Ways to Connect at TBS

This Page updates live! Last update: 6/1/2020 at 9:29 AM

While we must step back from our physical gathering space within the walls of TBS, we continue to remain connected in spirit and through alternative ways of making personal connections. Join us for the following programs!

Shabbat Services
 TBS Video PageFacebook Live Join Cantor Reinwald Live from his home!
Want to follow along in the prayerbook for Shabbat?
Check out Mishkan T’fillah online (the front page will say, Prayers For Weekdays – we will start on page 120 for candle lighting) or purchase your own through kindle: Shabbat Version only $4.99 Full Version only $14.99

Virtual Torah Study

June 6, 9:15am-10:15 am
Join Cantor Reinwald for Torah study presenting “Bearers of Blessing: The Priestly Benediction in its historic context and musical evolution”

You can access Torah Study this week, June 6 by entering the Zoom Meeting by clicking on this link. It should open immediately for you.
You might need to cut and paste the link below into your web browser:


Dial In: If you are calling in by phone:
One tap mobile +16699006833,,81094838975#,,1#,020962#
If calling by a landline: +1 669 900 6833
When prompted for the Meeting ID dial: 810 9483 8975# and Password: 020962


Join us online for Havdalah every Saturday at 7 pm on the TBS Facebook page (and note, you do not need a Facebook account to view the video)

If you would like to join us as a guest Havdalah leader, please be in touch with Cantor Reinwald in advance at cantor@tbsoc.com 

Online Classes and Programs

New Stories of Music offering! Jews, Jazz, and Jewish Jazz

Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-8:00 Register here to receive the Zoom link

CDR’s (hopefully not forever quarantined) Bookworms Bookclub
Our new selection (for May and June): The Jew Store by Stella Suberman 
Date of Discussion (to be led by Phyllis Robby) TBD 


We are pleased to partner with Jewish Federation of Orange County on a volunteer platform to provide assistance to those who right now need a helping hand. If you’d like to volunteer for, or if you need some help with simple errands, pet walking, or if you’d like a check-in call from a supportive neighbor please visit www. JewishOC.org and click “I Want to Volunteer” or “I Need a Helping Hand.”  The links will take you to forms to fill out to get the process started.  You will be contacted soon after and matched with a volunteer or a neighbor in need. If you need help with this or have questions, please contact Alexandra Mars at Jewish Federation at amars@jffs.org.

Educational Resources

Tips for Leading a Weekly Family Discussion- https://reformjudaism.org/torah-study-tips-leading-weekly-family-discussion

Torah Study for All Ageshttps://reformjudaism.org/learning/torah-study

Yom HaZikaron/Yom Ha’Atzmaut:

To learn about Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day): https://reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/yom-hazikaron-yom-haatzmaut

Donniel Hartman’s “From Yom HaShoah to Yom Ha’atzmaut, the New High Holidays of Israel.”: https://hartman.org.il/Blogs_View.asp?Article_Id=113&Cat_Id=273&Cat_Type=Blogs

Click here for a video of the siren in Israel for Yom HaZikaron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0G1mVdDms0

BimBam’s video about Yom Ha’atzmaut, how it is celebrated in Israel and around the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqXg5e1sg5s

Video of the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZDSBF5xtoo

Click here to learn about Israelis who inspire and were honored last year during Yom Ha’atzmaut: https://www.theicenter.org/resource/people-who-inspire

For an exploration of Israeli Yom Ha’atzmaut posters: https://www.theicenter.org/resource/poster-tales-yom-haatzmaut

Counting the Omer:

Introduction to Counting the Omer: https://www.ritualwell.org/ritual/introduction-counting-omer

For a video introducing the counting of the Omer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glKn66S26n0

Five Steps to Counting the Omer: https://www.ritualwell.org/ritual/five-steps-counting-omer

Do it Yourself Omer Counters, terrific craft projects for the entire family: https://www.ritualwell.org/blog/10-best-diy-omer-counters

A mindfulness practice for each day of the counting of the Omer: https://www.ritualwell.org/ritual/counting-omer-mindfulness-practice

Click here to see what day it is in the counting of the Omer. Please note, we say the blessing and count the day of the Omer, the previous night. 

Jewish Wisdom in Times of Crisis:

We’ve Been Here Before: Spiritual Wisdom for Enduring Coronavirus: Perhaps the Book of Numbers can provide insight into the current crisis.

The Holiness of Handwashing

Contemporary Jewish prayer created to say while washing one’s hands for 20 seconds and based on the traditional prayer for washing hands.

Jewish views on health, wellness, and aging.

Jewish prayer for doctors

Spotify Playlist of Jewish Songs of Hope and Healing

Parenting Wisdom in Times of Crisis:

Sesame Street Toolkit on Resilience

New York Times Parenting Article Regarding Coronavirus

New York Times Parenting Article Regarding Coronavirus and Talking to Teens

PJ Library Resources for Quarantined Families

Activities to talk with your young children about Shalom Bayit, peace in your home.

Activities to talk with children of all ages about Shalom Bayit, peace in your home.


Sacred Texts:

During the Omer, the second day of Pesach until Shavuot, some read Pirkei Avot, the Sayings of Our Ancestors.

To learn more about Pirkei Avot, click here.

Click here for a study sheet from Sefaria on Pirkei Avot 1:13.

Like Gilmore Girls? Read and watch this article connecting Pirkei Avot 2:4 and 5 Jewish Lessons from the Gilmore Girls.

Pirkei Avot, Social Intelligence, and an ELI Talk.

Fan of Superman and the Justice League? https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/11501?lang=bi

Talmud curriculum with 11 animated videos for ages 15 – 120.

Harvard’s Open Source Course on Judaism through sacred texts.


Spotify Playlist for Shabbat

How to Create a Meaningful Shabbat Experience

3 Ways to Bring Shabbat Home

Shabbat Home Blessings

Shabbat Blessings for Families with Young Children. Learn the blessings through 3 animated videos.

How Can Your Family Together Decide How to Fulfill the Mitzvot of Shabbat?

Wanting to learn how to braid a six-braided challah? Click here.

Vegan challah recipe

How to make challah dough

All things challah

Blessing of the children in Hebrew, transliteration, and English and audio files

Why add your own extra blessing to the blessing of the children

Podcast of the story: The Power of Shabbat

Study Sheet from Sefaria on Remembering and Protecting Shabbat


Rituals and Lifecycle:

Morning Rituals for families with young children

Crafting bedtime rituals for families with young children.


Jewish Values and Virtues:

Material for studying the 48 middot, Jewish virtues

PJ library books on being a mensch

How to raise a family of Jewish menschen

Making of a mensch video for older children, teens, and adults

Making of a Mensch Periodic Table

Making of a Mensch Discussion Packet

Using yoga to embody the middot (Jewish values).

A video and activities for families with young children to talk about hakarat hatov (gratitude).

Jewish Food For Thought: The Animated Series Written and animated by Hanan Harchol, Jewish Food For Thought: The Animated Series, is a collection of engaging animated conversations between Hanan and his parents that explore Jewish teachings on themes such as forgiveness, love, gratitude, and many others.


Think you know Israel? 68 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Israel.

For Israeli recipes, click here. Keep clicking load more if at first you don’t find the recipe you want like the one for hummus or shakshuka. 

For the Fountainhead’s video entitled “Hope”, click here.

For a Spotify Israeli music playlist, click here.

For a Spotify Israeli music for the morning playlist, click here.

For a Spotify Israeli music for the evening playlist, click here.

Click here for a collection on Spotify of seven decades of Israeli music.

Learn about Israel with Shalom Sesame, Israel’s Sesame Street.

10 Israeli artists


Arts and Culture:

The home page for Reform Judaism’s Jewish Books and Literature page.

Jewish book reviews of over 150 books.

9 Social Justice Books to Read Now

10 movies showcasing the best of American Jewish life.

Suggestions of Jewish tv shows to binge.

5 Jewish stories on a weekly podcast by Reform Judaism entitled, Stories We Tell, for you to listen to on your own or with your children.



Behrman House has free resources for students of all ages to practice their prayers, use a Hebrew keyboard and more!

Check out Aleph Bet Bullseye for a great app for learning the Aleph Bet for IPhone and IPad.

Want to learn Hebrew slang?  https://www.theicenter.org/resource/hebrew-slang



A great resource for a variety of Jewish games

Other Resources

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Rhea Dorn’s niece, Dr. Liz Salsburg has some suggestions for what to do when at home: Go to a Virtual MuseumSan Francisco ExploratoriumLouvre Museum, ParisNational Gallery of Art, Washington DCMetropolitan Museum of ArtVan Gogh Museum, AmsterdamUffizi Gallery, Florence Italy Activities and Resources  Research an artist.  Choose a favorite painting or sculpture and create a copycat piece of art.  Choose a piece of art to focus on. Why do you like it and how does it makes you feel?  Choose two works of art to compare Zoo and Aquarium CamsSan Diego ZooZoo Atlanta Panda Cam

Jewish School Here are some ways to keep your child’s Jewish learning going! For our Hebrew students in grades 3-6: Kavanah Corner For our students in all grades: Judaic Learning For All Ages Emotional Well-Being: How to Manage Student and Family Anxiety During the Time of Coronavirus​​​​​​​ For our Preschool Families Keep your Preschooler Learning at Home Other Kids Activities “30 Days of Us” – Family Project 100 Activities To Do At Home During School Closures Art & Play Activity Guide for Kids in Quarantine Kosher Food

TVT Community Day School created TVT Eats Kosher to provide our community with additional support and comfort during these unusual times.  This service will be available to the community beginning Tuesday, March 24, with orders being accepted immediately here.
Here’s how the new food service works:
  • Pre-order online at TARBUT.com/EATS
  • Please order your meals the day prior to pick-up, by 9:00 PM
  • Select from the delicious TVT Eats special menu
  • Pay online with credit card when ordering
  • $60 per meal (feeds a family of 4-5)
  • $15 per take & bake pizza (6-8 slices)
  • $10 per dozen cookies
  • Choose your curbside pick-up time when ordering online
  • Pick-up time slots are available from 11 am-4 pm
  • Pick-up is in the Lower School parking lot  along the curb in front of the administration building (5200 Bonita Canyon Dr. Irvine CA 92603)
  • Please stay in your car, we will bring your meals to you
  • Instructions will be included on how to warm your pre-cooked meal at home
Due to kosher eateries in the area currently changing over their kitchens for Passover, we recognize that kosher meals may be hard to find.  I know it’s in the name, but I want to reiterate that this is a kosher meal, prepared in TVT’s kosher kitchen, by our fabulous chef Eric* and his team, working with our Mashgiach, Ilana Baumgarten.
*About Eric:
Eric attended Hotelschool The Hague in the Netherlands. He has worked for a variety of luxury hotels throughout Europe, Africa and in the US.  Eric learned Kosher cooking from his grandmother. When not cooking you can find Eric skiing, rock climbing or spending time with his family.
Donations of Equipment and Supplies The Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) will begin accepting donations of protective equipment and supplies for use by healthcare  from corporations and businesses. Businesses that would like to donate can call the Orange County Public Information Hotline at (714) 628-7085. The following types of protective medical supplies will be accepted in only new and unopened containers and boxes: o   N-95, surgical masks and face shields (all sizes) o   Disposable gloves (all sizes) o   Eye protection o   Medical gowns: Disposable gowns and isolation gowns o   Antibacterial and disinfecting wipes
http://www.211.org/services/covid19   for finding 211 resources for finding food, resources for paying bills, accessing child care, and other essential services

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