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Closeup of a woman consoling a teenager

This resource can guide you and your family in ongoing discussions with children during the COVID-19 pandemic. It offers specific language you can use when responding to children about the heartbreaking news that they will not be able to attend camp this summer as planned.

The URJ Briut Team
The author with her husband and two children reading a book in the fort they created

Instead of longing for traditions of years past, we reveled in the joy that comes with stepping away from convention and creating new rituals that hold deep symbolic meaning –  just like the Jews who fled Egypt so many years ago.

Aliza Schauder
Closeup of a glass of wine and matzah and the corner of a seder plate

While I pray that the coronavirus pandemic will pass over quickly, that turnaround is unlikely to happen by Passover. With the holiday just weeks away – so soon that Manischewitz and Streit’s products are already in markets – now is the time to make backup plans for our seders.

Jan Zauzmer
Dad and daughter laughing together as they look at a tablet screen

Do you know about all the great Jewish educational videos available from our partners at BimBam? Here are a few ideas for “homeshuling” your kids during this time.

Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal and Stephanie Fink
Mom holds a laughing son on her lap as she reads a book to him from the couch

Spending more time than usual at home these days? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Jewishly inspired crafts, recipes, activities, videos, and other ideas to keep you and your family occupied during days spent indoors – all while learning about and embracing Judaism together.

Kate Kaput
Piles of paper indicating genealogy research: family tree, marriage license, register, etc.

My interest in Jewish genealogy goes back to 1992, but it was a librarian at my local public library who put me on the path to research my family history.


Debra Doppelt Karplus
Parents and children at a community Tot Shabbat program

Tot Shabbat is important for our daughter and for us. Each week, it helps us integrate Judaism and its values into her life and build our own Jewish community.

Robert Schurz
Row of pomegranates sliced open

Elul, the Hebrew month that precedes the High Holidays, is traditionally a time of

Kate Bigam Kaput
Little girl with curly brown hair holding matzah up close to her face as if to break it

I know that if I don’t have a few tricks up my sleeve, my boys will be glued to a screen 24/7. If you’re in the same position, here are a few tips for keeping kids busy.

Deborah Goldberg
Three members of the author's family singing a song from one of her plays at their seder

While others cook and clean for Passover, I write jokes for Moses, Miriam, Pharaoh, and God – so we can add a play to our family’s retelling of the Exodus from Egypt.

Karen Esther Rood


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