Yeshiva University student Betzalel Shapiro recreated YU campus on Minecraft as part of an initiative launched by Hillel, a Jewish student organization, to help students handle isolation and idleness caused by COVID-19.
In this decision from the United States District Court (Northern District of New York), the court denied the Association of Jewish Camp Operators' request for a preliminary injunction that would have allowed for the opening of Jewish overnight summer camps. The request was denied on the basis that opening overnight camps was not in the public interest of stopping the spread of COVID-19. The court also rejected the Plaintiffs' argument that the Defendants were not infringing on their First Amendment rights.
In this interview from May 2020, Joe describes his Texas childhood, his journey to Judaism as an adult, and life as a performer during the coronavirus pandemic. He also performs four songs. In the final segment of the interview, he discusses what it’s like to not be able to perform for live audiences, and how he has adapted to offering religious services on Facebook and Zoom.
This collection of emails and webpages from OU Kosher Food Lifeline provide resources for members of the Jewish community looking to find kosher foods and products during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially during Pesach.
Two photos of the Sanctuary-turned-into-a TV Production Studio
Two photos of our Shofar service in our parking lot (our only in-person experience)
One photo of the Zoom experience of the Torah Service. The Torah Reader used a virtual laser pointer so the congregation could follow along as he was reading.
One video of our teens playing Oseh Shalom with string instruments with our volunteer Singers joining in later in the number.
One Word document with the description of our High Holiday planning.