“Doing Jewish” Online

What’s happening online in Jewish life?

Jewish community everywhere is turning to the internet to be socially connected while we are socially distancing. Here are some examples.

My Jewish Learning has a calendar of their events here. Anyone can join in.
Most synagogues have gone to online services and classes. For example, Temple Isaiah in Lafayette lists options on their calendar page.
A number of the Jewish community centers are offering online programming also. The Palo Alto JCC has their online events listed here.
This article in the J-weekly suggests having your own home film festival utilizing the Jewish Film Institute‘s online videos.

LOTS of organizations are offering resources for doing your Seder solo or via Zoom.

Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco is hosting a virtual Second Night Seder, sign up here.
B’nai Emunah in San Francisco offers a variety of Passover resources including a virtual Seder here. And for before and after Passover, they also have virtual services.
Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont offers a virtual Seder. You can sign up here.
Hey Alma has some guidelines for doing your own solo Seder.
My Jewish Learning also has tips for having your own solo Seder.
PJ Library, a national organization that gets Jewish books to children has a “Passover Hub”.  Check out their resources and books.
Kveller offers these activities for kids.
Union for Reform Judaism has a list of digital content for your virtual Seder.

Don’t see the synagogue up the street on this list? Just go to their website. Check their calendar. Sign up for their emails. Soon you’ll have lots of options.

Finally, read this article about making the best of living virtually with your loved ones by Rabbi Ari Cartun.