Hillel@Home event from January 2021. Havdalah comes from the word "Hamavdil," which means "separation," and it’s the name of a ritual that formally ends Shabbat, “separating" it, breaking it apart from the beginning of the new week. This program was facilitated by Springboard Assistant Director and rabbinical student, Heather Paul, and it features music provided by Springboard Fellow, Max Winer.
DC had one of the most severe surges of omicron variant of coronavirus in the U.S. with 1,000+ cases per day at its peak. Pharmacies were sold out of tests and the D.C. government only had so many in its own supply.
I was walking to the grocery store when I passed the DC Jewish Community Center along historic 16th Street, just a mile up from the White House. Parked along side the building was a mobile covid testing van, providing much needed tests. In that moment, it brought a whole new meaning "community center" in a way I had never seen it before.
Growing up, Jennifer Fliss would often observe her grandmother as she cooked for the family. Now, during the pandemic, Fliss is going through all the recipes that her grandmother has left behind for her.
In March 2020, Rachel Honeyman along with 30 other women joined together in order to celebrate the first milestone of their daily Talmud challenge called the Daf Yomi. Shortly after, quarantine lockdown provided a greater challenge to everyone taking part in the Daf Yomi.
Joanne Fink offers an alternative way to greet people during a time of social distancing, using the Vulcan salute. The greeting is a typical salute in the Star Trek franchise and was based on a Priestly Blessing in Jewish history.