How We Shared the Seder During COVID-19

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How We Shared the Seder During COVID-19

Apr 21, 2020

Dear Jewish Home Family,

We recently concluded our Passover celebration, a holiday when we reflect on our struggles and celebrate our victories. This year, more than any other in recent times, the Passover message was particularly relevant.

Seniors at the Jewish Home and throughout our community are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. They have to take unprecedented precautions to preserve their health and well-being. These are challenging times for them and for all of us. We are facing them together—and, together, we will get through them.

From the earliest days of the pandemic, the Jewish Home has aggressively implemented procedures and policies to ensure we protect our seniors’ safety and that of our staff. Our efforts have yielded results: We currently have no cases of COVID-19 at the Home. We are committed to doing everything we can to keep it that way.

As we take steps to safeguard the Home, we also encourage families to stay in touch with their loved ones. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, we have connected in ways that were not previously possible. Through phone, text messaging, email, FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom, we can send our loved ones messages of care and support. We can show them we are here for them.

Many of our seniors used this technology to share Passover Seders with family and friends. As a personal touch for our residents, we distributed 1,000 individual Seder plates for everyone to participate in the Seder. Each plate had sprigs of bitter herbs, dabs of haroset, parsley, saltwater, and—of course— matzo. Our goal was to guarantee that, despite the necessity of physical distancing, no one at the Home would be without the feeling—and support of—community.

At its heart, Passover is about freedom. I look forward to celebrating our own freedom from the threat of COVID-19 in the near future. All of us at the Jewish Home are grateful to you for your interest, support and collaboration as we wander through the desert, looking for the Promised Land.


Molly Forrest

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