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Beth Am Community
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BETH AM COMMUNITY

Beth Am Is Here to Help
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance with grocery shopping, tech support or other needs, please complete the Need Assistance form. If you or someone you know is in need of financial assistance, help is available through Beth Am's Social Action Emergency Relief Fund. If you can offer assistance to others, please complete the Offering Assistance form. Thank you for helping support our community. And as always, our Beth Am clergy and staff will continue to respond to emails and phone messages, and are happy to talk with you by phone if you have questions or concerns: (650) 493-4661.

Tikvah Emotional Support Program
Beth Am's Tikvah programs offers one-to-one emotional support for our members who are facing a life challenge. Right now Tikvah volunteers are available to provide emotional support to help cope with our current COVID-19 crisis, through up to six personal and confidential phone calls. The program matches congregants in need with a volunteer who is trained to provide compassionate support in times of crisis. For more information or to request Tikvah support, send an email to tikvah@betham.org.

Contribute to the Beth Am's Social Action Emergency Relief Fund
Our Tzedakah Box and Fund in Focus collections during this time of pandemic are devoted to Beth Am's Social Action Emergency Relief Fund. This fund, established to provide crucial assistance during times of natural disaster, helps members of our congregation who are experiencing financial distress due to the impact of COVID-19. Learn more or make an online contribution.

Request Help Through Beth Am's Social Action Emergency Relief Fund
Emergency grants are made to Beth Am members who have lost income due to the COVID-19 crisis and need assistance paying for basic necessities such as housing, food or medical care. At this time, grants are one-time. Depending on the demands on the fund, and the depth of the funds available, additional grants may be offered at a later date. Please complete a simple online form to request financial assistance.

Call Every Congregant
To keep our Beth Am community strong, we have organized an effort to call every member of the congregation every few weeks as our Shelter-In-Place order continues. This is allowing us to see how everyone is doing, and to find out about members who are in need of grocery shopping, pharmacy pick-up, clergy counsel or other assistance. If you are able to make phone calls to about 10 other members, please complete the Volunteer to Call Congregants form. We will send you a list of members to call and a simple form you can fill out if you become aware of any special needs. Thank you for giving your time and compassionate attention as we work together to stay connected.

Face Coverings for All
Let's work together to make sure every Beth Am congregant has a face covering. When we achieve this goal, we will donate additional face coverings to those in our community who need them most. Learn more.

IN THE GREATER COMMUNITY

Shalom Bayit — Peace in the Home: Please consider supporting Shalom Bayit and supporting those experiencing domestic violence during Shelter-in-Place. Watch a video featuring Bay Area rabbis speaking out (including Beth Am's Rabbi Marder) about domestic violence during Shelter-in-Place. Please give groceries or needed supplies by donating gift cards. Gift cards can be sent virtually by email to info@shalom-bayit.org or online for Safeway or Visa & Target. Gift cards can be sent by mail to P.O. Box 2883, Berkeley, CA 94702.

“Caregiving During COVID” Consultations Caring for elders has never been easy, but today adult children can’t even visit their older parents for fear of getting them sick. Members of the Stanford community are volunteering to provide free consultations on how to best provide care during COVID. Their team help families discover what COVID resources are available, improve coordination between caregivers, and help get answers to challenging or overwhelming questions. They've personally been through the difficult process of caring for aging family members. Now, they're at Stanford University redesigning what it means to care for your family. Learn more and sign up for a consultation.

IsraAID is urgently seeking volunteers to assist with their efforts in providing vital relief supplies to our most vulnerable communities. Operations are conducted according to CDC guidelines. Activities include:

  • In San Jose Warehouse: Sorting and packing of relief supplies
  • From San Carlos: Distribution of food packages to people's homes

Jewish Family and Children's Services are open and ready to serve you and our entire community. Their staff are serving as first responders during this pandemic emergency, and are providing:

  • Urgent care for those who are at home and not in hospitals.
  • Meal, grocery, and supply delivery to isolated seniors and those with disabilities.
  • Deliveries from our JFCS Food Banks in all regions. Food donations are needed to meet the unprecedented need! See options for donating here.
  • Emergency no-interest loans and grants.
  • Expert advice and counseling to help families cope during this uncertain time.

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund has established a COVID-19 Response Fund to enable donors and community to help meet both individual and organizational needs.

Bay Area Jewish Healing Center continues to provide spiritual care to those living with illness or caring for the ill.

Hebrew Free Loan is now making loans available to help manage financial difficulties related to COVID-19. Check out their Coronavirus Impact Loans flyer.

Friendship Circle (FC): During this crisis, people with special needs may be more isolated than most others. Friendship Circle provides opportunities for them to connect with others, and right now is no different. If there is a child that you know who would benefit from this service, please contact Ezzy Schusterman. And, please consider a gift of any size to www.WalkWithFC.com.

SUPPORTING LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

Please consider supporting local nonprofits during this difficult time, including:

Volunteering with Local Nonprofits. There are still a few opportunities for volunteering during these uncertain times. Most volunteer opportunities ares ONLY for individuals not at high risk for COVID-19.

Area Hospitals in Need of Supplies. At many hospitals, there is a shortage of N95 and other protective equipment, and doctors and nurses do not have what they need to protect themselves while taking care of patients with COVID-19. Supplies of surgical masks and other protective equipment are running low, and health care workers are reusing masks, gowns, face shields and gloves that are normally discarded after being used once. If you have unopened boxes of N95 masks or other items, such as gloves, disinfectant wipes, eye protection or hand sanitizer, please consider donating them. Every mask counts! If you would like to donate any of these supplies, please complete the online form (for curbside pick up) or send an email to covid19supplies@stanfordhealthcare.org.

Please remember: We will not contact you to ask for gift cards or other such support. Please be careful and confirm with us if you are unsure as to whether an email is from one of our clergy. Thank you.

           

Sat, October 31 2020 13 Cheshvan 5781