March 30, 2020 by J-Wire News Service
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Various Jewish organisations in Auckland have teamed up to establish a group named NEW ZEALAND JEWISH COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE (NZJCA).

Currently, our resources enable us to assist anyone in the greater Auckland area.

Regardless of your age or your community affiliation, the NZJCA together with the Senior Outreach Service, can help you through the COVID-19 lockdown and beyond.

  • ●  If you ​NEED​ help, there is assistance available right now.
  • ●  For those who ​CAN​ help, this is a call for volunteers to be part of the support network.

How the NZJCA can be of assistance to you:

If you are under the age of 65​:
We are ready to support you now. We know that for some of you, access to family or friends may be difficult at this time due to travel restrictions or health. If you are unwell or confined to your home due to quarantine, you can reach us by phone or email and we will endeavour to arrange support through our volunteers. Trends are showing us that this group
could grow quickly and asking for help may be uncomfortable. Please don’t hesitate to come forward sooner rather than later. ​We are here to help for as long as we can.

Contact​ (under 65’s)
Email: ​
Phone:​ ​(​09) 869-3335
All communication will be treated in a confidential manner.

If you are aged 65+:

We urge all senior members of our community (aged 65+) who need assistance with shopping, obtaining medicines, meals, or someone to talk to, to please contact
Senior Outreach Service​, either by phone or email​. ​This service is able to provide practical support, information on health care services or direct you to organisations in our community that are best placed to offer immediate assistance.​

Maxine de Jong – Senior Outreach Co-ordinator​
ph: 09 527 0377 | m: 021 614446​ email:​​ / or ​​ ​

● To assist Maxine, if you are presently looking after a Senior, please email Maxine with details.​
● If you are concerned about a Senior, please email Maxine with details, including how to contact the Senior.​

Call for volunteers and a fighting fund​
We are all now in level 4 lockdown. We are calling for members of our community to come forward ​now​ to volunteer in providing basic assistance to our community. This will include:

  • ✔  answering emails
  • ✔  co-ordinating other volunteers
  • ✔  being part of phone trees
  • ✔  delivering groceries or prescribed medicines to the community
  • ✔  phone or online support to those who are unwell or in quarantine
  • ✔  or simply making regular phone calls to those living alone or who are in retirement village lockdown or other situations that leave people isolated.

We need skills from all vocations, including people prepared to deliver though to professional skills as people grapple with the changes to their daily lives, being made redundant and dealing with illness.

If you are able to volunteer in some capacity, we ask you to please sign up on the link below

If you have any queries about volunteering email us on the address below

We will​ ​endeavour to​ ​match volunteers to community needs and would particularly like to appeal to ​younger adults​ to assist with our call for volunteers.

In all instances, decisions will be made on current Government advice for staying safe and restrictions on personal movement that may apply to minimise risk to volunteers and those we are assisting.

Should you be in a position to provide immediate financial assistance to help build our fighting fund, please contact ​​. ​Any amount you can donate will be a huge help to others in need.

Once again, if you need help please do not hesitate to get in touch. And if you can volunteer or contribute to the fighting fund, now is the time to act. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER​.

New Zealand Jewish Community Assistance – Auckland

Auckland Chevra Kadisha and Benevolent Society​, Auckland CSG​,
Auckland Hebrew Congregation,​ ​Auckland Jewish Council, Beth Shalom,
B’nei Akiva, B’nei B’rith, Habonim Dror Aotearoa New Zealand, Shalom Court,
Zionist Federation, Hadassah New Zealand, Raye Freedman Trust, Senior Outreach Service

For up to date information on COVID-19 ​​

If you are experiencing symptoms such as​

  • ●  Fever
  • ●  A cough
  • ●  Shortness of breath​

Call your GP before you visit​

Call Healthline 0800 358 5453​
Ambulance Service 111​
If you feel you that you are not coping call or txt 1737 to speak to a trained counsellor​.

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