Sunday, May 24, 2020
LJCC’s Executive Director, Samantha Dubrinsky said, “On June 1, our members will return to a familiar place with an adjusted experience, designed with expert guidance from infection disease specialists.”
LJCC Announces "Responsible Reopening" Plan
The LJCC will be re-opening the facility to members on Monday, June 1. Through a “responsible reopening” plan the LJCC has put precautions in place for both members and staff to ensure the safety of everyone in the building.
Precautions put in place by the LJCC include:
  • Social distancing requirements
  • Members will sign up for facility use in advance to avoid overcrowding
  • Equipment has been reorganized to accommodate more people within a safe distance
  • Additional training for staff
  • Staff and members required to wear face coverings
  • Members and staff will be screened according to CDC health guidelines through Safety Ambassadors.
  • Creation of a Customer Care Line to address any member concerns
  • Group fitness classes to remain virtual to avoid crowded classrooms.
The LJCC staff is eager to welcome members back into the building and say that since the J has been closed “something” has been missing. “I am excited to say hello to all our wonderful members. They are the heartbeat of this organization and I have truly missed them” said Della Higgins the LJCC’s Finance & Membership Assistant and a very familiar face to many of our members.

It is not because you are the most numerous of peoples that the LORD set His heart on you and chose you – indeed, you are the smallest of peoples… Deuteronomy 7:7
The Weight We Bear and the Significance We Offer: The Power of Jewish Day Schools in Small Communities
By: Lynn Raviv

"The viability of Jewish day schools has justly been a frequent topic on eJewishPhilanthropy, especially recently. The articles were in response to the difficult situation we are in with COVID-19. I share those concerns for all day schools, but in particular, I want to sound out the role played by Jewish day schools in small communities as it serves as a gauge of the vitality of Jewish communities in North America. And I also am reflecting on the present situation for it has only exacerbated the challenges we continue to face, hoping that plight might take priority as part of the ongoing conversations regarding the state of all Jewish communities. For that reason, local community Jewish leadership and national Jewish leadership, foundations and individuals, please “listen to our voice!"

CJFS Personal Care Attendant Tasha Womack gathers supplies for her first day back on the job, helping vulnerable seniors perform the tasks that enable them to continue living independently.
CJFS Resumes Personal Care Program
After suspending most in-person services because of COVID-19, Collat Jewish Family Services this week resumed its Personal Care program, which is designed to enable low- and moderate-income older adults to continue living independently. The move prompted relief at subsidized senior housing facilities such as Episcopal Place, where staff members said they’d seen declines in the health of some residents who rely on the program.

"Clinical trials done in conjunction with the Defense Ministry on more that 120 Israelis showed better than a 90% success rate in comparison to the more common method."
Professor Develops COVID-19 Test Producing Results in One Minute
"A new method of testing for the Coronavirus that produces results in under a minute and has a success rate of 90% has been developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Prof. Gabby Sarusi.
In clinical trials done in conjunction with the Defense Ministry on more than 120 Israelis, results showed a success rate greater than 90% in comparison to the more common Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) used in Coronavirus testing."

Due to COVID-19, the CJFS CARES respite program is providing only remote support for dementia caregivers, rather than the engaging activities it normally provides.
John Archibald Considers Life of Caregivers in Pandemic
Pulitzer-prize winning columnist John Archibald of  knows personally the challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia. In a recent column, he wondered what caregiving is like in a pandemic, when friends and family may no longer be able to help and structured respite programs are temporarily closed. For answers, he turned to the staff and clients of Collat Jewish Family Services’  CARES respite.

Community Programs & Announcements

How to Make Blintzes with a Master Chef!
Monday, May 24 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Join Chef David Aaron and Rabbi Rube of Knesseth Israel Congregation as we learn to make cheese blintzes. On Shavuot, we traditionally enjoy dairy dishes. Watch here (Password: 082919)

Fresh Baked Challah Pickup
Chabad of Alabama has weekly curbside challah pickups from 12:00-3:00 PM. Challahs are first come, first serve and can be reserved by emailing Chabad or sending your payment for your challah via Venmo. Challahs are $5 each.
Support our Local Agencies and Synagogues with Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile, a website operated by Amazon lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. Please visit: If you have an existing account, you use the same account on AmazonSmile. All of our Birmingham agencies and synagogues are listed on Amazon Smile and you may choose one of them as the beneficiary of your purchases.