As we work to remove in-person interactions within our community and across the country, Jewish Center of the Hamptons has been working to create a virtual community for our members. For many, this is a new concept. Yet we recognize that for the time being, this pandemic requires that we adapt our lives to a new reality.
Below you will find a list of virtual classes, live-streamed worship services, and other online experiences that can be accessed from your homes.
-Rabbi Joshua Franklin & Cantor/Rabbi Debra Stein
Visit jcoh.org/live to stream our Shabbat Evening Service (Fridays at 6:00pm) and our Shabbat Morning Service (Saturdays at 10:00am) and to find a digital copy of our prayer book and weekly readings.
Prayer Books (Curbside Pick-Up)
Prayer books are available to be borrowed from the JCOH so that you can have them on hand while livestreaming our services. We have sanitized and individually bagged prayer books that will be placed on a cart located on the porch outside the front door to the administrative building here at 44 Woods Lane in East Hampton. If you come by to borrow a book, please send an email to email@example.com to let us know.
Classes and Community Events
“The Plot Against America” Discussion Group | Tuesdays at 5:00pm
Brachot/ברכות | Wednesdays at 2:00pm
The Book of Job and Navigating Crisis | Thursdays at 12:00pm
Torah Study | Saturdays at 12:00pm
Book Club | Tuesday, July 21 at 5:00pm
“The Plot Against America” Discussion Group
Tuesdays at 5:00pm
Watch “The Plot Against America,” HBO’s new hit TV series and discuss it with your friends at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons. Each session will focus on one episode of the six-episode series. An alternate American history during World War II is told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they endure the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, who captures the presidency and turns the nation toward fascism.
Wednesdays at 2:00pm BEGINNING JULY 8
Do you find yourself in our zoom services struggling with basic blessings? Starting July 8, join Cantor/Rabbi Debra Stein on Wednesday afternoons for a class on basic blessings. No need for Hebrew skills, we will study using both Hebrew and transliteration. Together we will go over reading and understanding the Bor’chu, the Sh’ma, mourner’s Kaddish and so many more of our basic blessings.
The Book of Job and Navigating Crisis
Thursdays at 12:00pm BEGINNING JULY 2
When Job’s life is derailed by a series of crises, he struggles to find meaning in a world that feels broken and unjust. He yells and screams at God, he demands to know why his once blessed life has become cursed. Join this class as we explore what Job can teach us about navigating crises in our lives.
Same Text Different Meaning: Christian and Jewish Interpretations of Biblical Texts
Fridays at 10:30am BEGINNING JULY 31
Last year, Rabbi Joshua Franklin and Very Reverend Denis Brunelle explored common ideas between Judaism and Christianity through disparate texts of their faith traditions. This summer, join them as they explore texts that their faith traditions hold in common, yet are interpreted differently. Come learn about new faith perspectives on some of the most important common scripture between Judaism and Christianity
Saturdays at 12:00pm
Explore the wisdom of Judaism’s most sacred and ancient book, the Torah. Each week, we’ll uncover a new text that will offer relevant and meaningful perspectives on life.
Book Club: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Tuesday, July 21 at 5:00pm
In the wake of the discussion group about the HBO series The Plot Against America, Rabbi Joshua Franklin and Marc Goldstein now take to the book for a discussion of Philip Roth’s masterpiece novel. In an extraordinary feat of narrative invention, Philip Roth imagines an alternate history where Franklin D. Roosevelt loses the 1940 presidential election to heroic aviator and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh. Shortly thereafter, Lindbergh negotiates a cordial “understanding” with Adolf Hitler, while the new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism..
Zoom Video Conferencing
Virtual Shabbat on the Beach