COVID-19 Update


All programs and services will continue to be held virtually until further notice.


Please help us continue to support and serve our community during this challenging time: Make a donation to IKAR.

  • Reopening Task Force
  • Virtual Schedule
  • Love & Support
  • Resources & Ways to Help

A Message from the IKAR Reopening Task Force


The IKAR Reopening Task Force is comprised of medical and non-medical community members. We have been meeting regularly since the summer to advise the IKAR staff and clergy on how best to move forward in light of shifting guidance and information. In all discussions, our starting point is the health and safety of our communities and all those with whom we come in contact. As such, we look to and adhere to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and LA County Department of Public Health as we navigate these uncertain times.

The safety and effectiveness of the vaccines gives us many reasons to hope and plan for a time when we can come together safely in person to learn, pray, and play. (For those that are fully vaccinated, check out the CDC guidelines for those fully vaccinated from March 8.) The medical task force recommends that anyone who is eligible should make a plan to get vaccinated; if you need help booking an appointment please complete this short form.

Like many of you, we too are eager to be back together in person. Please know that we are actively monitoring the situation and are working closely with IKAR clergy and staff to adapt practices in real time. We will use this space to provide periodic updates on our work.

B’shalom,

Dr. Deborah Ascheim
Dr. Mark Benor
Dr. Bryna Harwood
Dr. Nicole Nourmand
Betsy Uhrman
Kwasi Gee
Rabbi Sharon Brous
Melissa Balaban
Rabbi Ronit Tsadok
Samuel Alleyne
Ethan Goldstine
Mo Langer

These are difficult and unsettling times for all of us, and there is a lot that is unknown. But one thing we know: human beings need human contact, which is why we have now transitioned all of our programs to virtual.

Please visit ikar.org/calendar for all the details of our virtual events.

If you or anyone you know is struggling, please let our clergy know, and look below for a number of ways to get and give support:

Virtual Healing Circles 

Join clergy, healers and mental health professionals for virtual support groups providing self-care tips, healing practices, and a chance to connect with others via Zoom. To find and join a group, visit ikar.org/calendar.

Drop & Dash Deliveries

We want to be sure folks who are most vulnerable or need extra assistance have the food, medicine, and supplies they need during this period of sheltering in place. Our community can help, so please don’t be shy. If it would be helpful for someone in the community to make a delivery to your home, please complete this form. And if you can make a delivery, please sign up here.

IKAR Phone Buddies

Sometimes just hearing someone’s voice can be comforting. If you’re willing to make regular phone calls to members or would appreciate receiving regular calls, we can make the connection. Please let us know by completing this form.

Housing

IKARites have been looking for a place to quarantine after traveling or because their roommates have been diagnosed with COVID. If you have a vacant guest house or apartment that you would be willing to share, please let us know. If you are looking for a place to quarantine, let us know.

Sharing is Caring

If you own gently used baby clothing or supplies (cribs, bottles, etc.) or home medical equipment (commodes, walkers, shower chairs, etc.) and would like to lend or give them to a fellow IKARite please register them here. If you need any of these kinds of items, you may view the list of available items and make a request here.

Prayers for Healing

There are many among us, both near and far, who are fighting illness — community members, family members, and loved ones. We are collecting the names of those in need of healing so that we can include them in our prayers. If there is someone in your life in need of healing of body or spirit please share their name and your relationship with them here and you can find the names of those who need extra healing here. You may indicate whether you wish to share the names with IKAR clergy only, or with the whole community. We wish a speedy and complete recovery to all who are struggling with illness.

Whatsapp Groups

Connect with other IKARites over Whatsapp about your passions, skills, and ways you are staying busy during this time. To join the Whatsapp group, you need to have the app downloaded on your phone. (Download WhatsApp from the Google Play Store on Android or the App Store on iPhone and create an account, if necessary.) Click on the link of the group you are interested in joining and select join group. This can be done on your phone or the desktop version of Whatsapp.

Once you join the group, introduce yourself, share your favorite meme of the day, and get to know IKARites better!

TRIBE (those in their 20s and 30s)

Mid-Yids (IKAR’s mid-age members)

Boomers (Alta Rockers/Empty Nesters)

Animal Owners and Lovers

Bakers and Baking Enthusiasts

TV & Film IKARites

Find Vaccine Resources here. 


From LA City:

Beginning April 15th, LA County residents aged 16+ will be eligible for vaccination. Please note: The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine currently authorized for teens ages 16 and over. The Moderna and Janssen Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been authorized in individuals 18 years of age and older.


Do you or someone you know need help booking a COVID vaccine appointment? Call Get Out The Shot: LA for assistance. 213-986-7604, www.gotsla.org

Below are volunteer opportunities to support those beyond IKAR, and a variety of resources if you or others need help:

Standby list for extra COVID vaccines – https://hidrb.com/?fbclid=IwAR1atRdIAG0PkWxsr9GNq111Jfk6piKcWdeBZbm356OUxXyOtHqQExhJpTQ

How You Can Help:

Living toolkit from LA County with constant updates related to public safety alerts, health guidance, and economic recovery.

CONFRONTING COVID-19: LA COUNTY RESPONDS

Guidance for Celebrating Holidays


THE NEEDS OF OUR SENIORS:

Vulnerable seniors are at greatest risk amid COVID-19. Let’s help keep them safe and cared for. We want to be sure folks who are most vulnerable or need extra assistance have the food, medicine, and supplies they need during this period of sheltering in place. If it would be helpful for someone in the community to make a delivery to your home, please complete this form. And if you can make a delivery, please sign up here.


Senior Food Delivery through Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS)

WDACS has launched a free pickup and delivery program for older adults and individuals with disabilities. The Countywide program, called Critical Delivery Service, will deliver groceries, household items, and other vital necessities to individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Items may be delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no cost to the client. No application process is required; however, items must be pre-paid and ready for pickup. Deliveries may be scheduled by calling 1-888-863-7411. See more here.


THE NEEDS OF OUR TEENS:

Teen Talk

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles created the Teen Talk mobile app to provide social and emotional support to teens. Now more than ever, we see Teen Talk as a critical lifeline for teens in Los Angeles and around the world.


DONATE TO AND/OR VOLUNTEER AT A FOOD SHELTER OR FOOD BANK

During this time organizations are running low on food items, help them stay well stocked for those in need.

Food banks are in great need of volunteers to help pack and sort food. They are taking precautions to prioritize volunteer safety. Visit California Association of Food Banks here.


SUPPORT A NON-PROFIT

Nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable communities – like seniors and low-income families – need your help. Find a fund to donate to nonprofits in your community on the Philanthropy California COVID-19 Response Page.


DONATE BLOOD

Healthy, eligible donors are urged to come out and give to ensure there’s lifesaving blood on the shelves for those who need it most. Visit the American Red Cross.


FINANCIAL SUPPORT & MORE

Social Services

The Jewish Federation’s Community Call line is open 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday and 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Fridays. Those needing access to social services or financial assistance can call (323) 761-8305. See the Federation Website for resources for community members in need, volunteer and learning opportunities. If you or someone you know needs access to social services including financial assistance, please call The Jewish Federation’s Community Call Line at (323) 761-8305.


Ezra Network Wraparound Services

The Federation’s Ezra Network provides wraparound social services to those in need in our Jewish community, including government benefits applications, short-term counseling, legal services, job search readiness training, and screening for financial assistance via Federation’s Max Factor Family Foundation Financial Assistance Network. By calling Federation’s Community Call Line at (323) 761-8305, any Jewish community member in need will be connected to the Ezra Network to begin to navigate these FREE services. Learn more here.


Employment Opportunities

JVS SoCal helps people prepare for and find employment opportunities through a variety of services including employment readiness, no cost job skills training, mentoring, career counseling, Veterans’ services, and job fairs. Thanks to The Jewish Federation, JVS SoCal has special programs designed for the Jewish community including comprehensive career counseling, individualized work with a job search coach through the Ezra

No-Interest Loans

To cover expenses related to COVID-19, help with free, no-interest loans is one click away.

Resource guide from LA Forward.


FOOD SUPPPORT & MORE   

MAZON: Jewish Response to Hunger  Charitable Food Resource Guide during COVID-19

Jewish Family Service (JFS) SOVA

Community Food & Resource Program is now providing prepackaged bags of food to help minimize the risk to both clients and volunteers. The JFS senior nutrition program is now providing all food via delivery. To receive these services, please call JFS Central Access at (877) 275-4537.

Network, and an academic scholarship program for students. For more information, contact JVS SoCal at (323) 761-8888 or see the website.

LGBQT+ Support

The Equality California COVID-19 Help Center has launched a help center, phone line and email to help anyone who needs to get tested, file for unemployment or a loan, find a foodbank, or talk to a mental health professional.


HELP YOURSELF

Mutual aid networks that may be useful.

Ezra Network – visit here to learn about various community resources including free access to a social worker, job counselor and more.

Relief Resources (reliefhelp.org), a completely free mental health care referral organization for frum Jews, connecting them with frum/frum friendly therapists in the area

Group Therapy LA – Offers telemedicine COVID-19 Support group, couples groups and individual therapy. Read more here. (310) 893-0096

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE

For a list of Los Angeles County Psychological Association therapists who are offering free or low fee therapy during this pandemic, please go here.   (Please note, in providing this list, IKAR is not making official referrals, but instead sharing this generous resource)

Futures without Violence – resource for survivors of abuse during Covid-19. 

Addiction and Recovery Support Groups on Zoom:  Click here. 

Resources for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence During the Pandemic

This comprehensive guide identifies common abuse types, gives tips on emergency planning, tech safety, and lists support programs for housing, immigration, and financial independence.

Suicide Prevention Hotlines

1-877-7-CRISIS

1(800)784-2433

California Youth Crisis Line: 1(800)843-5200

Teen Line: 310-855-4673, 1(800)852-8336

The Trevor Project (LGBTQ) 1-866-488-7386