COVID-19 Updates & Resources
While Central Synagogue remains a completely virtual congregation during the COVID-19 crisis, this page will serve as a source of information with news about the crisis as it impacts our congregation, as well as some suggested resources and ways to help our greater community.
In New York State, effective Monday January 11, 2021, anyone over the age of 65 is eligible for vaccination. The website for New York City can be found here.
If you are in New York State but outside of New York City, you should locate the website for the Department of Health in the county where you are living. In other states, please check your state’s website for further information about eligibility. You may also wish to reach out to your primary care physician, who may also have resources relating to vaccinations.
If you are uncomfortable with technology and are having difficulty navigating the New York City website and do not have family members or friends who can help you, please call us and we will do our best to assist you. We are not able to help secure appointments that are not available, and may refer you to resources provided by the City or State, but given the importance we will do our best to use our available resources to help congregants who need assistance where possible. While this information is publicly available, we hope sharing it is a convenience for many of you. For further information please go to the Citywide COVID Information Portal.
Community Resources/Ways You Can Help
A compilation of resources from UJA’s network of nonprofits, synagogues, and day schools.
UJA Federation NY has also organized a list of virtual service opportunities available to those interested in helping to reduce social isolation among high-risk and quarantined individuals.
How Reform Congregations are coping with COVID-19 (and Tools to Help)
A quick guide for New Yorkers to contribute to the fight against the Coronavirus and ensure that no neighbors remain in need in NYC during this crisis.
Ways to volunteer, donate and partner in New York City.
This organization is focused most prominently on the elderly, disabled, and immunocompromised, but is available to help anyone in need. Sign up if you need groceries or supplies, or if you’d like to volunteer.
New Group for Those Who Lost Parents to COVID-19
Support for people who have lost parents to Coronavirus and cannot grieve in person with their loved ones. Meet virtually with others who are struggling to come to terms with the loss, to create a sense of closure, and to grieve in community. This group will meet for 8 weeks and cover themes including: Grieving alone, Survivor’s guilt, Complicated grief, and Not being able to say, “Goodbye.” The cost with out-of-pocket insurance is $80 per session or $60 covered.
A special COVID-19 Relief Campaign for the spring of 2020. All proceeds will go to four nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to those facing economic hardship. The New York Times Company underwrites all administrative costs incurred by the fund, so every dollar donated goes to helping others.
A completely teen-run organization that makes donating to those in need safe and easy. Created by teen Central members. To aid their initiative, donate to the organization’s Go Fund Me page.
The Jewish Board can help with anything from dealing with the everyday stress of children whose social outlets have been curtailed, to people dealing with a tragic death loss from the pandemic. They offer support groups for job loss, isolation, and parenting stress/anxiety and have a variety of additional services as well.
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. These loans address:
- Lost wages due to being unable to go to work
- Child care costs due to school closures
- Small business losses
- Canceled study abroad programs
- Related medical costs
For more information and an application, visit hfls.org/coronavirus.
Please help spread the word about this important resource.
Technically challenged? Check out these videos on how to use tools such as Zoom, Facetime, Amazon, and Seamless.