Jewish online resources 5/7/21 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 Jewish Review of Books will hold the virtual program “From Pogroms to Philip Roth” with Steven J. Zipperstein on Tuesday, May 25, at 7 pm. Zipperstein will talk about the arc of Ashkenazi Jewish life in the 20th century, the art of biography, and Philip Roth. For more information or to register, visit https://jewishreviewofbooks.com/conversation/steven-j-zipperstein/.
  • Shmuzing Shidduchim, www.shmuzingshidduchim.com, is an anonymous platform for frum women who are single to communicate about their lives and the difficulties they face. According to the site, organizers want “to build an anonymous community where we can support each other through the ups and downs of shidduchim, without being judged.” 
  • The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program of Case Western Reserve University will hold several virtual programs: “First Loves in the Bible” with Meir Shalev on Tuesday, May 4, at 11 am (https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/lectures/first-loves-bible-remote); “Hadassah: An American Story – A Conversation with Hadassah Lieberman” on Wednesday, June 2, at 7 pm (https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/lectures/hadassah-american-story-conversation-hadassah-lieberman-remote); and “Love in the Time of Corona or Literature and Catastrophe” with Ayelet Gundar Goshen on Tuesday, June 15, at 11 am (https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/lectures/love-time-corona-or-literature-and-catastrophe-remote). 
  • The Yiddish Book Center will offer a variety of virtual programs, including “Great Jewish Books Lecture: Family Secrets and the Graphic Novel: Rutu Modan’s ‘The Property’ and Nora Krug’s ‘Belonging’” on Tuesday, May 11, at 7 pm; “Jews and Jazz: Before the Beginning” on Thursday, June 3, at 7 pm; “Modicut Yiddish Puppet Theater, 1925-1933” on Thursday, June 17, at 7 pm; and “Cooking in Yiddish: Highlights from the Yiddish Book Center’s Collection” on Thursday, June 24, at 7 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.yiddishbookcenter.org/events-and-store/virtual-public-programs-calendar. 
  • The Center for Brooklyn will hold the virtual program “Jewish Brooklyn: Growing Up” on Tuesday, May 11, at 6:30 pm. Three born-and-bred Brooklynites will come together to reminisce about growing up Jewish in Brooklyn. For more information or to register, visit https://bklynlibrary.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QElFUSpwTSqfR-hFCb1Ovw.
  • The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies is holding the online exhibition “The Zionist Phantom” by Dana Arieli. Arieli’s works seek to show a panoramic view of a landscape defined by its haunting ghosts and missing limbs. To view the exhibit and learn about programs for the public, visit www.brandeis.edu/israel-center/zionist-phantom/.
  • The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation will hold the virtual program “Chaim Gross’s 100 Years in the Village” on Tuesday, May 25, at 6 pm. Sasha Davis, executive director of the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, will discuss Gross’ work and legacy. For more information or to register, visit www.villagepreservation.org/events/#/2021/05/ and scroll to the program or visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DbJxKgTxQyqHE6CCvapHUA.
  • Matan will hold “Receiving Torah in the Face of Trauma” on Thursday, May 6, from 1-2 pm. Rabbi Ruti Regan will discuss what it means to receive the Torah during pandemic times. For more information, visit www.tfaforms.com/4887476. 
  • The Tenement Museum will hold the virtual tour “Epstein Family” two times: Wednesday, May 12, at 7 pm, and Wednesday, May 26, at 6 pm. The tour will visit the home of the Epstein family in the 1950s, where Kalman and Rivka Epstein lived as refugees after surviving the Holocaust. For more information or to register, visit www.tenement.org/tour/virtual-epstein-family/.
  • The 929 site will hold “Book Salon and Beit Midrash – ‘Antiquities’” on Sunday, May 23, from 11:30 am-12:30 pm, about Cynthia Ozick’s new novel. The online event will be facilitated by Professor Shai Secunda. For more information or to register, visit www.929events.org/events/2021/5/23/book-salon-amp-beit-midrash-antiquities.
  • Moonstone Art Center will present “Virtual Poetry Reading: ‘101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium’” on Thursday, May 20, at 7 pm. Editors of the book and poets will read from their works. For more information, visit https://moonstoneartscenter.org/event/virtual-poetry-reading-101-jewish-poems-for-the-third-millennium/.
  • The Jewish-American Hall of Fame has added a “virtual annex” featuring pictures, videos and text of more than 50 honorees, including Gertrude Berg (aka Molly Goldberg), Albert Einstein, George Gershwin, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, etc. at www.amuseum.org/jahf.
  • The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold two virtual classes. “From Greenberger to Greene: The Origin and Transformation of Jewish Names” will take place on Tuesdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 5-6:30 pm. The course will explore the origins of Ashkenazi Jewish names and the history of Jewish name changing in the United States. For more information or to register, visit https://mjhnyc.org/events/from-greenberger-to-greene-the-origin-and-transformation-of-jewish-names/. “Introduction to the Holocaust” will take place on Wednesday, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 5-6:30 pm. The first four sessions will be led by Dr. Natalia Aleksiun, professor of modern Jewish history at the Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Touro College New York, and will focus on East European Jewish history. The fifth session will feature Alice Ginsburg, a Holocaust survivor from Mukachevo, Czechoslovakia. For more information or to register, visit https://mjhnyc.org/events/introduction-to-the-holocaust-2/.
  • The Forward will hold a variety of virtual events, including “Yiddish Folk Song: The Next Generation” on Tuesday, May 11, at 2 pm; “Animal, Vegetable, Junk”: A Conversation on Food, Climate Change and Spirituality with Mark Bittman” on Wednesday, May 12, at 7 pm; and “Activism, Athletics and Advice: Immigrant Newspapers in NYC” on Thursday, May 20, at 6 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://forward.com/tag/events/.
  • Pardes will hold a virtual Learning Seminar from Sunday-Thursday, July 4-8, from 11:30 am-4:30 pm. The seminar will bring together community leaders, professionals and lifelong learners who wish to study classical Jewish sources – grappling with ancient texts and current issues. For more information or to apply for the seminar, visit www.pardes.org.il/program/pardes-learning-seminars/pardes-learning-seminars/.
  • The America-Israel Friendship League will hold several virtual events: “Jerusalem Orchestra – Music for Mother’s Day” on Sunday, May 9, at noon (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_u-uWFknGSwmnKJEY-QWy9g); “Israeli High Tech” on Wednesday, May 12, at noon (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JWyXS9kITESUL-1hy_w2UQ); and “AIFL Virtual Tour @The Dead Sea and Kumran” on Sunday, May 23, at noon (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HkkjSa-CS5KGntQz9I23nw).
  • Collective Compassion 2021 lists many Jewish Wellness programs in connection with May’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Featured are program listings in areas such as “Creativity for Coping: Empowering programs to find purpose and meaning” (www.collectivecompassion2021.com/creativity-for-coping); and “Education and Awareness: Learn and share practical tools for mental health” (www.collectivecompassion2021.com/education-awareness).
  • The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU will hold several virtual programs: “Contextualizing the Remarkable Life and Legacy of Siggi Wilzig: A Conversation with Ivan Wilzig, Joshua M. Greene and Professor Oren B. Stier” on Thursday, May 13, from 7-8 pm (https://secure.qgiv.com/for/jmoffiu/event/830787/); and “Thursday at Three: Jacqueline Goldstein in conversation with Anne Dopffer, Director of the Chagall Museum” on Thursday, May 20, from 3-4 pm (https://secure.qgiv.com/for/jmoffiu/event/830211/)
  • HUC-JIR offers the College Commons, a podcast featuring discussions with Jewish thinkers, rabbis, scholars, musicians and more, hosted by Joshua Holo, dean of the Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. Most than 100 podcasts are available at https://collegecommons.huc.edu/bully-pulpit. There is also information on how to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud and SPOTIFY.
  • Jewish Women’s Archive will hold a “Book Talk with Tovah Feldshuh” on Thursday, May 27, at 8 pm. She will talk about her book “Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played” in conversation with JWA CEO Judith Rosenbaum. For more information or to register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MEUmtg6JQsa17YaBFUq1nw.
  • 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. Sites to be visited include 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 Museum at Eldridge Street will hold several virtual events in May: “Mamas with Chutzpah Virtual Walking Tour” on Wednesday, May 5, from 5-6:30 pm (www.eldridgestreet.org/event/mamas-with-chutzpah-virtual-walking-tour/); “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/); “Secrets of All-of-a-Kind Family” on Sunday, May 23, from 11 am-noon (www.eldridgestreet.org/event/secrets-of-all-of-a-kind-family-2/); and “Activism, Athletics & Advice: Immigrant Newspapers in NYC” on Monday, May 31, from 6-7:30 pm (www.eldridgestreet.org/event/activism-athletics-advice-immigrant-newspapers-in-nyc-2/).
  • The Women of Reform Judaism will hold several virtual events in May: “Film, Fiction and Fine Wine: Featuring R.L. Maizes” on Tuesday, May 11, at 8 pm (https://urj.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtf-uvqzsqGtW0Bfyf5LlUuOR0wUYMzRQs); “Shavuot Bake-a-long with Pastry Chef Harry Rubenstein” on Wednesday, May 12, at noon (https://urj.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUud-6uqjksHNUYhG5uBcz66QkHQ5x5aohi); and “My Heart is in the East: Libi B’mizrach,” a virtual trip to Israel, Monday-Thursday, May 24-27, noon-1pm, with optional breakout room “buses” from 1-1:30 pm (https://urjyouth.wufoo.com/forms/x1456bxp1hsk9fh/).
  • The Orthodox Union is offering Mental Health Resources at www.ou.org/mental-health.

For additional resources, see previous issues of The Reporter on its website, www.thereportergroup.org.