Jewish online resources 4/23/21 by Reporter Staff

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. 

  • May is Jewish American Heritage Month. Information can be found at www.jewishheritagemonth.gov/. Its “Exhibits and Collections” page offers links to a wide variety of exhibits and documents from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service and more. Audio and video links from the above organizations can be found at www.jewishheritagemonth.gov/audio-and-video/.
  • The Yiddish Book Center will hold the “2021 Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture: Jews and American Politics: Historical Ideals and Contemporary Realities,” given by Jonathan Sarna, as a virtual event on Sunday, May 16, at 2 pm. The event will be on Zoom and on the Center’s Facebook page. To register for the Zoom event, https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G1yjAldeRxiu7ix3xf0wDg. 
  • The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will hold “A Virtual Exploration of the Culturally Rich Jewish Upper West Side on Zoom” on Wednesday, May 19, from 7-8:30 pm. Among the sites to be visited are the JCC of Manhattan, Congregations B’nai Jeshurun and Rodeph Sholom, Lincoln Square Synagogue, the Society for the Advancement of Judaism and the Jewish Center. For more information or to register, visit www.nycjewishtours.org/event-log/jewish-upper-west-side-virtual-talk-on-zoom.
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold several virtual programs, including “Contextualizing the Jewish Orphan Experience: Bernice Lerner’s ‘All the Horrors of War’ and Marlene Trestman’s ‘Most Fortunate Unfortunates’” on Monday, May 10, at 4 pm (https://programs.cjh.org/event/contextualizing-2021-05-10; “On Jewish Studies Scholars and Their Political Activism and Public Engagement,” featuring Magda Teter in conversation with Deborah Dash Moore on Thursday, May 13, at 4 pm (https://programs.cjh.org/tickets/on-jewish-studies-2021-05-13); and “X Troops: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II” with Leah Garrett on Thursday, May 27, at 4 pm (https://programs.cjh.org/tickets/x-troop-2021-05-27) 
  • The Pardes Summer Program will be held virtually this year. There will be two sessions: July 12-July 22 and July 26-August 5. The program will include the study of Talmud, Bible and Jewish thought, and seek to read and analyze classic Jewish texts to explore their relevance. Students age 19 and older from all Jewish educational backgrounds are welcome. To register interest in the summer program and receive more information, visit www.pardes.org.il/program/shortterm/summer-program.
  • Judy Batalion, author of “The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos,” is holding virtual speaking events in April, May and June. For information about specific events, visit www.judybatalion.com/events.
  • Judaism Your Way will hold a virtual “Embodied Jewish Yoga” program on Thursday, April 29, from 9-10 pm. The program seeks to allow people to discover the wisdom of their body through a Jewish lens, utilizing Jewish themes, meditations, Kabbalah, prayer and yoga as a roadmap to deeper connections that unify body and soul. For more information or to register, visit www.judaismyourway.org/yoga/.
  • The Cornell Jewish Studies Program will hold the virtual lecture “Israel in Black & White: The Centrality of Black Thought for Afro-Asian Jewry in Israel” with Assistant Professor Bryan K. Roby on Thursday, May 6, at 7:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ianFsnddToKo_sa5AYNSSw.
  • The Jewish Museum will hold a three-part class, “Scenes from the Collection: Exploring Identity at the Jewish Museum,” on Tuesdays, May 4, 11 and 25, from 2-3 pm. The classes will discuss 19th- and 20th-century painting, contemporary photography and sculpture, and broader themes of immigration and identity within the Jewish community. For more information or to register, visit https://thejewishmuseum.org/calendar/events/2021/05/04/art-in-context-may-2021. 
  • Keshet will hold a virtual program “Cooking with Keshet Round 2: Reinventing Jewish Culinary Traditions with Jake Cohen “ on Thursday, April 29, at 7 pm. Cohen recently published the cookbook “Jew-ish,” about his love of modern Jewish cooking and baking. To register for the event, visit www.keshetonline.org/resources-and-events/register/jakecohen/.
  • Ofek Hub is offering a news series of classes for children and adults. Classes include Hebrew lessons, Israeli studies and Jewish-themed classes. For more information, visit www.ofekhub.org.
  • The Museum at Eldridge Street will hold two virtual events: “Cinema Chats: Jewish Women on TV” on Wednesday, April 28, from 5-6 pm (www.eldridgestreet.org/event/cinema-chats-jewish-women-on-tv/), and “Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture” on Tuesday, May 11, from 6-7:30 pm (www.eldridgestreet.org/event/mahjong-a-chinese-game-and-the-making-of-modern-american-culture/).
  • RitualWell will hold the online class “The Bonds Between Biblical Women: Writing Feminist Midrash” with feminist Torah scholar and creative writing professor Sivan Rotholz on Wednesdays, April 28 and May 5, 12 and 19, from 1-2:30 pm. There is a charge for the classes. For more information or to register, visit https://www.tickettailor.com/events/ritualwell/495688.
  • Aleph will hold two virtual events: “Brokenness and Wholeness Through Movement” on Sunday, May 2, from noon-6 pm (www.aleph.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=352); and “Sources of Wisdom: A Five-Part Series in Earth-Based Jewish Practice” on Sunday, May 2, from noon-1:30 pm, Wednesday, May 26, from 7-8:30 pm, Wednesday, June 16, from 7-8:30 pm, Wednesday, August 4, from noon-1:30 pm, and Sunday, August 15, from 4-5:30 pm (https://www.aleph.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=373). There is a charge for both events. The classes in the “Sources of Wisdom” may be taken together or as separate classes. 
  • The Yiddish Book Center will hold the 2021 Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture: “Great Jewish Books Lecture | Family Secrets and the Graphic Novel: Rutu Modan’s ‘The Property’ and Nora Krug’s ‘Belonging’ with Tahneer Oksman” on Tuesday, May 11, at 7 pm. For more information, to register or to view additional events, visit www.yiddishbookcenter.org/events-and-store/virtual-public-programs-calendar.
  • The Women’s Initiative of the Orthodox Union is holding “Counting Toward Sinai 2021” through May 14. The virtual program offers lessons on Pirkei Avot are taught by the initiative’s “Art of Speaking Advanced Seminar Cohort 5781.” Videos of previous speakers are available. To sign up or listen to talks, visit www.ou.org/women/cts-2021/.
  • The American Technion Society will offer several webinars, including “Our Planet’s Future” on Sunday, May 2, at 1 pm; and “A Conversation with Oded Gal ‘94, Zoom Chief Product Officer” on Thursday, May 20, at 5 pm. For more information, visit https://ats.org/event-category/webinars/.
  • The Zionist Organization of America will hold “What U.S. Universities Don’t Want You to Know: How Foreign Funding Sways the Anti-Israel Agenda on College Campuses” on Tuesday, May 4, at 7 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcofuqpqj0iG9d5KHLwBxd30XdXSRrhFMBu.
  • The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will hold several virtual programs, including “‘The Ravine” book talk with Wendy Lower and Paul Salmons on Tuesday, April 27, at 2 pm (https://mjhnyc.org/events/the-ravine-book-talk-with-wendy-lower-and-paul-salmons/); and “An American Pogrom: Reckoning with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre” on Thursday, April 29, at 7 pm (https://mjhnyc.org/events/an-american-pogrom-reckoning-with-the-1921-tulsa-race-massacre/). 
  • The Blue Dove Foundation has published a “Jewish Teen Gratitude Journal” to encourage teens to analyze their lives and to practice gratitude for a few moments every week. The idea is based on the principals of Shabbat. There is a cost for the journal. For more information or to order, visit https://thebluedovefoundation.org/jewish-teen-gratitude-journal/.
  • The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will hold the virtual program “ Cry, My Heart, Cry: Songs from Testimonies in the Fortunoff Video Archive, Vol. 2” on Wednesday, April 28, at 1 pm. There is no charge for the event. For more information or to register, visit www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2021/04/28/Cry-My-Heart-Cry-0100PM. 
  • A virtual Jewish Psychedelic Summit will be held Sunday-Monday, May 2-3. The summit will feature panels and discussions offered by rabbis, therapists, mystics and scholars, who will speak about the history and usage of psychedelics in Judaism. For more information, including a list of speakers and topics, or to book a spot, visit https://2021.jewishpsychedelicsummit.org/#.
  • The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will hold the virtual cooking demonstration “A Taste of Rome’s Historic Jewish Cuisine” on Wednesday, May 12, at 1 pm, with cookbook author Leah Koenig. For more information or to register, visit www.yivo.org/Rome-Jewish-Cuisine.
  • The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute will hold several virtual programs, including “The Crooked and the Straight: Queer Theory and Rabbinic Literature” on Monday, April 26, from 12:30-1:30 pm; “Exploring Jewish Women’s Fiction as Mirrors into Jewish Women’s Lives” on Wednesday, April 28, from 2-3 pm; and “Rediscovering the Lost Literature of Unconventional Jewish Women” on Thursday, May 13, from 12:30-1:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.brandeis.edu/hbi/events/index.html.
  • UJA-Federation and The Jewish Week will hold “America in the Eyes of Immigrants” on Wednesday, May 5, from 11:30 am-1 pm, featuring award-winning authors Roya Hakakian and Ruby Namdar in conversation. A donation is requested. For more information or to register, visit www.ujafedny.org/event/view/hakakian.
  • The Bennett Lecture in Judaic Studies will hold “State of Play: The Political Future of the American Jewish Community,” featuring David Axelrod, American political consultant and strategist; CNN senior political commentator, and former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama, on Monday, April 26, at 7:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://fairfield.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IAwq8NgDQxCcOf0ZcCQ8Og. 

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