The following notice lays out the support programs we are offering students still abroad, as well as those who have been sent home. We also include information for all students abroad or traveling to be set up for a Passover Seder. Though some elements of our program will be suspended or significantly altered in the months ahead, we want to ensure all students and families know about resources available through KAHAL to navigate this situation.
Due to COVID-19, most international students have been sent home and are missing the chance to learn and improve their language skills. While this isn’t *exactly* the same as in person, KAHAL has set up KAHALanguages, a Language Exchange to help students keep up their skills as well as “meet” and connect with other Jewish students all over the world!
These are virtual “meet ups”. If you are able to offer some time to teach a language you are fluent in (you don’t have to be native) and you’d like to improve a foreign language, please take a minute to fill out this form!
We make a match based on your preferences, then the virtual meet up is arranged by both of you together to start your exchange! Mostly these will be 1:1 and sometimes as a group, depending on demand. The exchanges can go on as long or as short as you’d like. Think of it like a virtual pen-pal! Sign up here!
KAHAL is offering ongoing office hours to talk to students about their options, decompress, and discuss what the experience means for their academic, financial, and Jewish future. Students and parents alike can sign up for a time-slot to speak with a KAHAL team member by visiting this link or emailing COVIDinfo@KahalAbroad.org. Someone from the KAHAL team will reach out to you within 24 hours. If you need immediate support, please call Alex Jakubowski, KAHAL’s Executive Director, at 847-212-8777.
1x1 CONSULTATION WITH MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL THROUGH AMAZE PBC
Because this is a new virus, there are many unknowns. To help KAHAL students and families best deal with the situation, we’ve partnered with Amaze, a virtual medical provider in the U.S. to ensure that all impacted students and parents have immediate access to qualified medical consultations in real-time. To utilize this service you must download the AMAZE PBC app on the Apple store or Google Play store and use KAHAL’s unique access code. Please be in touch with KAHAL staff at COVIDinfo@KahalAbroad.org or register for KAHAL’s COVID-19 mobile app support community for more information and the unique access code.
We need your help ensuring that Passover is still the best it can be for the students who are still abroad. If you know anyone specific that needs a Seder and you want us to reach out to them personally please fill out THIS form. Additionally, do you, or someone you know in your community, want to host students for Passover this year? Please let us know so we can offer it as an opportunity to our students. You can contact Joey, KAHAL’s Director of Abroad Experience, at Joey@KahalAbroad.org. #WhereDoYouSeder
SUPPORTING KAHAL'S RESPONSE EFFORTS
To support the evolving and emerging needs, most notably Passover, of those still abroad, as well as the challenging situation for those who have been sent home, KAHAL plans to launch an emergency crowdfunding campaign from March 17-19th to raise $200,000. All gifts to this campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar by KAHAL’s leading stakeholders in an effort to leverage KAHAL’s unique position to support Jewish students in need. If you are interested in making a contribution to the campaign early, please visit our campaign here or to volunteer to ensure we meet our goal, please reach out to Ellen Rosenfeld at Ellen@KahalAbroad.org.
Students impacted by COVID-19 and completing online courses have the opportunity to work from a beautiful Kibbutz in the Galilee. Gather creates retreats for young professionals on Kibbutzim across Israel. Due to the situation, we’ve teamed up with Gather in order to offer you a remote work getaway in Kibbutz Kfar Blum. Leave your contact info here and they’ll get back to you with more info shortly. For more information email COVIDinfo@KahalAbroad.org.
So many organizations are looking for extra help these days — here are a few places that you can volunteer with either in person or even remotely!
- The Jewish Volunteering Network in the UK has dozens of opportunities to help out the community!
- The American Red Cross is looking for blood donors — check out their website for more information on when and where you can donate!
- The Network of Jewish Human Services Agencies has opportunities to volunteer all around the US. Contact CovidInfo@kahalabroad.org to see what agencies need assistance in your state!