Online resources during the Coronavirus lockdown

Suggested Jewish reading, viewing and other visits you might be interested in for the period of self-isolation

Please feel free to send any further ideas to connections@ojc-online.org

Information from Masorti UK

Masorti Judaism has opened up a new portal to keep communities connected. Access it to explore the online events, including daily services, talmud shiurim, kids' tefila group with Chazzan Bex, coffee & chat sessions and a daily rabbinic check-in. http://masortijudaism.social/events

Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem have an online Beis Midrash https://www.conservativeyeshiva.org/learn/ You can subscribe to daily or weekly emails or access courses online.

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) has some online resources including podcasts and lecture recordings on their Torah Online page: JTS Torah Online

I have vaguely heard that ex-Oxford Jewish studies student Rabbi Danny Newman of HaMakom mindful meditation will be sharing something in the coming days, but can't find anything online yet. Here is his website, in case you would like to follow this up: HaMakom – Wellbeing, Wisdom, Awakening

Information from Liberal Judaism
Rabbi Charley Baginsky, Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships, will be running a drop in VirtualiTEA at her house (virtually) every day at 4pm via Zoom.To join just click here at 4pm each day (or you can enter the meeting ID 782 473 424 on the Zoom website or app).

Information / activites from United Synagogue


Neshama Pre-Pesach with OU


Information from Partnership Minyanim

Zoom Kabalat Shabbat  https://zoom.us/j/147714798 and enter the Meeting ID: 147 714 798


Information Education for Children

Jewish Interactive are offering their vast home schooling resources for free. You have to sign up but it is well worth it. They have small, interactive lessons that a child can work through on their own, covering just about any Jewish topic you can imagine kids wanting to learn about. Keep up the Hebrew reading or learn about Pesach with fun games. You have to sign up but it is free while schools are closed. Kids learning at home - Jewish Interactive

The youth division of the United Synagogue, Tribe UK, are putting content on their Facebook page. This includes the Student Bet Midrash and Rabbi Eli Levin will be doing weekly story time on Thursdays at 5pm. Search on Facebook for "The Tribe UK" or click on the Facebook button on tribeuk.com

The Duolingo app enables adults and children to learn a new language, including Hebrew, through play Apprends une langue gratuitement

Various authors are doing regular story telling for children online, including David Walliams, Oliver Jeffers and James Mayhew (he also illustrates upside-down as he tells stories!). 

The Hamilton Trust has hundreds of free educational resources for learning English, maths and science at home, including storytelling with professional storytellers. Try searching for the 3 stories which are read by Adele Moss! Home

Bim Bam is a Jewish digital storytelling site which has videos including educational and parenting resources BimBam: Watch something Jewish

PJ Library, who send out free books to Jewish kids, have released resources on their blog for housebound families, including ideas for Jewish-themed activities to do offline. https://pjlibrary.org/familyactivities 

They also have a digital radio station and app which plays jewish music which adults enjoy too.

Sing a long Havdala .   Ideal for all ages.


Just to let you all know as well that Twinkl is offering free resources for a month, MY advice is to find anything of use and download as much as you can while the offer is available

just register a free account and use this code UKTWINKLHELPS for access

We are extremely happy to announce our new online initiative Ofakim Hadashim (New Horizons). Over the coming months, LJY-Netzer will be endeavouring to bring the kef (fun), chinuch (informal education), and RUACH! (spirit) to all of your families at home. Attached is an image of the schedule for next week. We will be releasing them weekly. In order to sign your children up to participate in our activities via zoom, please follow this link: https://forms.gle/AKsZYWe9LsKRjDN97 and for activities taking place via facebook live you do not need to sign up, simply log in to facebook for the time detailed below, and join in with the fun! 


For Those with Special Educational Needs

JWeb will be sharing your ideas and suggestions for things to when you are stuck at home so stay in touch with us at on our websiteFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Over at JWeb HQ we have been busy bringing everything you need while you are stuck at home into one place. Start with our blog on Things to do at homewhich is packed full of ideas and tips from our JWeb community. Our guide to online resources for staying at homeis getting bigger everyday, and as more and more organisations are moving their activities onto Facebook and Zoom we are adding to our events listingsso do keep checking in.

Their social Stories seem very accessible.


Information about Social/Cutural Activites online

Free Live Audio Streams from the Metropolitan Opera

Wiener Staatsoper free live streams of a different opera every day from the Vienna State Opera, available for 72 hours.

Various orchestras around the world are making concerts available to watch via one form of online media or another, so try looking up your favourite and seeing what is on offer! Some will be found on their websites, others will be on YouTube and some musicians, like Yo Yo Ma, are posting performances on their social media. If you would like to see something a little different, have a look at 2CELLOS on YouTube!

JW3, the Jewish community centre in Finchley, has made its archive available online, so you can access recordings of previous presentations and they are hoping to put their planned forthcoming events online too. JW3 TV | JW3

The Jewish Learning Exchange (which calls itself "a social and educational centre for young Jews") in London has an online section, which includes webinars and Learning Lounges for lads and ladies. JLE

Google Arts & Culture has an enourmous selection of museums, art galleries and famous places available for exploration, including the Einstein Archive and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Center for Jewish History, NY  Google Arts & Culture

Project Gutenberg is an online library of 60,000 free ebooks Project Gutenberg

Audible have made their online stories free so children of all ages can download books for as long as schools are closed Audible Stories | Audible.com



The Royal Opera House is screening Free shows online.https://londonist.com/london/things-to-do/royal-opera-house-streaming-free-shows-ballet

Jewish Renaissance  :  We've added a handful of new links to podcasts, TV series, comedy shows, online courses and more to JR's Home Entertainment. You'll find them on our website, but we've also included them below to save you a few clicks.


Information on Adult Education

Free Online Course: Religion Is...

Many of the conflicts and misinterpretations surrounding faith today stem from a lack of religious understanding. Our online course Religion is... will provide participants with an introduction to religion and religious belief, exploring narratives from the Abrahamic faiths and reflecting on key historical and contemporary events.

We are waiving the fee for this 10-week online course, allowing you to participate and gain a Woolf Institute Certificate upon completion. All you need is an internet connection and a functioning Laptop, Desktop or Tablet!

More Information & Signing Up: Click Here

The Sefaria website and app call themselves a "living library of Jewish texts online". They have every Jewish text you can think of, in Hebrew and English, all beautifully archived so they are easy to find and fully cross-referenced, along with suggestions of daily and weekly study texts with study sheets. Quite an astounding achievement Sefaria: a Living Library of Jewish Texts Online

Future Learn has many online courses on offer and you can try them all for free - you only pay if you want to contribute or if you want to be able to keep the course for the future. Jewish content includes an excellent course from Yad Vashem entitled "Antisemitism: from its origins to the present". The Weizeman Institute of Science in Rehovot is also a partner. FutureLearn: Online Courses and Degrees from Top Universities

NASA are sharing a load of online activities at nasa.gov (as well as advertising for applications for the next class of astronauts....)

The Oxford University Department for Continuing Education has created Curious Minds, a page of links to a variety of mind-expanding online resources including Oxford Sparks (science research), Digital Bodleian, Europeana and Tutor Takeover, updated on alternate days, when tutor share their favourite resources or podcasts: Curious Minds


Suggested Reading list from Charles Landau
1] “The Post Office Girl”  Stefan Zweig                            

beautifully written and translated, although maybe a tad depressing for the times
2] “Voices from the Warsaw Ghetto”    David Kaskier                          

the title says it all and is the theme of a film which we shall be showing in the future
3] “The Mezuzah in the Madonna’s foot”     Trudi Alexi                              

History of Spanish Jewry : Inquisition, expulsion, Marranos, Holocaust to today
4] “House of Glass”     Hadley Freeman                      

Best seller at the moment.  A bit long but surprisingly well written about a Jewish family
5] “Halakhah”    Chaim Saiman  

The Rabbinic Idea of Law.  Well written book on the relationship between Torah and Rabbinic law
6] “The Silk Roads”     Peter Frankopan                       

A new history of the world.  A good read if travelling to the Caspian sea and Azerbaijan ! At over 500 pages, a bit of a slog
7] “The Spy and the Traitor”      Ben Macintyre                         

Thoroughly enjoyable true Cold War spy thriller
8] “Legacy”      Thomas Harding                      

One Family, a cup of tea and the company that took on the world
9] “Genius and Anxiety”    Norman Lebrecht                     

How Jews changed the World 1847-1947
10] “The World of Yesterday”    Stefan Zweig                            

Memoirs of a European.  Brilliant


David Solomon online – All of the history of the Jews in one hour

Go to top