The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, together with our Agency and Synagogue partners, have been diligently monitoring the worldwide outbreak and local spread of respiratory illnesses caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Consistent with national guidance, we are closely following local advisories to track what is happening in our region.
 
Because the health and safety of community members is our top priority, we want to share with you information, resources, and steps we are taking to help safeguard our community’s health.
 
The Federation is available to you and any questions can be directed to Webmaster@JewishRichmond.org or 804-545-8621.
WHAT IF I AM IN NEED OF COUNSELING SERVICES?  
 
JFS Richmond (Jewish Family Services) has a counseling line to address questions of this nature. Should you be in need of these services please call 1-804-282-5644 ext. 239.
 
To be added to the Senior Telephone Reassurance List, please call 1-804-282-5644.
MOBILITY RESOURCES
 
  • Share Ride Services: Access Chesterfield
    • 804-706-2796
  • Senior Connection Ride Connection
    • 804-672-4495
WHAT IF I AM STRUGGLING & NEED HELP?
 
If you, or someone you know, is stuggling to get by and needs help, please encourage them to call the Richmond Jewish Care Line at 804-525-8299.
HELPFUL RX RESOURCES
 
  • Mobile Medical Services – Dispatch
    • 804-495-0053
  • Rx Delivery
    • Senior Connection
      • 804-343-3000
    • Both  CVS and Walgreens deliver
  • Regarding Medicaid:
    • Medicaid members can refill prescriptions for 90 days.
    • Medicaid members can refill early.
    • Medicaid members will not be charged a copay for prescription refills.
WHAT IF I NEED KOSHER FOOD?
 
The Weinstein JCC Cafe is available. Please find the menu and information here.

And while Kosher food is available locally, please also see the option of an emergency relief kosher delivery menu here.
 
ADDITIONAL FOOD RESOURCES
 
  • JCC  Food Bank
    • Tuesdays 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Sundays 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Home Delivered Meals 804-343-3027
  • Meals on Wheels 804-673-5035
    • Note: Must register and may take multiple weeks.

HELP THOSE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH THE
CRISIS RESPONSE FUND TODAY!


 

Your support of the Federation annual campaign allows us to quickly respond to emergencies when they arise. With your generosity we are able to ensure the safety and strength of our Jewish community. Today, it is because of the strength of our annual campaign that we have launched our Crisis Fund to relieve the financial burden of the national pandemic from the most vulnerable. We also have an Amazon Wish List & Donation List for items that have been requested by our partner agencies.
 
If you are able to help, now is the time to step up.
While social distancing may keep us physically apart, we are still one community!
Find opportunities to connect virtually here!
Local Streaming Services, Study & Resources
 

Minyan & Shabbat Services Available Online

Online Streamed Shabbat Services & Online Classes (Free with Code: Kehillah)

Partners & Affiliated Agencies With the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond 
 

Connect with our Partnership region in Israel, Hadera! P2G has ways to connect Digitally for Conversations OverseasOnline Cooking Tutorials, and activity  ideas Posted to Their Facebook Page.

Whether you're looking for activities & recipes or kid-friendly audio stories & music, PJ Library has tons of options. Check out their specific quarantined family page here.

Programs & materials for teens by clicking here.

Programs, materials, and resources for college students by clicking here.

While parts of the Weinstein JCC may be physically closed, check out their social media & site for online programs. The Weinstein JCC Cafe is also still available to the community at this time.

As many of our programs and opportunities to connect are happening via Zoom, here is some info to help get started.
 
MAKE CALLS TO HOMEBOUND SENIORS WITH JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES

Volunteers will continue making telephone calls to support homebound seniors. If you’d like to volunteer from home to call seniors, please contact Teresa Baldwin at tbaldwin@jfsrichmond.org or 282-5644 ext. 265. If you or someone you know would like to receive daily telephone reassurance calls, please reach out to us at 804-282-5644.
WRITE CARDS OR LETTERS TO BETH SHOLOM RESIDENTS

Due to necessary precautions at this time, Beth Sholom Senior Living is unable to receive visitors. To write cards or letters to residents, please mail to:

Beth Sholom Senior Living
c/o Mo Funk: Resident Card
1600 John Rolfe Parkway
Richmond, VA 23238
WHERE CAN YOU FIND ACCURATE INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19?
 
WHAT IS THE FEDERATION DOING?
 
 
WHAT CAN WE DO AS A COMMUNITY TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF ILLNESSES LIKE FLU AND CORONAVIRUS?
 
  • The CDC has identified hand washing as one of the best defensive actions you can take against any virus or illness. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based sanitizers when soap and water are not available. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless your hands are clean.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough. Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands, or use tissue. Throw away any used tissues promptly, then wash your hands again.
  • Sanitize and disinfect surfaces regularly, because the virus is spread through droplets. 
  • Limit personal contact – refrain from hand-shaking or hugging.
  • Limit exposure to common-use items in a public space, refrain from touching hand rails, door knobs, or other objects with your bare skin. If you have touched public-space surfaces, be sure to wash up as soon as possible.
  • If you are sick, please stay at home. Even if you do not think you have been exposed to COVID-19, you should stay home if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. 
  • Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. 
  • If you suspect you may have been exposed to the coronavirus and are not experiencing life-threatening conditions (shortness of breath, for example), please call your doctor’s office. Nurses and doctors will be able to advise whether you need to be seen. There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human coronavirus. Most people will recover on their own, but some people can develop pneumonia and require medical care, including hospitalization.
 
WHAT ELSE IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS?
 
Coronavirus does not recognize race, nationality, or ethnicity. Discrimination based on ethnicity or ancestry will worsen the situation. Having Chinese ancestry—or any other ancestry—does not make a person more vulnerable to COVID-19. Do not assume that people wearing masks are sick. Based on cultural differences, masks are worn for various reasons.
COVID-19 has prompted a campaign of xenophobia against the Chinese-American community across the U.S., and many Chinese-owned businesses have been affected by misinformed concerns. Along with 73 Jewish organizations across the country, our Federation signed a letter expressing support for our friends and neighbors in the Chinese-American and Chinese communities to ensure that they feel safe and to combat attacks and stereotyping. We are reaching out to local Chinese-American and Asian-American organizations to express our solidarity.
 
WHERE SHOULD ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS BE DIRECTED?  
 
If you have questions about our community response or need assistance of any kind please contact the Federation at 804-545-8621 or Webmaster@JewishRichmond.org. We will be reviewing messages and getting back to people as quickly as we possibly can.  
 
WHAT ARE OUR NEXT STEPS?
The Federation will continue to monitor the situation, update our community, give guidance, and distribute resources about COVID-19 as more information becomes available.