Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 6

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. 

  • The Orthodox Union: The Women’s Initiative: is offering the online series “Counting Toward Sinai Tefillah Series.” The site says people can “learn about teffilah over the 49 days of Sefirat Haomer with 49 women from across the world.” For more information, visit www.ou.org/women/counting-toward-sinai-podcast/.
  • The website Judaism Alive! features the work of Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn and offers podcasts, audio classes, music and more. For more information, visit http://www.rabbieinhorn.com.
  • The Milken Archive, www.milkenarchive.org, offers music, essays, interviews, documentaries, virtual exhibits and more about Jewish music. 
  • Reboot, www.rebooters.net/reboothome, calls itself “an arts and culture nonprofit that reimagines, reinvents and reinforces Jewish thought and traditions.” It is offering three podcasts about life in quarantine and three video series: series “Dispatches From Quarantine,” “Coming of Age” and “The Joy of Quarantine,” and podcasts “Kasher vs. Kasher,” “In Quarantine” and “Closening.” For more information, visit the website.
  • The spring/summer edition of Tiferet Journal has been released online and can be found at http://tiferetjournal.com/. Due to COVID-19, there will be no print version and the online version is being offered free.
  • All 70 Faces Media publications – including My Jewish Learning, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Kveller, Alma and The Nosher – are offering new online experiences to connect people through Jewish rituals, food, books and more. To sign up for daily reminders of what is available, visit /www.myjewishlearning.com/sign-up-for-daily-reminders-of-zoom-events-livestreams-and-other-online-resources/.
  • Friends of IDF are offering a variety of Zoom classes. For more information and to register for events, visit www.fidf.org/covid19/engage.
  • The Institute for Jewish Spirituality is offering free classes, including a weekday daily meditation and weekly Torah study. For more information, visit www.jewishspirituality.org/get-started/resources-for-challenging-times.
  • The Jewish Virtual Library, a project of AICE, offers virtual tours of Israel at www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/about-vie. The site notes that “the tour is self-guided. You can either choose to follow the tour we’ve created for you or create your own itinerary and jump around to the cities and sites that most interest you. In addition to photographs and descriptions of the places you’ll visit, we’ve added a host of links to articles, documents and other materials that will help you learn more about your destination.”
  • The World Zionist Organization is offering a live daily e-session on Israel and related topics. To sign up, visit www.tfaforms.com/4811742.
  • Hadassah@Home Online Activities, www.hadassah.org/belong/member-engagement.html#programs, offers a variety of live and recorded activities and classes. 
  • The Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies is offering online learning resources. There is information and discussion of the weekly parasha. Others “relate to illness, hope, resilience, community and more.” For more information, visit www.pardes.org.il/strength-courage.
  • Tablet Magazine has launches “Tablet Live!,” a new weekly series of live events that can be accessed on Zoom. The series will include concerts, culinary experiences, performance art happenings, and talks with artists, writers, political leaders, rabbis and rappers. Viewers will be able to send in questions before the events. For more information, visit, www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/tablet-live-web-series. 
  • The Torah-com, www.thetorah.com, seeks to make “academic biblical scholarship accessible and engaging to readers from all backgrounds.” Articles and essays includes those about the weekly parasha, Jewish holidays, biblical criticism, modern faith, archaeology, morality, ethics and more. People can subscribe to a weekly e-mail that lists new articles of interest.
  • The Jewish Council for Public Affairs is holding webinars on advocacy and education during COVID-19. They focus on “Jewish Values During the Pandemic” and “Jewish Advocacy During the Pandemic.” To learn about upcoming webinars or view those that have already taken place, visit https://www.jewishpublicaffairs.org/covid-19-videos/.
  • Be’chol Lashon offers short videos highlighting the “diversity of Jewish life” at https://globaljews.org/videos/.
  • The Orthodox Union is offering an ongoing series of mental health programs on Monday and Thursday nights. To learn about upcoming programs or view previous programs, visit www.ou.org/mental-health-live-programming. The programs will also be available on the OU Facebook page: OU Fb Live.
  • Chabad.org is offering “Coronavirus Cooking” recipes, many with ingredients people might already have in their homes. For these recipes and more, visit www.chabad.org/recipes/default.htm.
  • The Jewish National Fund is offering a variety of virtual programs, including a virtual Shabbat experience, educational programing about Israel and more. For a listing of programs and how to join them, visit www.jnf.org/menu-3/videos/ondemand.
  • Yachad, an organization for those with special needs, is offering “Yachad On Demand” at www.yachad.org/yachadondemand. Visit the site for live events, a video library, resources and more. 

For more resources, see the last five 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, www.thereportergroup.org/Article.aspx?aID=5512 and www.thereportergroup.org/Article.aspx?aID=5519.