New Online Arts & STEM Online Programming from the Union for Reform Judaism
URJ’s full schedule of weekday online activities through their RJ on the Go platform, includes Minecraft tutorials, visual and paper arts projects, game nights, a 3D design course, and more. All sessions are designed for students in grades 3-8 and will be led by expert staff from across URJ’s robust camping system. As a parent, you’re invited to join your child(ren) for any of our weekly activities! Cost: free and open to all students in grades 3-8. Learn more and register here.
Alternative Winter Break with Young Judea, Repair the World & Grow Torah for Community Service Hours
Sunday, December 27 – Wednesday, December 30, 11:00am- 3:30pm
Participants will engage in Jewish and service learning, volunteer work and community building. The sessions will be facilitated by Repair the World and Grow Torah‘s educational teams, and Young Judaea’s experienced team of madrichim (counselors). The days will be divided into virtual learning and community building as well as virtual and some in-person volunteering. In congruence with our National Social Action Initiative of food insecurity, our program will focus on food justice through a Jewish lens and its intersection with racial injustice. Cost: $75. Learn more and register here.
City Winery 8th Annual Christmas Eve for the Jews featuring Comedians Joel Chasnoff, Mark Normand & more!
Thursday, December 24, 8:00pm
Joel welcomes stand-up comedian Mark Normand (The Tonight Show, Conan, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Ophira Eisenberg (Host of NPR’s quiz show “Ask Me Another”), Jessica Kirson (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The View, The Comedian), sketch comedy from Canadian troupe Comedies Never Win, and more. Cost: $20 advance, $22 date of show. Purchase here.
Jazz by Jews: A Live Virtual Concert with Hadar Orshalimy
Thursday, December 24, 8:00pm
Spanning the works of Gershwin to Hammerstein, Kern to Rodgers and many more, New York-based musician Hadar and her all-star band breathe new life into some of the most iconic songs in history, and highlight the direct influence of Judaism on these masterpieces. Cost: $25. Purchase tickets here.
The Jewish Museum Virtual Concert: Nefesh Mountain
Friday, December 25, 11:00am
Enjoy the toe-tapping sounds of Nefesh Mountain, led by singer Doni Zasloff and her multi-instrumentalist husband Eric Lindberg. Dance to a vibrant blend of bluegrass, Celtic, and Appalachian tunes with a Jewish soul, as the band performs original melodies from their notable family release Songs from the Mountain and heralded album Beneath the Open Sky along with holiday favorites such as Woody Guthrie’s “Hanukkah Dance.” Cost: free with RSVP, one ticket per household. Register here.
The Jews in London – 1,000 Years of History in an Hour with Tour Guide Ian Fagelson
Saturday, December 26, 3:00pm
Take a journey through the streets and alleys of London to discover the thousand-year history of the Jews in England. From the arrival of a Jewish community from Normandy in 1066/67 to the Kindertransport children of 1938/39, Jews have played important roles in the unfolding drama of British history. The host of this program asks that participants make a donation toward his favorite charities – Norwood (which helps people with learning disabilities and families in crisis) and World Jewish Relief (which helps impoverished elderly Jewish people in the former Soviet Union and people of all races and religions affected by disasters worldwide). Sign-up and make a donation here.
Tenement Museum Virtual Tour: Rogarshevsky Family, 1910s
Sunday, December 27, 4:00pm
Come along for a virtual tour exploring the Rogarshevsky family, a Jewish American family from Lithuania who lived in 97 Orchard Street in the 1910s. Just like on our Sweatshop Workers building tour, a Tenement Museum Educator will virtually guide you through their home, and discuss how the family balanced their traditions with working outside the home at garment factories across the city. Cost: $10/device; free with Museum membership. Purchase here. If you are a museum member, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your reservation.