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Call Every Congregant. To keep our Beth Am community strong, we are organizing an effort to call every member of the congregation in the next couple of weeks. This will allow 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. To help with this large project, we would like to engage many volunteers. If you are able to make phone calls to 5-15 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.

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 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.

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

Make Medical Masks. If you have time and material, please consider making medical masks. They will be important to the community and health care workers in the weeks to come. Here are two designs for medical masks: Design 1 and Design 2. Contact Beth Am member Leslie, who will collect the masks for donation.


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.

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


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

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.


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