.a.resident@gmail.com.
  • Support Bronx Community Relief: Join The Bronx community members, advocates and individuals who have come together to form The Bronx Community Relief Effort to provide immediate, mid-term, and long-term resources to vulnerable Bronx residents who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Bronx Community Relief helps our neighbors in eight areas of need: (1) Food Insecurity, (2) Small Business Relief, (3) Microgrants to People in Crisis, (4) Getting PPE to First Responders, (5) Helping Local Non-profits, (6) Connectivity and Technology Gaps, (7) Equity and Justice, and (8) Housing Stability.  For more information on The Bronx Community Relief Effort and to donate, please visit TheBronx.org.
  • Raise the Morale of our Health Care Providers: Calling all Bayit children please write letters and pictures that you have drawn addressed to health care providers. The administration of the health care providers are looking boos the morale of their staff by creating a wall of letters from children.
    If you are able and willing, please send to:
    Tina DiMartino
    New York Presbyterian Allen Hospital
    5141 Braodway, Room 1RW-059
    New York, NY 10034
  • Shopping Buddies: As we continue to adhere to social distancing, we become aware of more members of our community who need assistance with groceries and essential supplies.  We want to discourage “extra” errand running, and are looking to match up shopping buddies with others in their building or neighborhood.  When you plan an online order (preferred) or a shopping excursion, you would check in with your shopping buddy, and see what they need.  We need more volunteers.  If you can help, or want to learn more, please email shiragordon25@gmail.com.
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