Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 22

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 Hadassah-Brandeis Institute will hold the webinar “Jewish Women Medical Practitioners in Europe Before, During and After the Holocaust; Launch Event for NASHIM Issue 36” on Tuesday, October 13, from 12:30-2 pm. The issue is dedicated to the activity of Jewish women in the medical professions before, during and after the Holocaust. For more information or to register, visit www.brandeis.edu/hbi/publications/nashim-launch-event.html.
  • The New York Jewish Week and the UJA New York will hold the webinar “On Storytelling, Memory and Love” with Israeli author A. B. Yehoshua and Stuart Schoffman on Tuesday, October 13, at 12:20 pm. The program will be moderated by Jewish Week Culture Editor Sandee Brawarsky. For more information or to register, visit www.ujafedny.org/event/view/yehoshua.
  • The Jewish Book Council will host the webinar “Latin American Jewish Foods with Pati Jinich and Ilan Stavans” on Friday, October 16, from 12:30-1:30 pm. Spring 2020 Natan Notable Book winner Ilan Stavans (“The Seventh Heaven: Travels Through Jewish Latin America”) and Mexican chef, cookbook author and food writer Pati Jinich will discuss Latin American Jewish culinary traditions. For more information or to register for the event, visit www.jewishbookcouncil.org/events/pastrami-tacos-and-other-latin-american-jewish-foods-with-pati-jinich-and-ilan-stavans.
  • The Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield County will hold a virtual film festival from October 15-November 22. Six award-winning films will be shown. There will also be question-and-answer sessions with film directors, producers and expert speakers each Sunday at noon via Zoom. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stamfordjcc.org/filmfestival.
  • The podcast Israel Story, which is part of Tablet, kicked off its latest season with a seven-part miniseries about Israel and the coronavirus. The complete series is now available at www.tabletmag.com/podcasts/israel-story/alone-together-part-i-mazal-tov? in Hebrew or in English.
  • Americans for Peace now will hold a Yitzhak Rabin 25-Year Memorial Event on Tuesday, October 20, at 8 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=36298#.X3OOH-17k4x.
  • Tikvah Open University has opened registration for its fall online courses. There is a charge to attend. For more information or to register, visit https://tikvahfund.org/open/.
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold the program “The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to the Rescue in Shanghai: From 1941 to 1951 – Live on Zoom” on Thursday, October 22, at 7:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://halpern.bpt.me/.
  • The Forward will hold its first virtual “Come As You Are Gala: Comedy and Cocktails in Challenging Times” on Monday, October 19, at 8:30 pm. There is no charge to attend, although donations are welcome. Guests include Jessica Kirson, Miri Ben-Ari, Mayim Bialik, Jodi Rudoren, Peter Yarrow, Y-Love, Kosha Dillz and more. For more information or to register, visit https://give.forward.com/event/the-forwards-first-come-as-you-are-gala-comedy-and-cocktails-in-challenging-times/e293487.
  • The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU and Global Jewish Studies Program will present the virtual series “Black Lives Matter in a Jewish Context.” There will be three programs: on Monday, October 12, at 7 pm, “African Jewish Perceptions on Racial and Religious Discrimination” with Nathan P. Devir, University of Utah; on Monday, October 26, at noon, “”From Red to Black: The Changing Colour of Ethiopian Jews in Israel” with Shalva Weil, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and on Monday, November 9, at 7 pm, “Hybrid Hate: Conflations of Anti-Black Racism and Anti-Semitism from the Renaissance to the Third Reich” with Tudor Parfitt, Florida International University. There is no cost to attend. 
  • Adventures in Jewish Studies, the Association for Jewish Studies Podcast, seeks to foster greater understanding of Jewish Studies scholarship among the wider public. Podcast episodes explore a wide range of topics, from the contemporary to the ancient. For more information or to listen to podcasts, visit https://associationforjewishstudies.org/publications-research/adventures-in-jewish-studies-podcast.
  • Registration for the Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Book Club 2021 year is now open. There is a cost. Those who sign up for the club will receive four English-language books over the course of the year. Selections may include novels, memoirs, short stories and poetry. For more information or to join the club, visit https://register.yiddishbookcenter.org.
  • The JCC of North Shore is holding virtual Jewish Book Month events through November 29. To learn about specific events or to register for an event, visit https://jccns.org/jewish-book-month/.
  • The Jewish Federation of the Greater Pomona and San Gabriel will hold its 2020 Jewish Book Festival online. Events run from November 1-December 15. For more information or to sign up for programs, visit https://jewishsgpv.org/jewish-book-festival.
  • The JCCNS Jewish Book Month Speaker Series 2020 will take place online from November 6-29. For more information or to register for programs, visit https://www.jewishboston.com/series/jccns-jewish-book-month-speaker-series-2020/.
  • The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute will hold a virtual conversation with Marra B. Gad, author of “The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl,” on Wednesday, October 14, from 2-3 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://blogs.brandeis.edu/freshideasfromhbi/hot-topic-of-the-week/.
  • The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute will hold the program “Intertwined Narratives of Sexuality, Gender, Body Image, and Jewish Identity,” featuring a conversation with and readings from the authors of “Monologues from the Makom,” on Monday, October 19, from 5-6 pm. For more information or to register for programs, visit https://www.jewishboston.com/series/jccns-jewish-book-month-speaker-series-2020/.
  • The Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University will hold the virtual program “Speaking in a Political Voice: Jews and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage” about Jewish women’s involvement in the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States on Wednesday, October 14, at 7:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://jwa.org/events.
  • The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will hold “Explore the Jewish history of Harlem: A virtual stroll through the neighborhood” on Wednesday, October 21, from 7-8:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.nycjewishtours.org/event-log/jewish-harlem-talk-on-zoom.
  • The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will present “Radical Housewives: Jewish Women’s Activism on the Lower East Side and Beyond – A Virtual Talk on Zoom” on Tuesday, October 27, from 7-8:15 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.nycjewishtours.org/event-log/radical-housewives-zoom-presentation.

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