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.
If you are unsure or confused about study abroad and international travel in general, click here. This page provides a list of articles and resources about the current status of international travel. The resources KAHAL compiled will be helpful for students in limbo as a result of fall study abroad cancellations or a parent looking to understand the current situation better.
A huge thank you to the Committee of 100 (C100) for your generous donation of 30,000 N95 masks, which we will distribute to affected nursing homes and skilled care facilities across North America. We are proud to partner with C100, who have donated 850,000 N95 masks and countless other supplies to communities in need, to build stronger ties between our communities and to develop stronger networks of mutual support and exchange. See here for our full statement.
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!
Guided by a resource center with detailed instructions, tips, and conversation topics, participants will match online with others based on your language preferences. You will then set up virtual 1:1 or group meet-ups and be able to post and read about exchange successes and openings. Your exchange 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.
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!