Tell Your Story – California during the time of COVID-19

Tell Your Story - Daniel, Berkeley
This was the last picture I took of my dorm room before my parents picked me up to take me home due to stay-at-home orders. Little did I know this would be the last time I would be in my dorm room. Santa Cruz, CA, March 14, 2020


Daniel, Berkeley

“My friend’s older brother died on his birthday in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We lived only three blocks away from their house, and I frequently saw them in the neighborhood. A few weeks before he died, my brother and I ran into him and his younger sister, who I am close friends with, as we have gone to the same schools since we were toddlers. We exchanged a few laughs and went on our ways, not knowing it would be our last time seeing one another. When a member of the Jewish community dies, the community gathers together and sits shiva to support the grieving family. Except we could not do that due to COVID restrictions on gatherings. I feel robbed of my grieving process and robbed in supporting my community.”

Daniel, 19

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