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KMS Chesed is launching KMS Neighbors, a new effort to oversee volunteers reaching out to various members of the community offering support and connecting members to various Chesed resources. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to receive a call from KMS Chesed about personal needs, please contact: Fran Kritz: 202-680-8583 or Jen Singer: 301-542-9769.   
Previously announced initiatives:
  1. Help with medicine pickup. If you need assistance with medication picked up, please contact Leah Rogal at 202-431-6171.
  2. Help with online ordering or other "tech" needs including virtual calling of family members. If you need help in this arena, please contact Davida Yitzhaky at 240-672-8456
  3. Help determining if doctor's appointments have been cancelled/offices closed, etc. If you need help checking which offices are open or with scheduling needs, please contact Miriam Stein at 201-681-9963. Please note if anyone is experiencing medical concerns, you should contact your own doctor's office or call 911. 
  4. Mental health resources. If you would like to offer your services as a mental health professional please be in touch with Atara Siegel at

    If you have any questions, ideas for additional support or other issues, please contact us at: Fran Kritz: 202-680-8583 /Jen Singer: 301-542-9769.

Message from Rabbi Weinberg

Dear Friends,

I hope this note find you well and that you are staying safe at this difficult time.

As the pandemic grinds on, I am sure it is taking a toll in many ways on all of us, some more than others. I want to let members who may be experiencing financial hardship know that KMS has resources that can provide short-term assistance. Please contact me ( if there is any way we can help. Be assured that I will keep all communications strictly confidential.

In addition, there are wonderful resources available in the community.  Here are a few of them:

1. Yad Yehuda

Whether you are trying to strategize about how to deal with unanticipated expenses or if you are already experiencing financial hardship as a result of the current situation, with the help of Hashem Yad Yehuda is here to help with links, resources and information.  Visit for more information.

2. The Franco Foundation

The Franco Foundation offers financial assistance to Jewish families and individuals who are facing financial crisis. Our assistance includes help with rents, mortgage payments, utilities, food and such. Whether these needs are due to loss of income, furloughs, layoffs or situations beyond their control we are a safety net for those facing financial crisis. Our goal is to assist those in need on a temporary basis until those seeking help no longer are in need of assistance. Contact

3. Hebrew Free Loan

The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington is proud to provide zero-interest emergency loans for those impacted by Covid-19 up to $1,500 to qualified Jewish borrowers in need across DC metro area. These loans will be processed on an expedited basis, typically within 3 business days. Apply here or call 301.859.0346.

4. Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington

Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington has grants to help pay medical bills, including mental health and therapy.  Contact

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me at any time.  May Hashem send us guidance and refuah at this time. 

Rabbi Weinberg

Tue, January 26 2021 13 Shevat 5781