Resources for praying, learning & enrichment at home

The list below has been compiled by Deborah Hirsch Mayer, VP Ritual.

Additions or suggestions? Please email the office.  

New! Temple Israel Chaverim Facebook group! 

This private group has been created for members to stay connected socially and emotionally during this time. It’s a virtual space to share everyday joys and concerns, practical tips and inspiration.

Rabbi Korinow plans to post photos from the congregation’s recent trip to Israel, and other travelers are welcome to do the same. Hope to “see” you there! (Please click on the photo or link to join.)


Virtual Meetings for Temple Committees and Groups 

  • 3/31/2020: going forward, Zoom links and invitations will be emailed to congregants and friends of the shul. Please contact the office if you did not receive a link and would like to attend a Zoom meeting or event.

Live Stream / Zoom Options and Resources for Services and Prayer 



A Prayer for the Health and Healing of Healers

[Rabbi  Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in  New York City circulated this beautiful prayer for health care workers by her colleague Rabbi Ayelet Cohen. Rabbi Kleinbaum reported that CBST had just suffered their first death from this virus. “Sending blessings to all,” she added.–  AW]

May the One who blessed our ancestors
Bless all those who put themselves at risk to care for the sick:
Physicians and nurses and orderlies

Patient transporters, hospital cleaning staff, and security guards,

Technicians and home health aides,
EMTs and pharmacists
[And bless especially  ________ who is in  need of healing]

Who navigate the unfolding dangers of the world each day,
To tend to those they have sworn to help.

Bless them in their coming home and bless them in their going out.
Ease their fear. Sustain them.
Source of all breath, healer of all beings,
Protect them and restore their hope.
Strengthen them, that they may bring strength;
Keep them in health, that they may bring healing.
Help them know again a time when they can breathe without fear.
Bless the sacred work of their hands.
May this plague pass from among us, speedily and in our days.

— Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen, March 2020

Offerings from Other Synagogues

Temple Emanuel – large Conservative synagogue in Newton, MA

Offering the following, see the website to click on the viewers notes in parentheses.

  • Morning Minyan:  (Use Rabbi Samuel Chiel Sanctuary viewer on 3/12, then Gann Chapel Viewer)
  • Evening Minyan: (Use Gann Chapel viewer below)
  • Shabbat Alive!  (Use Rabbi Samuel Chiel Sanctuary viewer below)
  • Shabbat Morning Talmud Class (Use Gann Chapel viewer below)
  • Shabbat Morning Service (Use Rabbi Samuel Chiel Sanctuary viewer below)
  • Shabbat Mincha (Use Gann Chapel viewer below)


Temple Emunah, Conservative synagogue in Lexington, MA, (where Amy Hyett grew up)


FR 615 PM
SAT 930 AM
SAT 645 PM


Park Avenue Synagogue – largest Conservative shul in US, (where Deborah Hirsch Mayer’s sister works)        In addition to live stream option of all services on their website (link below), PAS has its own YouTube channel (second link below) where you can access their rabbi giving sermons and their fabulous cantors davening and concertizing.

Additional Resources

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Online Classes and Programs 

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  • TIP Book Club, next meeting: 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, Virtual meeting to discuss Henna House, by Nomi Eve
  • Calendar of USCJ Movement Partner Events

Kids & Family

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Entertainment & Culture

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JFNH Jewish Film Festival goes Virtual!
A note from the festival co-chairs: As you already know, the festival has been postponed to a later date. However, as we all continue to heed the advice of authorities and limit our time with others, we wanted to share with you an exciting development. Working closely with one of our frequent distributors, Menemsha Films, we are proud to announce that excellent Jewish-themed movies are available to you at significantly reduced pricing. These critically-acclaimed films are available via Amazon Prime Video or Apple iTunes for as low as $0.99 each

So, curl up on the couch and enjoy one of these incredible films to help prepare you for the celebration that will be our rescheduled festival! 

Let Yourself Go
The Art Dealer
24 Days
Mr. Kaplan
The Interpreter
Across the Waters
The Matchmaker
Nicky’s Family
The Outrageous Sophie Tucker
Closed Season
Once in a Lifetime
The Rape of Europa
Rabin In His Words
The Testament
Fanny’s Journey
The Waldheim Waltz
Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
Run Boy Run
The Women’s Balcony
In Search of Israeli Cuisine
Shalom Bollywood
The Zig Zag Kid
Inside Hanna’s Suitcase
To Life
La Rafle
Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream
Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort

Stay safe and be sure to share your review of any of these films with the organizers on Facebook!


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— Rev. Dr. Lynn Ungar (a Unitarian-Universalist minister based in San Francisco)

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.


A Prayer of Hope During this Pandemic
by Rabbi Naomi Levy.

We are frightened, God,
Worried for our loved ones,
Worried for our world.
Helpless and confused,
We turn to You
Seeking comfort, faith and hope.
Teach us God, to turn our panic into patience,
And our fear into acts of kindness and support.
Our strong must watch out for our weak,
Our young must take care of our old.
Help each one of us to do our part to halt the spread of this virus
Send strength and courage to the doctors and nurses
In the frontlines of this battle,
Fortify them with the full force of their healing powers.
Send wisdom and insight to the scientists
Working day and night across the world to discover healing treatments.
Bless their efforts, God.
Fill our leaders with the wisdom and the courage
To choose wisely and act quickly.
Help us, God, to see that we are one world,
One people
Who will rise above this pandemic together.
Send us health God,
Watch over us,
Grace us with Your love,
Bless us with Your healing light.
Hear us God,
Heal us God,


From a collection of poetry for prayer by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me 
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things 
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.


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