Jewish Online Resources 6/4/21

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. 

Keshet will hold the virtual program “Pride Panel: 2021 – Reflecting on LGBTQ inclusion in Jewish life around the world” on Wednesday, June 23, at noon. The panel will feature representatives from LGBTQ Jewish organizations KeshetUK, Guimel Mexico, Jewish Outlook South Africa and Keshet in the U.S. Each organization will share its current successes and challenges working towards LGBTQ equality in their respective Jewish communities as well as their hopes for the future. For more information or to register, visit www.keshetonline.org/resources-and-events/register/pridepanel/

The Jewish National Fund will hold a virtual “JNF-USA Reading Series” hosted by Steven Shalowitz: “Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth” with author Noa Tishby on Wednesday, June 23, at 7 pm; and “Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People” with author Ben M. Freeman on Wednesday, July 28, at 7 pm. Each event can be registered for separately at www.jnf.org/events-landing-pages/jnf-reading-series.


The National Council of Jewish Women will celebrate a 20-year partnership with Tel Aviv University and the co-founding of the NCJW Women and Gender Studies Program on Thursday, June 17, at noon. For more information or to register, visit https://www.ncjw.org/events/save-the-date-celebrate-our-20-year-partnership-with-tel-aviv-university/.

The Museum at Eldridge Street will hold an “Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Virtual Festival” in June. Each Sunday will feature a different theme: food; music and performances; games and cultural exchanges; and folk art. For more information or to register for each event, visit https://mailchi.mp/eldridgestreet/2021festival.

The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold the virtual series “A Wandering People: Jewish Journeys, Real and Imagined” on Mondays, June 7 to August 23 (except for July 5), from 2-3 pm. Each lecture may be taken separately. Topics include “Home and exile, center and periphery: ambivalent journeys in the Torah”; “‘Jewish travel’: Yehuda Amichai on memory, place, and identity”; “Finding HIJAR: a scholar’s quest to uncover the history of her Jewish community through the journey of its books”; and “Traveling to Babylon – for good.” For a complete listing of lectures, more information or to register, visit www.jtsa.edu/events-calendar?cat=16925.

Eric Cohen, executive director of the Tikvah Fund, will hold two virtual conversations that will explore the challenges facing the Jewish people:  “America and Israel: A View from the Arena” with Elliott Abrams on Thursday, June 10, at 7:30 pm; and “Jews Without Apology: On Jewish Literature and Jewish Courage” with Ruth Wisse on Thursday, June 17, at 7:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://tikvahfund.org/tikvah-leaders-2021/.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the Bodleian Library will hold the virtual program “Jewish Children’s Literature in Russian and Yiddish” on Tuesday, June 22, at 1 pm. Scholars, archivists and curators will explore the world of Jewish children’s literature in pre-World War II Europe. The webinar outlines the contours of this body of work and discusses its features through the collections of the Bodleian Library and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. For more information or to register, visit www.yivo.org/Jewish-Childrens-Literature.

The Center for Jewish History will hold several book talks: “East West Street and The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive” with Philippe Sands on Tuesday, June 22, at 4 pm (https://programs.cjh.org/event/family-affairs-2021-06-22); “The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams” with Jonathan Ned Katz on Wednesday, June 23, at 4 pm (https://programs.cjh.org/tickets/life-of-eve-2021-06-23); and “David Ludwig Bloch: A German Jewish Artist in Shanghai” on Monday, July 12, at 4 pm (https://programs.cjh.org/tickets/out-of-the-box-2021-07-12).

The Jewish Theological Seminary will present the virtual program “Between the Lines: Jewish Bible Translations: Personalities, Passions, Politics, Progress” on Wednesday, June 9, at 1 pm. Author Leonard J. Greenspoon will discuss his book and speak about the historical, cultural, linguistic and religious contexts of translations in 11 languages. For more information or to register, visit www.jtsa.edu/jewish-bible-translations.

Ritualwell will hold the virtual class “Rise and Rebuild: Tending our Individual and Collective Grief” on Tuesdays, June 22-July 13, at 7pm. The series will explore how all the ways grief manifests in our individual and collective lives. The cost for the class is $144 for the four sessions. For more information or to register, visit www.tickettailor.com/events/ritualwell/519904

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will hold the virtual lecture “This IS The Borscht Belt! Resorts of the Jewish Catskills Part 2” on Monday, June 14, from 7-8:30 pm. One need not have attended part one to register. It will look at Jewish resorts that helped create the mountain communities of New York’s Sullivan and Ulster counties. For more information to register, visit www.nycjewishtours.org/event-log/this-is-the-catskills-part-2-borscht-belt

The Koren Podcast Network has a new podcast called “Crises and Kings,” which explores the biblical Book of Samuel. For more information or to listen to an episode of the podcast, visit https://korenpub.com/pages/crisis-kings.

The Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative is holding a “Virtual College Road Trip” during the month of June. It offers student-led virtual campus tours, information sessions with college admissions staff and onsite Hillel professionals, webinars, workshops and more. It will also offer interactive learning sessions for both teens and parents on such topics as how to pursue academic, social and emotional success after high school. Past webinars covering the admissions process, accessing financial aid and more are also available to watch on demand on its YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.roadtriptocollege.org/.

The Center City Kehillah will hold two virtual programs in June: “Raising Race-Conscious Jewish Children During the Modern Civil Rights Era” with Imani Chapman and Franny Silverman on Wednesday, June 9, from 7-8:30 pm; and “Creating Radically Welcoming Communities” with Rabbi Sandra Lawson on Wednesday, June 30, from 7-8 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://centercityjews.org/looking-within-for-communal-change/.

The conference “Restoring Jewish Cemeteries of Poland 2021: The Task Ahead” will be held virtually on Thursday, July 1, from 10 am-noon. Simultaneous two-way Polish-English translation will be available. For more information or to register, visit https://jewishheritagepoland.org/conference.html.

Jewish Women’s Archive will hold a “Global Day of Learning” to celebrate the launch of the expanded and renamed “Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women” from Sunday, June 27-Monday, June 28. Six webinars presented by expert scholars will showcase the evolution of the encyclopedia and provide a taste of the new content. People can register once and attend as many sessions as they like. There is a suggested $18 donation for those able to contribute. For more information about individual sessions or to register, visit https://jwa.org/events#globaldayoflearning.

The YIVO Yiddish Club will hold “Yiddish Duolingo and Learning Yiddish Today with Meena-Lifshe Viswanath, Isac Polasak and Dovid Braun” on Sunday, June 27, at 2 pm (https://yivo.org/YiddishClub4), and “Yiddish Theater Music with Miryem-Khaye Seigel” on Sunday, July 25, at 2 pm (https://yivo.org/YiddishClub5).

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism will hold the virtual program “Juneteenth Through the Eyes of Jews of Color: Sharing Stories and Perspectives” on Thursday, June 17, from 8-9:30 pm. The program will feature stories and perspectives on Juneteenth from Jews of Color, including JTS rabbinical student Kendell Pinkney. Juneteenth is a modern holiday marking the date confirming the freedom of the last remaining enslaved people in the American South. For more information or to register, visit https://crm.uscj.org/civicrm/event/info?id=361&reset=1

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