Coronavirus COVID-19 Preparedness and Guidance for the Jewish Community in Greater Washington
Updated: March 31, 2020
The safety, health, and well-being of all community members is a priority for The Jewish Federation. Like many of you, we are closely monitoring the evolution of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This page has been developed o help our community stay informed and provide the resources needed to make important decisions. As more resources are curated, this page will be continuously updated. For more information or for questions regarding one of Federation’s upcoming programs, please contact Monica Herman.
Our team continues to collaborate with our partners at synagogues, schools, and Jewish agencies across the region to assess the local situation, determine necessary steps in the event of local closures, and to plan accordingly for how we can collectively address new developments. We ask all community members to stay alert and informed by reading the important messages you may receive from Federation and other organizations. For more information, we encourage you to monitor the updates and implement suggested prevention measures from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
- What is Coronavirus & Other Important Information
- Cases of Coronavirus in the United States
- Cases of Coronavirus Around the World
- Important Guidance for Business and Employers
- Important Guidance for Schools
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Guidance from Prizmah
- Nursing Homes and Other Facilities
- Johns Hopkins Global COVID-19 Case Map
- Directory of local health departments
- CDC Factsheet: What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- (VIDEO) Ask the Experts: A COVID-19 Webinar with Local Medical Leaders
- Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 Response Page
- Montgomery County Food System Community Response
- Safety & Security Considerations for Facility Closures
- Maryland will postpone its April 28 primary to June 2
- Locations for Students Receiving Free and Reduced Price Meals
- Federal Income Tax Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020
- Cyber Safety and Security in the Age of COVID-19
- DC issues Stay at Home order
- Maryland issues Stay at Home order
- Virginia issues Stay at Home order
Local Greater Washington Agency Communications & Resources
- Bender JCC of Greater Washington COVID-19 Update
- Edlavitch JCC of Washington DC Communications about COVID-19
- Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia COVID-19 Updates
- Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School COVID-19 Updates
- Hebrew Free Loan Society Emergency Grant Application for those experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19
- The community is asked to refrain from visiting those in senior living facilities. Friends and family can schedule a virtual visit with residents of The Charles E Smith Life Communities.
- Video Conference Security Tips and Best Practices
Local Agency, Organization, and School Closures
- Adas Israel will be closed through March 29. Services and programs will be live-streamed.
- Adat Shalom is suspending programs for this coming weekend, March 13-15.
- Bender JCC of Greater Washington’s preschool, afterschool, and enrichment programs will be closed from March 16 – 27.
- The Bender JCC of Greater Washington building will be closed to all renters, members, and the community from March 16 – March 22.
- Berman Hebrew Academy is closed.
- B’nai Israel Congregation requests that congregants do not come to services. They can be live-streamed. The B’nai Israel Schilit Nursery School will be closed March 16-March 27. All events and programs until at least the start of Pesach on April 8 will either be postponed, cancelled, or held through video conference.
- Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School will be closed from March 16 – 27.
- Edlavitch DCJCC will close its building and suspend all programs from March 16 to April 1.
- JCA’s Kensington Clubs will be closed from March 14 – 30.
- Milton Gottesman JDS will transition to distance learning on March 16.
- Ohev Shalom The National Synagogue, Beth Sholom and Tulmud Torah, and Kehilat Pardes are closed until further notice.
- Temple Rodef Shalom‘s Religious School will be closed through the end of March. Shabbat services will be live-streamed.
- Protocols for safeguarding children and teens in online programming
- Flu prevention at school for parents
- Resources when speaking with your children: Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus (NPR); How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus (New York Times)
- Coronavirus, a parent resource from the National Association of School Psychologists on talking to children
- A handout in comic form that explains the basics for children
- Video for 5-12 graders on Coronavirus
- Discussing Alarming Current Events with Your Children
- MCPS has established 20 locations where children up to 18 years old can receive a nutritious meal, starting March 16. No appointment is necessary.