We are living through uncertain times and unprecedented circumstances.
We have a number of updates below, which will hopefully help a little bit. We will continue to provide for our students and community and adapt as needed, as the situation evolves and changes.
We must never lose sight of the importance and power of prayer and Torah study. It is vital that we continue to focus our hearts and minds in prayer to Almighty G-d, who provides the ultimate means of protection and healing for the entire world.
As always, the safety of our students, community, and visitors is our number one priority. We are following all updates and regulations from the CDC, Champaign Urbana Public Health and University of Illinois
We pride ourselves on the unity and closeness of our Jewish Illini Nation and the idea of disbanding and isolating from one another goes against all that we believe in and work hard for. Our function is not just as a gathering place, but as a family and community. We know that many of students have not or cannot return home and remain in town along with our wonderful local community, all our extended family.
This is why we are not shutting down our operations, G-d forbid. We are adapting (hopefully temporarily) to the current crisis and continuing to serve. In fact, we will be increasing our efforts and concern for others during these very difficult times and providing some additional services to the students and community.
Thank you to our donors for your unconditional support, your partnership enables the Center’s activities, programs and efforts in good times and in challenging times.
Your selflessness and Tzedakah charity is inspiring and humbling and makes it all possible. On behalf of everyone who we serve, may G-d bless you and your loved ones.
At Illini Chabad, we are dedicated to creating a safe and happy place for everyone. Please be advised of the following important updates and protocols regarding the Center’s regular operations. Obviously, this situation is very fluid and new information and changes will be updated as necessary.
1. Assembly at Chabad
Due to the risk of spreading the Coronavirus COVID-19) and restrictions on assembly, all regularly scheduled and special programs, and services that include assembly of more than 10 people are suspended until further notice.
2. Chabad Visitors
The Center is open for office hours, scheduled meetings with the Rabbi’s and staff, individual person’s visits, etc. Guidelines to protect yourself and the staff are posted at the entrance of the Center. Please follow these instructions if you visit the Center. If you or any family members, children, etc. are sick or showing any signs of sickness, even a slight cold or cough, headache, etc., please remain home.
3. Helping anyone in need
We are here to help anyone and especially those who have been advised not to leave their homes. We can help with shopping, food, errands, pharmacy pickup, etc.
particularly for the Elderly
who are stuck home and/or folks that are afraid or unable to go out for basic necessities. If you are aware of neighbors or friends who may be in that category, please reach out to check in on them and let us know if we can help. Please call or email.
For the Students
we’re available for practical assistance, advice, or just someone to talk to, or if you are not feeling well and need chicken soup or a doctor reference. If you’re feeling lonely, are alone in your dorm, apartment or home out of caution or necessity, and need assistance providing for your needs, please contact us and we will help make arrangements to assist you.
4. Learning Study Options
With increased homebound time, many will have more time to focus on some extra Jewish Learning. Please visit these sites often and get a dose of Torah Study. Virtual Sinai Scholars and other study opportunities will be shared as they become available.
5. Passover Meals & Seder
We are working hard to plan a Jewish Illini Passover Meals & Seders program - to help the students and community celebrate and/or host Passover Seders, all complete with the Seder plate, Haggadah, Dinner, etc., as well as Kosher for Passover meals throughout the holiday. Stay tuned for all the details.
In addition, if you would like to set up a time for a 15-30 minute, one-on-one Facetime or telephone session with any one of us, please be in touch. We can study something together, have an impromptu Q&A, or anything you’d like to discuss. Please see all of our direct contact info below. Let’s study, discuss, inspire and lift each other up.
Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel: email@example.com 2178404227
Goldie Tiechtel: Goldie@jewishillini.com 2178404447
We are going through trying times. Let’s be there for each other. Every challenge is an opportunity. Let’s make the best of the situation we are all in.
If you know of someone that can use a helping hand or if you are available to give a helping hand to someone in need, please contact us. As always, if there is anything we can do to help you, a loved one or anyone else, please reach out to us.
With blessing the world over,
Rabbi Dovid & Goldie Tiechtel