Virtual Youth Engagement: Learning and Programs

Temple Dor Dorim is now virtual.  Here are Religious School and Youth Department activities families can do together, students can work on from home, virtual social activities, and more.  Jamie will be updating this site so if you have any suggestions, she’d love to hear them.

Jewish Values to Discuss at Home – Whole Family

  • Community – Kehillah – קְהִלָה
  • Health & Healing – B’riut & R’fuah – בְּרִיאוּת and רְפוּאָה
  • Humanity was created In God’s Image – B’tzelem Elohim – בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים
  • Hope – Tikvah – תִקוָה
  • Peace in the Home – Sh’lom Bayit­ – שְׁלוֹם בַּיִת

 

Various Resources

  • Temple Dor Dorim Scavenger Hunts –
  • BimBam uses digital storytelling to spark connections to Judaism for learners of all ages.
  • Jewish Interactive provides a platform for students to learn through Jewish games. Elementary ages.
  • PJ Library offers suggestions of what to do with your young Jewish family at this time. Early Elementary.
  • PJ Our Way offers the gift of exceptional books with Jewish themes to kids ages 8½-12 – books that they choose themselves!
  • LEV Children’s Museum is a hands-on experience at the heart of Jewish exploration. LEV is offering engaging videos that will be posted on their Facebook page. Early childhood through early elementary ages.
  • ReformJudaism.org seeks to provide content that describes and demonstrates the traditions and innovations of Reform Jewish life. Teens and adults.
  • Big Questions for Families with Young Children – Each question is crafted especially for parents to start a conversation about life in every season. Big questions can be answered by anyone regardless of their age or background.
  • Mishkan T’filah: A Reform Siddur – This is the prayerbook we use at Temple Dor Dorim.
  • Reform Movement Virtual Communities – Many of our URJ Camp & NFTY communities are virtually gathering.
  • Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot (in Tel Aviv, Israel) – Short museum tours and activities for students and families. Upper Elementary.
  • Hillel @ Home has virtual meet-ups and online gatherings that bring you together with Jewish and Jew-ish students from around the world in real-time. College ages.
  • Creativity Face to Face: A Playful Collage Journey – Israeli artist Hanoch Piven gives master class on self-portraits made from household items. Currently free.  Probably 3rd Grade through adult.
  • Cooking – Recipes for Jewish holidays and URJ summer camp favorites.
  • Music
    • Jewish Rock Radio has current and past hits from favorites like Dan Nichols, Elana Arian, Alan Goodis, and Matisyahu.  Yes, this is a thing.
    • PJ Library Radio brings fun, kid-centric, Jewish music to your family’s mobile and streaming devices.
    • PJ Library Listen has family-friendly story podcasts, sleepytime tunes, holiday playlists, dance mixes, read-alouds, sing-alongs – something for everyone with new featured content each month.

 

Passover Resources

 

Hebrew Letters & Basic Reading

  • JLearnHub is a good place to practice your Hebrew reading skills. Give it time to load. 2nd – 4th Grades (Learning and/or Review)
  • Jewish Interactive provides a platform for students to learn through Jewish games and interactive activities. I like this site for Hebrew letters. Use the ones that have letters that look like they are in the clouds. 1st – 2nd Grades (Learning and/or Review)

 

Prayer Practice through Karaoke Videos

 

Events

Many of these will take place on Zoom (a web conferencing tool).  I’d encourage you to download this now onto various devices if you haven’t already, as it will become a great meeting space.

Zoom Information:
If you haven’t had the chance to use Zoom in the past, I recommend downloading it to a computer from https://zoom.us/client/latest/ZoomInstaller.exe.  You will want to use a computer that has a video camera, microphone, and speakers as many of these events and meetups are interactive.
If you don’t have access to a computer with those things there are apps for both Apple and Android devices.
For your first time using Zoom, I’d suggest you get set up before any actual meeting.  If you need help, let me know and I’d be happy to try to walk you through it or practice with you once it is installed.