Health and Assistance
The Jewish Leadership Council has put together this site which is a one-stop listing of all sorts of support available for the Jewish Community - for individuals, charites, communitues - this is really helpful source of support and information.
At this time of heightened anxiety, looking after our mental as well as our physical health is more important than ever. JAMI continue to provide practical and emotional support for everyone affected by a mental health problem and are further expanding our services to support people who may be isolated by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
They have tips on looking after your mental health here: https://jamiuk.org/mental-health-and-covid-19/
Further information and guidance can also be found at:
If you know of someone who needs their help at this time, please contact JAMI here or by calling 020 8458 2223.
The Paperweight Trust
This is a Jewish charity that can help people with financial, administrative, benefit or legal problems. They now have a page on their website with up to date information on COVID19, including changes to the benefit system, kosher shops that do home deliveries, changes to Barnet parking restrictions, etc. Their website is: https://www.paperweight.org.uk/covid-19/. You can contact Paperweight if you need help in this crisis.
Sex and Social Distancing
Those members (and adult children of members) who have partners who don't live in the same household should read this government advice that we have received from Jill Shapiro.
Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service
As well as 1:1 bereavement counselling, i JBCS will be starting a new support group ‘Bereavement during Covid-19 – for people bereaved during the virus’ in November. The group will meet fortnightly on a Monday morning for an hour and half via zoom and will be facilitated by two JBCS counsellors, and is for anyone who has experienced a death during the period of Covid. Further details about JBCS is here.
Psychological Resilience through the Pandemic
From the Care Coordinator at NNLS, Deborah Golend:
How can we stay resilient during this time? We are being presented with so many psychological challenges all at once. Prolonged anxiety and enforced separation from one another, the loss of so many everyday freedoms, structures and routines – and real fear, no wonder it feels overwhelming and hard to manage at times.
The following information is not intended to be the answer to everything. Different people find different things that work for them. But I have put together a range of evidence-based techniques and ideas from the field of psychology, neuroscience, resilience research and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which I hope will be useful and help to keep us psychologically buoyant at this challenging time.
The information and links to resources are here.
Board of Deputies
See this announcement about help for regional communities - while KNM won't qualify, this could help members living outside of London, as well as your family and friends around the country.
The UK Jewish Film Festival has new films that can be watched online (payment required).
Their website is https://ukjewishfilm.org/
Seret, the Israeli film festival is showing new Israeli films. Films are available to stream (pay per view), and their programme is here.
JW3 have been working to upload some of their excellent archive of recorded content for you to enjoy at home for free. Their programme is here.
Jewish Book Week have also posted a lot of free content onto their website. from their 2020 festival.
Jewish Renaissance are listing all sorts of Jewish content on their website.
If you want to study some coronavirus-related Jewish texts, Sefaria has an interesting anthology
Masorti Judaism are listing all of the events on Zoom from around the UK Masorti congregations here - a huge range of activities for adults and children.
Let us know of any other resources that we could usefully add here.