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Family Resources

Here is a list of resources for families during these challenging times:

Resources and ideas from PJ Library

An article on the importance of play

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting’s library of videos

Khan Academy  offers an app that provides learning activities in reading, language, writing, math, social-emotional development, problem-solving skills, and motor development

PBS has curated free videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers, but parents can take advantage of their content, too

Great animated videos for kids and adults on a variety of Jewish topics.

Shalom Sesame videos – like Sesame Street, but with Jewish content.

Daily Inspiration

From Torah School student William Powers and his brother Mitchell, read the blog
Rona Nadler’s Hallel recordings continue with Psalms 117 and 118.
Noa Haran talks to us about listening!
Rabbi Grushcow shares Rabbi Naomi Levy’s “husa” meditation,
Eitz Chaim Hi by Jake Smith
Rabbi Greenspan offers some words of protest, comfort and healing
Today’s Daily Inspiration comes from Brandon Dankner, son of Temple member, Cindy Dankner.
Rona Nadler continues her exploration of the Hallel Psalms with Psalm 116
Noa Haran, One Human Tapestry
Jake Smith recorded Come/Bar’chu
Rabbi Greenspan shares tidbits of Hasidic wisdom 
Our Confirmation Students reflections
The Root by Noa Haran
Dreams Meditation by Rabbi Grushcow
Rabbi Greenspan reads the book Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney
Hevruta, a new podcast series from the Montreal Board of Rabbis
Hille 115 by Rona Nadler
Rabbi Greenspan takes us to her kitchen
Rabbi Grushcow reads a Mary Oliver poem, “Whistling Swans
Down By The Riverside by Jake Smiths
Engaging with our own creativity  with member Yehudit Silverman
Rona Nadler continues her exploration of music for Hallel with this rendition of Psalm 114
From our member and nurse Hélène Deutsch, RN., M.Sc.(A).
Rabbi Grushcow reads to poems, one for adults and one for kids.
Jake recorded the song Halev Sheli, by his favourite Israeli singer-songwriter, Ishay Ribo.
As Rabbi Greenspan reads Entering the Temple of Dreams, by Frankiel & Greenfeld about the Moon in Jewish traditions
Michael Tinkler, reflects on some good things that might come out of this pandemic.
Psalm 113 by Rona Nadler
Today’s Daily Inspiration comes from Israeli Flutist Naama Neuman
Rabbi Grushcow reads one of her favourite stories, The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Jake Smith sings L’dor Vador
Rabbi Greenspan shares a children’s book about moods.
The Spanish Flu, a recollection by our member Penny Sakow
A recording by soloist Rona Nadler and pianist Mark McDonald.
An Israeli song “Ein Gedi“, from Noa Haran
For today, Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day), Rabbi Grushcow shares some images and memories of the Temple Israel trip
Jake chose to record the traditional refrain to Avinu Malkeinu,
In this Daily Inspiration, Rabbi Lerner shares his reading and translation of an Italian poem
Music Director Rona Nadler shares a musical rendition of Leah Goldberg’s poem “Lamdeini Elohai” (“Teach me, O God”)
Noa Haran shares the musical piece, Through the Lattice, two songs for mezzo-soprano and piano that she composed last year.
Cellist Denis Brott plays Divertimento in D Major, II. Menuet, by Gregor Piatigorsky
Oseh Shalom, performed by Jake Smith
In commemoration of Yom HaShoah which begins this evening, Rabbi Greenspan recorded a few poems written by children during the Holocaust
Music Director Rona Nadler shares a performance of “Spring will be a little late this year” by Frank Loesser.
Noa Haran shares excerpts and images from the Kibbutz Haggadah her family uses on Passover.
A Sleep Meditation by Rabbi Grushcow
Romy Shiller, daughter of our congregants Bryant and Lillian Shiller, had her reflections published by the Québec Writers’ Federation, QWF.
Music Director Rona Nadler shares a Yiddish version of the Passover song Echad Mi Yodea, in memory of her grandmother, Bina Nadler z’l.
Jake Smith offers us this beautiful rendition of Craig Taubman’s Hashkiveinu.
Rabbi Greenspan reads one of her daughter’s favourite Passover stories when she was young.
Noa Haran offers us a playful song
Andrea Fieldman grew up at Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom. She was interviewed by Alon Faitelis for the Museum of Jewish Montreal’s Oral History Project. Listen here.
Rona Nadler, and our former accompanist, Mark McDonald, offer this rendition of Hashkivenu, (music by Fred Ross-Perry).
Today’s Daily Inspiration comes from Noa Haran.
Rabbi Blessings for body and soul with Rabbi Grushcow
A Passover Story, read by Rabbi Ellen Greenspan.
Read a book: Young Adult suggestions from Moti Liberman, a Temple member, and co-owner of Argo Bookshop, Montreal’s oldest independent English-language bookstore.
A short video from Samuel Veissière: Mass solidarity during the Coronavirus event
Jake Smith recorded this song for Temple

Live Events

Torah Connections with Rabbi Grushcow via Zoom on Wednesdays at 12:30 PM, via Zoom meeting

Wine at Nine pour a glass of wine and join Rabbi Grushcow and  your Temple community for a chat on Monday nights at 9:00 pm  via Zoom

Torah study with Rabbi Grushcow on Saturdays at 9:00 am for  via Zoom meeting

Shabbat Services, see schedule and access here.

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