As we continue to practice social distancing, we continue to develop and share alternatives to our traditional programming. Below are just a few of the options we are working on to provide support, encouragement, and resources to make our adjustment a little easier.
Additional opportunities are being offered by many of our partners and community synagogues. Please contact them directly for more information.
For additional resources and information, please go to the Federation's website at  Thejewishfed.org/covid19 , or visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/thejewishfed .

 A Message from
Jewish Family Services:
The Person-To-Person calling program is available to everyone in the community. Volunteers are calling isolated individuals on a regular basis to check in, offer friendly conversation and a listening ear, and identify individual needs for JFS staff to address. This service is free and confidential. If you, or someone you know would like to receive person-to person calls, please contact Rowan Kelley, Director of Jewish Family Services at Rkelley@thejewishfederation.org , or 574-309-1213.
Note: The JFS Food Pantry will be closed from the end of the day on April 6 th  through April 16 th  in observance of Passover.
Join JFS Staff in a live virtual community event to discuss how the pandemic has affected us and ways we can cope. We will meet through Zoom technology every three weeks so we can see one another. We would like to offer helpful tips for coping with isolation, illness fears, economic concerns, and more. Furthermore, we hope to create a safe space for sharing and discussion. Mostly we want to have a space where we can all feel connected in this time of social distancing.

Please email clafortune@thejewishfed.org if you are interested in participating!
Join Rowan Kelley
for Coffee (or Tea) & Wellness

Starting next Sunday, April 5th, Rowan will be facilitating an eight-part discussion, via Zoom, on maintaining and enhancing wellness in the age of social distancing.

This course is free and open to everyone in the community.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Rowan by next Friday, April 3rd at rkelley@thejewishfed.org.


From our friends at
Chabad of Greater South Bend

New for 2020: Seder in a Box
Passover is traditionally spent with family and friends, a celebration of the Divine gift of Jewish survival and community. But with coronavirus curtailing travel plans and social interactions, many are facing the prospect of celebrating Passover alone.

We are offering all your Seder supplies so you can easily make your seder with your family. You can order a Seder in a box which includes: Shmurah Matzah, Grape juice, Haggadah, Seder plate place mat + food that goes on the Seder plate.

Order them by Friday, April 3rd. Easy pickup available in Granger or delivered to your home on April 6th & 7th.
Order at  Jewishsouthbend.com/SederToGo   Limited supply available.

This year will be nearly impossible for us to meet in person to sell your chametz. Please use our easy online form  Jewishsouthbend.com/SellyourChametz


Show Support of Jewish Businesses
Throughout the years our Jewish community has seen many challenges and successes. In those times we often find it’s not just our members who support our programs and campaigns. Small local businesses have continued to offer their support time and time again. 
 
In these uncertain times, as the world adapts to fight Covid-19, we have an opportunity to once again support our community and show our thanks to the Jewish businesses in our area. When able, we would like to encourage our friends and neighbors to show their support through patronage for our locally owned businesses. Your support of Jewish business in the greater Michiana area is just one more way you can make a positive impact in your Jewish community.
The State of Indiana has provided a Covid-19 RESOURCE GUIDE for Hoosiers looking for assistance. To view the resource guide, click here.

Coronavirus Conversations
Rachel Schwartz, LCSW, Director of Social Services, JCC Chicago
As we enter into uncharted territories, it’s important to keep the feelings of our youngest children in mind and address any questions or concerns about Coronavirus in the most simple and concrete ways.

For some tips on how to talk to young children about the virus, click here.
From JPRO and Institute for Jewish Spirituality
Ongoing Throughout April:
Jewish Meditation for Calm & Resilience
Two time slots:
Tuesdays at 8:00-8:45 pm & Wednesdays at 1-1:45 pm
Drop in for a meditation session, led by an experienced Jewish mindfulness meditation instructor. These sessions will help you develop your ability to pay attention to the present moment, cultivate calmness, practice kindness towards yourself and others, and respond to this difficult moment more wisely and skillfully.


Click below to see the details.