Weekly positivity for our community during uncertain times.
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Together and Connected: Creating Community during COVID
March 20, 2020

Welcome to JUF's weekly update

During these uncertain times, it's more important than ever to stick together as a community. With this weekly email, we hope to provide you with resources, moral support and other ways to adjust to this temporary "new normal."

For additional resources and information, please go to the JUF COVID-19 page and check JUF's Facebook page for daily updates.

 
How do you talk to your kids about Coronavirus?

How do you talk to your kids about Coronavirus?

Here are some tips for keeping the conversation positive and little ones calm, courtesy of Rachel Schwartz, Director of Social Services for JCC Chicago.

 
How you can help

Looking for ways to give back?

Let the JUF TOV Volunteer Network know that you're available to help. Fill out this volunteer interest form and they'll get back to you with available opportunities.

 

Don't miss: Live with Jewish Hero Natan Sharansky

Don't let social distancing break our communities apart. Participate in a worldwide interactive learning session on Monday, March 23rd, at 11 a.m. CST, with the former Soviet prisoner of Zion, Israeli politician, and human rights activist. Everyone is invited to meet this Jewish hero who understands what it's like to be isolated.

 

What to binge

Thankfully, no social distancing between you and the TV. Here are some Jewish (and Jew-ish) shows to check out while you've got the time.

 

BBYO On Demand

BBYO On Demand is a newly created hub for Jewish teens to share ideas, learn, laugh, challenge each other and make the world a better place during these uncertain times. Programming is evolving daily, so be sure to visit often.

 
Rabbi Reni Shabbat

A Pre-Shabbat Moment of Calm with Rabbi Reni Dickman

Though for most of us, we have never experienced anything like this, the Jewish People are well acquainted with uncertainty. Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav taught that "the whole world is a very narrow bridge, and the most important thing is not to be afraid."

As our days blend together, Shabbat offers us an opportunity to find some relief from the world around us, to turn off the news for a short time, to take a deep breath, and to consider the ways we might help in the coming weeks. May Shabbat provide moments of calm along this very narrow bridge, and may we find comfort and healing in the days ahead.

— Rabbi Reni Dickman is Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and Senior Jewish Educator at JUF.

 

For additional resources and information, please go to the JUF COVID-19 page and check JUF's Facebook page for daily updates.