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Pandemic 101: A TBZ Hesed Point of View

No one in our community could have seen this pandemic coming. Every one of us may be experiencing disorientation, dislocation, feelings of helplessness, insecurity, loneliness, and uncertainty. Every one of us is figuring out minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, how to navigate this unknown and potentially frightening situation and wondering if we are doing it right, doing what is best, and how long this will go on. 

You are not alone in grappling with feelings of uncertainty and unease. There is no guidebook to tell us what to do, with new and sometimes contradictory information coming in nearly every day, and each one of us is trying our best to cope and keep a positive attitude. You or those you love may have experienced or are still experiencing the effects of the virus first-hand, the loss of loved ones and friends to COVID-19, and potentially the loss of income and job security. As we continue to mourn together within our TBZ community, we are aware of our neighboring Black and Latino communities who have suffered disproportionately from the loss of life and the economic impact of the pandemic. And, yet, at times, we may feel despair, angst and groundlessness as we wonder how this will play out and how long we can hold on in this state of limbo.

TBZ’s Hesed Committee is here for you.

You are not alone in trying to figure this out.

You have rabbis who care about you deeply.

You have a community who misses you and wants to help you.

You have friends who want to connect with you.

Whatever is going on right now, whether you are sheltering on your own or with family or others, stresses are occurring for which there is no prior experience or direction on how to move forward. Just as the experts have learned more as the pandemic goes on, so have we, your community.

Here are some things Rav Claudia and the TBZ’s Hesed Committee can help you with:

  • Pastoral needs
  • Caring for and supporting the sick
  • Connection with others and emotional support
  • Supporting the mourners, bereavement support
  • Help with food or immediate necessities (help with shopping, food insecurity)
  • Help with connecting virtually with TBZ (technological needs)
  • Help with economic emergencies
  • Help connect you to other resources or other organizations that might be able to address your need.

Again, TBZ’s Hesed community is here for you! The only way we can reach out, however, is if we know what is going on. Do not be hesitant or shy about letting Rav Claudia know if you are experiencing fear, worry, or concern about anything, from physical to emotional to economic needs to spiritual safety. She wants to help.

Do you know someone who would benefit from a call from Rav Claudia? Please let Rav Claudia know. Now is the time when it is more important than ever to understand that you are part of the larger TBZ community and that you are not alone, whatever your situation. You are important. Your well-being matters. Your community has not forgotten you. You make us who we are.  

Hesed is a keystone to building community at TBZ. One day you might be helping someone. The next day you might need help yourself and the TBZ community will be there to help you. Hesed allows us to experience both the joy of giving and receiving.  We are in this together, we need each other, and we depend on each other.  

Please let us know how you are doing and if you, or someone you know needs help. 

Be well, stay safe, we miss you!

L’Shalom,

Rav Claudia

Amy Bullock &

Hesed Steering Committee


JVS Employment Services for the Jewish Community:

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) has mobilized to support the re-employment efforts of Jewish community members through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Download information document here.

If you have any questions contact Debbie Morley, TBZ contact with JVS. 

Thu, October 1 2020 13 Tishrei 5781