The United Synagogue has launched a coronavirus helpline for members.

The service is a central port of call for people who need practical, spiritual or emotional advice.

The helpline will assist people in finding support for shopping, cooking or an opportunity to talk if they are feeling anxious during and need someone to talk to. And it is able to provide rabbinic guidance to those who are seeking it such as how to say Kaddish if they are unable to attend shul.

Though the helpline is unable to offer medical, legal or financial assistance, community volunteers and staff will point callers in the right direction.

Locally, synagogues have put measures in place to help members.

The US is working alongside its team of community care coordinators and has joined forces with volunteers from GIFT to support members who require assistance.

“We are living through a time of uncertainty, fear and confusion but as a community we are there for each other,” said Steven Wilson, United Synagogue chief executive.

“To complement and support the tremendous work of our local shul volunteers, we have set up a dedicated coronavirus helpline for all those seeking support, advice or if you are simply struggling to cope. Our helpful team are standing by to take your call.”

Telephone 020 8343 5696 (Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm; Friday 9am-1pm) or email

Anyone wishing to volunteer or offer assistance should contact Yael Peleg at