Board of Deputies President: ‘We need to dig deep to find the faith, strength and resources to get through’
17 March 2020
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Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has spoken about the challenges facing both the Jewish community and the wider world in the face of the spread of Covid-19.

She said: “We are facing an unprecedented time of crisis in our country and across the world. This virus does not recognise any boundaries. We are all impacted regardless of our faith, social or financial circumstances to one degree or another. We all share the fear for ourselves, our loved ones and humanity. We need to dig deep to find the faith, strength and resources to get through.

“Within this, we must not lose sight of the effect that this may have on our mental well-being. We need to find coping mechanisms to deal with the new scale of challenge. The Jewish community has always been resourceful and giving to those both inside and outside our community and will continue to do so. We need to stick together even though we may be physically apart. I commend the many initiatives being undertaken by synagogues and Jewish charities across the country and call on every one to do their bit, whether that is helping isolated neighbours with shopping or having phone calls with those unable to leave their homes.”

“Today I will be writing to all our Deputies and the communities they represent to make them aware of the various resources available to support volunteering and other ways to help both inside and outside the community. We all need to dig deep and play our part.”

Photo: The Board of Deputies  “I can help” card which we are encouraging community members to post through letter boxes for those who may need assistance