The coronavirus pandemic has altered life in profound ways for all of us. But perhaps it is most acutely felt in communities housing the elderly. For these high-risk adults, visits with family and friends are no longer an option, and casual afternoon Zoom calls are not always possible.

With Passover approaching, many Jewish seniors face a year unlike any other. The seder calls us together, yet this year, for many, it’s simply not feasible.

On this episode, we talk with Rabbi Marc Baker, president and CEO of CJP, and Amy Schectman, president and CEO of 2Life Communities, which helps seniors age affordably and live well. They discuss how their organizations are responding to the coronavirus crisis, the importance of connection and community, and what gives them hope in the days leading up to Passover.

Want to help? Support the CJP Coronavirus Emergency Fund here, and the 2Life Communities Response & Readiness Fund here. For volunteer opportunities, email

Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.