By Reporter staff
A variety of Jewish groups are offering educational and recreational online resources. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available.
The Museum at Eldridge Street will hold the virtual program “The Four Sons: Exploring the Haggadah through Art” on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 pm. Rabbi Aviad Bodner, will review tens of pictures from various haggadot from the last 400 years to see how the sons were portrayed. For more information or to register, click here.
“Stories from the Fringe,” a play presented by The Braid and HUC-JIR, will be held on Wednesday, April 6, at 7:30 pm virtually or in person. For more information or to register, visit this page.
Ritualwell will hold several virtual classes: “Citizen of the World: Amplifying Your Voice Through Poetry” on Monday, April 4, 11 and 25, from 7-8:30 pm, $108 for three sessions (available here); the free class “Sacred Vessel: A Creative Cleansing for Passover” on Thursday, April 7, from noon-1:30 pm, (see tickets); “Emerging from our Inner Mitzrayim: A Journey toward Creative Freedom” on Thursdays, April 21 and 28 and May 5 and 12, from noon-1:30 pm, $144 for four sessions (more info here); and the free class “Begin with Story: A Dip into the Fictive Imagination” on Thursday, Apr 28, from noon-1:30 pm (register here).
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will hold the virtual program “A Righteous Woman: Doña Gracia Mendes Nasi” on Thursday, March 31, at 5 pm. The program will look at the life of Beatrice Nasi (Doña Gracia), who was forced to convert to Christianity and was one of the richest women in the world in the 16th century. She helped Jews escape Portugal and later reclaimed her Judaism. For more information or to register, visit this link.
Maven will hold several virtual classes: “Is Shame Jewish?’ with Jewish Theological Seminary librarian and Professor David Kraemer on Wednesdays, April 20 and 27, from 5-6 pm (see event page); “Jewish and American Law: The Relationship Between Law and Ethics” on Fridays, April 29 and May 6,13 and 20, from 12:30-2 pm (register here); “Weekly Seminars with Top Israeli Artists and Curators” on Tuesdays, April 26 and May 3 and 10, from 10-11:30 pm (available here); and “Talmud and Midrash” on Tuesdays, April 12, 19 and 26, and May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, and June 7 (more info here). There is a charge for these classes.
The Jewish Heritage Alliance will hold “The Golden Age of Sefarad and the Abraham Accords” on Sunday, March 27, from 1-2:30 pm. The event will celebrate “the growing rapprochement between Israel and Arab countries taking place today, with the medieval Golden Age of Spain, highlighting the timeless benefits of peaceful tolerance and coexistence between Jews, Muslims and Christians.” For more information or to register, visit their event page.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee will hold “Re-evaluating the Role of American Jewry During the Shoah” on Tuesday, April 26, noon-1:30 pm, with Dr. Jonathan Sarna. There is a cost of $10 to attend. For more information or to register, click here.
The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will hold the virtual talk “Pièce de Résistance” about French Resistance during World War II on Wednesday, April 6, from 7-8:45 pm. The talk will include a virtual tour of Paris and a discussion of places connected to the French Resistance movement. For more information or to register, visit this link.
Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia will hold “Facing Antisemitism: A Conversation with Dara Horn” in-person and virtually on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 pm. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members. To register, click here.
The Jewish Book Council will hold the virtual program “Virtual Unpacking the Book: Lisa Barr and James McAuley: Art, Assimilation, and Reclaiming a Stolen Legacy” on Monday, April 11, from 7-8 pm. The authors will talk about Jewish art that was stolen during the Holocaust and the attempts to reclaim the art after the war. For more information or to register, see page.
JBL is offering free large-print haggadahs. The form to request one can be found here.
The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center will hold the in-person and virtual event “Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai” on Monday, April 4, at 6 pm, featuring author Matti Friedman in conversation with Abigail Pogrebin. For more information or to register, click here.
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs will hold a virtual conference looking at the questions “What Does It Mean to Be Free” and “Why is this Time Different Than All Other Times?” on Monday, April 11, beginning at 11 am. The last session will be held at 8 pm. For more information or to register, visit their conference page.
Maven will hold several classes this spring: “Talmud and Midrash” on eight Tuesdays from April 12-June 7, from 3-4:30 pm, at a cost of $280 (available here); “Is Shame Jewish?” on Wednesdays, April 20 and 27, from 5-6 pm, at a cost of $42 (more info here); and “Weekly Seminars with Top Israeli Artists and Curators” on Tuesdays, April 26, and May 3 and 10, from 10-11:30 pm (more info here).
The New School will hold “Elaine Black Yoneda: Jewish Immigration, Labor Activism, and Japanese American Exclusion and Incarceration,” featuring Rachel Schreiber on Thursday, April 7, at 5:30 pm. The event will be in-person and live streamed. For more information or to register, click here.