COVID-19 Updates

(Updated January, 2021)

The BJ Campus is currently closed. If you are a member of the BJ community and need support, please email rabbis@bj.org.

Below are current city, state, and other support resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge the whole community to stay informed, and practice social distancing, as much as possible—for our own health and safety, that of our families, our community, and our fellow New Yorkers.

COVID-19 Vaccine

As of January 11, 2021, New York State is in phase 1b of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, which includes all people who are 65+ and frontline essential workers: teachers and education workers, including childcare staff, first responders, public safety workers, and public transit workers, in addition to medical and related personnel.

Detailed definitions of the eligible categories continue to evolve. You can find current NY State eligibility information here.

If you believe you are eligible, you should speak with your medical provider or explore these public health resources:

Stay Safe

These general guidelines offered to the public remain:

  • Stay home: Unless you are younger, healthy, and an essential employee of an essential business or institution, or attending in-person school, you should work from home, and only go out for provisions of food, medicine, critical medical care, or for fresh air and exercise, and then only with social distance between you and anyone outside of your household.
  • Continue to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath
  • Should you detect symptoms: self-isolate
  • Should your symptoms continue for more than 48 hours: continue to self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider for further direction
  • For further updates, please keep an eye on this page.

Get Tested

PCR tests are currently recommended for accuracy. Rapid testing is available throughout the city. Many testing centers are free or take insurance, others provide the paperwork necessary for insurance reimbursement. Some reliable options include:

Important Phone Numbers, Apps, and Resources

  • New York State COVID-19 Hotline: 1 (888) 364-3065
  • New York City Department of Health: Dial 311 for immediate connection
  • Department of Community Mental Health: People under self-quarantine, or exposure to a known case, should call (866) 588-0195
  • To receive regular updates on the latest developments regarding coronavirus in New York City, text COVID to 692-692

Financial Assistance Resources

Increasing disruptions and shutdowns have very real and challenging financial impact on many in our congregation and throughout the city.

  • The Hebrew Free Loan Society recently launched its Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan program to provide interest-free loans of $2,000-$5,000 to lower-income residents of New York City who are facing financial challenges caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Learn more and apply.
  • New York City’s Small Business Services has a loan program for businesses with fewer than 100 employees, and grants and loans for businesses with fewer than five employees.
  • Learn about the COVID Alert NY app