Coronavirus Resources

Coronavirus Resources

The following information is intended to help the TSTI community with quick links to local help and information. It will be updated as needed.

TSTI Clergy is available for pastoral support if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious about this situation and can be reached by emailing directly:  

Rabbi Cohen
Rabbi Klein
Cantor Moses

If you have questions or concerns about our efforts during this time please contact our Executive Director, Beth Blackman. For other TSTI services, call TSTI at 973-763-4116 and leave a message. Messages are checked throughout the day.

For Seniors

For general support – South Orange and Maplewood are offering the following:

Phone calls to check on general wellness and assess seniors’ needs, including
Financial assistance
Regular E-mail blasts with updates
For assistanceJust call Cathy Rowe at (973) 558-0863


Support in SOMA for the elderly: SOMA Two Towns for All Ages

For seniors needing direct financial support, and for people looking for a place to donate there is a COVID-19 SOMA Seniors Go Fund Me

To grocery shop in a safe way:

Beginning Thursday, March 19th, all local grocery stores will open earlier to accommodate customers who are 60 and over.

For Families

For families needing direct financial support, and for people looking for a place to donate there is a COVID-19 SOMA FAMILY SUPPORT FUND supported by both towns and assisted by Rent Party

For General Assistance

For all ages, SoMA SQUAD -- SoMA QUarantine Assistance, Delivered is a local facebook group coordinating assistance and information.

To reach someone at Town Hall:
South Orange: (973) 378-7715
Maplewood: (973) 762-8120

If you’re feeling anxious or your mental health is suffering text HOME to 741741

If you need support for an AA or NA meeting there are virtual options available. They meet at 10 pm EST every day with a speaker and topic for discussion – all are welcome

Join by phone: 1 646 876 9923 US (New York)  Meeting ID: 773 878 425 or online:

Hebrew Free Loan of NJ will provide interest free loans to support individuals and small businesses with financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. Email to start the process.

Additional Information 

NJ Gov COVID-19 Hub

NJ Dept of Health COVID-19 Hub

Click here to make an appointment to get tested in Essex County:

Consumer Reports: Common Household Products that Destroy the Virus

Consumer Reports: How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus When Food Shopping