Virtual Jewish Life
14Y Virtual Jewish Life
Finding New Ways to Connect with Jewish Values
Jewish Life at the 14th Street Y aims to provide experiences for our entire community to engage in activities built on Jewish values. Our philosophy is grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning.
Though we can’t congregate in person, the 14Y, together with our Downtown Jewish Life partners, is proud to offer an array of virtual offerings for everyone. Whether you are a shul regular looking for alternative ways to worship, seeking spiritual connection during this uncertain time, or exploring Jewish culture for the first time — we welcome you.
A Virtual Text Study with LABA Rabbinic Fellow Kendell Pinkney
Thursday, November 12 | 1:15 PM
“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” –L.P. Hartley
How do we mark the past? What does it mean to commemorate a life now gone – whether by old age, by tragedy, or by war? And what might classical Jewish sources – creatively applied – offer us in response?
Join LABA Rabbinic Fellow, Kendell Pinkney, for a study session spanning a range of topics from the weekly Torah portion (Chayei Sarah), to individual and collective memory, to memorialization and Veterans Day.
Season of Jewish Culture
A series of innovative programs running from Passover to Shavuot highlighting culture makers of all kinds—artists, performers, storytellers and writers.Learn More
Virtual Arts + Culture
Fun, interactive LABA Arts + Culture events for the whole family. Free and open to all!Learn More
Jewish Life Resources
The 14Y is compiling a list of helpful resources for individuals and families during COVID-19, which will be updated as new resources become available. This is a list of resources from Jewish organizations; click here for our full list of COVID-19 resources.
Institute for Jewish Spirituality: A collection of Jewish mindfulness practices for challenging times. Live and self-guided options available. They are offering free resources such as meditation and Torah study.
Met Council Kosher Food Network: The largest network in the country providing that is providing kosher food to food pantries.
Judaism Under Quarantine: A roundup of Jewish-themed activities, entertainment, and study options you can do at home, as well as a look social justice issues through a Jewish lens.
Union for Reform Judaism: A collection of COVID-19 resources for congregants, educators, clergy members, youth leaders and more to help you prioritize your community’s safety and spiritual wellbeing.
USCJ Coronavirus Resources: Resources from USCJ and their partners for clergy, lay leadership, educators, and community members to stay healthy and well-informed.
UJA Federation: Virtual volunteer opportunities from UJA Federation’s network of partners, including the Educational Alliance, to help reduce social isolation for high-risk and quarantined individuals.
Repair the World: Both in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities infused with Jewish sensibilities. Those looking for in-person, Jewish-focused volunteer opportunities in Brooklyn can find more information here.
Ideas and Resources to Stay Connected to Your Jewish Community
“Emily in Paris” is much like Ophir in New YorkOphir Tal, Cultural Educator from Israel | Emissary of the Jewish Agency and the UJA Federation of New York at the 14th Street Y | SAT, NOV 14, 2020
Today I won’t write about the lockdown, nor will I elaborate on the mass protest, which is taking place against the Israeli government. Instead, I’d like to embrace the spirit…read more
On Caves, Commemoration, and Veterans DayKendell Pinkney, 14th Street Y/LABA Rabbinic Fellow | WED, NOV 04, 2020
I have been to a lot of funerals in my lifetime. It isn’t that my past is strewn with innumerable losses — thank goodness! Rather, my parents and their church…read more
Hanging in the BalanceKendell Pinkney, 14th Street Y/LABA Rabbinic Fellow | MON, OCT 12, 2020
הושע נא.תְּלוּיָֽה עַל־בְּלִימָֽה – Please save; [all of life] is hanging in the balance… – From 5th circuit of the Hoshana liturgy Artists don’t get down to work until the…read more
LABA Arts + Culture presents: Clamor in the Desert (Kol Koreh Bamidbar)Mirta Kupferminc, Argentinean Multidisciplinary Artist and Director of LABA Buenos Aires | FRI, OCT 09, 2020
In 2020, COVID-19 arrived, which locked us all in our homes, in our cities and countries. In Argentina, where I live, even today, since March, it is not possible to…read more
Why I’m in Favor of the Second COVID-19 Lockdown in IsraelOphir Tal, Cultural Educator from Israel | Emissary of the Jewish Agency and the UJA Federation of New York at the 14th Street Y | SUN, SEP 27, 2020
Much of what has been said about the second COVID-related lockdown in Israel is enduring. With all its attached hardships, I believe it’s the essential step Israel should take, even…read more
Homecoming Isn’t a Walk in the ParkOphir Tal, Cultural Educator from Israel | Emissary of the Jewish Agency and the UJA Federation of New York at the 14th Street Y | WED, SEP 09, 2020
I’m overwhelmed. I’m overwhelmed by the sudden shift from a crippling quarantine to an intense new reality in Tel Aviv. So many people want to reunite with me, check in…read more
How can I even start saying goodbye?Ophir Tal, Cultural Educator from Israel | Emissary of the Jewish Agency and the UJA Federation of New York at the 14th Street Y | FRI, AUG 14, 2020
Truth be told, I didn’t believe this day would come. This day of closure, in which I’ll come back to Israel from two exciting, life-changing years at the 14th Street…read more
Why Do We Celebrate Tikkun?Ophir Tal, Cultural Educator from Israel | Emissary of the Jewish Agency and the UJA Federation of New York at the 14th Street Y | TUE, MAY 26, 2020
Every year in May or June, the 14th Street Y celebrates a Tikkun: a mesmerizing deep dive into Jewish and Israeli culture, our way of celebrating the Jewish holiday of…read more