Jewish Organizations In Tampa Bay Offer Virtual Alternatives

THE MAJOR JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS IN OUR AREA ARE TRANSITIONING ONLINE

The coronavirus is causing organizations and congregations to close their doors until further notice and cancel in-person events. Many of them are transitioning towards offering online alternatives and services to maintain a well-connected community.

Here’s a list of the major Jewish organizations in the Tamp Bay Area and how their services are changing due to the pandemic.

Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast

  • All events are postponed until May 3
  • The Federation plans to keep a close eye on the situation and adjust if/when necessary
  • Employees are working remotely and/or with alternative hours to stay safe, but also keep the community connected
  • Visit www.jewishgulfcoast.com for more information

Tampa JCCs and Federation

  • Both JCC facilities (Bryan Glazer Family JCC and JCC at the Maureen and Douglas Cohn community campus) are shut down
  • Israel Fest is still scheduled for May 3, however the Federation suggests visiting their website as we get closer to the event
  • The JCC is using video conferencing and messaging platforms to offer fitness classes and more online
  • Visit www.jewishtampa.com and www.tampajewish.com for more information

Florida Holocaust Museum

  • The Museum is closed until further notice
  • Online interactive services are available through Facebook
  • Filmed survivor or second generation conversations every Tuesday at 1PM
  • Museum artifact highlights every Wednesday at 1PM
  • Resources and topics for teachers in the digital classroom every Thursday at 1PM
  • Visit the museum’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheFHM/
  • For more information go to www.thefhm.org/learn

Menorah Manor

  • Visitation is prohibited, except if there is a major change in the condition of a resident
  • Exceptions are determined on a case-by-case basis
  • Therapeutic activities are being live-streamed and staff is conducting one-on-one visitations
  • Residents are encouraged to participate in small, outdoor group activities
  • Shabbat services are being live-streamed
  • Working to accept new residents from nearby hospitals under strict criteria

Weinberg Village

  • Visitation is prohibited
  • Only essential staff and medical providers are permitted in the building
  • New residents are being accepted under strict criteria
  • Virtual tours are offered

Hillels of the Florida Suncoast

  • Students are finishing the academic semester remotely from home
  • Educational programs and Shabbat are conducted virtually
  • Hillel International has a new worldwide program to give students an online environment to foster community
  • For more information visit https://welcome.hillel.org/hillelathome/

It’s recommended you visit the websites of different congregations to learn more about their services, especially if they happen to not be on this list as information is updating quickly.