Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 7

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. 

  • Tablet Magazine is now offering the podcast “Hebrew School.” According to Tablet, “hosted by Unorthodox’s Stephanie Butnick and Liel Leibovitz, Hebrew School is a new weekly game show, featuring real kids answering questions about all things Jewish! There are songs, quizzes and so much more. The show is designed for kids 7-12, but fun for all ages. It doesn’t matter if you’re a yeshiva student or someone with no formal Jewish education; all are welcome at Hebrew School.” For more information or to hear the episodes, visit https://www.tabletmag.com/podcasts/hebrew-school/episode-1-class-is-in-session.
  • YIVO’s 2020 Summer Program will take place online this year. The six-week summer intensive offers Yiddish language classes from beginner to advanced levels and a wide variety of cultural enrichment activities. Conducted via Zoom from June 29-August 7, YIVO’s 2020 Summer Program will run in full, with a number of innovations and additions to meet the needs of the virtual classroom. The application deadline has been moved to Monday, May 29. To learn more or to apply, visit https://summerprogram.yivo.org.
  • Chabad offers a variety of videos and classes online at www.chabad.org/multimedia/video_cdo/aid/2530155/jewish/Courses.htm. Topics include Talmud, prayer, prayer book, Tanya, Jewish history and more.
  • Hashivenu is a podcast about Jewish teachings and practice around resilience. It believes that “cultivating resilience in challenging times, both individually and collectively, is an essential path to personal renewal.” Visit https://hashivenu.fireside.fm/ for more information and to sign up for e-mails from the site. 
  • The Middle East Forum calls itself “an activist think tank, deals with the Middle East, Islamism, U.S. foreign policy and related topics, urging bold measures to protect Americans and their allies.” It holds webinars on these topics. Information about upcoming webinars and tapes of past webinars can be found at www.meforum.org/webinars.
  • The Forward offers virtual conversations about a variety of subjects, including arts, politics and health. To listen or view the programs, visit https://forward.com/tag/events/.
  • The National Museum of American Jewish History is looking for children to be clothing curators of their “stay at home” fashion. The museum offers information at www.nmajh.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Kid-Curator-Exhibition-Clothing-lesson-042920.pdf about how to help students understand “what clothes can tell us about history.” Children are asked to take pictures or videos of their “exhibition” and share them using the hashtags #NMAJHOR or #HistoryAtHome!
  • The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, https://jmof.fiu.edu/, is offering a variety of online programming, including virtual tours led by museum curators and the new program “Thursdays at Three with Jacqueline Goldstein,” which will feature conversations with artists. Visit the website for more information.
  • Jewish Insider is now offering Zoom programs with politicians, actors and more. For more information or to sign up for the site’s daily update, visit https://jewishinsider.com/.
  • Lilith Magazine’s blog writers continue to add new material, some about dealing with COVID-19. The blogs can be found at www.lilith.org/blog/.
  • The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute is offering images from its current exhibition at www.brandeis.edu/hbi/artist-program/exhibition.html.
  • Jewish community organizations are bringing the power of “Collective Compassion” to National Mental Health Awareness Month. Created by Jewish Teens Thrive, a project of the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative, Collective Compassion is a national response to the growing wellness needs of teens. “Dozens of events and experiences, many in partnership with artists and organizations, draw on the power of Jewish creativity, culture, learning and values to support teens – and the adults that care about them,” according to the Collective Compassion website. For more information, visit www.collectivecompassion2020.com.
  • The Center for Jewish History offers a “Genealogy Coffee Break” on Facebook on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm. The genealogy discussion is led by a librarian from the Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History. Videos of previous meetings are also available for review. Visit www.facebook.com/watch/centerforjewishhistory/501317183869918/ to take part in the live program or view the videos. 
  • Pardes scholars and Ramah Darom educators will hold a Pardes Beit Midrash B’Darom Yom Iyun (Day of Learning) on Sunday, May 17, from 11 am-3 pm. The theme this year is “Holy Relationships: Exploring Our Spiritual Identity.” Pardes says, “We will examine the current state of our relationships with the Divine, what it means to inhabit holiness and how to own our spiritual identities and more.” For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/663576081059631/.
  • The Yiddish Book Center now has a web page dedicated to its almost weekly virtual events. Most events will be available to a little number of people on Zoom, but open to all on the center’s Facebook page. For more information, visit www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit/calendar-events.
  • Limmud, https://limmud.org/, is holding a variety of virtual event. The site says its mission is to “make accessible some of the world’s most dynamic Jewish educators, performers and teachers, working in a variety of educational styles – lectures, workshops, text-study sessions, film, meditation, discussions, exhibits and performance.” Events take place across the world. To learn more, click on events and pick events by region. 

For more resources, see the last six 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, www.thereportergroup.org/Article.aspx?aID=5519 and www.thereportergroup.org/Article.aspx?aID=5527.