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In keeping with the recommended guidelines for social gatherings during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in keeping with the Jewish view that gives primacy to preserving life, CBI has replaced all in-person gatherings at the synagogue building with virtual gatherings. Meetings with one of the rabbis or administrative staff - where all parties are masked - may be made by appointment.

Mitzvah Opportunities


1. Charlottesville City Schools (CCS)

In response to school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Charlottesville City Schools Nutrition Department will be be preparing bagged breakfast and lunches. Volunteers are needed to help pass out the meals. Learn more and sign up here.

2. International Neighbors (IN)

Support local refugees. Specifically, IN is looking for two or three double strollers in good, working condition. In addition, IN is collecting coats and jackets until Wednesday, November 4. Coats have to be washable and in good condition (no "dry clean only" coats). Contact Emily Leblang to arrange pick up or drop off. Please note that CBI is NOT serving as a drop-off location for these items.

3. City Of Promise

Support students in Charlottesville during this unprecedented time of "Zoom school" by volunteering a few hours a week as a proctor at the City of Promise virtual learning center. City of Promise has an immediate need for volunteer proctors, a second adult who is available onsite as the kids are doing their school work. PPE provided. Those interested in volunteering may contact High School Pathway Coach Jermaine Dias.

4. Supplies Drive for The Arc of the Piedmont

The Arc of the Piedmont is a local nonprofit that for 60+ years has created opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be more independent, learn new things, visit new places and make new friends. The Arc provides individualized training in daily living skills, socialization, and communication. Activities and experiences are designed to enable individuals to achieve their highest potential in interdependence and participation in the community. 

The Arc is in desperate need of the following to keep its community members safe (all items must be new and in unopened packages):

  • Wipes
  • Sanitizer at 60% alcohol or above (in short supply we know!)
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • New surgical gloves

How to Get Supplies to the Arc:

  • Ship directly from online retailer(s) to:

The Arc of the Piedmont                                                                                                                                                                                                          Attn: CBI Drive                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1149 Rose Hill                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Charlottesville, VA 22903

5. Alliance for Interfaith Ministries (AIM) Secure Seniors Program

AIM is urgently seeking donations for their Secure Seniors Program. This program is specifically for seniors in the community who have recently been homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless. Due to the ending of both the additional unemployment benefit and moratorium on evictions at the end of this month, the need is great and anticipated to skyrocket. Here's how you can help:

  • Select from the list of needed items LINKED BELOW.
  • Notify the AIM office (434 972 1704) and let them know when you plan to drop off your items.                                                                    (Address: 1807 Emmet Street North, Suite 6A)
  • Call again when you arrive; you may leave items outside the door.


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