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The AJT is covering the COVID-19 outbreak with a focus on what it means to Jewish Atlanta. Follow the AJT for news updates, health information and helpful resources.

COVID-19 Corona virus outbreaking and Pandemic medical health risk concept.
COVID-19 Corona virus outbreaking and Pandemic medical health risk concept.

Health officials have confirmed 176 deaths and 5444 coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Georgia as of 7 p.m. on April 2.

This site is updated continuously throughout the day.  

Events

VIRTUAL CONNECTIONS

JF&CS  
April 3 – May 1, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Parenting Young Kids in a Pandemic Support Group

JF&CS 
Tuesdays, April 7 – June 2, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
College Student Transitions Therapy Group

FIDF
April 7 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Passover Briefing with the Snir Battalion

Jewish Fertility Foundation
April 21, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
May 26, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Jewish Fertility Foundation Toco Hills Support Group

Jewish Fertility Foundation 
April 23, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Jewish Fertility Foundation Sandy Springs Virtual Support Group

JumpSpark
April 28 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
JumpSpark Professional: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (Virtual)

JumpSpark & Federation
April 28 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Post-Graduation Engagement for Parents Webinar

JumpSpark & Federation
May 3 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Staying Strong Women’s Celebration, Virtual

Chabad Intown
Sundays 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Kabbalah and Coffee – Live Online

Intown Jewish Academy
Mondays 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Maamar Monday – Live Online

Intown Jewish Academy 
Tuesdays 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Talmud Tuesday – Live Online

Intown Jewish Academy
Wednesdays 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Torah Studies – Live Online

Intown Jewish Academy 
Thursdays 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Cookin’ with Rabbi Ari – Live Online

Congregation Etz Chaim
Fridays 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Yoga for Shabbat Live Stream

Blue Dove Foundation
Gratitude – In a Time of Social Distancing

In the City Camp
More dates coming soon to attend “Virtual Camp”.

MJCCA Virtual Camp Programs   
Virtual Live Facebook Camp Programs

PJ Library
PJ Library Atlanta is going live on their Facebook page Join them for story time and activities!

Dekalb County Dept of Human Services
Virtual Senior Center Zumba Class
https://www.atlantajewishconnector.com/virtual-senior-center-zumba-class/

MJCCA Fitness   
MJCCA will be posting daily workouts and conducting live workouts on the Fitness Facebook page. They also have a free option to help keep you active and working out at home.

MJCCA Book Festival 
Click to view MJCCA’s upcoming Book Festival virtual events!

MJCCA Athletics 
The MJCCA Athletics program encourages kids to stay active at home while school is out for an extended period of time. Action for Healthy Kids, a nonprofit organization that promotes a focus on health, fitness, and wellness in schools, has provided some amazing resources to keep kids happy, engaged, and focused on their overall health while at home. Click for activities to do at home and here for MJCCA’s Game On Activity Library.

MJCCA BBYO  
MJCCA BBYO: Tune into BBYO On Demand, a brand-new virtual experience for teens worldwide. Enjoy amazing programming and global events! Some of the sessions will even be led by our very own Greater Atlanta Region BBYO members!

MJCCA Blonder Department for Special Needs
MJCCA Blonder Department for Special Needs Please stay tuned to the Blonder Family Department for Special Needs Facebook group for daily activities, chats, workouts, and more!

MJCCA Aquatics        
“We hope you all are staying safe and healthy and we want to share with you all a few things that you can work on at home to keep your swimming abilities top notch! Please see our swim skills guide that describes exercises for your child’s ability along with a picture.”

MJCCA Outreach      
Fridays at 6:30 pm
Rabbi G will be leading Acoustic Shabbat Live on Fridays at 6:30 pm on the MJCCA Community Outreach Facebook page.

Repair the World Atlanta  
Fridays 6:00-8:00 pm
“Join Repair The World Atlanta from the comfort of your home for a discussion on compassionate care for ourselves and our community! Please sign up through the registration. Together we’ll bring in Shabbat, meet one another, and dine in the comfort of our own homes as we engage with virtual texts regarding care for one another. See you all on Zoom!”

Hillel  
Hillel at Home resource for college students.

SYNAGOGUES AND TEMPES   

Ahavath Achim Synagogue
Stream services online  – Check website for times: https://aasynagogue.org/live-streaming/

Congregation Beth Shalom
April 4 10:30 – 12 noon
Shabbat Morning Virtual Services

Congregation Beth Shalom          
Fridays 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Rabbi Mark’s Weekly Parsha Torah Study

Congregation Beth Shalom  
Fridays 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Friday Night Shabbat Virtual Services

Congregation Beth Shalom 
Fridays 1 p.m.
Preschool Shabbat Sing Live with Rabbi Mark

Congregation Beth Shalom
Saturdays 8:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Zoom Havdalah with Rabbi Z (use your own Havdalah set and join us!)

Congregation Etz Chaim   
All synagogue activities including Shabbat services and daily minyan have been suspended until further notice.  Daily virtual minyan at 8:30 a.m. and Virtual Shabbat morning services at 10:00 a.m. To call into services: 646-558-8656 (when prompted for meeting ID, press 365 561 931)

Congregation Etz Chaim
    

Virtual Wednesday Evening Minyan services: Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Congregation Etz Chaim Ongoing 

Daily Live-Stream Minyanim and Shabbat Services

Congregation Shearith Israel    
Daily and Shabbat services will continue at the regular times in a virtual manner. We will count participants participating in these livestreamed services as part of a minyan, or prayer quorum, allowing members to recite full prayer services including Mourner’s Kaddish.  To be a part of services, visit the following Zoom link at the appropriate time. To participate via phone, dial 929.205.6099 and then enter the meeting code 404 873 1743.

Temple Beth Tikvah 
Virtual religious services via our livestream on our website and/or our Facebook page:  (https://www.facebook.com/TempleBethTikvah/).

Temple Emanu-El
Temple Emanu-El will stream live Shabbat services on Friday night and Saturday morning.

Temple Kehillat Chaim – Roswell, GA
Children’s Shabbat – Join Caroline Figiel and your Kehillah for a fun, online, interactive Children’s Shabbat via Zoom. You can access a it a few minutes before by going to the Zoom website.

Temple Sinai  
Temple Sinai streams all of its worship services.
Erev Shabbat – Friday, 6:30 pm
Shabbat Service – Saturday, 10:00 am
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Service – Saturday, 10:30 am

The Temple   
Virtual Shabbat worship, join our virtual community.
If you wish to follow along in Mishkan T’filah: https://www.ccarnet.org/publications/mishkan-tfilah-for-shabbat/

PASSOVER

18Doors (Formerly Interfaith Family)   
April 2, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Seder Leading 101 Webinar

City Winery
April 6, 6:00 p.m.
The Downtown Seder 2020 – Livestream

Congregation Etz Chaim
April 8 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Virtual Family Seder: The 30 Minute Seder

Congregation Beth Shalom
April 9 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Passover Community (2nd Night) Seder with Rabbi Z

18Doors (Formerly Interfaith Family)   
April 11, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
18Doors Alternative Passover Experience

Virtual Hunger Seder
April 13 7:30 p.m.
The Hunger Seder is an interfaith event reimagining the traditional Passover seder to include learning about hunger and food insecurity: problems and community-led solutions. Join the Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish and other faith partners for an online evening of Passover symbolism, presentations from experts, and breakout discussions. Our theme this year is urban community farming and gardening. Suggested donation of $6-$36 will be given to our speakers’ organizations: Historic Westside Gardens, Wholesome Wave, and an additional organization addressing urgent community needs related to food access during COVID-19.

Community Services

LOCAL

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and Atlanta Jewish Foundation
JFGA implemented a remote working plan and launched the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to address many needs as they are identified.

Atlanta Jewish Music Festival
AJMF Explores: Healing Music (Community Curated) Music is a powerful force. It heals. It can bring people together. In the wake of the tragic events over the last few weeks, we reached out to the AJMF community seeking your “”healing music”. We are humbled by the response received, from both Atlanta and around the world.

JF&CS -Emergency Financial Assistance   
JF&CS is here to provide emergency assistance for individuals and families. Please call (770) 677-9389 to get assistance.

Ahavath Achim Synagogue  
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
Ahavath Achim Synagogue is launching a virtual support network for young adults experiencing escalating rates of unemployment, under-employment, illness, isolation, financial insecurity, and varying degrees of anxiety associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

YMCA of Metro Atlanta
The YMCA is activating all of YMCA branch locations to deliver childcare for thousands of healthcare workers and emergency responders. They are distributing meals for early learners, families and seniors at YMCA sites and working with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to expand food pantries and offer food distribution to the community.  The YMCA has implemented Operation R.E.A.C.H. to engage our seniors and vulnerable groups during this difficult time, activating resources and support to keep them connected and healthy.   Your donation supports these and other vital community relief programs.

FOOD AND SHELTER

Kosher Food Pantry
For the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and clients, we are asking our clients to make an appointment during the hours above. All food will be pre-bagged and handed to you outside of our building. By appointment only. M/W/F 11 am – 2 pm. Call (770) 677-9389

Atlanta Community Food Bank  
Atlanta Community Food Bank aids food locations by launching the NEW “Text for Help” SMS function.

Fresh Food to Your Door      
Meat and seafood supplier expands from restaurant service to home delivery for those stuck in their homes.

Second Helpings 
Rescue food and stock food pantries with Second Helpings! Did you know 40% of Second Helpings’ volunteers are over age 60?  Gen Xers, millennials and teens, it’s time to step up! You can pick and up drop off food from the comfort of your car and make sure vulnerable families don’t go without.

JF&CS Kosher Food Pantry       
“Kosher Food Pantry | By appointment only. M/W/F 11 am – 2 pm. Call (770) 677-9389. For the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and clients, we are asking our clients to make an appointment during the hours above. All food will be pre-bagged and handed to you outside of our building.”

Donating Dry Goods and Non-Perishable Items
Help independent living residents at The Jewish and Zaban Towers who are reducing their risk by not going to the grocery stores or are unable to find food items when they are there. Items include, but are not limited to: canned soup, tuna, peanut butter, canned vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce, crackers, toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes. Drop off on Fridays at front of The William Breman Jewish Home.

Care Packages for Jewish HomeLife Staff                               
Drop off an appropriate “care package” or “care package goods”, prepared by a healthy person, for their care givers and staff. These individuals are leaving their own families every day to care for our community’s families, putting themselves at risk to ensure our residents feel engaged, cared for and loved. Appropriate items include, but are not limited to, wrapped candy, power bars, granola bars, individual sized chips, crackers or cookies, individual sized nuts, pop-tarts, travel size hand sanitizer, lotion, mouthwash, toothpaste and toothbrushes, Emergen-C packets, individually wrapped tea bags or other “comfort” items. Drop off on Fridays at front of The William Breman Jewish Home. 

Atlanta Restaurants offering curbside pickup and delivery. 

HEALTHCARE 

Telehealth Counseling Services
Now offering telehealth options via phone or video conference for current and new clients to help our community during this crisis. For more information about our therapy services or to make a telehealth appointment, email us at therapy@jfcsatl.org or call 770.677.9474.

Ben Massell Dental Clinic
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all dental services are suspended at the Ben Massell Dental Clinic until further notice. Case management services will still be available. Please call (404) 881-1858 for more information.

SENIOR SERVICES

TeleHealth Older Adult Services
Aviv older adult staff are here to help provide resources, care plans, and support for you and your family. Call AgeWell at 1-866-AGE-WELL (1.866.243.9355) to find out how we can help.

Jewish HomeLife
Care, support and companionship for aging loved ones who may be isolated, seniors with dementia or physical impairments, and post-surgical care or illness support for any age adult. Can help with everything from grocery shopping and companionship to support for activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, cooking, etc.). From a few hours a week to 24/7 care.

EDUCATION 

JEDLab already has many posts about virtual teaching and school management. 

BBYO has created a link to offer teen experiences and support as well as support to teen educators.

A social story and other resources to explain Coronavirus to and stay at home with preschoolers

MyJewishLearning.org
A few Jewish learning resources to get you through these difficult days

Moving Times
Teens and Coronavirus: Living Life During a Pandemic

Creating Connected Communities  
Books | In addition to collecting new and gently used books to give to kids at our future programs, we’re also currently partnering with places helping to distribute books to kids and families who are stuck at home while self-quarantining. If you have books to donate, please contact Stefanie Foree.  Legos | CCC needs LEGOS! We’re collecting new or used LEGOS so the kids at our programs can make more amazing creations.  Toys | If you’re cleaning out a gift closet and have NEW toys that your kids are never going to use, CCC can use them! We are always accepting donations of new and unopened toys for our gift store at Amy’s Holiday Party! Gifts | CCC needs small gift items to give to the adults who attend Amy’s Holiday Party. Ideas include: Candles, Costume jewelry, figurines, notecards, perfume, picture frames, purses, scarves, signs with funny sayings, stationery. No pins or watches.

Volunteer Opportunities

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities 
Virtual Volunteering Opportunities Offering a variety of volunteer opportunities is one way to ensure that employees find at least one thing in which they’d feel comfortable participating. Has your company thought about incorporating virtual activities for your remote staff or those who have difficulty getting out of the office?

Creating Connected Communities
A list of volunteer opportunities listing local communities needs and how you can help.  These are Urgent Community Needs, with organizations looking for monetary donations to food donations. A list of volunteer opportunities listing local communities needs and how you can help. These are Urgent Community Needs, with organizations looking for monetary donations to food donations.

Become a Virtual Tutor   
Mind Bubble is an online platform that offers free tutoring and workshops for students across the Atlanta area. Students who attend our weekly tutoring sessions are paired with caring adults who can guide them through their schoolwork and other academic challenges: from math problem sets to English essays. Additionally, we carefully select thought-provoking board and card games for students to play with tutors to hone their critical thinking and social skills.

Donate for Emergency Groceries
PawKids was founded by LaTonya G. Johnston, who is an advocate for Kids, a social justice believer and community leader. Her passion to see children and their parents empowered and equipped to live fulfilling lives led her to launch PAWKids in 2014. Supported by her adopted parents, Chuck and Joeyln Johnston, she has built a great child enrichment program with the help of so many friends and organizations that have believed in her and her ministry.

Provide a Meal to Homeless Women  
Rebecca’s Tent has given support and refuge to nearly 1200 women, age 18 and over. All kinds of women have come to us and received acceptance, love and a helping hand. Shelter services have been and continue to be free of charge.  We offer a safe, secure place to sleep, three meals a day, and a wide range of supportive living services to homeless unaccompanied women. We also provide job-hunting and life skill training to residents.  Rebecca’s Tent has given support and refuge to nearly 1200 women, age 18 and over. All kinds of women have come to us and received acceptance, love and a helping hand. Shelter services have been and continue to be free of charge.

Package and Deliver Meals Through Open Hand Atlanta
Open Hand Atlanta prepares, packs and delivers nearly 5,000 healthy meals each day throughout metro-Atlanta for those who might otherwise go without. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to experience their stories and the stories of those who are dedicated to help us serve them.

Package and Deliver Meals Through Concrete Jungle
Concrete Jungle is a 501(c)3 non-profit and we currently raise our budget entirely from individual contributions. Your donation directly helps us to organize more fruit picks and farm days so we can deliver more fresh produce to those who need it the most in our state.

Package and Deliver Meals Through Atlanta Public Schools
The Atlanta Public Schools needs help delivering food on bus routes as well as food distribution sites in kitchens and drive through lines.

Help With COVID-19
Covid-19 Projects are looking for volunteers and donations for ventilators. We need to develop a strategic reserve of 1,000,000+ emergency ventilators ASAP. These don’t need to be fancy medical ventilators; they just need to work.  In a pandemic, the limited existing ventilator supply and stockpile should be reserved for treating the most critical life-threatening cases. We need to create an emergency ventilator that can be used for millions of minor cases, including patients who require long-term (15-30 day) ventilation on recovery.

Jewish Home Life 
Card and Notes for Jewish HomeLife staff Send or drop-off kind and encouraging notes to the amazing caregivers, housekeepers and dietary staff who continue to care for our community’s loved ones with unwavering courage and dedication.

Jewish Home Life  
Care, support and companionship for aging loved ones who may be isolated, seniors with dementia or physical impairments, and post-surgical care or illness support for any age adult. Can help with everything from grocery shopping and companionship to support for activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, cooking, etc.). From a few hours a week to 24/7 care.

Repair The World
Repair The World volunteer opportunities.  Stay engaged while social distancing: live list of volunteer opportunities and donation needs. Resource: A one-page resource for caring for the sick in the time of crisis

Local News

Chef Mimmo Cooking for Community
March 24, 2020, 8:44 pm
Red Pepper Taqueria staff may not have jobs, but they helped cook inventory for homeless and shelters.

Federation Launches Emergency Response Fund
March 24, 2020, 8:16 pm
The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta responds to the coronavirus pandemic.

Volunteer for COVID-19 Response
March 24, 2020, 8:08 pm
The Georgia Department of Public Health is seeking volunteers for coronavirus response.

How Does the Coronavirus Enter the Body, and What Makes it So Dangerous?
March 24, 2020, 4:05 pm
In severe cases, the viral infection moves from the nasal passage and throat to the lungs, where it can cause pneumonia and prove fatal.

Israeli Scientist: You’re Not Going to See Millions of People Die from COVID-19
March 24, 2020, 3:59 pm
The new coronavirus is ’80 percent identical’ to the 2002-3 SARS, says Shy Arkin. As a whole, it causes a mild respiratory tract infection. But the elderly are the exception.

COVID-19: Physically Separated, Emotionally Connected
March 24, 2020, 3:46 pm
During this public health crisis, technology is reshaping, redefining and recreating Jewish life.

In The City Camps Offers Virtual Camp During Crisis
March 23, 2020, 6:13 am
Online camp provides after-school opportunity to connect, build community and entertain children stuck at home.

Added Touch Catering Set Out Free Food
March 23, 2020, 6:07 am
Added Touch, closing for two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, set up tables of food for the community.

COVID-19 During Passover: Balancing Health and Tradition
March 23, 2020, 6:04 am
COVID-19 has forced many in the Jewish community to change their Passover plans.

Gov. Kemp, Dept. of Labor Focus on Assisting Workers Affected by COVID-19
March 20, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Labor are addressing an increased need for assistance in the coronavirus pandemic.

Georgia Receives SBA Statewide Disaster Declaration
March 20, 2020, 3:50 p.m.
Governor Brian Kemp announced a statewide disaster declaration Wed., March 18 that includes applications for small business emergency loans.

Georgia Prioritizing COVID-19 Tests
March 19, 2020, 6:44 p.m.
First to receive testing should be most vulnerable, first responders and health workers, health officials say.

This Too Shall Pass
March 19, 2020, 6:36 p.m.
Chana Schusterman offers perspective on dealing spiritually with fear and uncertainty, and caterers look on the bright side after having to alter operations.

Governor Kemp Joins Plea for Blood Donations
March 18, 2020, 5:08 pm
American Red Cross, facing severe shortages, urges donations as the Atlanta Jewish Times prepares for March 27 blood drive with Selig Enterprises and North Perimeter Contractors.

The Show Will Go On – Later
March 18, 2020, 4:58 pm
Planning continues for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival to return in the near future.

COVID-19: Safeguarding ‘Most Vulnerable Population’ 
March 18, 2020, 12:10 pm
Barring visitors is the most stringent measure that Jewish HomeLife is taking to prevent the spread of the disease.

Jewish Atlanta Adapting to New Reality  
March 16, 2020, 7:20 am             
“Out of an abundance of caution,” Jewish institutions are finding new ways to operate in this public health crisis.

Being Jewish in the Time of Coronavirus 
March 11, 2020, 10:33 am
Synagogues and Jewish institutions discuss how to take community precautions as COVID-19 spreads globally.

Coronavirus Impacts Jewish Programs and Life
March 12, 2020, 6:38 pm
Changes are inevitable in light of international coronavirus outbreak.

Additional Resources:

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta

Live statistics of the COVID-19 outbreak from around the world.

Repair the World: Share this printable card to share with your neighbors if you are able to help others in need.

CDC’s COVID-19 Website and Hotline
COVID-19 in Georgia

COVID-19 Daily Status Report
All confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, updated daily.

COVID-19 Response in Georgia

Governor Kemp’s News Conferences: COVID-19 Update

Administrative Order for Public Health Control Measures 
The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
Hotline: (844) 442-2681

 

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