Individual congregations offer various religious services online. Visit the website or Facebook page of your synagogue to stay connected. For a list of congregations from our 2019-2020 Resource guide click here.
If you have a virtual event to add, please visit azjewishlife.com/online-virtual-resources-submission.
2-1-1 COVID-19 Hotline
The hotline is administered by 2-1-1 Arizona and the Crisis Response Network and will offer an entry point to field questions and concerns from Arizona residents about COVID-19. The line will operate from 8 am to 8 pm each day of the week and can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 while an individual is located in Arizona.
Chabad Lubavitch of Arizona
Chabad has created a Coronovirus Resources & Inspiration page offering inspirational articles along with practical guidance. chabadaz.com
Common Sense Media
Families and teachers everywhere trust Common Sense for expert reviews, objective advice, helpful tools, and so much more.
COVID-19 Testing Sites
There has been a big new development on the testing front. Banner Health today launched drive-thru testing at four Arizona sites. Anyone with symptoms can call 844-549-1851 to speak with a clinical team member to determine if testing is appropriate. The line will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
East Valley JCC
Virtual EVJCC brings the community into your home with recipes and activities.
Free Loan at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
Free Loan at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona is an interest-free, non-sectarian, non-profit organization offering interest-free loans for those in need.
Qualified applicants can receive a loan up to a maximum of $5,000 with the appropriate guarantor. If you or someone you know needs help, call (520) 297-5360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gizmodo’s website has DIY instructions on how to make a face mask from a T-Shirt or coffee filter and bandanna. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised that people in the U.S. wear masks in public settings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 between individuals who may be asymptomatic.
IAC – Israeli American Council
IAC Mishelanu empowers students to become active as they explore and strengthen their Israeli and Jewish identities, building dynamic campus communities centered around “Israeliness.” Learn more.
IAC EDGE is a national cutting-edge membership-based community of Israeli and Jewish American young professionals, ages 22-42, who are passionate about Israel and seek extraordinary networking opportunities and professional development & business accelerators. Learn more.
IAC Gvanim Limmud builds and develops the future grass-roots community leadership of the Israeli-American and Jewish American community. Learn more.
Interfaith Community Services
ICS offers emergency financial assistance to all community members in need. It has two permanent food banks and a mobile food pantry.
ICS provides essential services for senior and disabled adults (pre-registration is required) including transportation to the doctor or grocery store, shopping for seniors, mobile meals, and friendly phoning.
If you or someone you know needs help, contact them Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm at (520) 297-6049. To avoid calling at their busiest time, ICS is best reached after 10 am or visit their website at icstucson.org.
ICS is looking for volunteers immediately to assist with its food bank and other key roles providing service to the community. Contact Tori Carlson-Foscz, ICS Volunteer Services Manager, at email@example.com to get involved.
Join live programming and events at JCCs across North America. jcclive.com
Jewish Family & Children’s Service
JFCS is committed to continuing vital services for thousands of families in the community. As a result, all JFCS healthcare centers and clinics remain open:
- East Valley Healthcare Center (880 N. Colorado Street, Gilbert, AZ 85233)
- Glendale Healthcare Center (5701 W. Talavi Blvd., Suite 180, Glendale, AZ 85306)
- Michael R. Zent Healthcare Center (3001 N. 33rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85017)
- West Valley Behavioral Health Center (1840 N. 95th Avenue, #146, Phoenix, AZ 85037)
To protect clients and patients, JFCS requests that if individuals are sick and require services, that they reach out to the following to discuss alternatives options for treatment:
- For Jewish community services, please call (602) 452-4627.
- For Behavioral Health and Primary Medical Care, please call (602) 256-0528.
- For administration and other inquiries, please call (602) 279-7655.
Adjustments have been made to some of their community programs and services and others have been suspended, visit jfcsaz.org for more information.
Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Southern Arizona
Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation are working diligently with Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) to expand our community’s Jewish Emergency Financial Assistance program. All JFCS services are being provided remotely, either by phone or through teleconferencing.
Jewish Emergency Financial Assistance provides food cards, medical assistance, and other basic provisions for Jewish people and families in need.
Jewish Elder Access connects seniors 60+ to the services and support they need.
JFCS also offers case management, resource referral, and assistance navigating benefits.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call JFCS Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm at (520) 795-0300.
Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix
In response to the impact of the pandemic on the most vulnerable in our community, the Jewish Federation’s Board of Directors has approved the immediate distribution of $50,000 in unrestricted funds from our Annual Campaign to help those with critical needs. jewishphoenix.org
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona are engaging our donors, volunteers, and partners to support the critical and immediate needs of the most vulnerable among us. Together with your help we will build our Jewish Community Pandemic Relief Fund. This fund provides emergency financial assistance and meets other critical needs for individuals, families, and the agencies who serve them.
- Donate online at jfsa.org/pandemicrelief, or send a check to 3718 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information call Fran Katz at (520) 647-8472 or Brenda Landau at (520) 647-8427.
The Federation & Jewish Community Foundation are organizing volunteers to provide social connections for isolated community members. By its very nature, social distancing is isolating. Join us to reach out to isolated community members and provide video and phone companionship. For more information or to volunteer, contact the Jewish Community Concierge Carol Sack at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (520) 647-8446.
Jewish Free Loan
Through Jewish Free Loan’s Community-Wide Emergency Relief Loan Program, interest-free loans are available for, but not limited to, the following:
• Childcare Expenses
• Educational / Homeschool Costs
• Rent / Utility Payments
• Insurance Costs
• Medical Needs
This program enables JFL to respond as quickly as possible when the community is faced with man-made or natural events, which are beyond anyone’s control, and the need for financial assistance is time-sensitive. Please contact the JFL office for more information: 602-230-7983 or info@jewishfree loan.org, facebook.com/jewishfreeloanAZ or find JFL on Instagram @jfl.phoenix.
Jewish National Fund
As communities throughout the U.S. face stricter “social distancing” measures, Jewish National Fund-USA (JNF-USA) has launched a suite of live and On-Demand interactive Zoom videos to help members of the community feel connected.
Martin Pear JCC
Featuring J at Home with videos and resources on topics from art to sports for the whole family. vosjcc.org
My Jewish Learning
All 70 Faces Media publications, including My Jewish Learning, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Kveller, Alma, and The Nosher are offering new online experiences to connect people through Jewish rituals, food, books, and more. New events are added every day. All times are EDT.
Article on Helping Couples Survive the Pandemic: Professional Advice on Sex, Fighting, Alcohol and Zero Privacy in Pandemic. Read more.
Shabbat Alone, Together. Friday night with OneTable is all about feeling good, and we’re looking at ways to keep that magic of Shabbat, while protecting the health and safety of one another. We know that this is difficult and isolating – but we hope that even anticipating Shabbat provides you with a moment to exhale. onetable.org/shabbatshalone
Education, Inspiration and Community, From the Comfort of Home
As educational institutions close and travel halts due to Coronavirus, StandWithUs is utilizing technology to continue to educate about Israel, provide unique Israel experiences, fight antisemitism and build a growing community for people around the world.
StandWithUsConnect – will feature high quality, interactive educational content for people of all ages. Live webinars will include everything from antisemitism and Israeli archeology to virtual yoga classes with an Israeli touch. standwithus.com/connect
Support Group for Caregivers of Senior Loved Ones
Laura Cohen & Denise Kaye have been facilitating a caregiver support group at the JCC twice a month. This virtual support group is now open to any caregiver who has a loved one with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s etc.
Every Tuesday & Thursday from 10-11 am. www.uberconference.com/laura7568
Or, if you do not have access to a computer, you can call into the support group at 480-690-8108.
The Jewish Federations of North America
Jewish Together is a virtual community and informative resources, powered by The Jewish Federations of North America. jewishtogether.org
The Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America
We’re excited to announce the launch of our Sephardic Digital Academy, a new national partnership to connect and educate our Sephardic community institutions, synagogues, Rabbis, educators, and members across the United States.
We are partnering with more than a dozen affiliated synagogues and institutions to bring you new weekly classes and series on Sephardic Torah, Halakha, traditions and customs, Ladino language instruction, Sephardic cooking, and so much more.
All online breastfeeding classes will be offered free of charge. tinyhood.com
A project created by the Tucson J to keep our community connected through a virtual community online platform. Visit the Virtual J Community at tucsonjcc.org/virtual-community to find activities to do with children, Jewish texts and resources, Early Childhood Education tools, recipes, online workouts and more.
U-Haul is offering 30 days of free self-storage to students who have to move due to precautions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Many colleges and universities are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by temporarily closing campus and sending students home. uhaul.com
United Way has a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund. They will help with bills, rent and food. Call 866-211-9966 and provide a zip code and you will be given a list of local agencies to provide assistance.