More Jewish resources to occupy your family while self-distancing

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.

  • Jewish Fiction Net, https://jewishfiction.net, has uploaded its spring issue early. The issue contains 16 stories, including some translated from Hungarian and Hebrew. There is no charge to read the stories, two of which are about Passover. 
  • Rabbi Simon Jacobson will be offering “Daily Spiritual Antidotes” on YouTube. Visit www.youtube.com and search for his name.
  • The Yiddish Book Center, www.yiddishbookcenter.org, offers a wide variety of material online. Sign up for the weekly update that will now offer information about items found in its collection.
  • The Center for Jewish History has made videos of past programs available on Youtube. Visit www.youtube.com and search for Center for Jewish History.
  • YouTube, www.youtube.com, has a wide variety of Jewish music available. There is everything from religious songs to contemporary Israeli pop. Use the search feature to find music by song title, artist or musical genre. 
  • The organization 18Doors has a variety of resources for Passover available at https://18doors.org/additional_passover_resources/.
  • The Orthodox Union has videos available to help people prepare for Passover at https://oukosher.org/passover/preparing-for-pesach/. They include a variety of information about how to kasher different parts of a kitchen.
  • Ami Magazine is offering free activities for children. Visit www.amimagazine.org/ and click on the box that says “Aim! Click here for free fun activities.”
  • JewBelong, www.jewbelong.com, has a variety of resources, including a free haggadah to download or print at www.jewbelong.com/holidays/passover/. The site will also host a Virtual Seder on Thursday, April 9, at 7 pm. For more information, visit the site and sign up for its newsletter. 
  • The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will host a virtual book talk by Paul Kaplan about New York’s Penn Station on Tuesday, April 21, from 7-8 pm. Inspired by Rome’s Baths of Caracalla and the Gare d’Orsay in Paris, Penn Station was called “one of the most beautiful stations in the world” at its opening in 1910. To sign up for the talk, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/new-yorks-penn-station-a-virtual-book-talk-about-an-american-landmark-tickets-100827407490. Those who sign up will be sent a link and instructions how to connect a day or two before the talk.
  • For educational material, visit the websites of different Jewish movements: ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, https://aleph.org/; Chabad, www.chabad.org; Orthodox Union, www.ou.org; Reconstructing Judaism, www.reconstructingjudaism.org: Society for Humanistic Judaism, https://shj.org/; Union for Reform Judaism, https://urj.org/; and United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, https://uscj.org/.

For more resources, see page 1 of last week’s Reporter or visit www.thereportergroup.org/Article.aspx?aID=5484.