Important Resources for Everyone in the Time of COVID-19

Important Resources for Everyone in the Time of COVID-19 

Last updated: June 3, 2020

The pandemic creates new challenges for all of us, medical, logistical, legal, and emotional. CBST wants to help you find resources you need in this difficult time. We will work to keep this list of resources up to date. One way you can help is by sharing your resources with the community. If you have resources to suggest, please email Judy Ribnick (jribnick@cbst.org). 

This guide currently contains information on (1) Mental/Spiritual Health Hotlines, (2) Official Information and Updates, (3) Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning, and Legal Protections, (4) Funeral Resources, (5) Unemployment Insurance, and (6) Food Resources.

Mental and Spiritual Well-being Hotlines and Resources:

  • Institute for Jewish Spirituality Resources from IJS to help respond to these tense and challenging times:
  • FREE Daily Online Meditation Sit  |  FREE Weekly Torah Study
  • Gift of Awareness Online Course  |  FREE Jewish Meditation Starter Kit
  • NYC Well – Talk. Text. Chat. 24/7  NYC Well is there to listen and to help, with problems like stress, depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol use. For you or someone you care for. NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.
  • RUACH: Jewish Emotional and Spiritual Support Need someone to talk to? We are a 100% volunteer-run initiative made up of therapists, social workers, rabbis, chaplains, and providers-in-training offering support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Caregivers span the spectrum of Jewish identity and practice, and we have providers who specialize in LGBTQ+, multi-faith, & accessible care. If you need free support, fill out this form and you will be matched with a caregiver for a 30-minute call. Your caregiver will reach out to you within 48 hours [Mon.-Fri.].
  • New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

Official Information and Updates:

  • New York State COVID-19 Updates: Follow regular updates on the web from New York State, including useful health and policy information such as mobile testing sites and current stay-at-home recommendations. For other or more urgent questions, call New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
  •  CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) Most up-to-date information about the novel coronavirus symptoms, treatment, and spread in the United States. [The CDC remains an important source of information, but CBST is concerned about how the White House political agenda has affected some CDC recommendations.] Text COVID to 692-692 to get regular updates on the latest developments with COVID-19.
  • Met Council resource center on coronavirus Met Council is America’s largest Jewish charity dedicated to serving the needy and has many resources about unemployment, SNAP, and other benefits.
  • LGBTQ Coronavirus Resources from NYC Unity Project - Generation NYC
  • A fairly comprehensive listing of important NYC coronavirus links from THE CITY, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, digital news platform dedicated to hard-hitting reporting that serves the people of New York City.
  • NYC coronavirus crisis resources from City Lights. Using investigative journalism, City Limits exists to inform democracy and equip citizens to create a more just city.
  • HELP NOW NYC (NYC Government) Find more ways that you can give or receive help.

Legal Advice on Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning, and Legal Protections:

If you are an LGBTQ or LGBTQ-friendly lawyer and want to be added to our list, please email Tasha Calhoun at tcalhoun@cbst.org.

  1. Judith E. Turkel, Esq., Howard M. Forman, Esq. - Wills, Trusts and Estates, Family Law and Real EstateTurkel, Forman, & de la Vega, LLP304 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010(212) 353-2200 // jturkel@turkelforman.com, hforman@turkelforman.com // turkelforman.com
  2. Carol Buell, Esq. - Weiss, Buell, & Bell, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2604, New York, NY 10118(212) 967-5710 // cbuell@wbblaw.com // carollbuelllaw.com/
  3. Elizabeth Deutsch, Esq., Second Parent Adoptions, Wills, Living Wills with Medical Health Care Proxy, Powers of Attorney17 Burroughs Way, Maplewood, NJ 07040917-655-4971 // EDeutsch2001@verizon.net 
  4. Leslie Deutsch, Esq., Second Parent Adoptions, Wills, Living Wills with Medical Health Care Proxy, Powers of Attorney19 Rynda Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040917-355-5638 // LSDeutsch2003@yahoo.com 
  5. Noemi Masliah, Masliah Firm, Immigration Law - 225 Broadway, New York, NY 10007(212) 227-9390 // https://themasliahfirm.com/ // Noemi.Masliah@themasliahfirm.com 
  6. Ralph Randazzo, Esq., Elder Law - 475 Park Avenue South, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10016(631) 673 4998 // ralph@randazzolaw.com 
  7. Richard Tesler, Esq., Estate Planning - 41 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023(212) 362-6961 // Richtesler@aol.com
  8. Jillian T. Weiss, Law Office of Jillian T. Weiss, P.C. - 527 Hudson Street, P.O. Box 20169, New York, NY 10014(845) 709-3237 // jweiss@jtweisslaw.com // https://jtweisslaw.com

Funeral Resources:

If you would like to obtain information about purchasing a plot in CBST's cemetery, please contact Yolanda Potasinski (ypotasinski@cbst.org) and Chaz Macrina (cmacrina@cbst.org).

Unemployment Insurance:

  • Unemployment insurance fact sheet CBST member Hugh Baran has offered to talk with our members who have questions or are seeking help with unemployment insurance. You can contact him here. 
  • Educational Alliance Employment Services, employment and career development services to address the needs of the communities of the Lower East Side, East Village, and greater Manhattan.

Food Resources:

  • Invisible Hands Deliver: Local NYC 20-somethings will pick up your groceries, pharmacy needs, etc. and deliver to your door for free, throughout 5 boroughs, greater NYC area. You can pay them in cash or call to pay the store directly. 
  • Mazon: Online state-by-state list of resources for both free food pickup and delivery (food banks, meals on wheels, etc). Possibly more to come.
  • SelfHelp selfhelp.net “For those in need of meals at home, we have made referrals to a home-delivered meals provider.” Currently considering everyone over 60 as homebound. info@selfhelp.net; West Side, Project Pilot; East Side, case management; Downtown, neighborhood house; Department of Aging contract with Meals of Wheels
  • God’s Love We Deliver: Home-delivered meals for those with major health challenges (HIV/AIDS, cancer, etc.). Participation requires doctor confirmation of eligibility. Delivery in all five boroughs and beyond.

Finally, see this list of NYC mutual aid groups and coronavirus resources for more information, including campaigns and actions you can join and places where you can donate time and/or money as you are able.