The City of Tempe has a website with hosts of resources, from job help to mental health resources. Check it out!
While ASU classes are online through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, ASU Counseling Services remains fully committed to the emotional health and wellness of ASU students at this unprecedented time.
They have appointments available 24/7 as well as several daily social, emotional and spiritual health drop-in sessions.
Check out their website for more information.
Looking for the best way to stay up to date on all of our virtual programming?
Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or check back to our online opportunities document, updated regularly!
Want to set up a virtual coffee date with one of our staff?
Rabbi Suzy Stone
Mikayla Laufer Stokes
Rabbi Jason Bronowitz
U-Haul will offer free self-storage to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities.
Dorm Room Movers
See the banner at top of the page for pickup dates due to Covid 19
Jewish Free Loan
National network of free loan organizations
Phoenix Chapter: https://www.facebook.com/JewishFreeLoanAZ/videos/818866335301889/
ASU students have free access to many big publishers' textbook resources for this semester
There are so many webinars, speakers, new virtual groups forming...how can you keep track of it all?
The Hillel staff have created a brief document for you to check out some of the online opportunities and resources we think are most relevant to ASU students.
Click here to see short lists of Hillel events, Jewish classes, Spiritual resources/articles, and practical resources (help with moving, finances).
In keeping with ASU and other local and national guidelines, ASU Hillel is online for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. We will navigate this together and look forward to hearing more from you.
Check out this special message from our leadership:
Student President Message - What does ASU Hillel Online look like?
We know that Hillel provides an important structure to your lives throughout the week, which has suddenly been altered.
Here are some ways you can stay connected to each other and to ASU Hillel:
Executive Director’s Message
We know this is an unprecedented and challenging time for all of you. From our students to our donors and community leaders, all of us here are thinking of our greater ASU family, and we hope that you, your friends, families and businesses are faring as best as can be given the circumstances.
As we all adjust to a temporary “new normal,” we are postponing our Double Your Dollars matching campaign, set to launch today. I want to thank our matchers who were eager to help with this important campaign. While we do depend on the funds from this campaign to operate at the high level you have all come to expect, we also recognize that now is a time for each of us to focus on navigating the significant life changes COVID-19 has presented. In the coming weeks, we will be in touch about the support we need to keep Hillel running virtually. Please reach out if you would like to learn more.
(traditionally recited during the Amidah's priestly blessing; can also be recited when you awaken.)
Master of the Universe, I am Yours and my dreams are Yours. I have dreamt a dream and I do not know what it means.
May it be Your will, Lord my God and God of my ancestors, that all my dreams be for good, for myself and all Israel, whether I have dreamt about myself, or about others, or others have dreamt about me.
If they are good, strengthen and reinforce them, and may they be fulfilled me and them like the dreams of the righteous Joseph.
If, though, they need healing, heal them as You healed Hezekiah King of Judah from his illness, like Miriam the prophetess from her leprosy, like Na’aman from his leprosy, like the waters of Mara by Moses our teacher, and like the waters of Jericho by Elisha.
And just as You turned the curses of Balaam the wicked from curse to blessing, so turn all my dreams about me and the community of Israel to good; protect me, be gracious to me and accept me. Amen.
**Adapted from an NYU Shanghai Health Center communication**
With the coronavirus outbreak disrupting academics, travel, housing, and daily life, many people are feeling uneasy, anxious or stressed. We want to share with you that we feel exactly the same way. It’s only normal that our brain generates all sorts of scary thoughts and uncomfortable feelings in response to something novel and frightening like this. In such situations, we could easily kick into the fight or flight response automatically.
Here are some strategies that you can start using now to help maintain your health and well-being over the next couple weeks.
If you’re concerned about your health and safety:
Stick to the facts. Look to official government or health authorities and mainstream news outlets to get the most accurate information about the coronavirus, rather than depending on social media. We recommend the ASU Novel Coronavirus Updates page as the best source of information.
Limit the time you spend looking for updates. Checking the news and social media constantly for coronavirus updates is likely to increase stress and fear. Limit yourself to checking 2-3 times per day, no more than 10-15 minutes at a time.
Shift your attention to other meaningful activities. Replace the time you usually spend on social media with other meaningful activities in life such as focusing on academics, connecting with family and friends, self care activities and simply having fun by reading an enjoyable book or watching a movie.
Be responsible for your own health. If you are in an area with coronavirus cases, take actions that are known to be effective for prevention - wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face. No matter where you are, boost your immune system and lower your stress by eating well, sleeping enough, and exercising.
Contact ASU Health Services. Call them at 480-965-3349.
If you’re anxious about your academic progress:
Contact the ASU Dean of Students Office: Email email@example.com or call 480-965-6547.
Accept what you can’t control. As you make decisions about your academic plans, don’t hold yourself responsible for factors outside of your control, such as travel restrictions.
Start a daily routine now. Having unstructured time may increase feelings of restlessness or anxiety, so consider creating a daily schedule to help maintain the mindset of being in school. Adjust your sleep to regular hours and spend some time each day reading or engaging in academic subjects that interest you. Don’t forget to schedule time for exercise, eating, relaxing, and talking to friends - these are all part of your routine during the semester.
Take a breath and be patient. It can feel frustrating to wait for a response from a staff member or for another community update, but trust that everyone is doing their best to respond, share information, and solve problems. If you feel like an email was overlooked, send a gentle follow-up rather than assuming the worst.
If you’re feeling lonely or disconnected:
Stay connected with others. Seek out ways to have fun with friends and family around you, and make time to call or chat with friends in other places. Share information and feelings with the ones you trust. If you are worried about the health of friends or classmates, be sure to reach out to them - this will help both of you feel positive and comforted.
Use voice or video call. While texting and typing is the go-to communication method for most of us, it doesn’t replace the connection we feel from face to face interactions. Talking to friends in person is a big part of your routine at school, so try to keep it up during this time.
Seek out classmates. Consider forming study groups or peer emotional support groups to share feelings and thoughts. Set up a time to call or video chat each day, maybe over lunch or in the afternoon when you are
usually done with class.
Take this time to deepen relationships. Is there a friend you have time to connect with now that you are both home with more down time? Could you find more time to hang out with your roommate when you may sometimes go days without having time for a full conversation? Can you schedule time to catch up with family members over the phone or video chat?
If you feel your anxiety is exceeding the normal limits and the above strategies are not enough:
Seek professional help. If you are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to concerns for family or friends, please contact ASU Counseling Services at 480-965-6146 to speak with a counselor. They are here to help.
Adopt a strength based perspective. Anxiety is a very common and useful human emotion that most of us have a lot of experience with. Reflect on the ways you dealt with challenges in the past, and think about how you can apply those same skills now. Think about what helped you particularly in the past - maybe thinking rationally, engaging in positive self-talk, chatting with someone you trust, or eating your favorite food. Try to do more of that which has proved effective for you personally.
Start your mindfulness practice. Mindfulness activities such as meditation are proven to be helpful in such situations. If you have tried this before, it’s time to resume. If you have never had experience with this, here are two links to get you started: 5-minute Eating Meditation, Anxiety Relief Guided Meditation
We know ASU will have classes online for at least these two weeks, and of course we know it may be longer.
But, did you know that one of Debbie (our Executive Director)'s good friends went to grad school with the current Dean of Students at NYU Shanghai? They have some amazing resources to support students during this time, including a guide to setting yourself up for success with digital learning. We know some of the links will be NYU-specific, but overall thought this was a helpful resource to share with our community.
Check it out here!
From: Debbie Yunker Kail, Executive Director
Subject: ASU Hillel Response to COVID-19
Last week, ASU announced that classes will be online for the next two weeks, and all public events are canceled for 30 days. Additionally, please refer to ASU's official Novel Coronavirus website for all updates and some new travel guidelines as spring break comes to a close.
What does this mean for ASU Hillel?
We care about the safety and wellbeing of all of our students and staff and as such have made the difficult decision to suspend all in-person programs, religious services, and classes, effective immediately. Early this week, we will implement plans to sustain our community online. When possible, we will be moving Hillel programs and classes online, and you can expect to hear more from us soon about that. You can expect coffee dates, classes, and more to be available online!
The Hillel building will remain closed until March 29. We will revisit our situation based on CDC, Arizona State University, and state recommendations and update you again before March 29 as to our Hillel building and upcoming events, including Passover.
Our staff will be working remotely during this time. While we cannot meet in person, we are 100% here for you, and we are committed to sustaining our community of friendship, support, and Jewish learning.
We want to hear from you
It's so important for us to know how you are doing during this trying time. Do you need something we may be able to help with? Where will you be during the coming weeks? What do you want to see from Hillel as we move online? Please complete this brief survey so we can best support you during this time.
The spread of COVID-19 is a challenge unlike others we have faced before. And yet, it provides us some unique opportunities as well. We know our community is strong enough to figure this out together. In Judaism, the value of pikuach nefesh, saving a life, takes priority over almost all other Jewish rituals and commandments. We are grateful for the opportunity to do our small part in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We urge our community to use an abundance of caution when making your own decisions about how to weather the coming weeks.
Please continue to check our social media and new website for additional updates, resources, and opportunities. During this transitional period, I encourage all students to reach out to me directly if you have any further questions or concerns. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you all good health,
Debbie Yunker Kail
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