Jewish online resources 4/9/21 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. 

  • The Israel Ride is being held virtually this year. An introductory session will be held on Sunday, April 18, at noon. The one-hour session will answer questions about logistics, fund-raising, cycling and more. For more information or to register, visit https://israelride.org/event/zooming-to-israel-virtual-session/?.
  • Aleph will hold a virtual Jewish Spa Time Sunday Series with Rabbi Aura Ahuvia. “‘All My Bones Will Praise You’: The Power of Dance to Heal Us” will be held on Sunday, April 25, from 2-3:30 pm (www.aleph.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=347), and “Envisioning a New Future” on Sunday, May 16, from 2-3:30 pm (www.aleph.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=349.)
  • The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy will hold several virtual seminars in April, including Dr. Edy Cohen on “The Holocaust from the Arab Peoples’ Point of View” on Monday, April 12, at 11 am (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YwLHjGS9QtuXZQruFR-0jg); Dr. Farid Younos on “Jews in Afghanistan: An Historical Perspective” at Thursday, April 22, at 9 am (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kXeBuFu5Rci9eo3n4M0Hzg); and Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar on “Instances of Antisemitism in the Indian Urdu Press” on Thursday, April 29, at 9 am (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ERkkC6lRQYO1nE9M4_tydA).
  • The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy announced its Zoom talks for April and May: “Virtually Explore the Rich Jewish History of the Upper East Side” on Wednesday, April 14, from 7-8:30 pm (www.nycjewishtours.org/event-log/virtual-upper-east-side); “This is not the Borscht Belt: Resorts of the early Jewish Catskills – Part 1” on Wednesday, April 21, from 7-8:30 pm (www.nycjewishtours.org/event-log/this-is-not-the-catskills-part-1-borscht-belt); “Jewish New York: A History and Guide to Neighborhoods, Synagogues, and Eateries” on Wednesday, May 5, from 7-8:30 pm (www.nycjewishtours.org/event-log/jewish-new-york-book-talk); “A Virtual Exploration of the Culturally Rich Jewish Upper West Side” on Wednesday, May 19, from 7-8:30 pm (www.nycjewishtours.org/event-log/jewish-upper-west-side-virtual-talk-on-zoom); and “Exploring Jewish South Florida: A Book Talk” on Monday, May 24, from 7-8:30 pm (www.nycjewishtours.org/event-log/jewish-south-florida-book-talk). 
  • The Vilna Shul will hold the virtual event “Hadassah: An American Story” featuring Hadassah Lieberman, on Monday, April 12, at 7 pm. Lieberman will discuss her family’s experience in Eastern Europe to their move to Gardner, MA; forging her career; experiencing divorce; and, following her remarriage, her life on the national political stage. For more information or to register, visit https://vilnashul.org/events/event/hadassah-an-american-story-feauting-hadassah-lieberman.
  • The Forward will hold the virtual program “Meet the Forward 50 with Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and Rabbi Benay Lappe” on Thursday, April 15, at 2 pm. This is the final program in the series, which will focus on Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, senior rabbi of Central Synagogue in New York City, and Rabbi Benay Lappe, founder and rosh yeshiva of SVARA and senior fellow at the Institute for the Next Jewish Future in Chicago. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7916164214121/WN_wJr0ZO1nSlePvDzIwyeh-w?.
  • The Association for Jewish Studies will hold the virtual course “Antisemitism and the American Past” on Tuesdays, April 27, May 4 and May 11, from noon-1 pm. The course will examine the American past to uncover some of the history of antisemitism. To register, visit https://myajs.associationforjewishstudies.org/event/academy2.
  • Ritualwell will hold the virtual program “Recharge + Release: Lag B’Omer Celebration” on Thursday, April 29, from 7-8:15 pm. The event will feature a virtual bonfire, music and “Laughter Torah/Yoga.” A $36 donation is requested. For more information or to register, visit https://www.tickettailor.com/events/ritualwell/494178?utm_source=Ritualwell&.
  • The Shalom Hartman Institute will hold the virtual program “The Ideas Behind the Politics: What is the Debate Over Israel Really About?” on Sunday, May 2, from 10-11 am. Micah Goodman, bestselling author of “Catch-67,” will explore how a hidden consensus among Israelis could promote “shrinking the conflict” and sheds light on the ideas that have shaped Israelis’ thinking on both sides of the debate, among both secular and religious Jews, about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For more information or to register, visit https://www.hartman.org.il/event/the-ideas-behind-the-politics-what-is-the-debate-over-israel-really-about/?timestamp=1619949600.
  • HUC Connect 2021 will hold several virtual classes and lectures in April and May, including “Opening the Ark: Bringing a Lost Polish Synagogue to Life” on Wednesday, April 7, at 12:30 pm; “Silkworms and Bookworms: Jewish-Christian Relations and Hebrew Books in Italy” on Tuesday, April 13, at 1 pm; “Transcendent Melodies: Exploring the Music and Cultural Context of Ishay Ribo” on Tuesday, April 20, at 6 pm; “The Presidents, the Press, and American Jewry” on Tuesday, April 27, at 4 pm; “Intersectional Jewish Identities” on Thursday, May 13, at 3 pm; “Reflections on the Significance of Holocaust Memory in the 21st Century” on Thursday, April 15, at 3 pm; “Every Book Has a Story: The Story of Alpha Betah of Ben Sira” on Thursday, May 20, at 1 pm; and “The World of the Cairo Genizah: The Jews of Medieval Islam” on Tuesday, April 27, at 6 pm. For more information or to register, visit http://huc.edu/huc-connect/huc-connect-2021.
  • Tablet Magazine now offers a digital recipe box at www.tabletmag.com/recipes. The box can be searched by dish, diet or holiday. 
  • The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold virtual events in April, including “Cantors, Controversy, and Compassion: Searching for God in Musical Complexity” with Cantor Matthew Austerklein on Thursday, April 15, at 7:30 pm (www.jtsa.edu/cantors-controversy-compassion-austerklein); and “Dangerous Religious Ideas: The Deep Roots of Self-Critical Faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam” with Rabbi Dr. Rachel S. Mikva on Tuesday, April 20, at 7:30 pm (www.jtsa.edu/dangerous-religious-ideas).
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold “A Tradition of Talent: Jewish Opera Singers and the Patterns that Shaped Their Careers,” featuring Samantha M. Cooper, on Wednesday, May 5, at 4 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://programs.cjh.org/event/tradition-of-talent-2021-05-05.
  • The Off-Broadway musical “A Letter to Harvey Milk” will be presented as an online benefit from April 22-25. The money raised will benefit the Actors Fund and HIAS. Tickets are $10-$50 and can be purchased by visiting www.stellartickets.com/o/letter-productions-llc/events/a-letter-to-harvey-milk-the-musical/occurrences/ba514e4d-4b56-4a79-a6e1-256015a4224e.
  • The Yiddish Book Center will hold several virtual events: a lecture on “Magical Thinking: Isaac Bashevis Singer’s novel, ‘The Magician of Lublin’” with Anita Norich on Tuesday, April 13, at 7 pm; and “The Dead Man” By Sholem Asch, translated by Caraid O’Brien, with Asch’s play as a radio drama, on Sunday, April 25, at 7 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.yiddishbookcenter.org/events-and-store/virtual-public-programs-calendar.
  • The event “Virtual Unpacking the Book: Rachel Bloom and Tovah Feldshuh – A Conversation Between a (Television) Daughter and Mother” will take place on Thursday, April 29, from 7-8 pm, on Zoom. The two women will discuss humor, family and writing. For more information or to register for the event, visit www.jewishbookcouncil.org/events/virtual-unpacking-the-book-rachel-bloom-and-tovah-feldshuh-a-conversation.
  • Hazon will hold a #SoundtheCall for Climate Change on Thursday, April 22, for Earth Day. For more information, visit https://hazon.org/calendar/soundthecall-this-earth-day/.
  • The American Jewish Historical Society will present a virtual “Book Talk: The Soul of Judaism- Jews of African Descent in America” with author Dr. Bruce D. Haynes interviewed by Dr. Michael Alexander on Thursday, April 22, at 7 pm. For information and to register for this and other programs, visit https://ajhs.org/programs.
  • Jewish Together will hold a “Celebrate Israel” program on Thursday, April 15, at 7 pm. The program will include appearances by Israeli Olympic gold medal hopefuls who are on their way to Tokyo this summer and Jewish athletes from around the world. For more information or to register, visit www.jewishtogether.org/yom-haatzmaut-2021.

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