JW3 launches JewishOnline so viewers can ‘Netflix and chulent’ amid pandemic

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JW3 launches JewishOnline so viewers can ‘Netflix and chulent’ amid pandemic

The website contains recordings of events, live-streams of shul services, classes, screenings and performances, and videos created by Jewish organisations

JW3 launched JewishOnline on Sunday so viewers can “Netflix and chulent” while practising social distancing during the pandemic.

The Jewish community centre in Finchley Road shut down until further notice last week to halt the spread of the virus.

The website, accessible online, contains recordings of events, links to live-streams of upcoming shul services, classes, screenings and performances, as well as videos created by other Jewish organisations.

The centre launched JW3 TV last week – a platform with videos of its previous events. The free streaming service is available on JewishOnline.

Among the videos on the website is the last ever performance of Ashley Blaker’s off-Broadway show “Strictly Unorthodox” filmed in New York City last year.

The website also contains a conversation between the former chief rabbi Lord Jonathan Sack and the author Elizabeth Oldfield about the faith leader’s new book Morality, recorded at JW3 earlier this month.

“So many wonderful individuals and organisations are working hard to create content for YOU during these challenging times, so we wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to find something to stimulate your mind, nourish your soul or entertain your family,” JW3 CEO Raymond Simonson wrote in a message to supporters on Sunday.

“Think of this as a digital Jewish marketplace, a circumcised streaming service, a chance to Netflix and chulent! Enjoy”, he added.

Meanwhile, Reform Judaism launched an interactive broadcasting platform on Monday entitled RJ:TV, available online. The movement intends to upload over four hours of programming every week day, including daily prayer services and adult learning sessions.

A separate channel offers material for six to 16 year-olds.

Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner said on Monday: “Our synagogue doors may be closed, but our communities are open. RJ:TV will bring together some of the most exciting talent in our community to deliver Jewish content and assistance at a time when gathering together physically is not an option.”

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