Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 26

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 Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will hold the virtual program “‘Cilka’s Journey’ – Book Talk with Heather Morris and Lois Lowry” on Thursday, December 17, at 7 pm. Based on a true story of love and resilience, “Cilka’s Journey” presents the tale of a 16-year-old girl in Auschwitz who ends up in a Siberian prison camp as a result of the choices she makes to survive. A suggested donation of $10 is requested. For more information or to register, visit https://mjhnyc.org/current-events/.
  • The Israel Philharmonic will hold a free, virtual “Pre-Hanukkah Global Celebration” on Sunday, December 6, from 2-3 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.afipo.org/event/israel-philharmonic-pre-hanukkah-global-celebration/.
  • Atlanta Israel Coalition and Herut North America sponsored the program “Celebrate Sigd – An Ethiopian Jewish Holiday.” A video of the event can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=422554315577104 and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/bzs7z3Ck9w8.
  • Atlanta Israel Coalition’s co-sponsor, Herut North America, is an international movement for Zionist pride and education and is dedicated to the ideals of pre-World War II Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky. More about Herut can be found at https://herutna.org/
  • The interfaith website 18Doors is offering several virtual events in December: “Supporting Interfaith Families during the December Holidays” on Monday, December 7, at 1 pm; “Unlocking the December Holidays – For Couples with Young Kids/Thinking About Kids” on Wednesday, December 9, at 8 pm; and “Hanukkah at Home: Chocolate Coin Making for Kids” on Tuesday, December 15, at 3:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://18doors.org/events/. 
  • YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will hold the virtual program “Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese Food” on Tuesday, December 22, at 1 pm. The program will trace the history of the Jewish affinity for Chinese food from the turn-of-the-century Lower East Side to today’s take-out lo mein with Andrew Coe, author of “Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States.” For more information or to register, visit www.yivo.org/Chinese-Food.
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold several virtual programs in December, including “A Virtual Tour of the Bukharian Jewish Heritage Museum” on Tuesday, December 8, at noon; “Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society: Suriname in the Atlantic World, 1651-1825” on Wednesday, December 9, at noon; “Loss and Legacy: The Half-Century Quest to Reclaim a Birthright Stolen by the Nazis” on Thursday, December 10, at 5:30 pm; and “Writing Between Tongues: An Exploration of Hebrew and Arabic Calligraphy” on Thursday, December 17, at noon. For more information or to register, visit https://programs.cjh.org/.
  • Lessons from BINAH: Building Insights to Navigate Antisemitism and Hate are available for teachers of grades kindergarten-12 at https://everfi.com/courses/k-12/binah/.
  • Kung Pao Kosher Comedy will hold virtual comedy shows from December 24-26. The shows are labeled “Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ – Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant in San Francisco, CA,” but are virtual this year. There is a cost to attend. For more information, visit www.koshercomedy.com/.
  • The National Museum of American Jewish History will hold the virtual event “Only in America: Houdini and Copperfield” on Saturday, December 12, at 8 pm. The museum will induct Harry Houdini and David Copperfield into its Ed Snider Only in America Gallery®/Hall of Fame. For more information or to register, visit www.nmajh.org/houdini-and-copperfield/.
  • The Museum of the Jewish People is offering a new initiative called Foodish. The initiative’s mission is to promote a sense of belonging and reinforce Jewish identity through engagement with Jewish food. It will include user generated family stories, descriptions of communities and heritage, and recipes. To learn more and sign up for its newsletter, visit https://foodish.network/en/. 
  • The Museum at Eldridge Street will hold several virtual events: “Time-Travel Storytime | The Story of Emma Lazarus: Liberty’s Voice” on Sunday, December 6, from 3-4 pm; and “Rioters on the Bimah: Women and the Kosher Meat Boycott” on Monday, December 7, from 6-7 pm, in addition to several ongoing virtual classes, such as “Introduction to Jewish Mysticism” and “From Freedom to Slavery and Back Again: The Biblical Book of Exodus.” For more information or to register, visit https://www.eldridgestreet.org/events/.
  • The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold several online events: “Living a Life of Meaning: Trauma and Testimony in an Oversharing Society” on Monday, December 7, from 1-2:30 pm; “Between the Lines: Communings of the Spirit.” which is part of “Between the Lines: Author Conversations from the Library of JTS,” an online discussion with Dr. Mel Scult about Mordecai M. Kaplan, on Monday, December 7, at 7:30 pm; “Mitzvot and the Path to Human Flourishing” on Monday, December 14, from 1-2:30 pm, about medieval decisor and philosopher Moses Maimonides; and “The Book Smugglers of the Vilna Ghetto: Choosing a Life on Meaning Under the Specter of Death” on Monday, December 21, from 1-2:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit http://www.jtsa.edu/events-calendar.
  • Ritual Well will hold a seven-part virtual “Soulcation: A Global Jewish Tour from the Comfort of Your Home” programs. The cost is $36 per session; register for all seven and get one free. All sessions will be recorded and available for those who can’t see them live. The sessions include “Hiding in Plain Sight: The Story of the Hidden Jews of Southern Italy” with Rabbi Barbara Aiello on Tuesday, December 8, from noon-1:15 pm; “Wonderful Copenhagen: Hygge, Hospitality, and Safeguarding the Other” with Rabbi Rebecca Lillian on Wednesday, December 9, from 1-2:15 pm; “Shining Our Inner Light on Hanukkah” with Rabbi Hannah Nathans in The Netherlands on Thursday, December 10, from 1-2:15 pm; “Reading a Winter Psalm in Jerusalem” with Rabbi Gail Diamond on Monday, December 14, from 1-2:15 pm; “ The Secret Jews of Majorca Island” with Dani Rotstein on Tuesday, December 15, from 1-2:15 pm; “ Sights, Sounds and Symbols of our Beloved Snoa: A Cultural Glimpse into Sephardi Jewish Curaçao” with Rabbi Georgette Kennebrae on Wednesday, December 16, from noon-1:15 pm; and “Light Out of Darkness: A Journey of Transformation and Hope for the Close of Hanukkah” with Rabbi Michael Zimmerman in Germany on Thursday, December 17, from 1-2:15 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://ritualwell.org/immersion/soulcation-global-jewish-tour-comfort-your-home. 
  • The Jewish Community Center of Syracuse will hold the virtual program “Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics and the Creation of the Superhero” featuring author, historian and comics industry veteran Danny Fingeroth on Sunday, December 6, at 3 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/event/disguised-as-clark-kent-jews-comics-and-the-creation-of-the-superhero/.
  • The Katz Center at the University of Pennsylvania will present a webinar with Dr. Todd Gitlin, co-author of the 2013 book “The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election,” discussing his admitted failure to redeem the claim of chosenness as a concept that might be parlayed into a humane and universalistic vision on Wednesday, December 9, from 5-6 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/event/the-pathos-of-chosenness-who-are-the-jews-if-not-exceptional/.
  • The Town and Village Synagogue will celebrate the third night of Hanukkah with a community lighting and community sing on Saturday, December 12, at 7:30 pm. The concert will feature Yiddish vocalist Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, Town and Village’s Cantor Shayna Postman and the synagogues choir and Junior Singers. Registration is required. The cost is $28 for early bird tickets (by Friday, December 11); $36 general admission; $10 students; and free for those under 18. For more information or to register, visit https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/event/chanukah-concert/.
  • The Congress for Jewish Culture will present an online production of Sh. Ansky’s “Der Dibek” (The Dybbuk, or, Between Two Worlds), on Monday, December 14, at 7 pm. The play will be performed in Yiddish with English subtitles and English narration. Visit https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/event/sh-anskys-der-dibek/ for a link to the Facebook page that will feature a link to the play. 

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