Corona Virus Statement: Andrew Cohen House
16th March 2020
To All Relatives/Friends/Visitors to Andrew Cohen House
Following on from our letter sent on 12th March 2020 and considering the level of vulnerability of our residents, WE ARE STOPPING VISITS ALTOGETHER FROM TODAY, 16TH MARCH 2020.
The current advice is that anyone over the age of 70 is far more at risk from this 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.
Please contact us by telephone and we will discuss each individual situation.
We are planning to offer skype or facetime facilities, but these will need to be pre-booked so that we can manage them efficiently. Please telephone us to ensure we have your correct contact details. We can only take bookings Monday – Friday in office hours but can facilitate this process over the weekends.
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 BJCC Community Statement 17 March 2020
Information below current at time of publication
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 would 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)
Birmingham Jewish Community Care (BJCC) for non- members of a synagogue
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 the residents at Andrew Cohen House. However, we are looking closely at what practical measures we can put in place as the crisis worsens.