By The 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.
Tablet presents new episodes of the cooking show “Joan Knows Best” at www.tabletmag.com/tags/joan-knows-best. Last year, Joan Nathan and her son, David Henry Gerson, cooked together on Zoom. This year, they are doing it in person. The first episode is up and new episodes will air every other week for the rest of the summer.
The Tikvah Online Academy will hold “Great Speeches and Great Leaders,” a new program for middle and high school students. The classes will study the “defining moments of Jewish, Zionist and American history. It will take place in August 2021 on weekdays, week nights and Sundays. The registration deadline is Tuesday, July 20. For more information, visit https://tikvahfund.org/speeches/.
JewishFiction.net announced that its summer 2021 issue is up at www.jewishfiction.net/index.php/current-issue/. Ten stories, originally written in Yiddish, Hebrew and English, are ready to read at no cost.
The BAS Scholars Series will hold the virtual seminar “The Book of Genesis: Tracing the Origins of the Ancestral Narratives” with Professor Gary A. Rendsburg, Rutgers University, on Thursday, August 26, from 8-9 pm. The cost to attend is $10. His focus will be on the stories of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, along with their primary wives Sarah, Rebekah and Rachel. For more information or to register, visit www.biblicalarchaeology.org/travel-study/bas-scholars-series/.
Jewish Live offers the program “Sacred Science,” hosted by Sinai and Synapses Founding Director Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman, on Tuesdays, at 2 pm, at www.jewishlive.org/sacredscience. Mitelman talks with professors and rabbis, academics and practitioners, and scientists and religious thinkers. Prior episodes can be found on the site and transcripts are available a few days after the program airs.
The Bible 365 Podcast covered the complete Hebrew Bible in one year and is taught by Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik. Subscribers receive a new, 20-minute episode every day, daily e-mails with lesson summaries, and access to every new podcast and the full Bible 365 archives. The cost for a year is $100. For more information or to register, visit https://lp.bible365podcast.com/.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will hold several programs in July and August, including “Legacies: Judy Heumann,” about the disabilities activist on Tuesday, July 27, at 2 pm (https://mjhnyc.org/events/legacies-judy-heumann/); “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice,” about the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany, on Thursday, July 29, at 7 pm (https://mjhnyc.org/events/olympic-pride-american-prejudice/); “Stories Survive: Dorien Grunbaum,” about her family’s experiences in World War II, on Tuesday, August 3, at 2 pm (https://mjhnyc.org/events/stories-survive-dorien-grunbaum/); “Sarah Aroeste with Shai Bachar: Ladino Music From Yesterday to Today, Live From Edmond J. Safra Hall” on Sunday, August 8, at 3 pm (https://mjhnyc.org/events/sarah-aroeste-with-shai-bachar-ladino-music-from-yesterday-to-today-live-from-edmond-j-safra-hall/); “Nu Jewish Storylab,” a rhythm and movement exploration of Jewish children’s stories from traditional to cutting edge, on Sunday, August 22, at 1 pm (https://mjhnyc.org/events/nu-jewish-storylab/); and “10 Years of Recipes Remembered,” about the book “Recipes Remembered: A Celebration of Survival” that contains more than 80 stories gleaned from personal interviews with Holocaust survivors and their families, on Thursday, August 26, at 5 pm (https://mjhnyc.org/events/10-years-of-recipes-remembered/).
The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center and American Inspiration will hold a virtual conversation with Menachem Kaiser, author of “Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure,” and Dr. Bernice Lerner. Kaiser’s book tells the story of his battle to reclaim the family’s apartment building in Sosnowiec, Poland. The event will take place on Tuesday, July 20, at 6 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wsDRbKBrS8O9LBqmtX7qQw.
The American Jewish University will hold two virtual classes: “What Would Moses Say About Your Smartphone?” with Rabbi Jeffrey Schein on Monday, July 26, from 5-6 pm (https://learning.aju.edu/event/what-would-moses-say-about-your-smartphone/); and “Workshop: What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?” with Michal Oshman about her book of the same title on Wednesday, August 11, from 3-4 pm (https://learning.aju.edu/event/workshop-what-would-you-do-if-you-werent-afraid/).
Jewish Women’s Archive will hold virtual “(Post)Quarantine Book Talks.” All sessions are on Thursdays at 8 pm: July 22, Annelise Heinz, author of “Mahjong”; July 29, Gabrielle Glaser, author of “American Baby”; August 5, Rachel Beanland, author of “Florence Adler Swims Forever”; and August 12, Rachel Sharona Lewis, author of “The Rabbi Who Prayed with Fire.” For more information or to register, visit https://jwa.org/events#quarantinebookclub.
The Jewish National Fund USA will hold a “Live Rosh Hashanah Cooking Experience: Telling Our Stories Through Jewish Fusion Cuisine,” hosted by Women for Israel San Diego, on Wednesday, August 18, from 4-4:30 pm (optional prep time – recommended if cooking along) and 4:30-5:30 pm for the cooking class. For more information or to register, visit www.jnf.org/events-landing-pages/rosh-hashanah-cooking-experience.
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