COVID-19 Resources for Congregations
To help you prioritize your community’s health, safety, and spiritual wellbeing, Union for Reform Judaism has compiled a list of helpful resources that is being updated as additional resources become available. In the coming days, the URJ and their partners throughout the Reform Movement will be providing support for communities and families to prepare for new ways of celebrating Passover, as well. Click here to visit the page.
Get Social (Media)
Connect with the World Union on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and links to events happening in congregations around the world! We’ll be sharing links to other congregations and events from innovating communities hosting open, virtual events frequently. So make sure to like and follow, and encourage your community to share their events with us by tagging or posting on our wall.
For young adults and youth around the world, if you haven’t already connected with your snif or bogrim online, find the closest local Netzer snif here and get ready to dance, sing, learn and share with these active members of Netzer and Tamar Olami!
Australia, New Zealand, and Asia
The Union for Progressive Judaism has updated videos from recent events, including the visit of WUPJ President Rabbi David Saperstein, on their website and continue to update their Facebook page with links to services being live-streamed and more.
JLG Or Chadasch – Jewish Liberal Congregation Or Chadash -, in Zurich, Switzerland, is streaming their services.
• Parasha baErev and Havdalah: April 11, 7:30 pm
• Maariv every Friday, 6:45 pm
• Schacharit every Saturday, 10:00 am
Ascent to Sinai | Exploring Freedom and Responsibility through ancient Jewish wisdom
A journey with 49 steps from Pesach to Shavuot, weaving the Hebrew Bible, liturgy and literature of our sages, to explore our freedom and our responsibilities.
For those seeking greater depth, every Tuesday, at one of three different times (6:30am, 3pm or 8:30pm) you can join Rabbi Neil Janes for conversation and learning for 45 minutes on a summary of the texts from the previous few days.
Sign up here.
In Israel, the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism has created this Hebrew resource page with services from Israeli congregations, educational links, a bit of humor, and more.
If Hebrew is a challenge for you, and not something you want to practice improving these days, follow their Facebook page for English updates and links.
In Latin America, some of our largest congregations are hosting online services and events, follow them on Facebook to experience Shabbat with other customs and in Portuguese or Spanish:
• Congregação Beth-El | São Paulo, BR
• Congregação Israelita Paulista (CIP) | São Paulo, BR
• Mishkán – Fundación Centro de Espiritualidad Judía | Buenos Aires, AR
• Sociedade Israelita Brasileira de Cultura e Beneficência (SIBRA) | Porto Alegre, BR
The União do Judaísmo Reformista AmLat (UJR-AmLat) is the regional chapter of WUPJ in Latin America.
In North America, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) posted the following links for rabbis and congregational leaders:
• a webinar on “How to Stream Services (Or Anything Else): A Guide for Jewish Communities“;
• this list of questions your congregation should consider on topics like suspension of services, event refunds, facility considerations, and other helpful info;
• “Liturgical Resources for Responding to the Coronavirus” from the CCAR and other pastoral resources.
- new rituals, activities, poems, and videos to help navigate these strange times at www.ritualwell.org;
- Live Virtual Beit Midrash with the Faculty and Students of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College – Mondays and Thursdays at 1 pm Eastern Daylight Time. To request a Zoom link to join in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Virtual Shabbat Box: updated weekly, this Shabbat Box doesn’t contain challah or candles, but rather essays, meditations and other resources for your senses that you can download and digest for Shabbat;
- our Hashivenu podcast, hosted by Rabbi Deborah Waxman, is about Jewish teachings and practices that help cultivate resilience in challenging times.