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Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, most synagogues and organizations have cancelled all in-person activities for the rest of the month. Some are offering online learning opportunities or plan to reschedule. Please email calendar@njjewishnews.com with online events open to the community.

Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston — Shabbat services are held via Facebook Live each Friday and Saturday on the temple’s Facebook page.

The schedule is Fridays, tot Shabbat services for children under 5 and their families, 5:45 p.m.; erev Shabbat services, 6:30. On Saturdays, Shabbat services are at 10 a.m.; Havdalah, 8 p.m.

For more information, go to tbanj.org.

B’nai Shalom, West Orange — Weekday morning and evening services are being live streamed via Zoom, at 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.; and at 9 a.m. on Sundays.

Friday evening Shabbat services will be offered through Zoom at 6 p.m.

Shabbat morning youth services led by Rena Casser will be on Zoom, 10-10:30 a.m.

Rabbi Robert Tobin will lead a Shabbat morning service via Zoom at 10:45 a.m.

Call 973-731-0160 or go to bnaishalom.net.

JCC of Central NJ, Scotch Plains — A “Virtual JCC” lists daily activities being held online at jccnj.org.



The following synagogues will offer Passover seders via Zoom:

Congregation Beth Hatikvah, Summit — A one-hour virtual community seder will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, led by Rabbi Hannah Orden and Lay Cantor Steve Wetter. After participants eat their seder meal, they are invited to log back on at 8 for dessert and discussion.

The Zoom link for the seder is zoom.us/j/345755740, meeting ID: 345 755 740.

The link for dessert and discussion is zoom.us/j/899485648, meeting ID: 899 485 648.

Contact 908-277-0200 or office@bnaitikvah.org.

Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills — A virtual communal seder will be held Wednesday, April 8, at 5 p.m. To register and receive a Zoom link, go to tbj.org/event/virtualseder.

B’nai Shalom, West Orange — Rabbi Robert Tobin is preparing a video recording online for a seder that people can take part in at home. For updates, go to bnaishalom.net/events.php#flyers.

Temple Sholom, Scotch Plains — A virtual second night seder on Thursday, April 9, will be offered via Zoom. Contact office@sholomnj.org for the link.


 

Other national and international organizations are offering Passover resources and virtual seders:

Orthodox Union (OU) Kosher, the world’s largest kosher certification agency, has launched a free online Passover toolkit with videos, tips, and articles for people preparing for Passover that includes free digital access to the OU’s 2020 Passover Guide, a nationwide kosher-for-Passover product listing.

Visit oukosher.org/passover-toolkit.

The Blue Dove Foundation is offering mental health resources for handling the Covid-19 crisis, including Building Your Mental Health Passover Seder Plate, at thebluedovefoundation.org.

Havaya Summer Programs, the Reconstructionist movement’s summer camping program, will hold a second-night virtual family seder via Zoom on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. Go to tinyurl.com/uvz6tnl.

Kosher.com offers a variety of online resources to prepare for Passover, including “How to Make Passover during Quarantine” (kosher.com/lifestyle/pesach-cleaning-in-quarantine-1088); and “65 Non-Product Passover Recipes”(kosher.com/lifestyle/41-non-product-pesach-recipes-89).

OneTable, a virtual community for young Jewish adults, will offer resources for those of all ages looking to organize their own digital seders, “Seder2020,” at Seder2020.org.


 

The following national and international organizations are offering general online resources:

Adopt-A-Safta, which pairs volunteers to make check-in calls on elderly Israelis, is seeking additional volunteers to make weekly calls. Responsibilities include taking notes on each call, alerting the organization to the need for social services, and following up. Conversational Hebrew skills are required. Seder boxes may also be donated to seniors at SederBox.eventbrite.com. To donate or volunteer, go to AdoptASaftaPhoneCall.eventbrite.com.

Israeli-American Council (IAC) has launched IAC@Home, which offers free online educational experiences to children, teenagers, college students, young professionals, young families, schools, and adults that focus on connecting people to Israel, Jewish heritage, the Hebrew language, innovation and entrepreneurship, and activism. Visit IACHome.org.

Partners in Torah has matched over 76,000 people from 29 countries all over the world for one-on-one study partnerships to explore a variety of Jewish topics. The free program will match participants with teachers via FaceTime, Skype, phone, or other preferred platforms; no previous Jewish knowledge is required.

Go to learn.partnersintorah.org.

PJ Library, a nationwide program that sends Jewish books to young families, is offering “Resources for Quarantined Families,” including live storytimes, virtual field trips, and other activities.

Go to pjlibrary.org/familyactivities or visit the PJ Library Facebook page for more information.

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is now offering free online courses, including “Fantastic Journeys,” which will be taught via Zoom for eight weeks starting April 20 with executive director Jonathan Brent.

Conducted on Mondays/Wednesdays, 1:30-3 p.m., this course will investigate the great historical transitions and transformations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Eastern Europe and Russia through the avant-garde literature of those lands that may be called the literature of the “fantastic.” The role that Jewish thinkers and writers such as Kafka, Ansky, Capek, and Schulz played in its development will be discussed. To register, visit yivo.org/Fantastic-Journeys.

Other courses to be offered include “A Seat at the Table: A Journey into Jewish Food” (May 1), as well as courses that delve into the evolution of Yiddish theater, the history of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, and Ashkenazi folklore. Go to yivo.org/shine.

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