To meet demand during the early days of the pandemic, podcasters Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg decide to launch a special weekly podcast in which they discuss the evolving pandemic and what it means to Jewish Americans.
By drawing from the journey out of Egypt, Rabbi Danny Burkeman, describes the onset of vaccinations and the hopefully end to the pandemic as our "wilderness". He talks about how the Jewish ancestors were unhappy with the uncertainty of the wilderness that lay before them but were guided by the hope of the Promised Land. The pandemic's "wilderness" is this new phase as vaccinations become more common and Burkeman urges readers to look to the lessons from Moses and the Israelites to help navigate these uncertainties.
Sophia Zohar, a Jewish artist who goes by Maimonides Nutz, created this design with the words "Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof" (Exodus 23:8) burning in Hebrew, meaning "justice, justice you shall pursue." The design, that could be printed and sold on various products including a face mask, raised money for the bail funds for the protesters in Minneapolis and eventually raised over $9,000.
“Justice, justice you shall pursue” .
Created this design yesterday to benefit the protestors, and we’ve raised over $1700 in less than 12 hours!!!! (On Shabbat nonetheless) let’s keep up the heat!!! 🔥🔥 link in bio .
Please Feel free to share but please tag/mention me and also that the design is a fundraiser for bail funds and where it can be found) #shabbatshalom #jewishartist #jewishart #hebrew #judaism #tikkunolam .
EDIT: May 30, 9am WE DID IT, we raised over 2k!! .
EDIT: 2.6k+!! .
EDIT: WE PASSED 3k!! .
EDIT: we are almost at 9k, and I have officially submitted the Community Justice Exchange to be the benefactor. :)
The document is a list of resources for NCJW advocates to refer to when spreading the word about getting the vaccine in their communities. There is information and federal guidelines on receiving the vaccine as well as ideas on hosting phone/text banks.
President and CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles reminds members that the organization is there to support its member's needs during the pandemic. He emphasizes that despite loosening COVID-19 restrictions, there is still a great need in the community and that the organization is there to help.
For the first time in over a year, the San Francisco Jewish community joined each other at Ocean Beach to celebrate Reboot's annual "Tashlique" event. Along with the CEO of Reboot, participants enjoyed music from local jazz bands and bagpipe groups and took part in prayers headed by Rabbi Batshir Toricho. In order to keep the tradition of making s'mores post-event going safely, everyone received s'mores trail mix to enjoy at home.
Writers Ann Druyan and Sasha Sagan have a conversation with David Pescovitz on the new philosophies on the relationship between science and religion. Their talk is in hopes of finding ways to adjust to the new normal that the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed on people.
Bend the Arc's press release details the full-page ad in the New York Times, sponsored by 624 Jewish organizations and communities in the United States, that declares unequivocal solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The ad was printed during the the Black Lives Matter protests that occurred early in the pandemic. These organizations collectively represent the majority of American Jews.
Footsteps held its annual gala for the first time online as a response to COVID-19 safety guidelines. The Gala Journal celebrates the many achievements of Footsteps members during the last year as highlight the actions that Footsteps took to help members in need during the pandemic.