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Your coronavirus Jewish resource guide

With rabbis and public health officials warning against participating in Jewish life activities due to the spread of coronavirus many are wondering how to have an active Jewish life amongst the many cancelations and advisories. We will be updating this guide with resources as they become available.

(Last updated 3/16 2:11 p.m.)

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Shabbat services

With congregations warning to stay home many are offering up streams of services.

An updated Google doc is being shared here.

What precautions should I take?

The JCC of Manhattan posted the following guidelines:

  • The CDC and NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene recommend that you stay home if you have a fever and/or flu-like symptoms and see your healthcare provider if appropriate.
  • The CDC recommends that older adults and those who have chronic illness or are otherwise immunocompromised should stay home as much as possible, avoid those who appear ill, and avoid large gatherings.
  • The Department of Health & Mental Hygiene is asking New Yorkers who return from the following countries to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution: China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan. Please note, other countries may be added to this list and it may be updated based on current news.

What steps should I take to avoid becoming ill?

  • Wash your hands frequently and vigorously for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, especially after touching public surfaces. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid handshakes, hugs, and high fives.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, sleeve, or your elbow.
  • Immediately dispose of used tissues and wash or sanitize your hands.


Kids at home? This Google doc is being shared amongst parents on tips on how to home school your children.

The PJ Library has also put together this family activity guide.

Adult education

Natan Sharansky will participate in an online learning session about Jewish Unity in History and the story of Soviet Jewry on March 23.

Mental health resources

A free webinar on how to cope with coronavirus is available here.

How to help

Those who rely on Jewish social services and the organizations that serve them are struggling with unique challenges posed by the spreading pandemic. Read more about how you can help here.


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