Some FriYay: Happy Reads Before Shabbat

While we’re all learning to navigate this new way of gathering virtually, of embracing physical distancing as a form of self- and community-care, we are looking for more ways to spread that Shabbat love and Friday night magic. Each week, we’ll be gathering good, light news here. We hope that you check it out before dinner and that it gives you something joyful to focus your Shabbat convos on, whether irl or digital. (One of our Core Values is joy, oneg, after all.) Let us know what you think, or add your own good news links in the comments.

Keep on Swimming

Watch: Lion Fish, Otters, Water Bears, oh my – take a break and watch the awesome animals of the Monterey Bay Aquarium be totally unbothered by the lack of human visitors on these livestreams.

Nature from Your Laptop

Watch: While nature feels far from so many of us right now, we can bring it into our homes with these livestreams.

Netflix & Chat

Watch (Together): Netflix Party is a way to watch all your trash tv with your Shabbat guests and collecting wonder in the chat if dating in pods is truly the future.

Digital Gathering Inspo

Listicle: “Stay Virtually Connected with Friends” – the LA Times has put together this great list of ways and reasons to gather online beyond the Shabbat dinners you’re planning.

Singing in the Streets

Free Symphony Show from Your Couch

Listen: The musicians of the Seattle Symphony have generously volunteered to share free broadcasts with everyone during this time of uncertainty. All broadcasts can be streamed through the Symphony’s social media channels on YouTube and Facebook.

"Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty"

Read: “It’s important to note that we are not helpless in light of current news events.  We can always choose our response.  If you are struggling, here are some things you can do to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty.”

Smitten Kitchen Saves the Meal

Make: “Hundreds of recipes in the Smitten Kitchen archives lean heavily on pantry staples like rice, grains, dried beans and lentils, and more. These are 39 (and counting) of my favorites; I’ll add more in the coming days. If we must be hunkered down, I say we do so as deliciously as possible.”

Get Cultured in Your PJs

Al Rosenberg

Al Rosenberg is the director of marketing and communications at OneTable. Al lives on the west side of Chicago, loves food festivals and board games, is a board member at Mishkan, and hosts a monthly Rosh Chodesh Well Circle.

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