Andrew Cohen House

From 16th March 2020

To all Relatives/Friends/Visitors to Andrew Cohen House

Following Government advice we are STOPPING ALL VISITs to the home effective immediately.  The current advice is that anyone over the age of 70 are far more at risk from the virus and we all have a duty to ensure our loved ones are considered a priority.

We will be reviewing this constantly and will make exceptions in certain circumstances.

We are planning to offer Skype or FaceTime facilities, and these will require to be pre-booked so that they can be managed efficiently.  Please telephone us to ensure we have your correct contact details.  While we can only take bookings Mon-Fri in office hours, we can support calls to our residents over the weekend.

This has been a very difficult decision for us to make and we thank you for your continued support and understanding in these unprecedented times.

COVID 19 Community Statement

As at 17th March 2020

Following the latest government advice regarding over 70's to isolate there is a clear concern for older members of the Jewish Community.  Many potential volunteers, who are now not preparing Kiddushim, ensuring security or volunteering in other communal ways are themselves in this category.  This clearly reduces the possibility of volunteers supplying shopping etc by personal visit.  However, there is still an opportunity for self-isolated volunteers to monitor members of the community via the telephone.

As the social work department of BJCC consists of only two people, it will be impossible for us to deal directly with every member of the community, so with the cooperation and support of community institutions we are setting up a communication chain.

The list of institutions are as follows:

Birmingham Hebrew Congregation (BHC)

Birmingham Central Synagogue (BCS)

Solihull Hebrew Congregation (SHC)

Birmingham Progressive Synagogue (BPS)

Lubavitch (LUB)

Birmingham Jewish Community Care (BJCC) for non members of a synagogue

Others (OT)

Each institution will collate details of phone volunteers and vulnerable members.

If concerns about a specific individual are raised that cannot be resolved by the institutions, then please refer to the BJCC Social Work Team on 0121 458 6891

BJCC's resources to supply extra meals and food is limited; we are under the same supply and staffing restrictions as everyone else.  Our main priority must be to the residents at Andrew Cohen House.  In the meantime we are looking closely at what practical measures we can put in place as the crisis worsens.