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.
Ritualwell will hold the virtual class “Aligning Ourselves for the New Year” on Tuesdays, August 10, 17, 24 and 31, at 2 pm. The class will be taught by Daniel Raphael Silverstein, who is a rabbi, educator, meditation teacher and MC/poet. The class aims to help participants prepare for the end of the Jewish year and the beginning of a new one through spiritual teachings and reflective writing on the year that has been and the one to come. The cost to attend is $144 for the four sessions; registration is open until Tuesday, August 3. For more information or to register, visit www.tickettailor.com/events/ritualwell/528757.
Ritualwell will hold the virtual class “The Sacred Art of Dressing the Holiday Table” on Wednesdays from August 11-September 1, at 7 pm, with Kohenet Naomi Azriel. The three sessions will focus on “The Holiday Table as Altar Place,” “The Sacred Flower and Mitzvot of Beautification” and “Styling for your Holiday Table.” The class is inspired by the Jewish value of hiddur mitzvah, beautifying a mitzvah. The cost to attend is $136 for the three sessions; registration is open until Thursday, August 5. For more information or to register, visit www.tickettailor.com/events/ritualwell/528777.
The American Jewish Historical Society will hold the virtual book talk “Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multi-Racial Jewish Family” on Wednesday, August 4, at 7 pm. Author Laura Arnold Leibman discusses her new book with Gender and Jewish Studies Professor Samira K. Mehta. For more information or to register, visit www.ajhs.org/programs.
The Center for Jewish History will hold the virtual lecture “The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters: A True Story of Family Fiction,” featuring author Julie Klam, on Wednesday, August 18, at 4 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://programs.cjh.org/event/almost-legendary-2021-08-18.
Jewish Majorca hosts weekly virtual tours. The August tours feature “Synagogues Around the World.” Previous tours are available as recordings. There is a charge for the tours depending on whether purchasing one tour or multiple tours. For more information, visit https://www.jewishmajorca.com/travel/.
Urban Adamah hosts a monthly “Virtual Singing Circle for the Soul with Anna Cone.” The next program will take place on Thursday, August 5, from 6-7 pm. There is a sliding scale of $0 to $36 per person. For more information, visit www.myjewishlearning.com/the-hub/virtual-singing-circle-for-the-soul-with-anna-cone/2021-08-05/. Wednesdays, August 4, 11 and 18, from 1:30-3 pm. The course will be taught by Gila Silverman, director of Jewish Lifelong Learning at Siegal Lifelong Learning. There is a charge for the course. For more information or to register, visit https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/courses/courses-subject/jewish-studies/jewish-lives-rabbi-akiva-sage-talmud.
Virtual fall classes at Siegal Lifelong Learning are open for registration. Classes include “How the “Shema” Took the Prize!” (Wednesdays, October 13-November 3, from 10-11:30 am, https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/courses/courses-subject/jewish-studies/how-shema-took-prize-remote); “Other Religions in Jewish Law” (Thursdays, November 11-December 9, except for November 25, 7-8:30 pm, https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/courses/courses-subject/jewish-studies/other-religions-jewish-law-person); and “Not Just Dreidels and Latkes” (Wednesdays, November 17-December 15, from 10-11:30 am, https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/courses/courses-subject/jewish-studies/not-just-dreidels-and-latkes-remote). There is a charge for the classes.
American Jewish University will hold the virtual “Author Talk: Coming to Terms With America” with Professor Jonathan Sarna on Thursday, August 26, from 5-6 pm. He will explore how Jews endeavor to be both Jewish and American at once, from the American Revolution to today. There is an $18 charge to attend. For more information or to register, visit https://learning.aju.edu/event/author-talk-coming-to-terms-with-america/.
The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center will hold two virtual book talks: Sarit Yishai-Lev talking about “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem” on Tuesday, August 17, at 11:30 am (https://streicker.nyc/events/the-beauty-queen-of-jerusalem); and Israeli author David Grossman talk about his latest novel, “More Than I Love My Life,” on Tuesday, August 31, at 11:30 am (https://streicker.nyc/events/david-grossman).
The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center and the Forward will hold “The Great Bagel-Off” on Tuesday, August 24, at 12:30 pm. It is a competition between the best bagels from New York and California. It will include conversations with bakers and food critics, followed by the panelists who will conduct a blind taste test of bagels from both coasts. For more information or to register, visit https://streicker.nyc/events/great-bagel-off.
The Pardes Institute will hold the virtual program “All in the Family: A Unique Window into the Pew Study of American Jews” on Wednesday, August 11, from 2-3 pm. It will offer a look at the two generations of the Abrahamson-Zinkow family, which includes four rabbis in three different denominations. For more information or to register, visit https://pardes.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ud-qtqTIvGNJ1ne3_YhD1yxv6VRhLSfoq.
For additional resources, see previous issues of The Reporter on its website, www.thereportergroup.org.