COVID-19 PROGRAM SUMMARY
As the situation on the ground continues to evolve, KAHAL will monitor progress and update the resources available to students accordingly. Before all else, we urge everyone to follow the protocols and directives issued by the local health authorities in your area.
This is a challenging time for our community. Many students, families and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are experiencing emotional, social, and spiritual isolation. For many students in areas not affected by the virus, however, life continues on as we countdown the days to Passover.

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.

Are you a student, parent, or someone who wants to help study abroad students impacted by COVID-19? Find the most up to date information below!

For Students Impacted by COVID & Parents

For Students Still Abroad & Parents

Help KAHAL by Volunteering & Contributing

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION UPDATES

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.

KAHALANGUAGES EXCHANGE

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!

OFFICE HOURS WITH THE KAHAL TEAM

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.

OPPORTUNITY IN ISRAEL FOR STUDENTS WITH ONLINE CLASSES

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.

WAYS TO GIVE BACK

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!

  1. The Jewish Volunteering Network in the UK has dozens of opportunities to help out the community!
  2. The American Red Cross is looking for blood donors — check out their website for more information on when and where you can donate!
  3. 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!

Read KAHAL’s COVID-19 Responses Below:

COVID KAHAL Statement on March 12th

COVID KAHAL Statement on March 6th