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171 West 85th Street, New York, NY 10024

Contact Person: Jan Lauren Greenfield


Stay Safe. Stay Connected. Stay Active.

Are you looking for a new source of conversation, inspiration and friendship during this time of social distancing due to COVID-19?

DOROT’s programs for older adults on the phone and on Zoom offer a wide variety of opportunities to learn, meet new friends, stay connected and have some fun. Participation is free. Call 212-769-2850 or email for more information or to register.

  • University Without Walls connects seniors via phone from home to informal, 50-minute discussions on a variety of topics, including arts, literature, current events. New topics are introduced weekly and facilitated by experts. Dial into a world of possibilities.
  • Onsite@Home brings Chair Yoga, Meditation, Trivia, Arts and Culture, Sports, History and so much more into living rooms everywhere.
  • Caring Calls carefully matches seniors and adults of every age for weekly calls that often bloom into true intergenerational friendships.
  • Tech Guides for older adults provide step-by-step instructions for using smartphones and Zoom.
  • Caring Cards is the perfect do-it-yourself project for older adults who are eager to express their creativity and caring.

DOROT proudly serves older adults with a range of solutions to address the complex causes of loneliness and social isolation. Signature programs are designed to bring social connection to older adults who may or may not have difficulty leaving their homes without support. Please consider supporting DOROT’s work to foster intergenerational connections and alleviate social isolation among older adults.


Jewish Patient and Muslim Surgeon Inextricably Bound Together at Hadassah

It was an astounding confluence that probably could only have occurred at Hadassah. A Muslim surgeon at Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem operated on a Jewish patient injured by a mine laid by terrorists.

Dvir Musai was 13 when, during a school field trip, he stepped on the mine. Gravely injured throughout his body, he was rushed to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem for treatment. More than 30 surgeries, all performed at Hadassah, followed. In fact, Musai came to call Hadassah his second home. Yet, despite all the operations, he was still experiencing near constant agony from the wounds in his foot.

Now 31 and married with two children, both born at Hadassah, Musai could barely walk. Seeking relief from the pain, he returned to his doctors at Hadassah, where he was introduced to Dr. Madi el-Haj, an orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in peripheral nerve surgery. Trained at Hadassah Hospital, Dr. el-Haj recalled the angry young patient, Dvir Musai, who spent so much time there being treated for his injuries.

After examining Musai and looking at his test results, Dr. el-Haj was convinced that he could help him. Even though the surgery was scheduled on the doctor’s birthday, a day he was planning to spend with family after being away from them for two years, he insisted on going ahead. Carefully the surgeon removed what he called a “necklace of shrapnel” from a nerve in Musai’s foot. The surgery was successful and today Musai is free of debilitating pain.

The warm friendship that has developed between Musai and Dr. el-Haj and their families transcends boundaries and borders, an example of how Hadassah builds bridges to peace. Working together we can heal our world.  Learn more at

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Contact us at or 800.928.0685.

Jodre Brenecki LLP

71-27 Fresh Pond Road – Second Floor, Queens, NY 11385


Contact Person: Jordan Jodré


Jodre Brenecki LLP, a full-service litigation firm, is here to handle your legal needs in both New York and New Jersey.

Firm founders Jordan Jodre and Nicole Brenecki have extensive experience in litigating matters including, but not limited to, personal injury, labor and construction law, matrimonial and family law, as well as wills, trusts, and estates.

Jodre Brenecki, LLP is dedicated to providing direct, personal service and strives to ensure that each client is fully apprised of how their case is progressing. Currently, as a result of the pandemic, and the limitations it has placed upon all, Jodre Brenecki LLP is available to confer regarding all legal needs in whatever manner is most comfortable: via virtual meeting, telephone conversation, or an in-person visit, while adhering to CDC social distancing guidelines.

Jodre Brenecki LLP welcomes your inquiries and looks forward to working with you to resolve your legal needs. There is no fee for the initial consultation to discuss your case.


1276 47th St., Brooklyn, NY 11219


Contact Person: Alexander Rappaport


Masbia is a nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry, providing hot, nutritious meals and groceries for thousands of New Yorkers in desperate need of food. All food is kosher under the Orthodox Union certification. Prior to COVID-19, food was distributed as packages and also was served in three restaurant-style neighborhood soup kitchens in Boro Park and Flatbush, Brooklyn and Forest Hills, Queens. Due to the pandemic, the soup kitchens have become food distribution locations for food package pickups of hot meals and/or groceries. The only deliveries are to people who are quarantined at home due to coronavirus.

Masbia provides ready-to-eat food and/or grocery food. A typical ready-to-eat meal would have a bread, a soup, two sides, a main, a drink and a dessert. Since the beginning of the outbreak, we decided to source those meals rather than cook them ourselves as we usually would. In Boro Park, we drafted suffering take-out stores on our block and implemented a voucher system where we send people who need a meal to them with a voucher that we paid for with the charity dollars we are raising.

 For those who want raw food and grocery items, we have two to three dozen types of food–we try to balance it out with the three main food groups of fruits/vegetables, grain and protein.

All New Yorkers are eligible to receive Masbia food packages. We are giving out one ready-to-eat meal per person and seven days worth of groceries per family. If we get a quarantine request, we honor the fourteen days, because that’s the amount of days they need to be quarantined.

The demand increased from doing close to 2,000 families a week to about 7,000 families a week, and from close to 500 ready-to-eat dinners a day to close to 3,000 ready-to-eat dinners a day.

While Masbia has been around for fifteen years, we are still a very grassroots, agile, hand-to-mouth organization with the ability to scale up and mobilize when needed. What we do reflects the goodwill of our 35,000 donors and volunteers. From the time we get a donation to the time that money is turned into food and winds up in someone’s stomach is usually less than two weeks. In the current environment, where the demand is so much greater, it could literally be just days.


271-11 76th Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY 11040


Contact Person: Lina Scacco


In a time of giving, Parker says thank you

New Hyde Park, New York, June 4, 2020 – “Giving Tuesday Now” on May 5 provided a global day of giving, with an outlet to help the nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. That support helped the Parker Jewish Institute community stand together, stronger than ever amid the pandemic.

Remaining true to Parker’s mission, the Institute has taken extra measures to keep patients and residents safe. Through mandatory supplemental training, staff continues to stay up-to-date with the latest information about the virus and best practices for patient care, infection control and personal safety. These sessions build on the extensive training Parker’s staff already receives year-round.

Other measures include intensifying housekeeping and disinfection schedules, and reinforcing strict hand-washing, hygiene and infection control protocols; continuously testing patients and residents to mitigate exposure and infection spread; dramatically increasing inventory of personal protective equipment; and establishing a dedicated call center phone line to fulfill family members’ requests for updates on a loved one by a member of the clinical or medical team, or simply coordination of FaceTime and phone calls.

Moving forward, there are still so many meaningful ways in which people can make a difference, through financial or other donations.

For example, Parker’s Meal Train is an online platform through which the community can purchase meals for Parker’s nurses, doctors, therapists and other essential employees during their shift. The platform enables volunteers to schedule donations for particular shifts and floors at Parker, so that every meal is efficiently distributed, and there is no waste.

In other instances, people have donated – and in some cases, also manufactured – PPEs, helping to keep Parker well-stocked with critical supplies. And school children have written and sent beautiful notes to Parker’s staff, residents and patients, lifting everyone’s hearts.

“In these unprecedented times, we are stronger because the community stands with Parker,” said Michael N. Rosenblut, Parker’s President and CEO. “And for that we at Parker extend our deepest appreciation.”

Contact: Lina Scacco, (718) 289-2212 or

About Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation

 Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, which has earned the Center for Medicare & Medicaid 5 Star Quality rating, is headquartered in New Hyde Park, New York. The facility is a leading provider of Short Term Rehabilitation and Long Term Care. At the forefront of innovation in patient-centered health care and technology, the Institute is a leader in teaching and geriatric research. Parker Jewish Institute features its own medical department, and is nationally renowned as a skilled nursing facility, as well as a provider of community-based health care, encompassing Social Adult Day Care, Home Health Care, Medical House Calls, Palliative Care and Hospice.

Queens Community Council

119-45 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills, NY 11375


Contact Person: Cynthia Zalisky



The Queens Jewish Community Council serves as a non-profit, non-partisan body for action and services for residents and organizations in Queens. Established in 1968, QJCC is pledged to improving the economic, cultural and social prosperity of the needy in the borough through a wide range of social services, cultural and educational programs. It is the lead agency of 146 faith-based organizations serving over 15,000 clients from birth to advanced senior years annually.

Thousands of Jewish poor and near-poor are positively impacted by the work of the Queens Jewish Community Council coming for assistance and support services including entitlement assistance, medical insurance facilitation, immigrant services, senior programming, women empowerment, pre-job training, family counseling, domestic violence victims’ assistance, youth mentoring, Kosher food pantry distributing over 1,500 packages a month and Kosher meals-on-wheels delivered to 130 advanced aged homebound elderly.

QJCC is committed to preserving the Jewish presence in Queens by offering year round cultural events, workshops and programming emphasizing the borough’s active and diverse Jewish community.  To celebrate the unique aspects of the Jewish musical heritage, QJCC coordinates a free summer concert series, entitled “Jewish Music Under the Stars” at Cunningham Park, 196th Street and Union Turnpike in Hillcrest, NY.

QJCC is the united voice of Queens representing the borough’s Jewish institutions and organizing actions and events on behalf of Israel and other Jewish causes.

The Queens Jewish Community Council is a social service organization serving the members of the community who need assistance. We help people with medical insurance facilitation, food stamp enrollment and immigration issues. Those seeking our services must make an appointment. Our office hours are Monday thru Thursday 9AM to 5PM and Friday 9AM to 1PM.

QJCC has extensive volunteer opportunities. Anyone interested in becoming involved should contact Cynthia Zalisky, Executive Director at 718-544-9033 or by e-mail at

UBS Seth Mitchell

The Mitchell Wealth Management Group

1251 Avenue of the Americas 2nd Fl., New York, NY. 10020-1080


Contact Person: Seth A. Mitchell


The world is constantly changing and it is important to have a plan that changes with it.  It is never a bad time to either make changes to an existing financial plan or create a new one.  It starts by having clarifying conversations to learn what is important for you and the people you care about.  How do you want to live your life now?  How do you plan to live your life in retirement?  What do you want to leave to the people you care about most?  Let’s start with a conversation.

 At The Mitchell Wealth Management Group, our mission, commitment and process strives to do the following: to provide quality service, put our clients’ needs first and view each client relationship as a long term investment.  We tailor our services to each client’s particular needs and goals; to ensure the highest level of personal attention and responsiveness.  We recognize that communication is paramount to the success of any client/advisor relationship; to coordinate the breath and scope of intellectual capital of the world’s largest wealth management firm to deliver the optimal client experience.   We succeed by delivering the full capabilities of the firm with an exemplary level of wealth  management service, customized solutions and the highest ethical standards.  

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is dedicated to the preservation and study of the history and culture of East European Jewry worldwide. For nearly a century, YIVO has pioneered new forms of Jewish scholarship, research, education, and cultural expression. YIVO’s library of 400,000 volumes and massive archive of 23 million items—including rare manuscripts, original photos, audio and video recordings, and online galleries—can be explored from home. The world’s single largest resource for the study of Ashkenazi civilization, YIVO’s collections cover Yiddish theater, children’s books, Holocaust education, and much more, which can be explored online.

The only prewar Jewish archive and library to survive the Holocaust, YIVO’s collections have unparalleled treasures from this time period, including diaries, survivor testimonies, ghetto and concentration camp documents, Jewish organizational records, art and artworks, music, posters, and Nazi agency records. They also include materials from the ransacking of YIVO’s original building in Vilna, Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania). YIVO’s Holocaust collections add up to more than seven million pages of original documents and over 20,000 photographs depicting the Jewish experience during World War II and its aftermath.

Since the start of the pandemic, YIVO has expanded its efforts to provide everyone an opportunity to learn, enjoy, and find comfort and inspiration together in these trying times. Its public programs, exhibitions, online and on-site courses, and vast library and archives reach people around the world. YIVO’s staff works tirelessly to launch new online initiatives to make its materials more accessible.

YIVO has made all of our online courses free. To date, nearly 18,000 people from 68 countries have signed up to explore the essence of Ashkenazi Jewish food, Yiddish theater, Eastern European and Russian culture, and Ashkenazi folklore. YIVO offers free online lectures, book talks, concerts, and more programs, featuring award-winning scholars, writers, and artists.

We invite you to discover all that YIVO has to offer and delve into our myriad of treasures.

15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Contact Person: Jessica Tauber


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