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COVID-19 Updates

The BJ Campus is currently closed.

With new information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its presence in New York City and within the NYC Jewish community emerging by the hour, you will find all of our latest updates here, as well as public health resources. If you are a member of the BJ community and need support, please email rabbis@bj.org.

 

Aviv (20s and 30s)

Stay connected with Aviv on Thursday nights for virtual happy hours, and throughout the week for drop-in Zoom times.

B’nai Mitzvah

All services will be a maximum of 10 people to a service. In the weeks leading up to April 20th, there will be a reassessment to try and make sure that families are able to celebrate their children.

Financial Assistance

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. For more information and an application, click here.
  • 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 5 employees.

Groceries, Deliveries, and Other Similar Support

Life Cycle Events

Baby Namings: Baby girls will not be named during this health crisis, but postponed until a later date when it will be safe to gather together for Shabbat morning services.

Brit Milah: Baby boys can have a bris in the home, with just the mohel and a very small group of family (ideally parents, grandparents, and baby) following social distancing protocol. No celebratory meal should be served.

Funerals: Funerals can either be held with a virtual service, with a burial led by a BJ rabbi and a very small group of family in attendance, or a graveside service also with a BJ rabbi and very small group of family. Shiva will be held remotely.

Shiva: If you have a loss during this period, we will provide support to offer virtual shiva (via Zoom, phone calls, or video calls, per the desire of the mourners). Mourners can also participate in daily minyanim and say kaddish.

Weddings: Marriage ceremonies are postponed until it is once again safe to gather.

Prayer Services

Shabbat Livestream

All in-person prayer services have been canceled until further notice. We will continue to broadcast Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:30PM and Shabbat Morning services at 10:00AM via our Livestream. Roly and Felicia will lead the service from the sanctuary, with no members present. As such, Mourner’s Kaddish will not be part of the livestream service. Family Shabbat Morning Services will be offered at the Family Life & Learning Facebook page. Other services will be offered by Zoom meetings.

Prayer at Home

Dozens of members are joining our Zoom meetings for morning and evening minyanim, which include Mourner’s Kaddish. The morning minyan will be held via Zoom meeting Monday-Thursday at 8:00AM; Sundays and national holidays at 9:30AM. Our evening minyan will be held via Zoom meeting Sunday-Thursday at 6:30PM. During national and Jewish holidays, please check the BJ calendar, as minyan times operate on a different schedule on those days.

Please join us on Zoom for virtual Hadvalah and Ma’ariv as we bring Shabbat to a close as a community. Click here for a list of start times for each week.

If you would like to follow along with our services from home, please visit our Prayer at Home page, which includes links to the minyanim and to at-home prayer resources.

Teen Program

Join the BJ Teens on Sundays and Wednesdays for special virtual meetings. Sundays will be informal programs planned by Laura and the BJ Teen Executive Board. Wednesdays will be classes and educational programs planned by BJ spiritual leaders, staff, and educators.

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West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) is a long-time partner of BJ, whom we support in a variety of ways throughout the year. They are continuing to support the most vulnerable New Yorkers with sidewalk distribution, social services, and their mobile food pantry.

  • WSCAH serves 22,000 hungry New Yorkers every year, distributes 1.6 millions pounds of healthy food, and connects people to essential benefits for themselves and their families.  During this uncertain time, WSCAH will continue to be a reliable resource for healthy food and supportive services such as food stamps and unemployment benefits to all New Yorkers in need. WSCAH is following all city and state, and federal protocols to keep their staff healthy and safe, so that they can continue their mission of providing access to healthy food for hungry families of our City, New York.

Health care workers are on the front lines and need critical supplies! Send a healthcare worker a meal:

  • Kosher meal delivery from Jsquared Caterers — send a meal to a specific person whose address you know
  • Feed the Frontlines NYC — make a donation to cover the cost of meals being prepared and delivered to healthcare and hospital workers around NYC.

Donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves are being organized through various drives.

  • New York Presbyterian Hospital: Drop off supplies at Ohab Zedek, 118 West 95th Street from 9 am- 5pm, Text David Chutter at 917-589-6060 to coordinate

If you have the means at this time, please consider a donation to help them meet their increased costs as they purchase more shelf stable food and deploy their mobile food markets across the City. You can donate here.

We have been informed by New York State that our Homeless Shelter and the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program are deemed essential, and so the staff and volunteers needed to keep the programs running are allowed to come to BJ to do this important work. Otherwise, the BJ campus remains closed for all in-person prayer services and other programs.

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.

These general guidelines offered to the public remain:

  • Stay home: Per Governor Cuomo’s recent order, unless you are younger, healthy, and an essential employee of an essential business or institution, you should work from home, and only go out for provision 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.

Important Phone Numbers

  • 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