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COVID-19 RESOURCES

We have created this page to provide COVID-19 related resources and community information, and will update the content as the situation evolves. We wish everyone good health!

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SIGNING UP FOR IN-PERSON SERVICES

As a result of COVID-19, our in-person services are taking place in various locations and are available by sign-up only. Please click here to sign up for Shabbat and weekday services.

SERVICES HELD AT TEMPLE ISRAEL CENTER

  • Going forward, Shabbat sign up forms will open every week on Sunday morning at 8am. If you would like to attend a Shabbat service at TIC, you must sign up by 1:00 pm on Thursday. Seats will be given out on a first come, first served basis.
  • We will be having two Shabbat morning services, one at 8:10am, and one at 10:00am.
  • We can fit up to 23 pods of men and women at each minyan (12 feet apart) and each pod may consist of 1-3 people. If you have more than 3 people sitting in the same section, then you will need to sit in more than one pod. Chairs may not be moved.
  • Children under bar or bat mitzvah age may not attend Shabbat morning services at TIC at this time. Children who can sit in their seats are still allowed at our other services.
  • On Thursday afternoon, you will receive a link to the TIC COVID Health Screener. Fill out the screener as soon as you receive it. Anyone who has not completed the screener will not be allowed into the TIC building.
  • To minimize contact, all HIWP attendees will be required to enter the gym through the gym's outside door. The outside door can be reached after entering the parking lot from Miles Ave, going to the left and walking down the outside stairs to the gym entrance. The normal TIC entrances and all areas of the building other than the gym are off limits to our members.
  • Service attendees must bring their own siddur and/or chumash. The shul will not be providing communal siddurim or chumashim at this time.
  • To minimize our time together indoors, we will be starting tefilla at Nishmat. People saying Mourner's Kaddish will have an opportunity to say it at the end of tefilla.
  • There is a single bathroom that may be used by either men or women. It will be cleaned in between each use.

HIWP REOPENING & SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES

RECENT SHUL & COMMUNITY UPDATES

HIWP ERRAND REQUEST FORM

  • The Kesharim Committee is set up to help with small errands and shopping for those who are self-isolating or quarantined at this time.
  • Please note that the volunteers will not be able to assist with errands that do not comply with social distancing policies.
  • Click here to access the errand request form.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

  • Contact HIWP Mental Health Professionals: There are a number of generous mental health professionals in our shul who have made themselves available for anyone who needs to reach out during these challenging times.
  • Westchester Jewish Community Services: Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS), a UJA nonprofit partner, is the largest not-for-profit provider of licensed outpatient behavioral health services in Westchester County.
  • Shalom Task Force : If you or a loved one is in an abusive or unhealthy relationship, please call Shalom Task Force’s confidential hotline at 1-888-883-2323
  • New York State Mental Health Resources: In New York, thousands of mental health professionals have volunteered to support their neighbors during this time of crisis. Residents can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for counseling services.

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

  • We are here to help. If you need financial assistance in the wake of Covid-19, please reach out to Rabbi Marder.
  • Make a Donation: If you would like to make a donation for the purpose of supporting those in your community you can donate here
  • New York State Financial Rights Information: Information and links regarding job protection, paid sick leave, health insurance, unemployment and more
  • Federal Government Financial Assistance: Find out how to get emergency financial help from the government if you've been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

FOOD RESOURCES

COMMUNITY SUPPORT & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Areivim Committee: Areivim has created a framework for facilitating congregant volunteerism with various White Plains organizations, and promotes involvement with issues impacting our city.  Click above for opportunities for local volunteering or contact Areivim directly at areivim@hiwp.org.
  • Kesharim Committee: Kesharim is always looking for volunteers to help establish and maintain connections within our community.  Please contact Kesharim directly at kesharim@hiwp.org to find out how you can help.
  • City of White Plains: If you would like to inquire about opportunities in White Plains, please email volunteer@whiteplainsny.gov
  • White Plains Hospital: The Friends of White Plains Hospital has several options for residents to show their appreciation and gratitude for the tireless efforts of nurses, doctors, and countless other essential workers fighting to keep our community safe
  • New York Blood Center: To donate your blood or plasma
  • VolunteerNY!: Database helps you find volunteer opportunities that are the best fit for you.​​​​​​
  • Feeding Westchester: Feeding Westchester relies on volunteers to help with a variety of energizing projects, such as sorting and packing produce and other goods at our warehouse or lending a hand at special events, in the office or at Mobile Food Pantry distributions
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