COVID-19 – Resources

With social distancing and self isolation recommendations in place, we want to ensure our members and the community receive the support they need, have access to credible news, and access to online arts, culture and lifelong learning while at home.

Our staff complied a list of available resources, and will be updating this list as more services and programs become available! Check back often!

COVID-19 Updates:
City of Toronto
Ontario Ministry of Health
Public Health Ontario
Health Canada

Public Health Ontario has developed resources to support with the outbreak of COVID-19:
How to self-monitor
How to self-isolate
Self-isolation – Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts

Support Services and Call Lines:

Friendly Neighbour Hotline Program – 1-855-581-9580 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) – Organized by University Health Network and OpenLab, volunteers can help pick up essentials like groceries and household items. This services is available to Toronto seniors living in low-income housing. Available in 180 languages. Can order groceries online with their order form on their website. Program flyer

Lumacare – 416-398-5511 – Call for COVID-19 emergency response kits, and the ability to delivery food and essentials for older adults living in North York.

Jewish Russian Community Centre (JRCC) – 416-222-7105, ext. 999 – Support for Russian-speaking Jewish seniors who are 70+.

Toronto Seniors Helpline – 416-217-2077 – This service is for a seniors that could benefit from community supports, such a transportation, crisis services, care at home, such as nursing and personal support, supportive counselling over the phone, and caregiver resources and support. Calls are answered 365 days a year with interpretation available in 100+ languages. Monday-Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm.

TeleHealth Ontario – 1-866-797-000 – Fast, free medical advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In an emergency, do not call TeleHealth, call 911 right away.

Toronto Public Health Hotline – 416-388-7600 – Monday-Friday 8:30am-8pm, Saturday-Sunday 10m-6pm. Translation available in many languages. Toronto Public Health eChat is a free, confidential and anonymous online service for Toronto residents. Chat online with a Public Health Nurse about various topics including senior health, healthy eating, mental health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention, substance about and more.

Jewish Youth Network – A team of volunteers offer assistance to isolated individuals in the GTA with critical errands, kosher food, supplies, phone calls and prayers. Fill out their online form and a volunteer will be in touch with you.

Resources from OACAO Business Partners – The Older Adults Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO) put together a resource list that might be of interest in older adults in the community.

Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (City of Toronto) – Provided a Shelter Services – Frequently Asked Questions and Resources document, or you can also visit their website for more information. – An online resources to help women seeking safety from violence and abuse. The clickable map serves as a fast resource to connect to the nearest shelter.

Mental Health Services – If you need assistance, please contact CMHA, CAMH, Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health, Mood Disorders Society of Canada.

211 – Canada’s primary source of information on government and community based health and social services 24/7. Dial 2-1-1 or visit to connect to community services. Available in over 150 languages.

Crisis Services Canada – 1-833-456-4566 or 416-915-4566 – Call, text or chat online for support to anyone concerned about suicide, suffering a loss, and more. Available 24/7/365

CIJA COVID-19 Resource Guide – CIJA has prevpared a COVID-19 resource guide for the community by province, with items including medical resources and assessment centres, travel updates, emergency financial measures, evictions and repossessions, funerals, and more.

Mental Health, Housing & Newcomer Supports Resource Page (The 519) – The 519 put together a great list of resources including shelters, housing, drop-in centres, mental health support, crisis and information services, and more.

Food Resources During COVID-19 (The 519) – The 519 put together a great list of food resources including food banks, drop-in centres, locations for free meals, and more, including free takeaway meals at their location at 519 Church St. in Toronto.

Fitness Classes

National Institute on Aging is offering a 15 minutes workout, a 20 minute workout, and a 60 minute workout for older adults.

Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Lifelong Learning Programs:

The Met Opera – Stream handpicked past performances of the Met’s Live in HD series each night right from the organization’s website.

Google Arts & Culture Project – More than 2,500 spaces from around the world are accessible online, with many offering virtual tours of their holdings.

The Khan Academy – offers 1,800 video lessons on an range of courses from finance to the French Revolution.

British Museum – Explore a stunning visual timeline of the world, with an array of annotated objects. Great for the history buff!

African American History and Culture – This extremely popular museum is offering virtual tour to give you a taste of what the museum has to offer!

Russia’s State Hermitage Museum – Enjoy this extensive video tour of the largest museum in Russian. Complete with 45 galleries and 588 artistic masterpieces.

Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors – One of the hottest travelling museum exhibits of the past few years, enjoy this brisk room-by-room rundown of the hypnotic, multi-faceted work on Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

Duolingo – Duolingo is a free mobile app and website where you can learn a new language. Learn 30+ languages online with bite-size lessons using evidence-based teaching tools. Don’t let the cute cartoon characters dissuade you, it’s an effective program for people of all ages.

Melbourne Zoo – The Australian zoo has set up live streams of their snow leopard cubs, penguins, giraffes, lions and zebras to enjoy.

Canada’s Wonderland – Any thrill seekers out there? On the Canada’s Wonderland YouTube channel, they offer front row seats to many of their roller coasters!

Seniors’ Centre Without Walls (SCWW) – a free interactive telephone-based program that connects seniors.

Toronto Public Library – With a free Toronto Public Library card, you can access their collection of ebooks, audio books, courses (over 3,500 video courses), magazines, and videos.

Vaughan Public Library – With a free Vaughan Public Library card, you have access to various digital materials including ebooks, films, music, magazines and more.

J-Flix – Presented by the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, J-Flix is a streaming platform dedicated to showcasing the rich heritage of Jewish film. Their collection is currently available for free, with new films added each week.

ChatterPack – ChatterPack, A UK based organization, put together a list of free, online ‘boredom-busting’ resources including virtual tours, online learning, music, literature, entertainment, learning a new skill, and more!

Grocery Delivery Services:
Grocery Gateway
PC Express
*Please note some grocery delivery services are experiencing delays and long wait times.

Meals on Wheels:

Bernard Betel Centre – kosher – 416-225-2112, ext. 185 or 134
Circle of Care – kosher – 416-635-2860
CHATS – non-kosher – 905-713-6596, ext. 7021
Lumacare – non-kosher – 416-398-5519
Healthy Now Seniors Meals – non-kosher in Newmarket and Aurora – 647-210-0047
Senior Persons Living Connected – non-kosher – 416-493-3333

Financial Services:
Jewish Free Loan Toronto – Offering up to $8,000 interest-free loans.


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