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Shavuos Update from Achiezer
May 13, 2021
As we head into a Yom Tov that signifies so much for the Jewish Nation, please read the below updates from Achiezer.
Respite Rooms
Thankfully the NYS positivity rate and overall Covid-19 numbers in the community continue to dramatically decrease. While we continue to daven for those still suffering from the long-term effects of Covid-19, we are grateful to announce that most of our Respite Rooms have reopened. Should anyone spend the upcoming Yom Tov in the hospital, our rooms will be fully stocked with everything that one can possibly need in a hospital setting. Please see below for more details.
Long Island Jewish- Katz Pavilion, Ambulette Hallway, Room T194
South Nassau Communities Hospital- G-Wing, next to the volunteer office
Mercy Medical Center- 2nd floor, Room 2152
St. John's Hospital- 1st floor, Room CP142, across from patient relations office
NYU Winthrop Hospital- Contact the security desk for access to the kosher pantry. Rabbi Perl, the Winthrop hospital chaplain, can be contacted before Yomtov at (516) 739-3636
24 Hour Community Hotline
As always, our 24 hour hotline will be accessible all of Shavous, for medical and mental health emergencies only. To access our emergency paging system at any time of day or night, please call (516) 791-4444 and press 1 to speak with a live staff member.
 Chevra Kadisha
In case of a death-related emergency over Yom Tov, we have an expanded "Shabbos Goy team" who will be available to handle such matters. Please call (516) 791-4444 and follow the appropriate prompts.
The Ultimate Kindness
Though you don't know their names (and they prefer), on this erev Yom Tov we wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to our Chesed Shel Emes/Meis Mitzvah teams. In the last 8 months alone, they have participated in more than 70 funerals. To these wonderful individuals, our community is in your debt. We pray that tzaros and sadness come to an end, leaving these volunteers with free time.
Thanks to the efforts of both Mount Sinai South Nassau and Northwell Health, we are pleased to report more than 1,500 community members have been safely vaccinated since our last update. We will continue to apprise you of any available appointments. If you wish to secure a vaccination slot or have any questions regarding vaccinations, please feel free to email Malkie at mschoor@achiezer.org. Please note that as of this writing, the Pfizer vaccine is available in New York for children ages 12 and older. Vaccination slots will accordingly be available to children ages 12 and up.
Camp Fund- A Project Like no Other
Please mark your calendars for June 8th and 9th, when we will endeavor to raise funds to send nearly 1,000 children to camp. These are community children who would otherwise not have camp as an option for their summers. We all know how important and life changing summer camp can be for children; this year is not excluded. 100% of the funds raised will go directly towards camp scholarships. We express our deep hakaras hatov to Meridian Capital Group for sponsoring the campaign. We look forward to partnering with the entire community in making this dream for many, a reality.
13 for 13
As you may have noticed, we have been running an article series highlighting 13 separate departments of Achiezer in honor of our 13th year of service to the community. These interviews span experience of more than a dozen of our staff members, thousands of calls, hundreds of volunteers and endless amounts of chesed. If you've missed any previous articles, please CLICK HERE for some great Shavuos reading.
Hakaras Hatov
Over the last several weeks, the worldwide Jewish community has experienced much sorrow and suffering. Our proximity to JFK airport has given us the zechus to assist dozens of grieving family members during their travels to and from Israel. We would like to thank the men and women of the Port Authority Police Department for their kindness and compassion in going above and beyond the call of duty to help make a horrific situation perhaps a bit more bearable.
Baruch Dayan Haemes
As this email goes to print, we mourn the loss of a local resident, member of the NYPD and true friend to Achiezer, Police Officer Yaniv Sides. Yaniv leaves behind his beloved wife Agnes and dear children, Benzion, Noam, Eden and Liav. Yaniv was a cherished figure in our community and he will be sorely missed.
With our brothers and sisters in Israel in our hearts and tefilos, we wish the entire community a beautiful, restful and uplifting Shavous.

Team Achiezer

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