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.
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.
"Forgiveness" is a visual poem that Rebook released with poet Aaron Samuels. The poem navigates the meaning of forgiveness and how it changes when looking at the context of the pandemic. The film is comprised of three parts which synthesis the learnings of the challenging journey of being Black and Jewish as well as the interpretations of violence against the Black community in modern day.
The video celebrates the essential work that IKAR members have done in the past year of the pandemic. Many IKAR members are workers in the healthcare industry, are teachers and other essential workers. In order to recognize their important work, IKAR put together this video with words of encouragement and clips of the members at work.
Rabbi Suzanne Singer of the Temple Beth El of Riverside, CA wrote a Rosh Hashanah sermon in order to address what congressional members may be feeling during the pandemic. Rabbi Singer talks about the ways in which the onset of the Delta variant may have thrown a wrench in post-pandemic plans. She encourages followers to look to Jewish history for reassurance on the many challenges that the Jewish community has gone through in the past.
The newsletter sent to members for the week of August 5-21 details upcoming synagogue events around the High Holy Days such as online and hybrid shabbat services. The newsletter also offers opportunities for work and volunteering for example the call for volunteers for managing the landscape around the temple building.
The article talks about the severe housing inequity that has existed for many years but has only come to light during the COVID-19 pandemic. The article connects this injustice with the Passover coming up as an opportunity to reflect on it during the holiday.
Executive Director of T'ruah Rabbi Jill Jacobs sends a letter to the T'ruah community in response to onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. She details the steps that T'ruah has taken in response to quarantine restrictions which include remote working. Rabbi Jacobs also marks the challenges that T'ruah will take on during the pandemic.
Rabbi Or Rose relates one of his favorite Passover rituals: welcoming Elijah the Prophet to the table. Along with recounting the history of this unique tradition, Rabbi Rose also details how he and his family partook in this tradition for the first time over Zoom during the pandemic.
The webpage celebrates student mentors who are a part of the COVID Youth Commission whose mission is to respond to the challenges and crises that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to communities in the Greater Boston Area. The page provides updates on the work that the group is doing for its community, experiences of its mentors as well as resources for teenagers.
Student Ambassadors from the Hebrew College will join an national effort to increase access of and education on COVID-19 vaccines in underserved communities. The Hebrew College's Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership teamed up with the Interfaith Youth Core to start the student ambassadors program in the Greater Boston area.
Technology experts Laurie Segall and Aza Raskin unpack the advent of dependence on technology in recent years and during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also discuss what this means for the future of technology and the power that technology has on the public.
This e-book is a compilation of Ikar members memorializing family members and loved ones lost during the pandemic. Along with words of the memory the passed left, there are also pictures of the families as well.