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Mitzvah Corner

The Talmud teaches that to save a single life is equal to saving the entire world. Indeed, that is because every human being is an entire world for their loved ones, and has the potential to truly save the world through their deeds. 
 
We have recently been given information about one of the most promising treatments for COVID-19- Convalescent Plasma Therapy, by which a patient currently suffering from COVID is given plasma from someone who has recovered from the disease.  Researchers believe this may help current patients since the plasma is created from individuals who have recovered from COVID and therefore have created antibodies to COVID. 
 
Here's how you can help: Saint Barnabas Medical Center and other area hospitals are trying to identify potential donors.  If you were sick with COVID-19 (documented positive) and have recovered, or if you tested positive but were asymptomatic, please take the short American Red Cross survey at the bottom of this page.  Each donor can provide enough plasma for three patients, which means each donor can help many others who are desperately ill.
 
If you think there is even a chance you might be eligible, fill out the form!  The need is enormous, but so is the possibility of help. 
 
CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE FORM.

Support our healthcare workers on the front lines.

Click here to contribute to the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Emergency Relief Fund. Funds will be used for personal protective equipment, feeding the medical staff who are working tirelessly to care for every patient, and housing for the additional nursing staff needed to fully care for the patients in our community.

Click here to contribute to the Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad.  Their members are working around the clock for our local community. They are transporting COVID-19 patients to our local hospitals multiple times a day. The valiant EMT squad is doing all of this during a frightening time as volunteers

 Volunteers from RWJ St. Barnabas have set up meal deliveries for the staff working around the clock to assist all those suffering in our local hospital. Due to the extremely strict restrictions, 3 vendors have been working with St. Barnabas and their volunteers to deliver lunch and dinner to the entire staff. If you’d like to contribute to this effort, please visit: https://www.rwjbh.org/saint-barnabas-medical-center/giving/give-now/

If you are interested in sponsoring a full day, week or month (although we hope it will not be that long), please be in touch with TBJ member, Erin Schonbraun (erin.schonbraun@gmail.com), or St. Barnabas volunteer, Stephanie Grossman (stephaniegrossman@yahoo.com).

PPE Supplies: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Barnabas are both collecting donations of PPE supplies. A local member who works at these two hospitals has let us know what is needed. Below is the list of unopened supplies needed:

1. N95 Masks

2. Surgical masks

3. Eye protective goggles and face shields

4. Latex-free gloves, especially nitrile gloves

5. Sterile gowns

6. Purell

7. Liquid soap

To donate to Newark Beth Israel, please send donations to:

ATTN: Manny Matias

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

201 Lyons Avenue

Newark, NJ 07112

 

To donate to Saint Barnabas:

Please drop off at the Corporate office located at 95 Old Short Hills Road across the street from the hospital. Donations can be dropped off between 7AM and 10PM. Please write "Development Department" on the donations

We have loved the opportunity to connect to you over the last week as we navigate this new and challenging time. We are taught that as much of a responsibility as we have to care for members of our own TBJ family, we also feel called to help the wider community in whatever ways we are able to do so. Below are some current mitzvah opportunities:

Tutoring:

With schools closed and kids learning from home, there are many members of our TBJ family, and those in the wider community in need of tutoring on various subjects. If you are in need, or able to offer help, please fill out this form and we will match you based on skill and need.

https://www.tbj.org/form/tutors

https://www.tbj.org/form/tutorhelp

Cards and Phone Calls:

If you or your children are interested in making and sending cards

to members of our community, or if you are interested in helping to make calls to members of our community, please fill out our volunteer form

https://www.tbj.org/form/volunteer

Technology Help:

In the coming weeks we will continue to use Zoom and other means of technology for much of our programming. If you need help navigating how to use Zoom or other streaming avenues, please reach out to Rabbi Leah Sternberg at lsternberg@tbj.org. We would be happy to set you up with a volunteer who can teach you

Donating Supplies: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Barnabas are both collecting donations of PPE supplies. Below is the list of unopened supplies needed:

1. N95 Masks

2. Surgical masks

3. Eye protective goggles and face shields

4. Latex-free gloves, especially nitrile gloves

5. Sterile gowns

6. Purell

7. Liquid soap

To donate to Newark Beth Israel, please send donations to:

ATTN: Manny Matias

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

201 Lyons Avenue

Newark, NJ 07112

 

To donate to Saint Barnabas:

Please drop off at the Corporate office located at 95 Old Short Hills Road across the street from the hospital. Donations can be dropped off between 7AM and 10PM. Please write "Development Department" on the donations.

 

Other Organizations:

Bridges is an organization that seeks to end homelessness focusing on health, housing and independence. They are working to make sure that members of the community all over New Jersey still have access to food during this uncertain time. If you would like to help, please feel free to support Bridges by making a purchase from their Amazon Wishlist.

 

IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network) is seeking donations to continue their work of providing food and shelter to families and individuals in need.

 

Tue, September 29 2020 11 Tishrei 5781