Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 21

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. 

  • A video of the Jewish Review of Books Editor Abe Socher in conversation with award-winning author and theologian Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks can be found at https://jewishreviewofbooks.com/conversation-with-rabbi-jonathan-sacks/. The former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth discussed his newest book, “Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times,” the place of religion in politics and more. 
  • The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, in partnership with the Historical Society of Israel, will hold the webinar “The Saga of the Citron: Historical and Global Perspectives” to discover what the etrog, or citron, can reveal about larger historical trends. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 30, from noon-1:30 pm. Speakers will include Zev Eleff, associate professor of Jewish History, Touro College; Debra Kaplan, associate professor, Department of Jewish History and director of the Halpern Center for the Study of Jewish Self-Perception, Bar-Ilan University; and Alexander Kaye, Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Professor of Israel Studies, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University. For more information or to register, visit www.jewishtogether.org/virtual-meetups/12-pm-the-saga-of-the-citron-historical-and-global-perspectives-362365.
  • JDC Entwine: Off the Shelf Book Club will discuss “The Jew in the Lotus” by Rodger Kamenetz on either Tuesday, October 6, at 1pm, or Wednesday, October 7, at 8 pm. Sign-up is required at https://www.tfaforms.com/4841338.
  • The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute will offer the virtual program “Braided Memories: A Journey of Words and Photographs” on Tuesday, October 20, from 8-9 pm. Poet and scholar Marjorie Agosín and photographer Samuel Shats will explore the truth that lies in fragmented memories, the legacy of refugees defined by truncated pasts and the power of art as a vehicle for healing across generations. There will be a multimedia presentation and panel discussion. For more information or to register, visit www.brandeis.edu/hbi/events/index.html.
  • On Tuesday, September 29, at 7:30 pm, the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies will present the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Scholar-in-Residence Lecture, “People of the (Printed/Digital) Book: Printing and the Birth of the Jewish Bookshelf,” by Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, Ph.D. He will explore these questions as well as the implications of digitization for Jewish books and their readers. The September 29 lecture will be held online and is free and open to the public. To register, visit fairfield.edu/bennettprograms.
  • The Leo Baeck Institute will present a discussion of chapters 1-5 of “Berlin Alexanderplatz,” by the Jewish author Bruno Alfred Döblin, featuring Peter Jelavich, a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and the author of “Berlin Alexanderplatz: Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture” (2006), on Wednesday, September 30, at 2 pm. The book tells the story of Franz Biberkopf, ex-con, pimp, small-time criminal and ordinary Joe trying to stay on the straight and narrow. The novel is said to capture life in 1920s Berlin like no other document. For more information or to register, visit https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/event/lbi-book-club-berlin-alexanderplatz-by-alfred-doblin/.
  • The Forward will present the virtual program “Still Small Voice: Talking about God in the midst of a plague” on Thursday, October 1, at noon. Abigail Pogrebin, author and Forward contributor, will be joined by four of the 18 rabbis she interviewed for The Forward’s recent series on God: David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, Angela Buchdahl of Manhattan’s Central Synagogue, David Ingber of Manhattan’s Romemu and Laura Shaw. For more information or to register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J7BE0389SZqMWxuMDww50A.
  • The Skirball Culture Center is offering classes online that allow participants to explore Jewish life. Classes include “Photographing Jews: Race, Gender, and Power in the Mediterranean” and “Women in Yiddish Song: A Sing-Along History Class.” There is a cost to attend classes. For more information, visit www.skirball.org/programs/classes.
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold “Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader – Live on Zoom” with Derek Penslar, who will discuss his book “Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader.” The event will take place on Wednesday, October 14, at 4 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://herzl.bpt.me/.
  • The Center for Jewish History is holding the online exhibit “George Salter: A Legacy of Book Design” at https://cjhexhibitions.cjh.yourcultureconnect.com/bottom-nav-bar/e/salter/test-introduction. George Salter has been called one of the most prolific and influential book designers of the 20th century whose career included works for all the major publishing houses in both the United States and Germany. His work has become the benchmark by which contemporary book design is still measured today.
  • Let My People Eat (https://letmypeopleeat.com/) is a podcast devoted exclusively to a kosher, holistic nutrition lifestyle, with weekly episodes focused on the health of the Jewish community. Co-hosts Jill Sharfman, a holistic nutritionist, and Dr. Andrea Moskowitz, M.D., a psychiatrist, seek to demystify confusing talk about food and wellness, and arm their audience with the knowledge and confidence to eat, feel and be healthy.
  • The National Library of Israel has launched “Jewish Journeys,” a new virtual exhibition that is part of European Days of Jewish Culture 2020. The exhibition presents a thematic exploration of the wanderings of the Jewish people over the centuries, through the prism of select treasures from the NLI collection. A section for children also includes games and activities. To view the exhibit, visit https://journeys.nli.org.il/.
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold the webinar “Family History Today: Donating Your Family Papers – How, When, Where and Why?” on Wednesday, October 7, at 4 pm. Karen Franklin, director of family research at the Leo Baeck Institute, is donating her family papers to LBI, and will address how to organize and prepare collections for donation to ensure that the material will be accessible and meaningful to future researchers. Topics covered will include the types of collections that are accepted, what to do with difficult and personal information, and requesting access restrictions. For more information or to register, visit https://programs.cjh.org/tickets/family-history-today-2020-10-07.
  • The Hazon Seal of Sustainability Summit 2020 will take place online on Thursday, October 8, from 9:30 am-2 pm. It will be a day of learning for the extended Hazon Seal of Sustainability community to engage in learning, resource-sharing and community building. Individual registration is $18. Groups may also register. For more information or to register, visit https://hazon.org/calendar/hazon-seal-summit-2020/.
  • Jewish Fiction Net, www.jewishfiction.net/index.php/current-issue/, has a new issue. There is no cost to read the online magazine, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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