Dear fellow community members,
It’s been 2 months now since a small group of us met online to discuss forming a group of healthcare professionals that could help guide the Jewish community through the incoming COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, the fears and anxieties many of us had then regarding the impact that COVID-19 might have on our community have been largely averted for now. This isn’t to say that there hasn’t been suffering and hardship from the virus itself, and many other negative impacts brought from the “stay at home” policies, but thankfully, we have been spared the tsunami of COVID-19 disease burden that many other cities and countries tragically were not.
It’s been heartwarming and reaffirming to see how we have come together for each other. These efforts—the sacrifices and chesed and sharing of resources—have collectively saved lives and decreased the burden of COVID-19 on our community and our society as a whole. These are successes and achievements worth celebrating and being proud of.
Going forward, we will continue to do all we can to support, guide and advise our community to the best of our abilities. We care. We empathize. We understand. We sympathize. We hope. And we pray for our collective health and wellbeing.
This is the first of what we hope will be a weekly newsletter with Kol HaCOVID updates, relevant question and answer material, and useful resources. This inaugural newsletter represents the collective efforts of our broad-based community of healthcare providers and community leaders who share the values of community service, health advocacy, and love for our fellow Jews. We welcome your feedback, thoughts, and questions.
With thanks and appreciation for all that you’ve done and will continue to do benefit us all,
The Kol HaCOVID team