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My dear friend Dr. Hadar Ma’ayan made a “COVID-19 Homebound Bingo” for her teenagers stuck at home, and that inspired me to create this Jewish Self-Care Bingo for this time of social distancing. Every time you get a bingo, give yourself a reward. I hope we will see many of you at our ZOOM services tonight and tomorrow. It takes a little getting used to, but we are getting the hang of it, and Friday night’s service will include a variety of community members offering music and readings. It would be great to have you join us.
The current epidemic will likely tax what systems we have in place to protect and support the most vulnerable As Jews, it is our duty to do what we can, so we will consider Social Action in this time and place.
Our Wednesday morning Book/Jewish History Study Group will continue online via ZOOM through the COVID-19 shutdown. Watch the Home Page and Calendar for the links to join the online meeting.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION
MEALS ON WHEELS
Age Well’s community meals program needs drivers during this coronavirus crisis. Help those trapped at home who cannot get out to do food shopping. Time commitment of about 2 hours once a week. Contact Laura Need at Age Well either by email or at 802-662-5273
PASSOVER FOOD DRIVE FOR SOUTH BURLINGTON FOOD SHELF
The coronavirus has increased need to provide food support for members of our community. Bring food donations directly to the Food Shelf at 356 Dorset Street, on Thursdays between 9:30-11:30 AM. Most needed: jams, jellies, coffee, cereal, rice, toiletries, canned fruit and a separate bag noted s perishable for cheese, meat fruit, veggies. Visit the Food Shelf website to make a donation or volunteer.
DONATE BLOOD OR VOLUNTEER
There is a desperate shortage of blood and blood drive volunteers. The Red Cross has instituted special precautions to ensure that you and the health providers are as safe as can be. PLEASE visit redcrossblood.org to learn more, and help out in any way you can. If you are eligible and healthy, please make a blood donation appointment as soon as you can by visiting the website or downloading the Red Cross blood app for your mobile device. To discuss volunteer opportunities, contact volunteer coordinator Alice Drislane.
HUNGER FREE VERMONT
If you have any concerns or questions related to food for yourself, family, or members of your community during this crisis, Hunger Free Vermont has created a web page dedicated to preparing for the impacts of COVID-19 on food access in Vermont.
NEED HELP YOURSELF?
Need help with shopping, pressing repairs at your home, pet care, etc.? Contact the Chaverim Committee or the Social Action Committee.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ACTION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE ‘
Let us know what actions you are engaged in. Suggest actions the Committee should consider. Contact the committee chair.
JOIN OUR TEMPLE SOCIAL ACTION EMAIL LIST
Add your name to our committee mailing list to receive meeting minutes, occasional articles, and action opportunities. And join our meetings on the 3rd Thursday of every month(6:00-7:00). Contact the Social Action Committee for more information.
NATIONAL REFUGEE SHABBAT AND DISCUSSION via ZOOM
3/20/2020 – 6:30 pm
Join us online for a virtual National Refugee Shabbat and discussion. Sponsored by HIAS, this is a moment for congregations, organizations, and individuals around the country to dedicate a Shabbat experience to refugees and asylum seekers.