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.
Do you miss chatting with your friends and community in the lobby on your way to your workouts? Join your friends and fellow members for some social time in our “virtual lobby.” Our Customer Experience team will host these events, so come by and say hi, share your feedback, and join with your community. At the “Stop by the Service Desk” event, we welcome your questions and we will be there to help!
Open Lobby Hangout
Tuesdays | 1:15 – 2:15 PM
Stop by the Service Desk!
Thursdays | 2:15 – 3:00 PM
Email Julie Gayer Kris for registration information.
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
Self-Quarantine Self-CareMeredith Fein Lichtenberg, Community Catalyst | MON, APR 13, 2020
Apologies up front, I am not a writer nor self-care guru – just a parent trying to make it through a global pandemic with a 3-year-old son and a shred…read more
The Grief of CoronavirusRachel Dick, Marketing Associate | SUN, APR 12, 2020
In December, I wrote a blog post on loneliness during the holiday season. Now, I find myself drawing on that post in order to explore the mental health effects of…read more
Passover Recipes for The Whole FamilyLaura Newmark, Culture Producer | WED, APR 08, 2020
From Sambor, Ukraine where one line of my ancestors lived for 500 years, to the streets of New York City where they arrived at the turn of the century, to…read more
From Exile and Illness To Redemption and HealingBecky Skoff, Associate Executive Director of Operations and Business Strategy | MON, APR 06, 2020
A teacher once told me that the entire Torah, or Old Testament, can be read as a story cycle of Otherness, Exile, and Redemption. Of course, the ultimate example of…read more