We salute the dedication of Hillel students and alumni working in the healthcare field during the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked them, “What are your coping mechanisms during this crisis?”
Yanki Fekete, RN, BSN, does air medical transports for patients in critical condition.
“I just keep going. I don’t think about my needs. I just do what has to be done.”
Chanie Gottheil is in the U.S. Army, studying to be a combat medic.
“I’ve been able to get through really hard times and overcome huge obstacles to get here. I’m not going to give up now.”
Jordan Katz, EMT, volunteers at Ramapo Valley Ambulance Corps
“Petting my dogs.”
Baila Weill is a medical assistant at a doctor’s office.
“Baths and meditation.”
Dovid Silber, EMT, volunteers at Spring Hill Ambulance Corps
“Spending time with family and hiking/biking in the great outdoors.”
Yosef Silber is an emergency room scribe.
“Taking a breath of fresh air.”
Rafi Cohn, EMT-B, volunteers at Spring Hill Ambulance Corps
“I avoid getting emotionally involved.”
Devorah Plotzker works at an urgent care facility.
“Music, talking with my family, and just staying compassionate.”
Mushka Witkes is a medical assistant. “Cooking when I get home.”
Tova Klein, an RCC nursing student, volunteers at Good Samaritan Hospital.
We're More Connected than Ever
Thanks to you, Hillel is running stronger than ever throughout the pandemic.
Organizing Zoom sessions for “shmoozing,” learning, reminiscing, and sharing study tips
Maintaining constant individual contact with students and alumni to provide moral support, prayers for ill family members, and helpful resources
Providing Pesach provisions for numerous students and their families
Rabbi Dov officiated at a funeral for a victim of COVID-19
On a happier note, Rabbi Dov also officiated at a town-approved, socially distanced wedding.
Mendy Gross displays images of his past homemade Purim costume creations during a Zoom “Show and Tell.”
Catching up and staying in touch.
Birthright alumni “rezoom” their connections in a pre-Pesach session.
Hillel Volunteers in Massive Distribution of Pesach Boxes
At the very beginning of the pandemic, before social distancing and “stay-at-home” orders were in effect, Hillel students volunteered in a food-packing effort at Boulders Stadium organized by Chasdei Lev to assist local families with supplies for Pesach.
Hillel helps out with Pesach food distribution
Hillel member Sam Ainspan operates the fork lift.
To alumni Yehuda and Esther Ahronov, now living in Dallas, TX, on the birth of a baby boy on April 15.
To Hillel board member Rabbi David Berkman and his wife Carol King Berkman on the engagement of their daughter, Shira Berkman, to Elad Sadot.
Have You Joined Our Hillel Heroes Legacy Society?
Huge Hillel shoutout to the following people (plus a few who wish to remain anonymous) who have designated Hillel of Rockland as a beneficiary in their wills through the Life & Legacy program:
Rabbi David Berkman & Carol King Berkman * Bert & Cathy Distelburger * Gary & Marsha Forman * Leslie Goldress * Martin & Roberta Goldstein * Lisa Green * Roberta Leitner * Rich & Melinda Levin * Michoel Muchnik * Rabbi Dov & Shevy Oliver * Kasriel & Zipporah Oliver * Ekka & Harrison Peck * Moshe & Tzipora Reitman * Shaina Reitman * Andrea Winograd * Gerri & Allen Zabusky
BE REMEMBERED FOREVER by the Jewish community with a gift to Hillel of Rockland in your will, trust, retirement plan or life insurance policy.