Jewish House partners with Lifeline for Pesach

April 6, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Jewish House has today announced a partnership with Lifeline’s Harbour to Hawkesbury branch which will extend across NSW to provide additional counselling support to people in the Jewish community distressed in the lead-up to, and during, Passover.  Jewish House has provided training and resources to Lifeline counsellors so that they are well equipped to respond to the anticipated influx of calls from community members to the Jewish House’s 24/7 crisis call line, and overflowing to Lifeline this year.

CEO of Jewish House, Rabbi Mendel Kastel today said “We understand that as a result of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic – family and friends will not be able to come together for their Seders and holiday celebrations this year.

This may cause a degree of sadness and distress to people already in physical isolation. JH is responding to this crisis by working with Lifeline, providing their staff with information about the Pesach holidays, increasing our capacity to support people impacted by this crisis. We are all in this together, and will come through these challenging times stronger – together.”

Wendy Carver, CEO of the Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury said “Our teams will be briefed by Jewish House’s Rabbi Kastel on the upcoming Passover holidays, and understand that this year’s celebrations will be very different for most community members. We are here to support those who need to speak to our counsellors and talk through their concerns and stresses.”

If you or someone close to you is experiencing distress, please reach out to our 24/7 crisis call line on 1300 544 357, or call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Jewish House also has many resources to help you prepare for your Seder this year, on our COVID-19 Crisis Portal – click here for more information. https://www.jewishhouse.org.au/covid19/

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