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How to Stay Engaged and Connected During the Quarantine


March 13, 2020

This information is also in a Google Doc that will be updated here as I hear about new ideas and opportunities.

I know that the prospect of being cooped up for two weeks, whether you live alone or with family members, is a little nerve wracking. So I wanted to share a few resources for keeping yourselves and your loved ones engaged and connected. 

If you are in good health, KleinLife could use some help packaging and delivering food to seniors. To volunteer at KleinLife, contact Sue Aistrop, 215.698.7300 x110 or at

Resources for Online Learning for Children and Families

Jewish Learning Venture is hosting a daily storytime, crafts and projects weekdays at 10 a.m. on Facebook.

PJ Library has put together an online resource for families, including suggestions for crafts, games, learning activities, and recipes; podcasts, videos, and guidelines for how to talk to your children about scary situations. 

Shaboom! : Videos for children and parents on Jewish values.

Stories We Tell:A weekly Jewish storytelling podcast from Reform Judaism.

Resources for Online Learning for Adults

Reform Judaism: Articles and podcasts on the weekly Torah portion, Jewish holidays, as well as podcasts on the weekly Torah portion, beloved Jewish stories, Jewish culture and Israel.

Bimbam: Videos on Jewish texts, customs and values.

Tablet MagazinePodcasts on Jewish history, culture and text as well as Take One, a podcast the daily Talmud page with journalist Liel Liebowitz.

Hadar Institute: Offers webinars and articles on Bible and Talmud, podcasts on the weekly Torah portion and recordings of lectures at the Hadar Institute (Intermediate/Advanced).

Books I’m Reading (Please consider using and to make audio/online purchases so that our local independent bookstores can stay afloat during the quarantine. You can also still access digital materials through your local library, even if the library is closed):

Here All Along, by Sarah Hurwitz

An exploration of Jewish life and learning by Michelle Obama’s former speechwriter.

The Talmud of Relationships, by Rabbi Amy Scheinerman

A fabulous two-volume tour of the Babylonian Talmud, focusing on texts that relate to family and community.

The Heart of Torah, by Rabbi Shai Held

A two-volume journey through the weekly Torah portions.

The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl by Marra Gad

A memoir about growing up as an adopted, mixed race child in a white Jewish family in the 1970s in Chicago.If you’d like to connect with me on social media, my handle on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter is @rabbilrb. You can also access my content on several blogs and podcasts through my website.

Rabbi Leah R. Berkowitz