We're Here for You
As we face this unprecedented challenge together in our community, and our world, we want you to know that the Jewish Federation staff and leadership are here for you.
Even though we have temporarily closed our building and are following recommendations and orders from the CDC and Governor Newsom, we continue to do what we do best...keep you connected to Jewish Santa Barbara, though it is virtual for now.
As the Jewish community convener, we are keeping our website and calendar up to date to enable you to find all of the remote happenings in the Jewish community. We will continue to add classes and services as they become available.
We are staying in close contact with those in the community who are vulnerable and alone. This is a time of great uncertainty and fear, but no one need face it by themself. We are here for you for information and support. If you are someone who just wants to talk, we hope you will reach out to us. And if you know someone who you think needs a helping hand, we hope you will let them know that we are here.
Our Jewish Family Service professional team is providing a full-range of clinical and counseling services using approved teletherapy formats (by video conference or phone, with technical support available). They will continue the therapy services generally offered, but will now also offer crisis intervention unique to this situation.
In partnership with Community Shul, we also have meal delivery services available if you or someone you know is in need of a hot meal without risk of contact.
A list of services available to you through the Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Service, and other local agencies can be found on our new COVID-19 Support and Resources page.
Most of all, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to call us at (805) 957-1115 for Jewish Federation and (805) 957-1116 for Jewish Family Service.
As the great Rebbe Nachman told us generations ago, we are navigating a narrow bridge, but facing it together, we can feel less afraid and alone.
Cyndi Silverman, Executive Director
Ruth Steinberg, Director of Jewish Family Service and Portraits of Survival