Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 20

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. 

  • The Forward will present “On Lox and Life” on Tuesday, September 22, at 5 pm. Len Berk, the last Jewish lox slicer at Zabar’s, and Melissa Clark, The New York Times food writer and cookbook author, will offer a pre-Yom Kippur conversation about all-things-appetizing moderated by Jodi Rudoren, editor-in-chief of The Forward. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kZKIUdj4QmqNAxfCpHzl5w.
  • The Jewish Youth Climate Movement is offering programming in September, including a Teen Led Climate Panel and an Environmental Racism panel. For more information, visit www.jewishyouthclimatemovement.org/calendar.
  • Hillel/Reboot is offering a variety of High Holiday programming featuring Broadway performers, Hollywood screenwriters, musicians and more. To sign up, visit https://higherholidays.org.
  • HUC-JIR offers College Commons, a digital learning platform offering topical and scholarly content to congregations, schools, JCCs, Hillels and other educational institutions worldwide. For more information or to sign up for courses and programs, visit https://collegecommonsinfo.levlearning.com.
  • The Forward will hold its first “Come As You Are Gala” on Monday, October 19, at 8:30 pm. The virtual event will include appearances from actress Mayim Bialik, comedian Avi Liberman and more. For more information, contact Roberta Caplan at 212-453-9446 or caplan@forward.com.
  • Jewish Women’s Archive picked the books for the 2020-21 year of its Book Club. To view the list, visit https://jwa.org/programs/bookclub/bookshelf. For additional information about the Book Club, visit https://jwa.org/programs/bookclub.
  • Chabad.org is offering an on-demand course called “How to Blow the Shofar: The Sound and the Spirit.” The course offers “practical tips and mystical insights” into the shofar. For more information, visit www.chabad.org/multimedia/course_cdo/aid/4848963/jewish/The-Sound-and-the-Spirit.htm.
  • The Jewish National Fund will hold a virtual “Fall Reading Series” hosted by Steven Shalowitz: Wednesday, September 23, at 8 pm, “Becoming Israeli: The Hysterical, Inspiring and Challenging Sides of Making Aliyah” by Akiva Gersh; Wednesday, October 28, at 8 pm, “Zionism: The Concise History” by Alex Ryvchin; and Wednesday, November 18, at 8 pm, “The Foods of Israel Today: More than 300 Recipes – and Memories – Reflecting Israel’s Past and Present Through Its Many Cuisines” by Joan Nathan. For more information or to register, visit www.jnf.org/events-landing-pages/fall-reading-series.
  • The interfaith group 18Doors offers a variety of virtual events connected to the High Holiday season. Events include a New Year’s seder and a mini-retreat. For more information or to register, visit https://18doors.org/event/.
  • Jewish National Fund Arts and Entertainment presents “The Imagination Series” presented by Lee and Susan Berk. The first virtual performance will be by pianist Tamir Hendelman on Wednesday, September 23, from 9-10 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.jnf.org/events-landing-pages/the-imagination-series.
  • The Center for Jewish History will show the world premiere of the documentary “Saving the Iraqi Jewish Archives: A Journey of Identity” on Sunday, September 13, at 6 pm. There is a $10 charge and there will be a question-and-answer period with the filmmakers. The Iraqi Jewish Archives consisted of more than 4,800 books and artifacts. Among those are the records of the last Jewish education center in Iraq – The Frank Iny School. The documentary includes personal stories of escape, how the archives were discovered and what the archives may mean to future generations to come. For more information or to register, visit https://programs.cjh.org/event/journey-of-identity-2020-09-13.
  • The Jewish Week and UJA Federation New York will hold a virtual conversation with Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy, authors of the new book “Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People” on Monday, September 14, at 6 pm. To register, visit www.ujafedny.org/event/view/community-sharansky.
  • The Jewish Publication Society will hold four webinars this fall: September 15, Aaron Koller and Shai Held, “Is Abraham the Lonely Man of Faith?”; October 12, Dan Ornstein and Pamela Barmash, “Cain and Abel – In the Room Where it Happened”; October 21, Jeff Salkin, Amy Scheinerman and Barry Schwartz, “Abraham’s Astonishing Legacy”; and October 26, Elliott Rabin, Michael Carasik and Malka Simkovich, “Abraham through the Ages.” All sessions will be held 7:30-8:30 pm via Zoom. To register, e-mail office@jps.org specifying which program and an invitation will be sent.
  • The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot is offering online tours of the museum. Six different tours are available and can be conducted in English. For more information, visit www.bh.org.il/live-online-tour-beit-hatfutsot.
  • The Technion in Israel will hold “#WomenSupportingWomen: From Shattering Glass Ceilings to Purifying Wastewater” with Professor Ayelet Fishman and Assistant Professor Adi Radian on Tuesday, September 15, at noon. Merry Sherman, Ph.D., will moderate the webinar. To register, visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/2215968161651/WN_wokSTvmmRTm7qKYtTqwKCQ.
  • The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, a museum of diversity and tolerance, offers a “Stop the Hate Learning Portal” at learn.maltzmuseum.org. The portal provides online access to the museum’s anti-bias education content, where students can take the new “Stop the Hate” digital tour. The site also includes resources for teachers. 
  • Ritualwell will hold a webinar titled “Return to Self through the Writings of Etty Hillesum: A Five-Day Intensive” Monday-Friday, September 21-25, from noon-1 pm. The cost of the five sessions is $180. The intensive will feature the spiritual practices inspired by the writings of Etty Hillesum. Instead of focusing on the ways in which people have “missed the mark” this year, it will explore how people can come closer to their inner voices and direct connection to God. There will be meditation, writing exercises, personal prayer and discussion. All are welcome regardless of religious background. For more information or to register, visit www.ritualwell.org/return-self-through-writings-etty-hillesum-five-day-intensive.
  • The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene continues to hold events at https://nytf.org/live. September events include Magda Fishman’s concert “A Sweet New Year” on Wednesday, September 16, at 1 pm, and Budd Mishkin interview of comedian Robert Klein on Wednesday, September 23, at 1 pm. Past concerts, interviews and events can also be seen on the same page.
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold the program “Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust” live on Zoom on Tuesday, September 22, at 4 pm. Natalia Aleksiun and Samuel Kassow will discuss the legacies of Jewish historians before the Holocaust who wrote both academic and popular history for their community, and engaged in creating a sense of Polish-Jewish belonging, while also fighting for their rights as an ethnic minority. For more information or to register, visit https://conscioushistory.bpt.me.
  • The Jewish National Fund will hold a Virtual National Conference from Sunday-Friday, October 18-23. There is a cost to attend. To learn more about the conference, visit https://www.jnf.org/visit-israel/tours/virtual-national-conference/virtual-national-conference-2020-schedule. 
  • Ritualwell will hold “Building a Shelter of Peace: A Multifaith Poetry Workshop Series” on Sundays, October 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 2-4 pm. The cost of the four sessions is $144. Four writers of different faith traditions will offer instruction. Participants will be encouraged to try different writing exercises and connect with each other through shared poetry. People of all backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome. For more information or to register, visit www.ritualwell.org/building-shelter-peace-multifaith-poetry-workshop-series.

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