Dear Friends,

We recognize that these are challenging times, with lots of anxiety and confusing messages.

One of the reasons why family is so important is that we look out for each other and provide support when things get rough. The Jewish community is your extended family, and we are here to help.

In terms of serving those in need in our community, the Jewish Federation and Jewish Family & Children’s Services are adjusting by connecting with as many clients as possible virtually. You can see our update on our web site,

If you know anyone who needs support or counseling or a check-in call, let us know via email at .

We will also be sending an email to our community at the start and end of every week as we go through this Corona mess. The idea is to share ways that everyone in our community can continue to connect, to share meaningful experiences, and to stay productively occupied while we are all enjoying an enforced staycation. 

Think of this as a Top Ten List Of Things To Do delivered to your email. And if you have any suggestions or requests, please let us know.


Keith and the team at the Jewish Federation and Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Ocean County.

A good perspective : For a perspective from Israel, check out the view from David Horovitz, editor of the Times of Israel:

Jewish livestream : In these times, more and more performers and organizations are presenting programs and concerts live online. Check out the latest on the Jewish livestream from the Central Synagogue – they have a full schedule of activities and presentations: 

Staying fit : With a health scare, it is more important than ever to try and keep fit. Self-isolation often means staying indoors, and with gyms closed – our fabulous physiques tend to get a bit shabbier. But as the weather gets warmer, taking a walk outside is a GREAT way to exercise and ward off stir craziness. Whether it’s a path in your development, or a walk around the reservoir – GET OUT THERE.
And, if you can’t…or if it is a bit of a dreary day, check out this series of online workouts for seniors – easy to do in the comfort of your home:

What to binge watch next :

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime:
In 1958 New York, Midge Maisel ’s life is on track– husband, kids, and elegant Yom Kippur dinners in their Upper West Side apartment. But when her life takes a surprise turn, she has to quickly decide what else she’s good at – and going from housewife to stand-up comic is a wild choice to everyone but her.

Fauda on Netflix: 
"Fauda" (Arabic for 'Chaos') depicts the two-sided story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Doron, a commander of undercover Israeli unit, the Israeli Special Forces, operating inside Palestinian territories, and his team, are hunting down those suspected of planning attacks against Israel.

Virtual tour of Israel : Check out this National Geographic special on the Templar ruins under the city of Acre, on the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Also available on Disney+.
Top Israeli films on demand
Top Jewish acapella music videos
Stuff for kids
Classes and streamed services from local synagogues

Keith Krivitzky, Managing Director
The Jewish Federation of Ocean County