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Birmingham, AL 35213

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©2019 Birmingham Jewish Federation | The BJF is funded in part by the Birmingham Jewish Foundation and the United Way of Central Alabama

General Community  

Mayor Woodfin and the City of Birmingham are committed to keeping you informed on the latest information concerning city efforts related to COVID-19.  Text BNM Covid to 888-777 to stay informed- - Text keyword BHMCOVID to 888-777 to receive text message updates about important announcements and information from City of Birmingham. Visit: https://www.birminghamal.gov/coronavirus  for the latest news.  

  

#BhamStrong is fueled by private, public, and civic leadership to facilitate the flow of accurate information and ensure an agile, resilient, and collaborative response to COVID-19 in our community. We pledge to provide you with a single source of truth about how COVID-19 is affecting our community. Further, we collect real-time data from community members to ensure we design effective relief programs and recommend the right resources to support you. We are in the process of structuring a relief fund and assistance programs to support people who are experiencing income loss and small businesses experiencing revenue loss.   

Click Here for more information:  

  

United Way Needs Assessment: 

The LJCC, as a Red Cross certified disaster relief/preparedness facility, is ready to help our broader Birmingham community. We are working with the City of Birmingham to provide care for children of first responders, healthcare professionals, and essential workers. We will also become a food pickup location for families who rely on schools to provide meals.  

  

Operation Cares: A Camp For First Responder Families is providing childcare for first responders, medical professionals and essential workers so they can continue to protect our community from COVID-19. We'll be practicing social distancing and focusing on good hygiene.   

  

Operation Cares Kitchen is helping provide free lunches for families who depend on school lunch programs.  Click here for more information  

 

News and Media  

Message of hope from President of Israel  

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Dr. Michael S. Saag is professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is world-renowned for his work on the HIV virus. This article is his assessment of the coronavirus reflecting his opinion, not necessarily representing the opinions of UAB or the University of Alabama System. Click here to read this open letter to the citizens of Alabama. 

  

Dreams of Hope is now available for viewing on the web at PBS affiliate KCET in Los Angeles. We've received many requests to see Dreams of Hope since its premiere from those of you in attendance and an even greater number from those who've seen the broadcast on PBS  stations across the nation. Thanks to PBS sponsors for making this web stream possible.  

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If you are experiencing an emergency or have an immediate need, please call the 24 hour hotline at:  

(205) 323-7777 or 1 (800) 273-8255  

Crisis Line: (205) 323-7777  

Teen Link: (205) 328-5465  

Kid’s Help Line: (205) 328-5437  

Senior Talk Line: (205) 328-8255  

  

The Alabama Department of Public Health Coronavirus Hotline: 888-264-2256 

Kids:  

-Resources for Quarantined Families  https://pjlibrary.org/familyactivities 

 

-Check out Games For Young Minds, a blog about how to make math games for young children. Email gamesforyoungminds@gmail.com to sign up.  

 

-LJCC Cohn ECLC Storytime and Circle Time (schedule below) 

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Teens: 

-Hillel@Home - To help maintain critical connections and human interactions for students, Hillel is launching Hillel@Home - a global online platform for students to discover community, find fulfillment, hear great stories, and spend time with other Jewish college students from around the world. (schedule below) https://welcome.hillel.org/hillelathome/?utm_source=Students%20March%2016&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Hillel%20at%20Home 

 

-Supporting and empowering our Teens during challenging times   

https://www.jewishboston.com/supporting-and-empowering-our-teens-during-challenging-times-covid-19/ 

 

LJCC Happenings and Fitness & Wellness: 

-The LJCC is focused on engaging our members and Jewish community every day. See below for daily schedule.  

 

-Additionally, we have worked with Les Mills International to provide virtual group fitness classes for our entire membership and the general Jewish community. Clickhere to take advantage of this service.   

 

CJFS Information

-CJFS’ professional staff is working remotely, but our phone system enables us to respond to you quickly during business hours.  Call us at 205-879-3438 for - Supportive Counseling - to help manage the stress and anxiety we are all feeling in this uncertain time.  

 

-Assistance for Older Adults and Vulnerable Populations--for needs such as food and medication. We are doing regular wellness check-ins and critical needs assessments with our current CJFS clients. If you are not a current CJFS client and have a critical need, please call us - We are here for you.  

 

Synagogues:  

Chabad of Alabama - is proud to offer a diverse sampling of virtual classes online on Rabbi Yossi Friedman's Facebook page.  Check out the full class schedule below and also on our website!  

 

Temple Beth-El -Please check the TBE website or Facebook page for additional special events you can attend virtually. https://www.facebook.com/TBEBirmingham/   

 

Temple Emanu-El - As we move through these uncertain times of social isolation, we are focused now more than ever on how our congregational family can connect with one another. Our Temple staff has made significant strides in a short period of time to take many of our programs to a virtual space, allowing for connection to continue from the safety of our homes. We will offer the following experiences online beginning immediately:  

 

Stay tuned for virtual programming from our other Jewish agencies!  

CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED CALENDAR

 

 

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