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Hesed Initiatives for COVID-19 Outreach


The Vaccine Center at NYU Langone Health is seeking healthy adult volunteers between the ages of 65 and 85, who have not been diagnosed with COVID-19, to participate in clinical research for a COVID-19 vaccine.
For more information, please call 646-501-9854 or email
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The Caring Connection is seeking volunteers to make phone calls to fellow members of our community in order to check in with everyone and help determine ways in which we can be of help. If you are able to make a few phone calls, please let us know by the filling out the signup form here. 
If you would like to request a check-in from a volunteer, please click here.

In addition to phone calls, Caring Connection is also grocery shopping for those in our community who are unable to go out and shop for themselves. Some are able to reimburse Caring Connection, some are not, but we want to ensure that everyone who needs food is able to receive it, regardless of their financial status. 
To support Caring Connection with a donation, please click here. 



In anticipation of the economic fallout of this crisis and how it will affect some of our congregants, we have set up a CSI Coronavirus Relief Fund through the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund. To contribute to CSI's Coronavirus Relief Fund, please click here.  Online donations are greatly preferred at this time. However, if you do send a check, have it made out to: "Cong. Shearith Israel Rabbis Discretionary Fund" (in the memo, write: "Coronavirus").

Additional hesed initiatives coming soon.

First Mill Street Synagogue

The little synagogue on Mill Street was the first structure designed and built to be a synagogue in continental North America. 

The 'Pineapple' Rimonim

These bells adorned a Torah scroll at the consecration ceremony of the First Mill Street Synagogue in 1730.