Because the community has now been ordered to shelter in place to halt the spread of the coronavirus, the Journal has compiled a list of virtual happenings. If your organization is holding a virtual event, please email us at [email protected].
FRI MARCH 27
VIRTUAL SHABBAT SERVICES
Sinai Temple offers a virtual Kabbalat Shabbat service and a virtual Shabbat morning service.. “Even though we will not be together physically, the Kaddish in the virtual minyan fulfills your obligation,” the Sinai website says. 5:45-6:15 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat. 9:30 a.m.-noon virtual Shabbat morning service. 8 p.m. virtual Havdalah service. For more information, visit sinaitemple.org. Access the videos, which will be recorded, here.
QUARANTINE SHABBAT 2.0
Open Temple holds a community of Shabbat offerings through Zoom, live performance and an interactive chat-room. 7 p.m.
Join yoga teacher Michelle Aaron in your living room and ensure you are in excellent physical condition as Shabbat approaches. You can join her via Vimeo and Facebook at 8:30 a.m. For more information, click the link above.
Congregation Ori Ami of Calabasas offers a live stream Shabbat MusicLab and service. Acclaimed singer-composer and multi-instrumentalist Chava Mirel performs uplifting Shabbat songs. Best-selling author and Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Grammy-winner Cantor Doug Cotler accompany her. 7:30 p.m. Live-stream link above.
The Institute for Jewish Spirituality offers a virtual series, “Daily Jewish Meditation for Challenging Times.” Join master teachers who lead this live, daily-guided meditation of Jewish mindfulness with people from around the world. No experience necessary. 9:30-10 a.m.
TEMPLE JUDEA — THE NEW WAY
Temple Judea of Tarzana welcomes people to experience Shabbat via livestream. The Reform congregation invites you to partake in the holy day with prayer, music and community. 6:15 p.m.
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills’ Simply Shabbat services continue uninterrupted as a virtual service only. Worship from the comfort of home as the Reform congregation blends nostalgic and contemporary melodies to begin the weekend with a peaceful start. Simply Shabbat features an hour of music, prayer and a d’var Torah. 6:15 p.m.
KOL AMI LIVESTREAM
Join Kol Ami Rabbi Max Chaiken’s livestream of Shabbat services. A copy of Kol Ami’s prayer book, as a free online flipbook, is available at ccarnet.org/publications/mishkan-tfilah-for-shabbat. Participate in the service at kol-ami.org/livestream or on Facebook Live at facebook.com/kolamiweho. 6:30 p.m.
VIRTUAL TORAH, SHABBAT, HAVDALAH
To remain connected during Shabbat, IKAR is offering plenty of virtual programming via Facebook Live sessions. They include “Virtual Words of Torah,” featuring one of IKAR’s rabbis delivering words of learning before finishing with song and the Mourner’s Kaddish, at 5 p.m.; “Virtual Songs of Shabbat,” with IKAR Hazan Hillel Tigay mixing the liturgical and contemporary at 10 a.m. Saturday; and “Virtual Havdalah” at 8 p.m. Saturday. The congregation is also holding a “Virtual Morning Minyan,” a half-hour of prayer and learning via Zoom, at 8 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays. For more information, visit the link above.
CELEBRATING KABBALAT SHABBAT
San Fernando Valley community Kol Tikvah encourages worshippers to join from the comfort of their home in watching and participating in Kabbalat Shabbat services. Tune in at 6:30 p.m. by clicking on the link above.
SHABBAT AT HOME
Beth Shir Shalom of Santa Monica brings the services directly into your living room via live streaming. You do not need a Facebook account to connect with the Reform synagogue. Beth Shir Shalom Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels leads services. 6:30 p.m. Friday. 9 a.m. Saturday.
BOOK CLUB: “THE PLAGUE”
Rabbi Sarah Bassin of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills leads a book club discussion of Albert Camus’ 1947 bestselling novel “The Plague,” a story of human resilience and unending horror when a bubonic plague ravages a North African coastal town. 1-2:30 p.m. For more information, click on the link above.
SUN MARCH 29
Cantor Jessica Hutchings and the Shir Heart Girls of Congregation Ner Tamid of Henderson, Nev., lead a virtual Sunday sing-a-long. Hutchings has spent almost a decade conveying the beauty of Jewish music to children and adults in Southern California and Nevada. 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Limmud North America hosts its inaugural e-Festival. Presenters include Journal contributing writer and social media consultant Esther Kustanowitz; Sarah Tuttle-Singer, new media editor at The Times of Israel; author-activist Abby Stein; and Ancestry.com genealogist Janette Silverman. Noon-5 p.m. $18-$36. All ticketed attendees will receive program registration access.
THU APRIL 2
Join Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Senior Rabbi Jonathan Aaron for an evening meditation, immediately followed by the rabbi’s weekly parsha study. The portion for Shabbat HaGadol, the Shabbat immediately before Passover, is Tzav. Meditation begins at 5:30 p.m.
Wilshire Boulevard Temple and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) live-stream the final lecture in their ongoing series on “Global Briefing on Anti-Semitism — Past, Present and Future.” The subject is “AJC Practicum: Best Practices in Combatting Anti-Semitism Online, on Campus and on Both Sides of the Aisle,” featuring political experts explaining, analyzing and guiding a response to the growing anti-Semitism around the world. 7:30 p.m.