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 Blue Dove Foundation, has a new website with information about mental illness and substance abuse from a Jewish point of view. The site offers “Mental Health Jewish Holiday Resources” and “Publications, Kippahs, Toolkits and More,” in additional to information about speakers and workshops.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold the virtual program “German Patriots: Jewish Germans During WWI” on Thursday, April 21, at 2 pm. Scholars will discuss Jewish participation in World War I on the battlefield and home front. For more information or to register, visit this link.
Maven will hold the free event “Bob Dylan: About Man and God and Law” on Tuesday, May 17, from 3-3:43 pm. Stephen Daniel Arnoff will discuss Dylan’s work and his new book “About Man and God and Law: The Spiritual Wisdom of Bob Dylan.” Register here.
Professor Ruth Wisse will start a weekly podcast “The Stories Jews Tell” on Tuesday, April 12. A 10-week subscription for the first season is $25. Subscribers will receive a link for each 25-minute episode. During the podcast, Wisse will discuss modern Jewish fiction, including poems, short stories and novels. For more information or to register, click here.
The Hillel College Fair is a free, virtual event and will take place from Tuesday-Thursday, April 24-26. For more information or to register for sessions, visit their events page.
The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold several virtual classes: “Introduction to the Talmudic Argument” on Wednesdays, April 27 and May 4, 11, 18 and 25, from noon-1:15 pm, attendees are expected to have some basic knowledge of Hebrew (more info here); “Turn It and Turn It Again: An Introduction to Midrash” on Thursdays, April 28 and May 5, 19 and 26, from noon-1:15 pm, no knowledge of Hebrew is required (see event); and “Dissent and Tolerance in Jewish History” on Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 10:30-11:30 am (register here).
The JDC Archives and the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History will hold “Re-evaluating the Role of American Jewry During the Shoah” on Tuesday, April 26, from noon-1:30 pm. Dr. Jonathan Sarna will discuss new scholarship and whether thoughts about that period of time need to be revised. The cost of a ticket is $10. For more information or to register, visit this page.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will hold a “Virtual Walking Tour: Jewish Buenos Aires” on Wednesday, April 20, at 11 am. The cost is $18 for museum members and $36 for non-members. For more information or to register, explore this link.
Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education offers an online interactive haggadah companion, which can be found here. It features material for all ages with a focus on gratitude.
The Museum at Eldridge Street will hold a free online program, “The Empty Chair: A Holiday Conversation About Missing Those We Love,” on Tuesday, April 12, from 6-8 pm. Rabbi Andy Bachman and Stephanie Garry will hold a discussion related to Passover. For more information or to register, see this page.
The Museum at Eldridge Street will hold the online program “Feel the History at Your Feet: Nostalgia and American Jewish Religion” on Tuesday, April 26, from 6-8 pm. A donation is requested. Religious studies Professor Rachel B. Gross will talk about the issues she discussed in her book “Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice.” For more information or to register, visit here.
Hadar offers a free Passover reader, “Geulah Arikhta – The Long Redemption: Pesach Reader 5782,” which can be downloaded here. According to the Hadar website, “This reader will help you reflect on our multifaceted redemption story, as we consider our Exodus in terms of its extended duration – from the earliest stirrings of our people’s redemption, to its place in our lives today, to the most complete manifestations of redemption that might yet be brought to the world.”
The Jewish Museum of Florida will hold the virtual program “Jews & Plagues: A Long History with Surprises” on Monday, April 11, from 7-8 pm. Samuel Cohn will survey more than two millennia of history, during which Jews were targeted as perpetrators of plagues. For more information or to register, click here