Isolation does not mean being isolated from one another. We are all finding new ways to reach out and communicate with each other. Just because we’re practicing physical distancing doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected with our loved ones.

I have compiled a list of resources to help Jewish grandparents through this difficult time. Many of these resources are intended to entertain, but also to be used as conversation starters. The end goal should be a sense of human connection! Many of these resources are Jewish, but not all. This list can be used as a series of fun activities to deepen Jewish connection and knowledge, or to teach about another culture.

These are not all my original suggestions, but include the collective wisdom of others. Activities and resources are constantly changing or being created. Please add your ideas in the comments section!

Young Kids

  • PJ Library has a list of resources.
  • Shalom Sesame​ is fun to watch together over Zoom screen-sharing.
  • Distract the kids for a bit in any way you can—give their quarantined parents a bit of a break. To do this by computer or phone, create things like a puppet or music show, something the kids will focus on. Keep your expectations low in terms of how long their attention will remain.
  • If you’re ordering groceries for other members of your family, have the kids walk you through their pantries, showing their favorite foods!
  • Caribu.com​ is a video calling service that allows you to read digital storybooks to your family. You both see the pages turning, and your voice is broadcast—this can help keep kids’ attention better than a book they can only see through a webcam.

School-Aged Kids

Tweens, Teens and Older

Note: While resources have been sorted into age categories, many of them can be enjoyable for multiple age groups, depending on your own and your grandchild’s interests.

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