Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 5

By Reporter staff

A variety of Jewish groups are offering online resources – educational and recreational – for those who are not allowed out of the house. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available. 

  • Yad Vashem is offering a new online exhibition marking the 75th anniversary to the liberation of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp by U.S. Armed Forces and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The exhibition’s online collection of artifacts relating to liberation can be found at www.yadvashem.org/artifacts/featured/liberation.html.
  • Reconstructing Judaism is offering “Resources for Living in the Time of COVID-19” at http://evolve.reconstructingjudaism.org/covid19resources. It is also offering a variety of other pandemic resources, including a “Virtual Shabbat Box,” at www.reconstructingjudaism.org/connect/pandemic-resources.
  • YIVO announced a new initiative to collect first-hand accounts of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Jewish life. The online form can be found at yivo.org/share-your-story.
  • Jewish Women Archive has a new section of interactive tools for students and adults, https://jwa.org/teach/activities. The worksheet can be downloaded and printed. Answer keys are also included where applicable. New worksheets will be added periodically.
  • Respectability, an organization that seeks to ensure children and adults with disabilities receive education, training and employment opportunities, has been holding virtual events. For more information, visit www.respectability.org/category/events.
  • The Yiddish Book Center has a podcast called The Shmooze, which “includes conversations with Jewish culture makers, plus news and stories related to Yiddish literature, language and culture.” Current and previous episodes can be found at www.yiddishbookcenter.org/language-literature-culture/the-shmooze/.
  • The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Israel is offering online tours at www.bh.org.il/live-online-tour-beit-hatfutsot/. The tour is done over Zoom using an iPad, and lasts around 45 minutes. According to its website, “The tour works best if each participant has a computer that they can sit at with headphones during the tour. Due to time differences between Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv and participants around the world, we will do our best to accommodate your schedule.”
  • The Jewish Book Council is now holding virtual events. The next event is “Virtual Unpacking of the Book: Borders of Home,” which will take place on Thursday, April 30, from 7-8 pm. This event will feature authors Esther Safran Foer and Keith Gessen in a conversation with Stephanie Butnick of Tablet Magazine. Registration is free, but requested in advance. For more information, visit www.jewishbookcouncil.org/events and click on the title of the event. 
  • The Book of Life is hosting the series “Books in the Time of Coronavirus,” which allows authors or illustrators of new Jewish books for children or adults to speak about their books. The podcast can be found at https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2020/04.
  • The Zionist Organization of America has started a ZOA Online Book Club. The club is open to anyone, even those who have not read the books. To receive information, sign up for its newsletter at https://nyc.zoa.org/?s=Online+book+club.
  • EarthCam, www.earthcam.com/world/israel/einharod/?cam=einharod, shows viewers the farms in Ein Harod, Israel, with a live streaming webcam.

For more resources, see the last four issues of The Reporter or visit www.thereportergroup.org/Article.aspx?aID=5484, www.thereportergroup.org/Article.aspx?aID=5499, www.thereportergroup.org/Article.aspx?aID=5502 and www.thereportergroup.org/Article.aspx?aID=5512.