Virtual Community Resources
 
While we are staying home and practicing social distancing, stay connected virtually with programs and support services provided by our community partners.
 

 
CONGREGATIONS
 
Congregation Agudas Achim
For up to date information about Congregation Agudas Achim events and services, visit theaustinsynagogue.org. CAA is also offering service streaming. For more information, click here. 
 
All are welcome to join Virtual Tikkun Leil Shavuot online community event May 28 at 7:30 PM, hosted by Congregation Agudas Achim and presented with local partners Temple Beth Shalom, Congregation Beth Israel and Shalom Austin as well as Adath Jeshurun (Minnetonka, MN) and The Rabbinical Assembly. Just as our ancestors celebrated a new dawn with the receiving of the Torah, we look forward to ushering in a new tomorrow with one another. For more information, click here.
 
Temple Beth Shalom
For up to date information about Temple Beth Shalom events, visit bethshalomaustin.org and bethshalomaustin.org/worship.
 
Congregation Tiferet Israel
Congregation Tiferet Israel is continuing classes virtually.  To stay up to date on their events and learn about weekly online classes, visit www.tiferetaustin.org.
 
Congregation Beth Israel
For up to date event information from Congregation Beth Israel, visit bethisrael.org
 
Congregation Kol Halev
To stay up to date about Congregation Kol Halev events, visit kolhalev.org.
 
Congregation Shir Ami
Congregation Shir Ami services and other meetings will be held online. For information, contact congregation@shir-ami.com, visit shir-ami.net/events, or visit shir-ami.net/statement-on-covid-19-policies.
 

 
CHAVURAH
 
Chaverim B'Kavahah
Chaverim B'Kavanah is organizing online Shabbat services and special online readings together during this time. All announcements will be posted on the 
Chaverim B'Kavanah Facebook group.
 
Firepit Minyan
Join the 
Firepit Minyan Austin Facebook group for emerging details.
 
Hadassah
For up to date information on Hadassah events and news, visit facebook.com/AustinHadassah, or contact Austin@hadassah.org or lindacox@austin.rr.com.
 
Congregation Havurah Shalom
For information on Congregation Havurah Shalom events, contact info@chstx.org.
 
Chabad of Greater Austin
For information on Chabad of Greater Austin, visit their website or Chabad.org's virtual portal.
 

 
ISRAEL CONNECTIONS
 
Israeli-American Council
Israeli-American Council (IAC) will be streaming classes for Youth & Teen, Young Professionals and Adults. For more information, click here
 

 
SPECIAL INTEREST AND CULTURAL GROUPS
 
Austin Jewish Archives

Stuck at home and bored enough to review old papers and files?  If you come across any documents or correspondence of historical interest from the Austin Jewish Community perspective, don't throw away!  You can donate the material to the growing new collection of the Austin Jewish Archives housed at the Austin History Center.  Documents could include meeting minutes from a committee on which you may have served, Austin-based photos of historic interest, letters that describe life in Austin, even old programs from Jewish events.  Please contact Paul Keeper at pdk1108@gmail.com.

Austin Jewish Film Festival 
With lots of people stuck at home and the kids off school, many of you welcome the opportunity to watch some movies. Austin Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) organizers are sharing their recommendations for some great films and TV series to watch via a weekly email and daily social media posts. Sign up and watch for event updates at austinjff.org/ajff-join-our-mailing-list.
 
Global Jewish Advocacy
AJC is the leading global Jewish advocacy organization, with unparalleled access to government officials, diplomats, and other world leaders. Through these relationships and our international presence, AJC is able to impact opinion and policy on the issues that matter most: combating rising antisemitism and extremism, defending Israel’s place in the world, and safeguarding the rights and freedoms of all people. For a look at upcoming sessions or archives of previous ones, visit ajc.org/advocacyanywhere
 
National Council of Jewish Women

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Check ncjwaustin.org for National Council of Jewish Women Austin event updates.

Texas Jewish Historical Society
Watch for updates to future Texas Jewish Historical Society events at txjhs.org.
 
Austin Jewish Business Network

The Austin Jewish Business Network is Austin’s oldest Jewish Business Networking group, formed in 1988, with over 800 members. We are the key to cultivating: Employees, Clients, Jobs, Business Relationships, Contacts, Friends, Knowledge, Special Offers, etc.

All Jews, those partnered with Jews and/or members of the JCC, are welcome. People in all fields, professions, those hiring, and those are looking for work, people providing services, entrepreneurs, those who work for others, those new in town or who have been living here, those interested in mentoring, meeting new people, etc. Join and invite your friends to join, also! We encourage you to share ideas, wins, requests, encouragement, opportunities, and connections.

Attend at our monthly meetings, which will resume once COVID-19 is under control, while networking, socializing, eating, and drinking. Our events include mixers and happy hours with sponsors who provide refreshments, and sometimes door prizes, dinners, and guest speakers. In-person meetings are the third Tuesday monthly, with some exceptions for holidays. Times and location vary, so follow the posts.

Contact Jody Lockshin, Jody@HabitatHunters with questions, offerings of door prizes, venues, food, programs, etc. Or, visit our website.

Moishe House

Moishe House Austin is a welcoming Jewish community led by four young adult leaders, known as residents, who live together as housemates and host five to six programs every month from their rented home in Hyde Park. Through Shabbat dinners, Jewish cultural programs, holiday celebrations, Jewish learning series, social gatherings, volunteering initiatives and much more, Moishe House’s community builders create welcoming environments for Jewish young adults at all levels of involvement, even those who have not been involved in Jewish life recently or at all. Moishe House Austin is a central community resource that offers a pluralistic model of Jewish programming and a platform that brings together a diverse range of Jewish young adults and is helping make young adulthood – when major decisions are made about careers, community and future families – one of the most exciting times to be Jewish.

Visit https://www.moishehouse.org/find-a-house/austin/ or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mohoatx/ for more information about our upcoming programs.


 
SUPPORT SERVICES
 
Hebrew Free Loan Association of Austin

Hebrew Free Loan Association of Austin (HFLA) knows many within our greater Jewish community are struggling with the unfortunate financial burdens that have accompanied this pandemic. HFLA is here to help and stands ready to provide interest-free loans to Jewish borrowers in the greater Austin area.

HFLA is currently accepting Personal Loan Applications for up to $3,000 with 1 guarantor for those in our community impacted by the effects of the Coronavirus. The HFLA volunteer board members promise to do all they can to make this process quick, confidential, and easy for you.  They can typically get checks into people's hands within 2-3 days, once we receive the necessary information from applicants.  

In this new environment, the need for "social distancing" is particularly challenging for us as a Jewish community.  HFLA is committed to strengthening our kehilla, our community, and doing our part to provide a hand up to those who need our support in every way possible.

Please visit their website for more information or contact info@hfla.org with questions.   

 
BubbieCare

BubbieCare is a caregiver company and a very important partner of Shalom Austin. If you or your loved one needs a caregiver to help them at home, it is more important than ever to have as much control as possible over whom you let in your home. BubbieCare gives you control – we match you to caregivers who fit your particular needs, you interview and choose the caregiver you want to hire. And you get the same caregiver each time!

BubbieCare donates 18% of net profits to Jewish Family Service. So far this year, BubbieCare has donated over $14,000 to Jewish Family Service. With the downturn in the economy, you can directly help Jewish Family Service continue their needed services by hiring caregivers through BubbieCare!

If you are moving your loved one out of a facility, we are ready to help you. Call BubbieCare today (512) 862-9030 or visit bubbiecare.com. BubbieCare helps you find and hire top professional caregivers in your community. Watch this video for more about BubbieCare and how they support JFS.

Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse
Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) provides support and safety plans to anyone who is quarantined with their abuser.  Call (877) 88-JCADA.
 
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is the free, nationwide, 24/7 text message service for people in crisis. Text HOME to 741741 to be connected.
 
Sharsheret
Sharsheret provides ongoing telephone and online confidential and free support for Jewish women fighting breast or ovarian cancer and caregivers. Call (866) 474-2774 or email info@sharsheret.org for more information.
 
HEB
Senior citizens (ages 60 and up) will be able to order supplies and groceries from a curated list over the phone or online through the Favor delivery website and app. The line will be staffed with volunteers to accept and process home delivery orders via phone daily from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. All fees will be waived for the first 30 days with a $10 tip included in the order for the Favor runner, who will personally shop and deliver the items. For more information call (833) 397-0080 or visit favordelivery.com/seniors.
 

 
UNIVERSITY OUTREACH
 
Texas Hillel
Check www.texashillel.org for updated Texas Hillel information. Contact (512) 476-0125 or info@texashillel.org with questions.