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Beth Ahabah is Here for You

With the uncertainty and anxiety caused by the global pandemic, COVID-19, we want you to know that the Beth Ahabah community is here to support you. If you or your family are experiencing physical, emotional, spiritual, or financial stress, we want to help. If you or your family need support in any way, we want to help. Please reach out to any one of our clergy, staff, or board officers listed below:

Rabbi Scott Nagel: Email:  Phone: (804) 358-6757

Cantor Sarah Beck-BermanEmail:  Phone: (804) 358-6757

Director of Congregational Operations Heather Dinkin: Email:  Phone: (804) 358-6757

Board of Managers President Julie Mullian: Email:  Phone: (804) 337-2200

JFS Community Wellness Check In Sessions

In partnership with JFS Richmond we are pleased to offer an opportunity for members of the community to connect during these difficult times. Jewish Family Services professional counselors will be offering healthy coping tools and other wellness solutions to help us navigate these uncertain times. All sessions will be kept private and confidential within the group.

Visit to learn more and register confidentially.

Support Beth Ahabah Small Businesses

Members supporting members in difficult times is an inherent value of Beth Ahabah’s overall mission: “Inspiring Jewish Lives, Building Sacred Community.” If you own or operate a small business that is legally permitted to continue offering goods or services under Virginia’s current business restrictions, please let us know! Click here for a listing of Beth Ahabah small businesses so that members can patronize and support each other. 


DIY Face Mask

Click the following link for a video from Shep Roeper, local non-profit Beyond Boundaries Co-founder, with instructions for a DIY no-sew face mask:

Instructions HERE.

Resources and Information

The following links provide useful contact information for various community resources, including unemployment insurance, health insurance, meals, etc.:

Jewish Community Federation of Richmond Emergency Fund

COVID-19 Community Resources- Unemployment Insurance, Health Insurance, Free Meals & Groceries, Child Care, Eviction and Utilities,Communications

Important COVID-19 Information for Older Adults, Caregivers, and Families


Virginia Government Response to COVID_19

City of Richmond Response to COVID-19

211, the “911” of social services, provides comprehensive local social service guidance. Call, text, or chat with a local 211 specialist to obtain assistance with most social service needs.  Click HERE.

No Kid Hungry: Provides “Text for Food” service & other resources for combating childhood hunger. Click HERE.

Rabbi's Philantropic Fund

Tikkun Olam in the Midst of a Crisis

Jewish tradition teaches Kol Yisrael arevim zeh bazeh, that the community of Israel is responsible for one another. By extension, as citizens of the larger world, we are responsible for our neighbors and fellow citizens as well. As our whole world faces this same challenge, keep an eye out on friends, neighbors and strangers alike. Let us have the strength to be understanding and kind in this time of great tumult.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             — Rabbi Scott M. Nagel

As we persevere through these troubling times, we are compelled to extend a helping hand to those in need within our Beth Ahabah family and the larger Jewish community, as well as to support the most vulnerable populations within the greater Richmond area. We hope the list below will provide inspiration and guidance to carry out our sacred value of tikkun olam, repairing the world.


The concept of tzedakah extends beyond charitable contributions, encompassing justice and righteous behavior to support those in    need. Below are a few suggestions on how to support today’s most vulnerable:

  • Donate to the Rabbi’s Philanthropic Fund to provide assistance to Beth Ahabah families facing financial difficulties. Click  HERE
  •  Donate to Beth Ahabah’s Mt. Moriah Fund to help defray the cost of providing bag lunches for the most vulnerable populations of Richmond City’s East End.  Click  HERE
  •  Donate to the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond’s Emergency Fund to support those facing hardships within the Greater Richmond Jewish Community.  Click  HERE
  •  Donate to Feed More, Virginia’s foremost program distributing nutritious meals and wholesome food to our nearly 200,000 neighbors who are struggling with hunger.  Click HERE
  •  Donate to the Community Foundation, which provides valuable grants to local non-profits to help them stay afloat during this challenging time & to ensure resources are available for local emerging needs related to the coronavirus. Click  HERE
  • Donate to Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization partnering with the school district to improve student learning and achievement. Located in the heart of the city, Beth Ahabah strives to support our neighboring RPS students, many of whom are are disproportionately disadvantaged in the continuation of their education while schools are closed. As the vast majority of RPS students do not have internet or computer access, your donation to the RPS Education Foundation will assist in the immediate goal of providing technology to these students.   Click HERE



Chesed, one of the core pillars of human behavior described in the Talmud, involves giving your heart and mind to the well-being of others. Below are a few “social distance savvy” suggestions for ways to show care and compassion to others in our community:

  • Volunteer to make phone calls to fellow Beth Ahabah members. While we may not be physically connected, member-to-member bi-weekly calls can help our community stay connected — socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Callers will receive talking points and a resource list in order to provide valuable information to other members of our Beth Ahabah family. If you would like to join in this effort, please contact:

             Beth Ahabah Volunteer David Feibish: Email:  Phone: (804) 399-4514

  •  Purchase grocery store and/or gas gift certificates in any amount to be distributed to Beth Ahabah members facing financial difficulties. Actual gift cards may be mailed to the temple office, or you may purchase e-gift cards on-line and designate as the recipient -- Rabbi Nagel will then forward the e-gift cards to those in need. If you would like more information on this effort, please contact:

                 Rabbi Scott Nagel: Email: Phone: 804-358-6757

  • Volunteer with Jewish Family Services to make phone calls to homebound seniors who are isolated from others during this time. To get involved in this effort, please contact:

      JFS Director of HR & Volunteer Services Teresa Baldwin: Email:  Phone: 804-282-5644

  • Purchase items for the Jewish Community Federation emergency collection for the needy in our community. Please click the following link for donation suggestions and drop off instructions.  Click  HERE
  •  Purchase items for the Beth Sholom Woods Food Pantry, items most needed include toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, cleaning products, laundry detergent, dish soap, toothpaste, and canned foods. For more details and delivery instructions, please contact:

               Beth Ahabah Cantor Emerita Fran Goldman: Email: Phone: (804) 928-9245

  • Make care packages and/or cards for residents and caregivers at Beth Sholom. Care packages are especially needed for isolated residents and night-shift caregivers. Suggestions for needed items include cards, notes, games, puzzles, and pre-packaged food items. For more details and assembly/delivery instructions, please contact:

                Beth Ahabah Cantor Emerita Fran Goldman:Email: Phone: (804) 928-9245

  •  Make care packages for Richmond Friends of the Homeless, providing feeding programs, basic necessities, counseling, and referral services in the most impoverished neighborhoods of Richmond. Suggestions for care packages include canned and pre-packaged foods (especially proteins) and paper products (no diapers please). For more details and assembly/delivery instructions, please contact:

              Beth Ahabah Tikkun Olam Committee Chair Karen Hough: Email:  Phone: (804) 382-5442

  • Make cloth face masks (or donate necessary supplies) for health care providers, EMTs, and others working in public settings. Connect with the Facebook group, “RVA Masks 4 Health,” that is organizing sewers and supplies to help fulfill the exponentially growing demand for masks. For more details about this effort, please see the Beth Ahabah Women of Reform Judaism Facebook page.  Click  HERE

Click the following link for instructions from Johns Hopkins Medicine on how to make a face mask:  Click HERE

If you have questions or need some additional guidance about making face masks, please contact:                                                    Beth Ahabah Sewing Hobbyist Vicki Lynn: Email:  Phone: (804) 357-2855



Avodah, the Hebrew word for “worship,” is often translated as “work or service,” signifying hands-on action that produces tangible, meaningful and impactful results. With the perils of COVID-19, the need for hands-on “avodah” is critical as many organizations face volunteer shortages. Each individual must take into consideration his/her own personal health, safety, and welfare, and make a decision about the sensibility of volunteering in this manner. For those who feel compelled, below are a few suggestions on how to move to action:

  • Volunteer with Feed More to cook and/or prep food at their Sara and Steve Bayard Community Kitchen.

Feed More is facing a significant decrease in their volunteer capacity in the kitchen. As a commercial kitchen, Feed More adheres to the World Health Organization’s guidelines, provides gloves, and ensures work stations are distanced a minimum of six feet. To get involved in this effort:  Click HERE

  •  Volunteer with HandsOn Greater Richmond

a service of the Community Foundation, to distribute food and meals to Richmond Public School students and families. The organization has identified 10 school-based distribution centers to provide meals Monday through Friday. To get involved in this effort:  Click HERE

  • RVAStrong:

With our beautiful sanctuary located in the heart of the City of Richmond, we have a special relationship with and responsibility to our city neighbors. The office of Mayor Levar Stoney has put together a website that centralizes information about how to obtain support or services and how to give your time or resources.  To explore ways to give and receive support as well as share stories and ideas. Click  HERE


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