Passover in the Time of COVID-19
With Passover approaching this week, many of us are thinking about how we can maintain connection during the holiday while also being safe in our own homes. We’re thinking about holding our Seders over Zoom or FaceTime, eating separately, but together. We’re thinking about what community means. And most of all, we’re thinking about those without the resources to gather, who are facing hunger, uncertainty, and fear in the face of this extraordinary plague time.
In that spirit, we have created a short JFCS East Bay Community Seder Supplement that we invite you to incorporate into your Seder this year. And as part of your Seder, we also invite you to join JFCS East Bay in supporting this community as we face together one of the most significant challenges we’ve ever seen. As you share these words at your Seder table, please encourage your guests to generously put their compassion into action. We can’t be together physically this year, but we can join together with our hearts and our sense of purpose.
In this time of crisis, vulnerable seniors, Holocaust survivors, families, immigrants, and refugees are increasingly turning to JFCS East Bay for assistance. In response, we are providing food deliveries, grocery store gift cards, rental subsidies, crisis counseling, case management, therapy, parenting support, immigration legal services, assistance with applying for unemployment insurance and other benefits, advocacy with landlords, volunteer matching, and much more.
However you observe Passover this year, please support your community as part of your gathering. Be as generous as you can.
JFCS East Bay wishes you and your loved ones health, safety, and a joyful and meaningful holiday.