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Resources During COVID - 19

B'nai Havurah's Chesed Circle is here to help! 

This is a difficult time to be distanced from the community and might be especially isolating for those who may be in a high-risk category. Please reach out to Rabbi Evette,, 720-473-2565; Becky Epstein,, 720-327-5394; or our Chesed CoChairs, Lorrie Tishler,; Carol Bubes, , if you would like connection and support.

Please keep an eye on friends, neighbors, and family. Also, take care of yourself!

If you would like to let us know via our website that you could use some help or if you would like to offer help, please go here:



Safe Grocery Shopping in the COVID-19 Pandemic - updated

Resource List created by Ekar Farm - very comprehensive list and it is being updated as well:

Jewish Family Service and JEWISHcolorado are providing financial assistance to those in the Jewish community who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis: or call 720.248.4701. Callers should mention that B'nai Havurah referred them.

Jewish Interest-Free Loans:
If you are Jewish, live in Colorado, and need financial assistance, Temple Sinai might be able to help! In 1998 the Jewish Interest-Free Loan of Colorado became the newest of over 50 such organizations. We are pleased to serve the needs of our people state-wide. For additional information, please contact JIFLCO at Temple Sinai at 303-759-1827 or leave a message at 303-369-5714

The Resource List below was provided by Chris Hansen, Democrat for State Senate:

Colorado Public Radio: The Latest on the Covid-19 Virus:

Colorado Public Radio-What ou Need to Know Today:

Technical Resources

Helpful document on using Zoom - click here

Thank you to Jacob Weinberg of Reconstructing Judaism for this helpful guide!

Organizations in Need of Assistance

Organizations that could use some help!

Family Promise of Greater Denver has had to suspend it's rotational shelter model in area synagogues and churches.  They have had to place families in a motel to ensure that both the families and volunteers remain safe and healthy.  They are in great need of donations to assist with this emergency shelter as they have no extra funds in their budget to meet these unexpected needs.  Family Promise has received a Tikkun Olam grant in the past and congregation members and havurot have volunteered with their program.  Their website for donations is:
Food Bank of the Rockies is in need of money and healthy volunteers: 

The Action Center offers drive by distributions of prepackaged boxes of food and can use donations and volunteers:

Jewish Family Service for donations, assistance to seniors and mental health counseling:

A Little Help coordinates aid to seniors:

A Precious Child is in need of donations to provide diapers, hygiene products and other needs for families:

Denver Metro Area Artist COVID-19 Relief Fund on GoFundMeMe

Project Angel Heart can use donations and assistance with delivery of meals:

Vitalant for blood donation:


March 24, 2020

The 11th Plague? Passover in a Pandemic  Jodi Rudoren, Editor-in-Chief of the Forward, hosted a conversation about how Jews are approaching and adapting the holiday. Watch the video recording here:

March 18, 2020
Brought to you by Pat Madsen and Janet Tameran

Library News
We’re not giving up on old-fashioned books, but we thought some news about streaming options would be useful when so many other kinds of entertainment have been canceled.

If COVID-19 has you feeling cooped up and you have a Denver Library Card, go to Kanopy  and check out the Jewish choices – hundreds of them. More here. You might want to start with The Wandering Muse: Musical Interpretations of Jewish Identities. Overlook the stuffy title and let music from all over wash all over you. Klezmer hip-hop from Montreal fading into Ugandan Afro beats, heading into Mali as the blues, landing in Brooklyn, then sailing to Tangiers. How can you feel cooped up listening to Cesar Lerner from Buenos Aires at KlezKanada or Vanessa Paloma taking you to medieval Spain? Music: best antidote to feeling cooped up. Movie is from 2014, in English with many other subtitled languages.

You could help the younger set explore Kanopy for Kids, from an animated King David, to the Hanukkah tale In the Month of Kislev to a thought-provoking If the World Were a Village, not to mention language learning and animated versions of the delightful Pigeon books.

 For teens and tweens stuck at home by the virus and thinking a little Jewish content would liven up the streaming options, BBYO has put together an e-version of itself. BBYO on Demand, , so far includes info on:
Debriefing Westworld episodes
American and Israeli politics
College application prep
Esports tournaments
and a lot more – all in the first week of the site's existence. If you’d like to host a podcast or mini-series, they’d like to hear from you – the link is on the site. And to help you out with that, there’s a piece on Podcasting and YouTubing Like a Pro.
Next week, BBYO on Demand hosts a virtual global Shabbat.

Sat, March 28 2020 3 Nisan 5780