• September 2022 Policy
  • Love & Support
  • Resources & Ways to Help


Vaccine for 5 and up: we will continue the vaccine requirement. The reasoning is as follows:
 – Lots of people singing in close proximity
 – New boosters coming out
 – As a community that thinks about the well-being of the greater community, we should err on the side of protecting as many people as possible (immunocompromised, etc..)
 – Having a fully immunized community does reduce transmission; it is unclear how much the vaccine prevents spread, but it definitely keeps people from getting very sick
We won’t have requirements forever, but will keep them for now; we will revisit them after the HHDs.
Vaccine for 0-5: strongly recommend, but not required.



 – Still mask indoors since it’s different than regular school (more mixing of many different families)
 – Be outdoors as much as possible
 – Prefer eating to be outdoors. Can eat indoors if necessary, but distanced



 – Requiring KN95 masks to be worn inside
 – Encourage everyone to stay home with any symptoms of illness no matter how minor or mild
 – We’ll have a little extra room in rows so people are not so close

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:

Financial Support 

Thanks to a small grant from The Jewish Federation, we are able to disperse small contributions for members who need a helping hand, whether to pay for rent or groceries. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you can benefit from some assistance. We are here to help, and of course, this will be kept confidential.

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.

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. 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.


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.

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.


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


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.

Food Security Support Guide.

MAZON: Jewish Response to Hunger

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.


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 –, 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)

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

Addiction and Recovery Support Groups

Resources for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence

Futures without Violence – resource for survivors of abuse.

Regaining Independence After Experiencing Domestic Violence

Mental Health Lifelines

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 9-8-8 and 800-273-8255

California Youth Crisis Line: 800-843-5200

Teen Line: 310-855-4673 and 800-852-8336

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