Jewish online resources by Reporter Staff 5/21/21

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 program “Let My People Go! Lessons of the Soviet Jewry Movement for Today with Natan Sharansky” will be held on Thursday, May 27, at noon. The program will feature Natan Sharansky and Malcom Hoenlein. For more information, visit www.nmajh.org/events/let-my-people-go/.
  • The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will hold the virtual talk “Exploring Jewish South Florida: A Book Talk on Zoom with Author Paul Kaplan” on Monday, May 24, from 7-8:30 pm. The talk will feature rare vintage photos, explore some of the best Jewish eateries, tell stories behind the region’s cultural landmarks and offer the history of how South Florida became one of the largest Jewish communities in the country. For more information or to register, visit www.nycjewishtours.org/event-log/jewish-south-florida-book-talk.
  • The Book of Life will hold a virtual Live Show on Wednesday, May 26, at 7 pm, in partnership with the Jewish Grandparents Network Family Room Initiative. Guests will be Esther Safran Foer, author of “I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir,” and her teenage granddaughter Sadie Foer. For more information or to register, visit https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2021/05/podcast-live-show.html.
  • The Yiddish Book Center will hold a virtual Yidstock 2021 Festival on Sunday, July 11, at 4 pm. The 75-minute prerecorded program will feature a dozen artists from around the globe performing Yiddish songs of social justice. For more information or to register, visit www.yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock.
  • One Table offers Pause, https://onetable.org/pause/, which offers short videos to help people capture the restful feeling of Shabbat during the pandemic. New videos are released the first Friday of each month and previous videos can be viewed at the site. 
  • Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel will present an online screening of “To Bigotry No Sanction,” a new cantata composed by Jonathan Comisar on Wednesday, June 2, at 7 pm. The event will feature members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and a multicultural choir representing 17 languages. For more information, www.kenesethisrael.org/event/cantata/.
  • The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will present several virtual programs: “Joel Engel: Jewish Folksongs Volume III” on Tuesday, June 8, at 1 pm (https://www.yivo.org/Engel-Volume-III); “Jewish Anarchist Women 1920-1950: The Politics of Sexuality” on Thursday, June 10, at 1 pm (https://www.yivo.org/Jewish-Anarchist-Women); and “The Lost World of African American Cantors 1915-1953” on Tuesday, June 15, at 1 pm (https://www.yivo.org/African-American-Cantors).
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold “‘The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams,’ featuring historian Jonathan Ned Katz” on Wednesday, June 23, at 4 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://programs.cjh.org/tickets/life-of-eve-2021-06-23.
  • The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold virtual concerts, including “Music of the Jewish Diaspora: Sharabi Featuring Frank London and Deep Singh with Sarah Gordon,” on Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 pm (https://mjhnyc.org/events/music-of-the-jewish-diaspora-sharabi-featuring-frank-london-deep-singh-with-sarah-gordon/); “Music of the Jewish Diaspora: The Beary Brothers Featuring Psoy Korolenko, Zisl Slepovitch, and Ilya Shneyveys” on Thursday, June 24, at 6:30 pm (https://mjhnyc.org/events/music-of-the-jewish-diaspora-the-beary-brothers-featuring-psoy-korolenko-zisl-slepovitch-and-ilya-shneyveys/); “Jews in America” on Tuesday, June 29, at 7 pm (https://mjhnyc.org/events/jews-in-america/); and “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/).
  • The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold the series “A Wandering People: Jewish Journeys, Real and Imagined” each Monday from June 7-August 23 (except for July 5), from 2-3:30 pm. JTS scholars will explore what happens when Jews – whether by force or voluntarily, whether in reality or in the imagination – travel from one place to another. For more information, visit https://www.jtsa.edu/summer-learning-series-2021.
  • Case Western Reserve University’s Siegal Lifelong Learning will hold “Hadassah: An American Story – A Conversation with Hadassah Lieberman” on Wednesday, June 2, at 7 pm. She will discuss her newly-released memoir. For more information or to register, visit https://cwru.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Odxy4eubRvGxhTrGP0gC4Q.
  • Hazon will hold “Insights for the Shmita Year” on Wednesdays, May 26 and June 2 and 9, from noon-1 pm. Jeremy Benstein and Shira Hecht-Koller from 929 and Shamu Sadeh of Hazon will discuss how Jewish tradition frames the human relationship with the natural world, using texts from the Hebrew Bible and rabbinic stories. For more information or to register, visit https://hazon.org/calendar/our-relationship-with-the-natural-world-insights-for-the-shmita-year/.
  • The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold the virtual “‘X Troop’ Book Talk” on Tuesday, May 25, at 2 pm. Dr. Leah Garrett will speak about her book “X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II,” which discusses a World War II commando unit made up of Jewish refugees in the United Kingdom. Called “X Troop,” the unit included intellectuals, artists and athletes from Germany and Austria. For more information or to register, visit https://mjhnyc.org/events/x-troop-book-talk/.
  • Yesod Farm and Kitchen will hold the virtual program “Cycles within Cycles: Mechanics of the Jewish Calendar” on Tuesday, June 1, from 7:30-9 pm. Justin Goldstein will explore ancestral Jewish time-keeping wisdom. For more information or to register, visit https://www.yesodfarm.org/event-details/cycles-within-cycles-mechanics-of-the-jewish-calendar.
  • The next session of the My Jewish Learning’s Jewish Book Club will be held on Thursday, May 27, at noon. The book to be discussed is “Job” by Joseph Roth. To join the meeting, visit https://70facesmedia.zoom.us/j/86969758123. 
  • HUC Connect Registration will hold the virtual class “Judaism and (grand) Parenting” on Tuesday, June 1, at 7:30 pm, and Tuesday, June 29, at 3 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://huc-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j4ADYuRNT4SrKafkMpvrGA. 
  • Hadassah will offer the virtual program “One Book Anniversary Featuring Florence Adler Swims Forever” on Thursday, June 10, at 7 pm. Hadassah Magazine Executive Editor Lisa Hostein will interview Rachel Beanland, author “Florence Adler Swims Forever,” which was called one of the best books of 2020 by USA Today. The event is free and open to all. For more information or to register, visit www.hadassahmagazine.org/2021/04/20/one-book-anniversary-featuring-florence-adler-swims-forever/.
  • The Skirball Cultural Center will hold the virtual talks “Jake Cohen in Conversation with Michael Twitty – Jew-ish: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch” on Thursday, June 3, at 9 pm (www.skirball.org/programs/words-and-ideas/jake-cohen-conversation-michael-twitty), and “George J. Sánchez in Conversation with David Kipen – Boyle Heights: How a Los Angeles Neighborhood Became the Future of American Democracy” on Tuesday, June 8, at 10 pm (www.skirball.org/programs/words-and-ideas/george-j-sanchez-conversation-david-kipen).
  • Siegal Lifelong Learning at Case Western Reserve University will offer a variety of virtual programs, including “Finding God in Our Relationships: Insights from Martin Buber” on Tuesday, May 25, at 7 pm; “Hadassah: An American Story – A Conversation with Hadassah Lieberman (Remote)” on Wednesday, June 2, at 7 pm: “Ayelet Gundar Goshen: An Informal Hebrew Conversation”on Wednesday, June 16, 12:30 pm; “After Class: The Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen” on Monday June 28, from 1:30-3 pm; “Is the Human in the Image of God? From the Ancient Rabbis to Contemporary Art” on Wednesday, June 30, at 7 pm; “Legacies of Justice and Memory in Jewish Argentina” on Thursday, July 8, from noon-1 pm; “What Does Unorthodox Get Right About Those Who Leave Hassidic Communities?”on Thursday, July 15, from noon-1 pm; and “Portugal’s Ancestral Jews: What it Means to be a Marrano” on Thursday, July 22, from noon-1 pm. For information about these and other lectures, visit https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/lectures.
  • The Columbia Jewish Congregation will hold two virtual programs: “Rabbis, Rebels, and Supreme Court Justices: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America” on Thursday, May 27, at 8 pm (www.columbiajewish.org/events/rabbis-rebels-and-supreme-court-justices-how-jewish-women-shaped-modern-america/); and “Debbie Friedman as Liturgist, Composer and Musician” on Thursday, June 10, at 8 pm (www.columbiajewish.org/events/debbie-friedman-as-liturgist-composer-and-musician/).
  • Jewish Women’s Archives will hold the virtual class “June Online History Course: Forgotten Lives” on Thursdays, June 3, 10, 17 and 24, at 8 pm. Sessions are designed to stand alone so people may sign up for one or more sessions. For more information or to register, visit https://jwa.org/events.
  • Keshet will hold a virtual panel discussion on “The LGBTQ Future of the Jewish Community: A Keshet - Hineni Panel’ on Tuesday, June 1, at 7 pm. LGBTQ Jewish leaders will talk about their leadership experiences and journeys, and explore the ways in which the leadership of LGBTQ members of the community can transform communal landscapes. For more information or to register, visit https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pd-muqzsrGNcOq3jelQaPs2-JdhxAqkpx.

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