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New York City Vaccine Command Center

From New York State Senator Brad Hoylman:

Scheduling a Vaccine through New York City

Head here to find NYC vaccination locations. Plug in your zip code and you can find locations near you. If you are currently eligible, you can schedule appointments directly with vaccine providers, either by email or phone.

To schedule an appointment by phone please call 877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692.

If you need technical assistance or are receiving an error when using the COVID-19 Vaccine Hubs portal, please call 800-831-8196.

The New York City “Vaccine Command Center” can answer other questions and provide you with additional information like vaccination rates.

Scheduling a Vaccine through New York State

Here is state guidance on how to sign up for a vaccine.

  • Health care workers who are part of Phase 1a will continue to be vaccinated at hospitals and other clinical settings.
  • People age 65 and over or immunocompromised will primarily be vaccinated at pharmacies and other sites that are part of the “retail network.” If you are eligible please fill this out and then you will be able to schedule a vaccination using the same site. If you have any questions on how to use the form and website, please use this resource page. Additionally, the COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7AM - 10PM, 7 days a week, for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
  • Public employees (for example, police departments, public school teachers and MTA employees) will primarily be vaccinated through their employers’ relevant health programs or as organized by their unions.

If you are interested in scheduling a vaccine at the Javits Center can do so through heading here or calling 888-364-3065. Disclaimer: this page has crashed and may crash again.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 positivity rates are increasing across the city. Please get tested and help keep the rate of spread down. I'd suggest going to NYC Health & Hospitals sites. They typically have shorter lines, results come in 48-72 hours, and it’s FREE whether or not you have insurance. You can find NYC's sites here: I also strongly recommend getting the COVID-19 Alert NY app to receive exposure alerts:

From Rabbi Gelber:

Saving a life is an important mitzvah/responsibility and commandment in Judaism. We have been called on to step forward in this way by Congregation Ansche Chesed here on the UWS as they work to find a bone marrow donor for someone in their shul community with rapidly advancing blood cancer. 
If you have not yet participated in the Gift of Life Marrow Registry, I encourage you to Get Swabbed by registering here .
Testing is free for those 18-35 and you'll learn more about the ideal profile at that link. I have worked with patients with leukemia and other blood cancers for almost 25 years and have witnessed the power of the bone marrow registries in helping to preserve and save lives. Do your part and join the registry! For questions about Judaism and saving a life, be in touch with me at

Advance Screening of Soul to Soul - Sunday, January 17, 6 pm

They brought you the runaway hit Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish. Now, on the evening before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (and UJA) present Soul to Soul. This electrifying theatrical performance brings African American, Jewish, and Yiddish musical traditions to life at a time in our history when unity and purpose is more important than ever.

Register here for Zoom link.

The event will also include an update on UJA’s response to Covid-19, which includes a total allocation of $64 million to help vulnerable individuals and communities.

Rabbi Gelber is honored to have her words included in the rapid-response book  Remember and Do Not Forget,  Rabbinic Testimonies of January 6, 2021: A Horrific Day in American History, edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Rabbi Jessie Olitzky, with Foreword by Ruth Messinger. 

Table of Contents

 When We Turned Within, Volume 2 features writing by 107 contributors from around the world - Rabbi Lisa Gelber and Malkie Grozalsky among them. Co-edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Sarah Tuttle-Singer, the paperback is available here and the Kindle version is available here.

Proceeds from book sales go to UJA-Federation of NY for COVID relief efforts.

Some of Rabbi Gelber's weekly writings to the Habonim community are included in the first volume of When We Turned Within: Reflections of COVID-19. 

Lincoln Center at Home Memorial for Us All, a secular community remembrance honoring and celebrating those who have died from COVID-19. The series is over but the concerts can be viewed on Lincoln Center's  website and on the New York Board of Rabbis  Facebook  page.  

Covid-19 Emergency: Community Resources

Here are links to information and services available to support New Yorkers during the public health crisis. As always, please use good judgment about information that does not come directly from Congregation Habonim.


Mental Health support New Yorkers can access while staying at home. Click here.

"Invisible Hands" volunteer shopping and delivery service for at-risk community members. Click here for more information.

Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan - Hebrew Free Loan Society (HFLS). Click here for more information.

Financial assistance for funeral expenses from the Human Resources Administration. Click here for more information.

Special shopping hours for seniors. Local stores including Morton Williams (59th Street) and Whole Foods (all locations) are offering seniors-only shopping times. Call to confirm.

Sat, January 16 2021 3 Shevat 5781