Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 13

By Reporter staff 

A variety of Jewish groups are offering online resources – educational and recreational – for those who are not allowed out of the house. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available.

  • Sal Litvak, AKA the Accidental Talmud, is offering a live show on Facebook based on the Daf Yomi cycle of Talmud study. The cycle began on January 5. To find information about current and past episodes, visit www.accidentaltalmudist.org/atdaily/.
  • The Jewish Learning Experience initiative is offering an online Kids In The Kitchen program for children ages 3-10. The program takes place on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm. Children will learn to make a variety of Jewish dishes. For more information, visit https://thejle.com/kik/.
  • Every Sunday, Qesher offers interactive lectures by specialists in Jewish subjects via Zoom. There is a fee, with three different rates offered. The lectures are limited to 25 people so they can ask questions. For more information, visit www.qesher.com.
  • The Folio: A Jewish Week/UJA Cultural Series “On the Trail of Kafka’s Literary Afterlife” – a virtual conversation with Benjamin Balint, who won the 2020 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for his book “Kafka’s Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy” – will take place on Thursday, June 25, at 6 pm. He will be in conversation with Sandee Brawarsky, cultural editor of the Jewish Week. To register, visit www.ujafedny.org/event/view/folio-balint. Donations to support the event will be accepted.
  • Tikvah Online Academy, https://tikvahfund.org/academy/, offers seminars for seven-eighth-graders, ninth-10th-graders, 11th-12th-graders and college students. The courses include seminars on Jewish ideas and Western civilization, the history and heroes of Israel, the future of American democracy, the fight against antisemitism, and the principles of a free economy and free society. Its weekly online classes can be taken from anywhere in the world, and students are welcome to enroll in one or more courses throughout summer 2020.
  • GENerally Speaking with Stephanie Butnick is a new series that explores issues related to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. It looks to answer such questions as, what does it mean to be a third- or fourth-generation survivor? Is trauma transmitted through epigenetics, or inherited along with family stories and heirlooms? The series is hosted by Tablet Magazine Deputy Editor Stephanie Butnick. The first installment featured guests Alyssa Greengrass Sommer and David Wachs, who are dedicated to sharing their grandparents’ stories of the Holocaust with audiences around New York City. The video of the first installment can be watched at www.YouTube.com by searching for “GENerally Speaking with Stephanie Butnick.”
  • The Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, one of the longest running film festivals in the United States, has announced that its 34th season will be virtual. Films from around the world that examine Jewish history, heritage and culture will be available online on six consecutive Mondays from July 6 through August 10 at 4 pm and 8 pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://berkshirejewishfilmfestival.org/.
  • The Midreshet Lindenbaum of Israel’s Ohr Torah Stone is offering a Virtual Beit Midrash program for young women completing 10th and 11th grades. The three-week program, June 22-July 9, will focus on Torah and Talmud, the land of Torah and contemporary halachah. Virtual tours of the country are part of the curriculum. Classes will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information, e-mail ML@ots.org.il.
  • Green Olive Tours offered some free virtual tours of Jerusalem. It’s too late to take them live, but the videos of the tours are available at https://blog.toursinenglish.com/p/resources.html.
  • Matan is offering a four-part series, “Disability Wisdom in Jewish Tradition Webinar Series with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman.” The four-session online class will look at what Judaism has to say about the role and agency of people with disabilities as subjects and shapers of their own lives and experiences. The first session has already taken place, but it’s still possible to attend any of the final three, which will take place on Thursdays, June 25, July 2 and July 9. For more information or to register, visit www.tfaforms.com/4830268.
  • Respectability is holding a series of webinars on “Disability Access and Inclusion Training Series for Jewish Organizations and Activists.” For more information on specific training sessions or to register, visit www.respectability.org/jewish-events/.
  • Masa is holding a virtual Israel Fair on Sunday, June 21, at https://masaisrael.easyvirtualfair.com/. Those who sign up for a Masa program are permitted to travel to Israel. There will be more than 70 Masa program representatives to help people find a program, whether people are looking to develop a career, study abroad, travel or volunteer. 
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold the series “Family History Today: Jewish Refugees and the U.S.-Mexico Border Live on Zoom” on Monday, June 29, at 6 pm. The program will look at the refugees who left Europe and the Middle East between the two world wars, first traveling to Latin America and then moving to the U.S. Moriah Amit, the Center for Jewish History’s senior genealogy librarian, will explore this lesser-known history of Jewish refugee immigration. Donations are requested, but not required. For more information or to register, visit https://jewishrefugees.bpt.me/.
  • Aleph is holding a series of virtual concerts. These include “An Evening of Social Justice and Praise: Featuring Nefesh Mountain and Hazzan Jessi Roemer” on Sunday, June 28, at 7:30 pm; “Erev Shel Kochavim: An Evening of Stars,” an Aleph virtual cabaret, on Sunday, July 19, at 7 pm (welcome and centering from 6:45-7:15 pm); “Sing a New Song Psalms Showcase 
  • Featuring Cantor Linda Hirschhorn, Rabbi David Shneyer and Friends” on Sunday, August 16, at 7:30 pm; and “Rosh Chodesh Elul: Evening of Kirtan Chant Featuring the Kirtan Rabbi and Friends” on Thursday, August 20, at 7:30 pm. The cost is “pay what you can.” For more information and to register, visit https://aleph.org/rocsconcerts.
  • The website jewishLIVE defines itself as “your portal to live-streaming Jewish experiences on the internet.” For more information, visit www.jewishlive.org.

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