"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.
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.
An online treasure hunt for those to visit during the 10 days of teshuvah. Each box represents one day and links to a theme for one to explore on the chosen day. The linked pages also have resources and texts for visitors to explore.
Writer Rabbi John L. Rosove talks about the importance of reflecting on the highs and lows of U.S.'s and Jewish people's history when living through the daily challenges of a pandemic. Using the image of a stone staircase that Rosove visited in Hebron, he thinks about the resilience of people through difficult times.
A T'ruah webinar that wanted to show members how to maintain and foster community while social distancing and quarantining. Speaker Martin Buber draws from his writings in order to equip the audience with the tools to continue to serve their communities during the pandemic.
Rabbi Sara and Dr. Michael Paasche-Orlow talk about the parallels of the world in 2020 and the challenges that Noah faced in his story. The importance of timing is discussed and the need for "windows" (or light and guidance) in our lives.
Writer Talla Lavin talks about the tradition of the fish head during Rosh Hashanah and its connotations to blessings. She draws from these learnings when talking about the blessings and curses of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A d'var torah where writer Sienna Lotenberg talks about preparing sourdough and matcah at home during the pandemic. Lotenberg talks about the significance of bread in Jewish history and the original agricultural significance of Pesach. She juxtaposes the story with the anxious waiting for receiving the vaccine in order to get back to a normal life.
The letter is asking rabbis of the Greater Philadelphia area to have a plan of safety measures before reopening during the summer of 2020. The letter calls for rabbis to collaborate and be creative in order to celebrate the usual crowded high holidays and make sure their communities are safe.
This letter is a guideline of funeral and mourning practices for those who lost loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, along with mask wearing and social distancing, other practices such as the shiva should limit attendance to immediate family only.