KAHAL will be continuing programming and support for all students remaining abroad. While most organizations have postponed or canceled large group programming, KAHAL understands the need for, and is committed to providing, individual services and programming as part of regular operations in destinations not impacted by COVID-19
CONTINUE PROGRAMMING & SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS STILL ABROAD
PASSOVER OPPORTUNITIES & SEDER PLACEMENTS
MICRO-GRANT FUNDING TO HELP CREATE MEANINGFUL PASSOVER EXPERIENCES ABROAD
All students still abroad can click here to apply for micro-grant funding to help cover the costs of Passover abroad. This could include tickets for communal meals or DIY Passover experiences for students and their friends. It is important to note that many communities are not yet sure whether their events will go ahead as planned due to COVID-19 concerns. Of course we hope that this will not be the case – however, in the event that this happens, KAHAL is committed to ensuring that alternate Seder arrangements will be made for Jewish students abroad, including through the above micro-grant program. KAHAL’s in-house Jewish educational professionals will equip students with educational resources to make their DIY Passover that bit more meaningful. #ACET #WhereDoYouSeder
KEEP INFORMED ABOUT HOW COVIS-19 IMPACTS STUDY ABROAD
KAHAL remains equipped to provide information and resources regarding the rapidly changing status of COVID-19 in countries all over the world. We recommend you visit the World Health Organisation and Centers for Disease Control. If you would like advice on your specific study abroad destination please contact your KAHAL member of staff or email COVIDinfo@KahalAbroad.org.
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.
OTHER RESOURCES FOR ALL
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.
DO YOU KNOW OF A STUDENT CURRENTLY ABROAD IN NEED OF A SEDER TO ATTEND?
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 (link here) or to volunteer to ensure we meet our goal, please reach out to Ellen Rosenfeld at Ellen@KahalAbroad.org.