Thursday, May 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update #31

Following the previous updates, we’ve received many questions as to the parameters of cautious resocialization, and we’d like to further clarify and outline some of these guidelines.  As stated many times, although we are reassured by the current lack of new cases in Crown Heights, there is much about this virus that remains unknown, and this must be balanced against the psychosocial considerations, of which there are many. The following comments pertain to our community here in Crown Heights only. 


On the individual level: 

With respect to resocializing, the following principles apply:
  • The younger and healthier one is, the lower the chance of getting dangerously ill.
  • Those that have already been ill with COVID, either with convincing symptoms OR with positive antibodies, to the best of our knowledge are: 
    • More likely to be protected from getting infected, at least in the short term
    • Less likely to be contagious if they have not had symptoms recently
  • At least to some degree, masks and social distancing decrease the spread of the virus.
  • All else being equal, outdoors is safer than indoors


It is with these principles in mind that we attempt to put out guidelines, as a general frame of reference. There remains many unanswerable gray zones, and at some level, individuals will have to use the guidelines to make their own individual risk assessments. 
  • To those above 65 (or who have significant underlying health issues such as diabetes and lung disease) who have NOT been sick and do NOT have antibodies, please continue to take significant caution. 
    • If it is beneficial for you to have family members visit, then masks and social distancing should continue to be maintained, and family members who have already been sick pose a lower degree of risk than family members who have NOT been sick. 
    • If it is beneficial for you to go outside for whatever reason, then it is  important to wear a mask and maintain strict social distancing. This includes outdoor minyanim as well, which are discussed below. 
  • To those above 65 who have already been sick OR have antibodies, you are at a lower risk for getting ill than those your age who have not been sick yet. 
    • You can socialize with those close to you, but please be aware that you should take steps to minimize the risk if you can, including distancing and masks to the extent feasible, and preferentially socializing with those who have already been ill. 
  • To those who are relatively young (children, or those in their 20s or 30s):
    • Overall we think the risk of your beginning to resocialize is low. We still advise common sense precaution - avoiding crowded areas, particularly indoors, and avoiding those that are ill, have been recently ill, or have been in close contact with someone ill. 
    • Similarly, we still ask that you wear a mask when going outdoors, to protect those around you. 
  • To those in the middle group, which as a rough approximation is between 40 and 65:
    • When looking at the NYC data on those who have been seriously ill, this group (40-64) has been more seriously affected than the younger group, and therefore a higher sense of caution is advised. 
    • If you have not been sick and do not have antibodies, you should continue to take precautions - you can socialize with those close to you if you feel this would be beneficial, but the attempt should be made to restrict this to those unlikely to be infectious. Social distancing and masks should continue to be adhered to.  Similarly, going outside and on errands should be done as needed, with those similar precautions of masks and social distancing. 
    • If you have been sick already or have antibodies, you may socialize, and please practice the same common sense precautions as the younger group - avoiding crowded areas, particularly indoors, and avoiding those that are ill, have been recently ill, or have been in close contact with someone ill. Similarly, we still ask that you wear a mask when going outdoors.
  • As a general rule, where there is possible danger, one should err on the side of caution to the extent feasible. 


It goes without saying: Even with those low risk groups that are beginning to resocialize, crowded indoor places, such as indoor weddings where there is dancing and mingling in close quarters and a complete breakdown of social distancing, remain potentially dangerous to those unprotected, who may be swept along into a “makom sekana”.  

We must continue to be exceedingly vigilant as to the possibility of new cases in our community, G-d forbid. If anyone has new COVID-like symptoms, please fill this out in the registry: New COVID Registry.  


On the communal level: 

  • Outdoor minyanim are preferred to indoor minyanim
  • Indoor minyanim should follow the guidelines previously posted, which include social distancing (6 feet apart), mask wearing, and other guidelines. 
  • Outdoor minyanim should likewise continue to follow social distancing and masks are advised. Once again high risk individuals (defined above) need to be particularly cautious with mask use and distancing. It behooves other members of the minyan to recognise another’s vulnerability and keep their distance. 
  • Many men’s mikvaos are in the process of reopening. Without strict oversight and guidelines, this poses an unacceptable degree of risk and should not be done. However, with proper oversight, the risk can be significantly minimized. 
    • Those over 65 should not attend the mikvah at this time. Similarly, those ill or recently ill should not attend. 
    • Those who use the mikvah must be particularly vigilant to observe social distancing at all times in the mikvah, as well as hand washing/disinfecting and other issues pertaining to personal hygiene. 



Related to travel (for the foreseeable future, including Gimmel Tammuz):

  • At this time we do not regard air travel as safe for anyone except the lowest risk individuals on essential business.
  • Susceptible individuals who travel outside the community are at risk of becoming ill in a setting where cases are still prevalent. Thus when they return to Crown Heights they should continue to separate themselves from vulnerable others, and monitor themselves closely, immediately reporting any suspicious symptoms.
  • Particularly concerning are those travelling to Crown Heights, who may not have had the virus and who live  elsewhere in places where there may still be sporadic cases occurring, and who are inadvertently carrying the illness with them. In order for all the members of our community (including the vulnerable) to attempt a cautious return to socialization, we must ask those intending to visit Crown Heights to postpone their trips for the foreseeable future. This might not work out with your plans, but it is for our protection. Thank you in advance for being considerate.



For any further COVID related questions, please email chcovid@gmail.com. In addition, if you have not yet filled out the general community survey, please do so here: COVID/Antibody Survey 

With best wishes for a safe, healthy and enjoyable Shavuos. May each and everyone receive the Torah anew, in a joyful and meaningful way! 
  • The Gedaliah Society, in conjunction with Dr. Rosen

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Indoor Minyanim

Guidelines for indoor minyanim in Crown Heights, current as of 3 Sivan 


  • Every shul must appoint a “COVID memunah” to ensure the following guidelines are kept
  • Only 10 people total inside at a time, in line with current NYS law. 
  • Anyone above age 65 who has not been sick yet (or does not have antibodies) should not attend an indoor minyan at this time.
  • Nobody currently ill or recently ill may attend
  • People who choose to attend an indoor minyan should not “minyan hop” between different indoor minyanim; they should stick to the same group of 10 wherever feasible
  • At least 6 feet distance should be maintained between all those inside
  • All those inside should wear masks
  • Everyone should use Purell/disinfectant on their hands upon entry and exit. 
  • Garbage cans should be available for dirty tissues and the like
  • No refreshments (coffee, mezonos) should be served
  • Time spent in shul should be purely for davening/layning. There should be no speeches, socializing, farbrenging, etc.
  • Only one person should use the restroom at a time
  • There should be no kissing the sefer torah, mantel, etc. The oleh l’torah can touch his tallis to the klaf and then kiss the tallis. 
  • The baal koreh should be the one to take the Sefer Torah from the Aron to the Bimah. The magbiah takes the Sefer Torah back to the Aron. 
    • A mask should be worn by the magbiah and golel.  Although everyone is asked to wear a mask, this is being reiterated here for emphasis.  
  • Regarding someone getting an aliyah:
    • A mask should be worn by the oleh letorah.  Although everyone is asked to wear a mask, this is being reiterated here for emphasis.  The baal koreh should wear a mask as well, to the extent feasible.
    • Only someone who has already been sick or has antibodies may get an aliyah
    • The oleh letorah and baal koreh should, to the extent possible, not face each other during the layning. 

If you do not think your shul can adhere to the above guidelines, an indoor minyan should not be conducted. 

Outdoor minyanim (with safety guidelines followed), in particular porch minyanim, are still preferable from a safety point of view, if feasible, and should be maintained wherever possible. In addition to the safety issue, this will assist with the overflow of those who won’t be covered by the indoor minyanim based on the NYS law.

If NYS law changes after the writing of these guidelines, they will be updated accordingly. Similarly, if the situation in our local community changes (we begin to see new cases, chas veshalom), these guidelines will be updated accordingly. 

בברכת קבלת התורה בשמחה ובפנימיות

Monday, May 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update #30

We would like to reiterate the call for caution when resocializing, as discussed in greater length in the previous update, in particular as it relates to higher risk individuals.  We hope that the reassuring COVID trends in our community continue, but we must be exceedingly vigilant to ensure that we are not seeing new cases.  To that end, we cannot stress enough the need for anyone with new COVID-like symptoms to fill out the following: New COVID Registry


Shavuos:

In line with the recent developments allowing indoor davening with up to ten people, we have recently released guidelines how to maximize safety for those shuls who wish to have indoor davening/kriah. 

We would like to emphasize that overall, outdoor minyanim are preferable from a safety point of view. In particular, porch minyanim are ideal in this respect, due to the inherent built in distancing. Non-porch outdoor minyanim are also preferable to indoor davening, provided that safety guidelines are followed, including proper social distancing and masks. For those who have been davening in an outdoor minyan and are now transitioning to an indoor minyan, please be aware that there may be older or at-risk members of Anash who cannot attend an indoor minyan and have been relying on their nearby outdoor minyan.

In line with our Rebbe’s request that ALL should hear the “Aseres Hadibros” safely, responsible individuals are coordinating outdoor kriahs, in accordance with guidelines to assure the safety of all community members young and old. We want to stress that in order to ensure everyone’s well being, strict social distancing along with mask use, must be practiced, with special attention given to those who may be outside for the first time in months, and unused to the rules.

Many questions have come up in recent days about those from other communities who wish to visit Crown Heights for the upcoming Yom Tov. As uplifting as such visits are for the orchim, and as much as we as a community are known for our hachnosas orchim, we have to strongly discourage such visits to Crown Heights for Yom Tov and the foreseeable future, for the safety of our older and at risk population. 


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  • For anyone who will be voting in the upcoming June 23 elections, please be aware, as a matter of public safety, that you do not need to go in person - you can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail (https://nycabsentee.com/; check off “temporary illness” as your reason for voting by mail). Those individuals who wish to vote, especially if they have not been sick yet and are older, are strongly urged to make use of this mail-in option. 
  • To all those who have not yet filled out the general community survey, please do so here, regardless of whether or not you’ve been sick: COVID/Antibody Survey 


With best wishes for a safe and healthy Shavuos, 
- The Gedaliah Society, in conjunction with Dr. Rosen

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update #29

We are happy to report to the community that there have been no obvious NEW cases of COVID in the Crown Heights Jewish community since the beginning of May. There remain a handful of individuals who have been not feeling well for many weeks, having initially contracted the virus after Purim and who still remain with positive viral nasal RNA/PCR samples. Current thinking is that these individuals are no longer infectious but common sense dictates that they remain isolated until either viral RNA negative, or we get further clarification as to their status. Lastly there is a group of individuals who incidentally test positive for viral particles when presenting at hospitals in labor or for other reasons. These people are presumed to be non infectious at this time.

In order to safely “resocialize”, we have tried to develop a set of guidelines that will take place in stages, protect the vulnerable, and at all times stay within the framework of current New York state law. Given the parameters for ending the state’s “PAUSE” order, we as a community have for at least the past 4 weeks (and more) far exceeded those measures. This however does not allow us to consider the “costs” involved in reopening; there is no price to human life and the process has to proceed carefully, not risking a single soul.

For the foreseeable future, COVID will be a factor in our lives, and the risk of social engagement will not be zero. There is however a daily mounting danger to those elderly and vulnerable due to their isolation, and it is our contention that this risk is now greater than the risk of contracting the illness from adult children who already have been ill with COVID or have antibodies.  Acting smart and cautiously is critical.

In a similar way, children out of school in an unstructured environment are at risk based on their social situation and we need to find solutions for them to reenter some form of organised personal education, all within the law. This group, together with younger teachers who have had the virus or have antibodies, present the lowest health risk. Children of all ages need to be back with structure and formal education.  Add to this the stress within families who have been closed in for months, many of whom are younger, most of whom have had the disease, and the need for resocialization is obvious.

There is a very important and significant point that must be made in light of this. There are members of our community for whom contracting COVID could be very dangerous, and truly outweigh most of the psychosocial considerations. Those who are older and who have never been sick with the virus, of which BH there are many, remain at the highest risk for becoming seriously ill.  We strongly advise those in this group to continue being vigilant. 

In order to move the above considerations forward, we would like to present the following suggestions, with the knowledge that this is truly a “novel” virus and there remains much that is still being studied. If we notice an uptick in cases at any time, we may have to return to a situation of strict separation.

There is no way to be reassured of this without aggressively watching for new cases, and containing them as they arise. 

Therefore, we cannot stress enough: Anyone with new COVID-like symptoms MUST reach out to their doctor’s office and get tested for COVID. In addition, they MUST isolate themselves at home, and any close contacts who have not yet been ill must similarly quarantine themselves. 

As we have pointed out in an earlier update, approximately 70% of adults under the age of 65 in our community have had “significant contact” with the virus. We have paid a terrible price in order to achieve this statistic that is more than double that of our neighbors in Flatbush, and certainly much more than that of New York City, or for that matter any other community in the country. If we consider people who have not contracted the disease (and particularly the vulnerable elderly) as “flammable”, and there are no other fires burning because we are essentially burned out, then they hopefully will not catch fire. This high rate of past infection community wide will, with the help of Hashem, protect us from the virus reactivating and spreading again locally, which would thereby put the vulnerable at high risk. 

What this does mean, and it cannot be stressed enough, is that we cannot afford to import either recently exposed individuals, or a large group of susceptible people, that could have the effect of significantly diluting our protection. To this end we fervently plead that family and friends, or large groups of people who plan to come to Crown Heights, reconsider their plans, for the benefit of our vulnerable members. An alternative would be for those who plan to stay, to be quarantined for a period of two weeks after arrival, as many countries have done. For those who live in the community, travel to other cities/countries or even communities where new cases are still occuring presents a high risk. 

With respect to reopening:

It is safe to say that the virus spreads most easily in closed, crowded environments, with poor air quality (recirculated air). For the time being this condition should be avoided by all. Outdoor spacious environments, with people appropriately distant and wearing masks, are the least likely to present a problem.

  • Young families and children constitute the lowest risk. They should continue to observe the rules in place, and may begin to associate with each other.
  • Those adults below 65 who have either had the illness or have antibodies, can leave their homes for the purposes of shopping, exercising, attending a minyan, going to work (in a safe environment) etc. Importantly, they may go and see elderly parents to take care of their needs and socialise with them, being cautious to wear a mask, gloves, and keep a safe distance. They can also help parents visit doctors or attend to other essential matters. They may visit with children and grandchildren.
  • Those adults below 65 who have neither had the virus nor have antibodies need to still be much more cautious with their social contact. They may leave home to attend to important matters, should avoid socialisation outside of the nuclear family, and be very careful to maintain social distancing and mask/glove use. Only essential visits to elderly at risk parents at this time, with very careful attention to all the above precautions.
  • Those over 65 who either have had the illness or have antibodies may likewise leave home for important business, but should exercise an added level of caution. They too can socialise with children and grandchildren, particularly those who have been ill.
  • Finally, and most importantly, those beloved older and still vulnerable members of Anash (of whom we have lost much too many!) who neither have had the illness nor have antibodies need to stay in place, with all the precautions taken up to now, except for visitation by children for the purposes of taking care of their needs. They should avoid groups of children/grandchildren where social distancing may break down. They may leave home in order to take care of essential matters, being exceptionally cautious to protect themselves with masks/gloves and strict distancing.  


We hope and pray that moving forward, we will see no further new cases which will allow us to advance toward fully resocializing.

As regards Shavuos, we are thinking of ways for every member of the community, young and old, to hear the “Aseres Hadibros”. With the help of Hashem the wishes of our Rebbe in this matter will surely be accomplished. 


  • For the sake of our community, anyone with new COVID like symptoms MUST fill out the following:  New COVID Registry
    • In addition, we're asking you to isolate yourself and have any close contacts, who have not been ill yet, to quarantine themselves.
    • We cannot move forward as a community without being able to quickly identify and effectively contain new cases. 
    • If you know of someone with new symptoms who may not have filled this out, please urge them to fill it out. 
  • To all those who have not yet filled out the general community survey, please do so here, regardless of whether or not you’ve been sick: COVID/Antibody Survey 

  • For any further COVID related questions, please email chcovid@gmail.com. Going forward, we will only be responding to emails, as the hotline is being transitioned entirely to email form. If you left a message with the hotline number in the last day or two and have not received a call back, please email the email address. 
  • Similarly, for help with urgent errands etc, this same email address can be used with “Errand” in the subject line. 
  • We would like to again extend a tremendous thank you to YomTovSettings.com for hosting the hotline, Miriam Andrusier for masterminding the hotline, and all the wonderfully dedicated Gedaliah Society volunteers for staffing it so diligently, and with such care and empathy!


With fervent blessings for continued health in our community,
  • The Gedaliah Society, in conjunction with Dr. Rosen

Monday, May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Update#28

We continue to analyze the approximately 3500 responses to the survey, and continue to closely follow the reopening guidelines being set out by the state. 

Responses to the survey continue to come in, and any numbers below will be updated as we obtain new information and as we continue to analyze. Based on the responses so far, it would seem that a little over 70% of those in the age group 25-65 has been sick with a COVID-like illness, while only approximately 55% of those above age 65 have reported a COVID-like illness. 


Assuming the responses are reflective of Crown Heights as a whole, this decreased prevalence of illness among those above age 65 is likely due to their successful isolation. This is good news, as it means we’ve prevented many potentially serious illnesses, and it also means we have a sizable percentage among the elderly who remain at risk for illness. 

On the other hand, among those who did have the illness (based on symptoms), it would appear that overall greater than 70% of them developed antibodies. (However, many who were tested had never been sick, and therefore only 60-65% of those who were tested were positive for antibodies.)


This suggests that the majority of our community below age 65 has had a meaningful interaction with the virus, with the majority likely possessing antibodies. We would hope and suspect that most in this age group have some form of protection against the virus, at least in the short term. 

However, the group above age 65 is concerning - both because many of them remain at risk for developing the illness, and because the illness tends to be more severe in this age group. Protecting this at-risk group is of vital importance. Unfortunately, though, a vaccine does not appear to be available in the near future, and continued isolation of this group for months and months is hardly feasible. Therefore, the most feasible method of protecting this age group is likely in developing a sufficient “herd immunity” around them. At what point this is reached is unclear, although as stated above, a large portion of those below age 65 have already been sick. 

What this means, practically, is that any attempt to slowly open up our community must initially occur only among those in a lower risk group.  This would allow us to monitor for new cases in a population less at risk for serious illness, as well as hopefully continue to examine the strength of “herd immunity” that exists. Any significant contact with individuals from outside the community, residing in places where no such immunity exists and cases are continuing to appear, will present a risk that may well be unacceptable to susceptible individuals within our community.

In terms of opening up, we here in Crown Heights exist within the broader community of New York City and are governed by the laws of New York State.   New York State’s road map for beginning to open depends on several factors; most notably:
  • Declining rates of new infections, hospitalizations, and deaths.
  • Ability to quickly diagnose and effectively contain any new cases to prevent a resurgence of cases. 
    • At the community level this implies introduction of “quarantine”; not only of the identified case, but all susceptible contacts need to be traced and quarantined.



In our little island of Crown Heights, we have had relatively few new cases over the past few weeks.



We are constantly monitoring for the presence of a resurgence of cases.  Our local doctors offices are on alert for patients reporting new COVID-like symptoms, to test, diagnose, and contain any new cases.

We hope that in light of all the above - the declining/low rate of new cases, the high prevalence of those already ill, and constant vigilance to contain new cases - we can begin opening safely, soon, in gradual and cautious steps to protect those that are older and most at risk. 

In the meantime, we’d like to reiterate:
  • Those that have not filled it out yet, please do so now here: COVID/Antibody Survey.  We’re asking ALL members of the community to fill it out, regardless of whether you’ve been sick or not, tested or not. If you’ve filled it out already but something now changed (your results returned, you got tested, etc), please fill it out again. 
  • Anyone with new fever or COVID-like symptoms MUST contact their doctors office and get tested for the virus if possible. Their close contacts, if they have not been sick yet, must be tested and quarantined for 14 days.


We hope that the reassuring trends continue, and we only see health and healing in our community.


Rehabilitation Support:

Hatzalah, along with selfless community members, have established a “home based” comprehensive rehab that will provide for rehabilitation in all domains, with attention given to family and social needs, as well as the myriad of other possible impairments. All therapies will be provided in the refurbished “day-hab” center in the ULY halls on Albany Ave. Patients will be transported to and from the center, for intensive therapy. 

If you are aware of someone who may benefit from these services, please email golan@ch.rehab.

Social support services:

The COVID Hotline remains available for all COVID related questions. Please email your question to chcovid@gmail.com with “Hotline” in the subject line. Alternatively, you can call the hotline number, 212-901-2000, and leave a voicemail and someone will call you back.

The Errand Support program remains available for urgent needs such as medication and the like. Please email chcovid@gmail.com with “Errand” in the subject line.  Alternatively, you can call the hotline number, 212-901-2000, and leave a voicemail with your request.

The Mental Health program, in partnership with Neshamos.org, continues to provide support and counseling. Please call the hotline, 212-901-2000, and follow the prompts to speak with a licensed professional. 

Please - take a moment to fill out the COVID/Antibody Survey if you have not done so, and pass it along among your friends and family here in Crown Heights as well.

We would like to take this opportunity to urge everyone to help in the Hatzalah-Thon campaign which is now underway. What Hatzalah has done for us as a community is beyond words, and we are infinitely grateful to them. Let’s be there for them now. https://unitedforprotection.com/hatzalahch

  • The Gedaliah Society, in conjunction with Dr. Rosen

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

COVID-19 Update #27

Thank you to all those who have completed the survey. We currently have over 2000 responses, and this information is critical to our understanding of how and when Crown Heights can begin a SAFE return to normal. 

Those that have not filled it out yet, please do so now here: 
COVID/Antibody Survey.  We’re asking ALL members of the community to fill it out, regardless of whether you’ve been sick or not, tested or not. If you’ve filled it out already but something now changed (your results returned, you got tested, etc), please fill it out again. 

From a preliminary assessment of the responses thus far, slightly more than 70% of the community appears to have been sick with COVID-like symptoms. The majority of our community have not been tested for antibodies. Among those who have been tested, it appears that approximately 60% are positive for antibodies. It would seem that those with more severe illness (more types of symptoms, more severe symptoms, and longer duration of symptoms) are more likely to test positive for antibodies. These numbers are based on some inherent assumptions and generalizations, and as we continue to analyze the data and collect more responses, these numbers may change.  

These observations lead us to think that a large portion of our community (~70%) has had a meaningful interaction with the virus. Of course, this means there is a sizable minority who remain vulnerable to the disease. 

As stated many times, we think that those with antibodies (and a majority of those who knew they were sick with the virus) are likely to be immune at least in the short term. Although we expect that this provides some degree of protection, how this relates to herd immunity on a communal level is unclear at this time.

This being said, sporadic cases continue to occur throughout Crown Heights, and there are those not yet affected by the illness, the most worrisome being the elderly.

We as a community have re-entered what is called a “containment phase”. There is no longer a fire raging in our midst, B”H. However, to stay safe, we must contain any new cases and prevent the spread of the illness to those who are still vulnerable.  Therefore, it is of extreme importance that anyone with new symptoms is tested for the virus, and their close contacts are quarantined if they have not been sick yet. 

Other communities across the globe may be in earlier phases of the pandemic, and with this in mind we are suggesting that hosting relatives and friends from elsewhere should be postponed until such time as the pandemic subsides.

In light of all the above, we are making the following recommendations:
  • Those that are above age 65 and those with underlying health issues, in particular if they have not been ill yet, must continue to take extreme caution as outlined in the prior updates.
  • Anyone with new fever or COVID-like symptoms MUST contact their doctors office and get tested for the virus if possible. Their close contacts, if they have not been sick yet, must quarantine for 14 days.
    • Please, anyone who becomes ill, please fill that out in the survey in the appropriate section (COVID/Antibody Survey). Even if you’ve already filled out the survey, you can fill it out again and document this new information.
  • We ask the remainder of the community to continue to be mindful of the social distancing policies in place. 


We understand that frustration at this prolonged lockdown is building, and many are eager to begin opening up shuls, schools etc. We hope that this will happen in some form soon and we are exploring all angles, but we must make sure it can be done SAFELY and appropriately. 

Rehabilitation support:

We are grateful to Hashem for all those who are returning from prolonged hospital stays. Unfortunately many weeks of ICU care, illness and isolation have taken a toll, and many of these patients are in need of comprehensive rehabilitation. To this end a group of “those occupied with the needs of the community” have collaborated with Crown Medical and Hatzalah to develop a “HOME-BASED” comprehensive rehab that will provide for the acute rehabilitation in all domains, with attention given to family and social needs, as well as the myriad of other possible impairments. All therapies will be provided in the refurbished “day-hab” center in the ULY halls on Albany Ave. Patients will be transported to and from the center, for intensive therapy. The center will open on Monday 11th. Healing can and will occur!   If you are aware of someone who may benefit from these services, please email golan@ch.rehab. If anyone has the expertise to assist these efforts (therapists, nurses, etc) and is interested in being a part, please email that same email address as well.


Social support services:

The COVID Hotline remains available for all COVID related questions. Please email your question to chcovid@gmail.com with “Hotline” in the subject line. Alternatively, you can call the hotline number, 212-901-2000, and leave a voicemail and someone will call you back.

The Errand Support program remains available for urgent needs such as medication and the like. Please email chcovid@gmail.com with “Errand” in the subject line.  Alternatively, you can call the hotline number, 212-901-2000, and leave a voicemail with your request.

The Mental Health program, in partnership with Neshamos.org, continues to provide support and counseling. Please call the hotline, 212-901-2000, and follow the prompts to speak with a licensed professional. 

Please - take a moment to fill out the COVID/Antibody Survey if you have not done so, and pass it along among your friends and family here in Crown Heights as well.

Best of health,

The Gedaliah Society, in conjunction with Dr. Rosen