Public Health

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Secure Community Network
Secure Community Network


United States

In response to COVID-19 and with many Jewish agency facilities closing, canceling or postponing events, remotely working, and supporting our communities in unique ways, the below information can help provide some simple crime prevention tips and best practices through low cost/no cost measures.

Secure Community Network
Secure Community Network


United States

States and localities have begun allowing for the reopening or partial reopening of certain businesses and institutions following closures caused by COVID-19, leaving Jewish institutions and facilities grappling with how and when to do so safely and responsibly. Because the top concern should be the health and safety of your community members, the most important fact to remember is this: Just because it is legal or permitted to reopen does not mean you have to reopen immediately; organizations and facilities ought to make decisions based on a combination of factors, to include what they are prepared for and what is best for them—and with consideration given to the sentiment of their communities. The decisions we make today will affect our communities for years to come. They cannot be made lightly, and actions should not be taken hastily. In addition to the health and safety concerns, we must always take into account Jewish values while making these decisions. While at times challenging, a careful, inclusive approach can strengthen the bonds of community and allow us to emerge stronger. To address these challenges and in response to feedback as well as requests from key partners and stakeholders, the Secure Community Network (SCN) convened a Resumption of Operations and Organizational Reopening Working Group, made up of security directors, partners and subject matter experts from an array of disciplines. This working group has produced materials and documents to guide the Jewish community and other faith-based organizations as they reopen.

Secure Community Network
Secure Community Network


United States

Our community organizations are facing conditions unlike many have ever experienced. Responsible measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak have led thousands of facilities, including synagogues, community centers, schools, senior centers, camps and workplaces to close down, cease, or severely limit their operations. Organizations and facilities must consider how to reopen so that they can efficiently and safely resume fulfilling the vital roles they play, from offering social to spiritual services to our community and the public at large. This guidance – along with a comprehensive suite of materials currently in development and scheduled for release soon – is intended to assist organizations as they consider when and how they will reopen. This document presents initial considerations for facilities planning for or considering reopening and resuming all levels of operations. It should be considered illustrative of the most common issues, concerns and focus areas that organizations and facilities are working to address. Utilized as part of a comprehensive strategy around safety, security, health and welfare, this can be a valuable tool in outlining key considerations. This document will be updated as new best practices and information dictate and allow, to include U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local guidelines, as available.

Union of Orthodox Synagogues
Union of Orthodox Synagogues


South Africa

COVID-19 health and safety checklist for leaders and organizers of congregations. The document provides a concise yet comprehensive list of protocols to ensure the safe and responsible reopening of places of worship within the community.

Union of Orthodox Synagogues
Union of Orthodox Synagogues


South Africa

A series of informational posters in English, designed by the Union of Orthodox Synagogues in South Africa for billboard posting in shuls. The posters contain various public health regulations relating to responsible conduct during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cyber Security

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Secure Community Network
Secure Community Network


United States

Current events highlight the necessity of the “all-hazards, whole-community” approach: a comprehensive effort where plans and efforts address the totality of potential threats – from an attack to a natural disaster, whether a flood or a pandemic. With respect to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19), an increasing number of organizations are moving to virtual environments, to include teleworking and Work From Home (WFH) options. This has spurred questions and concerns related to cyber safety as well as security.

Secure Community Network
Secure Community Network


United States

Social media is increasingly being used to obtain personal information and commit cybercrimes, posing a threat to individuals and organizations. The best way to prevent attacks is to practice smart social media habits and monitor posts.

Secure Community Network
Secure Community Network


United States

Phishing attacks are one of the most common forms of cybercrime and are a critical threat to any organization, especially as social engineering attacks become more sophisticated and difficult to identify. The best way to prevent a phishing attack is to know how to identify a phishing email.

Security

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Johan Tynell
Johan Tynell

CSO
Denmark

The purpose of ”Alma and the Lockdown Drill” is to explain to young students why we have security at their schools in a simple way, and to explain the procedures of a lockdown. Every school is unique, but the principles of a lockdown are universal. Lockdown drills are designed to allow students and teachers to practice how to barricade themselves inside a classroom. By practicing a lockdown, the students and teachers prepare themselves, so that they would be protected if they were to face an external threat. The book contains work material and questions that help facilitate a discussion about lockdown procedures which are specific to your school. There are guidelines, both to generate discussion with students and to direct the teacher in how to conduct the drills. Before using the book and its materials, it is important that you know the school’s lockdown procedures. If your school does not have procedures yet, we recommend that you discuss the topic with management and develop your own approach.

Education

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Johan Tynell
Johan Tynell

CSO
Denmark

The purpose of ”Alma and the Lockdown Drill” is to explain to young students why we have security at their schools in a simple way, and to explain the procedures of a lockdown. Every school is unique, but the principles of a lockdown are universal. Lockdown drills are designed to allow students and teachers to practice how to barricade themselves inside a classroom. By practicing a lockdown, the students and teachers prepare themselves, so that they would be protected if they were to face an external threat. The book contains work material and questions that help facilitate a discussion about lockdown procedures which are specific to your school. There are guidelines, both to generate discussion with students and to direct the teacher in how to conduct the drills. Before using the book and its materials, it is important that you know the school’s lockdown procedures. If your school does not have procedures yet, we recommend that you discuss the topic with management and develop your own approach.

Hanoar Haoved Ve Halomed
Hanoar Haoved Ve Halomed

Israeli Youth Movement
Israel

This prootocol deals with multiple scenarios in the daily life of youth Movements.: Outbreak of corona amongst members of the local branch ora diagnosis of corona during local activities, Infected member needing to be quarantined at the training farm or National Service, Improved regulations –possibility of national activity involving participants from different locations and others

The King David Schools
The King David Schools


South Africa

A Phased Approach to Resuming Schooling under COVID-19

Ipcha
Ipcha

The Jerusalem Educaional Administraion’s
Israel

In order to aid in the necessary, complex task of developing a school’s remote-learning model, we prepared a number of example models that combine selected goals from within the suggested list

Dr. Yochi Siman Tov, Riva Schechter and Rachel Moshe Avraham
Dr. Yochi Siman Tov, Riva Schechter and Rachel Moshe Avraham

Ministry of Education
Israel

"Not infrequently, we hear of cases where students and their teachers are required to quarantine in the home, following exposure to confirmed cases of the corona virus. It appears that we will be dealing with this situation for the foreseeable future. It engenders feelings of helplessness, a loss of control, and ongoing uncertainty, and as such is the cause of fears and worries. A direct and open conversation can be calming, gives security and provides a feeling that there is someone who can be relied upon. As is always the case, but especially now, it's very important to strengthen the connection between parents and their children, and to provide a feeling of safety and security as much as possible. Parents have a responsibility to explain the situation to their children and help them understand what is happening and the coping methods which they can use."

Elderly

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Access Israel
Access Israel


Israel

Access Israel guidelines to remote health care services fot people with disabilities and elderly during COVID-19 Crisis.

Access Israel
Access Israel


Israel

A short video by Access Israel which provides impoertant insights on how to provide accessible medical services during the Corona crisis to people with disabilities and the elderly.

Access Israel
Access Israel


Israel

These guidelines for emergency medical services and health care provider was written by 'Access Israel' in order to provide insights on how to better suit their treatment to patients with disabilities or elderly

Access Israel
Access Israel


Israel

These guidelines were written by Access Israel in order to assits law inforcment agemcies to promote accessibale and sensitive services to people with disabilities or the elderly

Israel Trauma Coalition
Israel Trauma Coalition


Israel

These are uncertain times. We are all concerned, we miss our dear ones and hope for better days. We are all required to exercise caution and adhere to the government's guidelines and instructions for our particular location. This is a tough challenge for all of us.

Mental Health

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Community Stress Prevention Centre
Community Stress Prevention Centre


Israel

Simple tool to self-assess levels of stress and anxiety.

Dr. Shiri Daniels
Dr. Shiri Daniels

Executive Director of Counseling Eran; Member of JReady's professional committee
Israel

Every 40 seconds someone in the world commits suicide and every 41 seconds there are devastated people left behind, trying to comprehend the meaning of the act. In the vast majority of cases, suicide is preventable and suicide prevention is not only reserved for professionals. Listening and social support to those around you is invaluable and can save lives. The following 'best practice' written by one of the leading professionals in Israel offers us a practical guide on how to identify suicidal distress and how to react to is step by step.

Dr. Zohar Rubinstein
Dr. Zohar Rubinstein


Israel

Tel Aviv University Summer 2020 Course: COVID-19: From Crisis to Opportunity

Prof. Mooli Lahad
Prof. Mooli Lahad

Founder and President of CSPC
Israel

One of the most important things to do when treating a client suffering from emotional trauma is to create a safe / pleasant, secure under control atmosphere, together with experiencing safety, and control. In every therapeutic process it is important to create the feeling of safety as part of the therapy relationship. However, in order to help a client who suffers from sudden acute anxiety, it is especially important to actively "teach" him how to create a safe/ pleasant place and to enhance the feeling of control of the level of anxiety.

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Prof. Mooli Lahad
Prof. Mooli Lahad

Founder and President of CSPC
Israel

A practical guide to dealing with the psychological effects of Corona: What does it mean when yesterday does not predict today and tomorrow The Author Mooli Lahad full Professor of psychology Founder and President of CSPC [www.icspc.org] This paper includes two parts.The first offers a conceptual framework of why this new and ever evolving situation confronts us with an immense fear of the unknown: The Continuity Model. The second part will try and use the 40 years of expertise of working in psycho trauma and community resilience to give some practical recommendations for active coping. Let's start with the name of the virus. Corona means crown or tiara due to the similarity between the virus form and its similarity to a crown. Our goal should be to reduce Queen Corona's control over our lives!

Volunteerism

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Secure Community Network
Secure Community Network


United States

Volunteers are critically important to emergency management operations. They bring a wide variety of skills and expertise that can be utilized to enhance the existing emergency response framework. This document will guide you through the various volunteer organizations that you may encounter as well as provide tips for volunteering and implementing volunteer programs within your own organization.

Alice Chadwick & Bianca Fadel
Alice Chadwick & Bianca Fadel

International Association for Volunteer Effort
United KIngdom

In this context paper, we explore how community-based volunteering building upon existing social structures and practices can foster both resilience to crisis and sustainable development. The connection between volunteering and community resilience is now in sharper focus than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has highlighted how communities come together to support each other at times of crisis, through the emergence of organised and spontaneous volunteering to help people to protect themselves from the coronavirus disease and get through the tough social and economic measures put in place to contain it.

The Israeli Volunteering Council
The Israeli Volunteering Council


Israel

The advent of the Corona virus pandemic necessitates changes in life's routine and consequently, new guidelines. To preserve life - we have no choice but to change our routine. The following are some mandatory guidelines to be adhered to before, during and after your volunteer work

The Israeli Volunteering Council
The Israeli Volunteering Council


Israel

In light of the current situation, many organizations are shifting their volunteer activity to online virtual channels. What does this mean? How can it best be done? We are here to help

Israel Trauma Coalition
Israel Trauma Coalition


Israel

The current pandemic presents us all with a unique challenge. Society at large is facing a crisis that we did not prepare for and is fraught with many challenges both personal and public. The policy of physical distancing is causing feelings of abject loneliness amongst many elderly citizens exacerbated by the cancelling of all their social clubs and leisure activities. As volunteers you have an opportunity to express caring, concern and to convey the important message that they "are not alone." In addition, your meeting is an occasion to show respect and appreciation for the elderly, curiosity and interest in their personal history and experiences as well as to share your own experiences, outlook and pursuits.

Social Services

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Ms. Tamar Abo
Ms. Tamar Abo

Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services
Israel

The COVID-19 outbreak introduced to the modern world a pandemic not seen on thisscale for approximately a century. The health struggle -learning about the virus, how to reduce its morbidity and how to treat those who contracted it -was compounded by other crises the pandemiccreated: economic, occupational and social welfare related. Both on a personal and societal level, the new situation demanded that we all step out of our comfort zones, make adjustments to our daily lives, and learn new concepts and tools: from exponential growth to social distancing, from Zoom to the Teams, Meet and Hangout apps.

Jewish Life

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The Masorti Movement
The Masorti Movement


Israel

This year of COVID-19 disrupted the flow of our lives and created crisis situations that children and adults, families, communities, and nations now have to contend with. With the passing of time, and as many people have already been vaccinated or are recovering from COVID-19, we begin to "receive signals" from the virus; we gain insights on how to conduct ourselves in this complex time, how to further understand the implications of the disease for us and our society, and for the first time, to have hope that we will be able to return to our everyday routines. With these unique circumstances in the background, families will be sitting down at their Passover Seder tables in this, the Hebrew year 5781. With the Passover holidays soon upon us, both at the Masorti/Conservative Movement and at NATAL, Israel Trauma and Resiliency Center, it is understood that when a secure and calm environment is created, family can be a source of personal resiliency. The holiday meal, where we read the Haggadah and hold the family Seder, provides a wonderful opportunity to pause and reflect on the past year. We should ask ourselves what we have learned during this challenging time: what worried us, what caused us pain, what was important to us and gave us the strength to keep moving forward. This "Passover Supplement" is intended to help us turn the Passover Seder into an "Island of Resilience" in the Corona Sea. The suggestions for activities below can be carried out during the Passover holidays or during family preparations for the Seder.

Union of Orthodox Synagogues
Union of Orthodox Synagogues


South Africa

COVID-19 health and safety checklist for leaders and organizers of congregations. The document provides a concise yet comprehensive list of protocols to ensure the safe and responsible reopening of places of worship within the community.

Union of Orthodox Synagogues
Union of Orthodox Synagogues


South Africa

A series of informational posters in English, designed by the Union of Orthodox Synagogues in South Africa for billboard posting in shuls. The posters contain various public health regulations relating to responsible conduct during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mati Goldstein
Mati Goldstein

Chief Officer International Rescue Unit & Magen Department ZAKA
Israel

ZAKA valuable information and key points which will assist in aiding daily Jewish life during this time.

Israel Trauma Coalition
Israel Trauma Coalition


Israel

In times of crisis, community Rabbis and lay leaders have a unique role in maintaining and nurturing personal and community resilience. Rabbis are inundated with halakhic questions regarding prayer gatherings, lessons, issues of closeness and distance. Behind each such question lies significant psychosocial concerns, anxieties, the need for support and maintaining continuity in the face of an unknown threat.

Anti-semitism

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Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy
Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy


Israel

In September 2019, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs published a report, "Behind the Mask," which demonstrated the connection between antisemitism and the Boycott Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and its delegitimacy campaign against the State of Israel. The report included over 80 examples of leading BDS activists disseminating antisemitic content, consistent with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism. Following the report, and in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the Ministry has been monitoring antisemitism and efforts to delegitimize Israel with the linking of the State of Israel and Jews to the coronavirus. The Ministry and other organizations focused on combatting hate speech found multiple cases of BDS-supporting organizations and senior government and quasi-governmental officials propagating antisemitic conspiracies and libels.

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Crisis Management

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Prof. Mooli Lahad
Prof. Mooli Lahad

Founder and President of CSPC
Israel

In addition to listing hazards and evaluating risk, it is important to map the community’s diverse populations. For example, the community may contain groups of people who require special attention to ensure they receive information in a timely fashion. Does the community have members who speak a language other than the dominant one? If so, what sources do they use to get information? Are there community members who are unable to read? How do they get their information? What are the sources for people who are deaf or blind? Some of this information regarding community populations may be available through local services. Officials in various departments—for example, education, social and health services—may be familiar with various ethnic and language groups in the community.

Ministry of Interior
Ministry of Interior

Training and Development of Local Municipalities Division
Israel

5 Principles for Operating a Municipal Model During an Emergency

Dr. Moran Bodas & Prof. Kobi Peleg
Dr. Moran Bodas & Prof. Kobi Peleg


Israel

To contain the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, health and government authorities have imposed sweeping selfquarantine orders for communities worldwide. Health officials assume that the public will have high rates of compliance. However, studies suggest that a major obstacle to compliance for household quarantine is concern about loss of income. A cross-sectional study of the adult population of Israel was conducted in the last week of February 2020 to assess public attitudes toward the COVID-19 outbreak. In particular, public compliance rates with self-quarantine were assessed, depending on whether lost wages would be compensated for. When compensation was assumed, the compliance rate was 94 percent. When compensation was removed, the compliance rate dropped to less than 57 percent. This study demonstrated that providing people with assurances about their livelihoods during self-quarantine is an important component of compliance with public health regulations.

Community Resilience

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The Masorti Movement
The Masorti Movement


Israel

This year of COVID-19 disrupted the flow of our lives and created crisis situations that children and adults, families, communities, and nations now have to contend with. With the passing of time, and as many people have already been vaccinated or are recovering from COVID-19, we begin to "receive signals" from the virus; we gain insights on how to conduct ourselves in this complex time, how to further understand the implications of the disease for us and our society, and for the first time, to have hope that we will be able to return to our everyday routines. With these unique circumstances in the background, families will be sitting down at their Passover Seder tables in this, the Hebrew year 5781. With the Passover holidays soon upon us, both at the Masorti/Conservative Movement and at NATAL, Israel Trauma and Resiliency Center, it is understood that when a secure and calm environment is created, family can be a source of personal resiliency. The holiday meal, where we read the Haggadah and hold the family Seder, provides a wonderful opportunity to pause and reflect on the past year. We should ask ourselves what we have learned during this challenging time: what worried us, what caused us pain, what was important to us and gave us the strength to keep moving forward. This "Passover Supplement" is intended to help us turn the Passover Seder into an "Island of Resilience" in the Corona Sea. The suggestions for activities below can be carried out during the Passover holidays or during family preparations for the Seder.

Mooli Lahad & Dorit Elmaliach
Mooli Lahad & Dorit Elmaliach


Israel

The BASIC Ph model (Lahad, 1992) has been used among various populations. Usually the model has been implemented to help build personal and organizational resilience. Up to now, the model has been applied mainly in the behavioral sciences, in the psychosocial world. Social workers, psychologists, educators and other caregivers have been trained to teach it and practice it. The world of small and medium enterprises (SME) has generally ignored the psychosocial aspects and has had little if any interest in it. However, it is natural and logical to integrate SME methods and those focusing on self-empowerment and enhancement of the human mind in order to bring a breath of fresh air into the field and to move resilience forward in SMEs.

Prof. Mooli Lahad
Prof. Mooli Lahad

Founder and President of CSPC
Israel

In addition to listing hazards and evaluating risk, it is important to map the community’s diverse populations. For example, the community may contain groups of people who require special attention to ensure they receive information in a timely fashion. Does the community have members who speak a language other than the dominant one? If so, what sources do they use to get information? Are there community members who are unable to read? How do they get their information? What are the sources for people who are deaf or blind? Some of this information regarding community populations may be available through local services. Officials in various departments—for example, education, social and health services—may be familiar with various ethnic and language groups in the community.

Out of the Depth
Out of the Depth


Israel

Bereavement is always difficult but in the current circumstances, the loss of a loved one becomes even more painful. Under normal circumstances, religious and social mourning customs and rituals assist in the process of comforting and sharing the loss from the funeral to the shivah (seven day mourning period,) through prayers, visits from family and friends, and the memorial ceremonies.

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Ministry of Interior
Ministry of Interior

Training and Development of Local Municipalities Division
Israel

5 Principles for Operating a Municipal Model During an Emergency

Disabilities

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Access Israel
Access Israel


Israel

Access Israel guidelines to remote health care services fot people with disabilities and elderly during COVID-19 Crisis.

Access Israel
Access Israel


Israel

A short video by Access Israel which provides impoertant insights on how to provide accessible medical services during the Corona crisis to people with disabilities and the elderly.

Access Israel
Access Israel


Israel

These guidelines for emergency medical services and health care provider was written by 'Access Israel' in order to provide insights on how to better suit their treatment to patients with disabilities or elderly

Access Israel
Access Israel


Israel

These guidelines were written by Access Israel in order to assits law inforcment agemcies to promote accessibale and sensitive services to people with disabilities or the elderly