BJBE COVID-19 Response

Please be sure to go onto your ShulCloud account to make sure your contact information is up to date and we have your cell phone number/email. Please be sure your cell phone number is identified as a mobile number so you can receive updates via text. If we need to communicate with you, we need updated information! If you need help accessing your ShulCloud login, please email Anne.

During this unprecedented time, BJBE is here for our community! Here we will be listing resources both for enjoyment as well as opportunities to help one another. 

DIY Masks - Good with a sewing machine and can make masks for yourself or others? When making your own cloth face mask...the Times quotes the following advice from Dr. Scott Segal, an anesthesiologist who's studied homemade masks: "Hold it up to a bright light. If light passes really easily through the fibers and you can almost see the fibers, it's not a good fabric. If it's a denser weave of thicker material and light doesn't pass through it as much, that's the material you want to use." Use the following links for patterns and tutorials:

URJ List of Virtual Seders, Gatherings, and Programs -

OSRUI E-Programs - Throughout the coming weeks OSRUI will be offering E-Programs – activities, conversations, and more – and we hope you will join us! Keep checking back here for updates, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for continual updates about the programming we are offering.

ACC Cantors Come Together in Song - ACC Cantors from across the globe share a bit of themselves as we all navigate our new (temporary) normal. New videos posted daily!

Illinois Holocaust Museum -

JUF Resources -​

Saturday Night Seder -

HomeShul - The Shul Must Go On!

Online Exhibits at the National Museum of American Jewish History​ -​

Tenement Museum -

Let's Go To Broadway - Go to or Amazon Prime and put in BroadwayHD so you can watch all on the big screen. First 7 days free.

Opera Buff? -  The MET in NY is streaming every night the best of the best operas. Go to:
Statement from the MET: "During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers."

Disney Streaming -  Disney recently announced Disney Plus. Some movies and top content will bypass the theaters and come right to your home Click here  

The Smithsonian -  has it all going on. Here is what you need to open a world of learning from your living room. Click here

Tour The Museums -  Here are 16 of the best of the best from NY Metro Parents plus The Louvre, as well as The Boston Children's Museum

National Parks - Tour the National Parks here:

Classical Music -

As a part of our COVID-resources (and this will definitely remain after the quarantine), we are featuring a new resource -- a feature of good places in our community to go for walks. If you have walk ideas, please send them to Sally Sachar, and we will add them to our resources page. To get us started here are three ideas provided by Laney Hilborn and Phyllis Steiner.

Gallery Park

2001 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL 60026

About 1.6 mile to 2 mile loop around the lake, passing fishermen, picnics.

Captain Daniel Wright Woods

24830 St. Mary's Road, Mettawa, IL 60045

This peaceful oasis among the bustling suburbs offers 4 miles of scenic trails: a short loop for hikers, bicyclists and skiers that circles a pond, and a 3-mile loop for hikers, bicyclists, skiers and horses. 

Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park

McCormick Blvd., between Dempster Street on the north

Narrow 2-mile expanse of landscaped walkways & bike trails displaying 60+ sculptures of all types. Pictured right: Phyllis Steiner