Jewish Resources on the Web

Here are just a few of the many, many resources available online for Am Shalom members, as well as members and friends of the Jewish community at large.

Check out these great websites, full of great Jewish content!

  • 840 Vernon (the Blog of Am Shalom) - Blogs featuring, about, and by our members! Check it out! And contact Rabbi Phyllis if you have some thoughts YOU would like to share!
  • ReformJudaism.org - Jewish Life in Your Life. Full of fun and practical information and ways to bring Jewish life into our own everyday lives, from the Union for Reform Judaism. http://www.reformjudaism.org
  • Judaism 101 - "JewFAQ: Answering Jewish Frequently Asked Questions for more than a decade!" This website admittedly presents information primarily from an Orthodox perspective (Orthodoxy being the oldest form of Judaism) but without bias and with other practices and viewpoints also addressed. Found online at http://www.jewfaq.org.
  • Jewish Values Online - Did you ever want to know what the Jewish view is on the afterworld? What God expects of you? How long to keep someone on life support? What your obligations are to the Jewish and secular communities? Some of the most respected Conservative, Orthodox and Reform rabbis offer their perspectives on such challenging questions at http://www.jewishvaluesonline.org.
  • Babaganewz - Looking for some fun Jewish activities to do with your kids -- ones where they (and you!) might actually learn something? Check out http://babaganewz.com/.
  • The Jewish Daily Forward, with roots going back all of the way to 1897, is a trusted guide to the varieties of Jewish experience. Visit this thought-provoking source of Jewish news and commentary at http://forward.com.
  • The Jerusalem Post - Online News from Israel, Middle East, and the Jewish World. "JPost" is Israel's best-selling English daily and most-read English website.
  • Tablet is a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture. Launched in June 2009, it’s a project of the not-for-profit Nextbook Inc., which also produces the Nextbook Press Jewish Encounters book series. Find it at http://www.tabletmag.com.
  • Kveller - All you Jewish mamas and papas, this is the site for you! "Kveller is here to give you ideas you can run with -- ideas for first-time parents, interfaith parents, queer parents, adoptive parents, and everything in between -- with the hopes that you can find information and inspiration that is right for your family."
  • Google Images - "What?" you say, "Google Images?" Nope, not a mistake. Just type "Jewish art" in the search box, hit your "Enter" key, and be amazed at http://www.google.com/imghp.  (A few pictures of Jesus might slip in, but after all, he WAS Jewish!)

Have a favorite Jewish source on the web that you don't see listed here? Please e-mail our Director of Communications, Carolyn R. Fulton.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Torah, But Didn't Know Where to Ask

torahNeed a peek at this week's Torah portion? Want to know what folks are saying about Shmot?  Look no further than the URJ's fabulous Reform Judaism website, where you can find a calendar of Torah portions, this week's torah portion, commentary on the portion, and more! There are guidelines on writing a D'var Torah (what a great resource for up-and-coming b'nai mitzvah!) and an archive of commentaries on all the different Torah portions, plus Torah for Tots, Torah for Tweens, Torah for Teens -- in fact, Torah for everyone! See what our Reform scholars have to say about the Torah, and join in the conversation yourself! No matter what your level of Torah learning is, there's something for you in this fabulous resource from our very own Union for Reform Judaism. Check it out at http://www.reformjudaism.org/learning/torah-study.

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