Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 28

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. 

  • Those who missed the National Museum of American Jewish History program inducting Harry Houdini and David Copperfield into the Ed Snider Only in America Gallery and Hall of Fame can find a video of the event at www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Bxx1nCIFg.
  • The Center for Jewish History and the Museum of Chinese in America Collection are holding the online exhibit “Emile Bocian in Chinatown” at https://exhibitionscjh.wixsite.com/bocian. 
  • The Yiddish Book Center is holding weekly virtual public programs on a diverse selection of topics related to Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture. Upcoming programs include “The Extraordinary Voyages of the Yiddish Jules Verne, with Sebastian Schulman” on Thursday, January 7, at 7 pm; “Becoming Sholem Asch, with David Mazower” on Sunday, January 10, at 7 pm; “40 Years in Yiddishland: The Yiddish Book Center celebrates the Klezmer Conservatory Band” on Sunday, January 24, at 2 pm; “Murder in the Rue Racine: Five Gunshots that Changed Jewish History? with David Engel” on Thursday, January 28, at 7 pm; and the “Sutzkever Essential Prose” book launch, with translator Zackary Sholem Berger and scholar Justin Cammy on Sunday, January 31, at 2 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/events-and-store/virtual-public-programs-calendar.
  • The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center will hold a variety of virtual events, including Dr. Sanjay Gupta “Owner’s Guide for Anyone with a Brain” on Tuesday, January 12, at 7 pm; “The Yiddish Texan: An Evening of Schmoozing and Songs with Steven Skybell and Zalmen Mlotek” on Wednesday, January 13, at 7 pm; “From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between: An Unorthodox Guide to All Things Jewish” on Thursday, January 14, at 6:30 pm; “Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman: The 100-Year Struggle for Civil Liberties” on Thursday, January 21, at 6:30 pm; “Natalie Portman: Women Inspiring Women: Who inspires the women who inspire us?” on Tuesday, January 26, at 7 pm; and more. Many of the programs are free, but some require payment. For more information or to register, visit https://streicker.nyc/category/events. 
  • The CCAR Press will hold a virtual book launch for This Precious Life: Encountering the Divine with Poetry and Prayer” by Alden Solovy on Sunday, January 10, at 1 pm. The program is an hour of prayer, poetry, and conversation with Solovy and Rabbis Leon Morris and Hara Person. For more information or to register, visit https://pardes.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrce-gqDgsGdGyIIeB0Zqss-EUeMObEJFK%20t.
  • The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center will present the 2021 New York Jewish Film Festival virtually from January 13-26. Among the films being shown are “Here We Are,” a tale of parental devotion focusing on a dad and his son who has autism; “Irmi,” a documentary that tells the inspiring life story of Irmi Selver, a Jewish refugee who fled her hometown of Chemnitz, Germany, in the 1930s. There is a cost for the ticket. To learn more, visit www.filmlinc.org/festivals/new-york-jewish-film-festival/.
  • Gratz College will hold the 2021 Arnold and Esther Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In featuring Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning artist, illustrator and author of “Maus.” on Sunday, March 7, from 1-3 pm, Registration will begin in January. For more information, visit https://www.gratz.edu/event/arnold-and-esther-tuzman-memorial-holocaust-teach-gratz-college-save-date.
  • The Jewish Book Council, the Natan Fund and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America will hold the virtual conversation “From Left to Right…and Everything in Between: The Importance of Jewish Political Diversity” on Wednesday, January 6, from 12:30-1:30 pm. The event will be a conversation between Natan Notable Books Fall 2020 winner Nancy Sinkoff and Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer about the importance of Jewish political diversity. Sinkoff is the author of “From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History.” For more information or to register, visit www.jewishbookcouncil.org/events/from-left-to-rightand-everything-in-between-the-importance-of-jewish-political-diversity.
  • The Jewish Museum will hold several virtual art history courses: “Chagall, Modigliani, and Soutine: Innovations in Modern Painting” on Tuesdays, January, 12, 19 and 26, at 2 pm; “Powerful Women” on Tuesdays, February 9, 16 and 23, at 2 pm; and “Photography, Fashion, and Popular Culture” on Tuesdays, March 9, 16 and 23, at 2 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://thejewishmuseum.org/calendar/category/classes.
  • The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold several virtual events, including “‘The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” 50th Anniversary Screening and Discussion on Thursday, February 11, at 2 pm; “Returning to the Town Known as Auschwitz” on Tuesday, February 23, at 5 pm; and “The Megillah in Yiddish” on Thursday, February 25, at 7 pm. For more information about these events and other upcoming events, visit https://mjhnyc.org/current-events/.
  • The NCJW/NY will hold the virtual book talk “ Baptism of Fire: Lillian Wald, Henry Street Settlement, and the Lower East Side” on Wednesday, January 7, from 1-2 pm, with curator and writer Ellen M. Snyder-Grenier. The talk will focus on the early years of Lillian Wald’s Henry Street Settlement and its place in New York City and the nation. To register for the program, visit https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E84344&id=176.
  • Rising Song Institute offers a weekly virtual event “Song and Torah with Joey Weisenberg” on Thursdays at 9 pm. It includes 15 minutes of song. The event can be found on the RSI Facebook page except on Jewish holidays. To register to watch on Zoom, visit www.risingsong.org/events.
  • The Lab Shul will host “Showtunes in the Shower: Monthly Song Circle” on Wednesday, January 20, from 7:30-8:30 pm. Shira Kline and Rebekkah Goldsmith are leading Song/Circle online for the 5781 season, which runs through May 2021. There is no cost to attend, but donations are requested. Additional dates will be February 17, March 27, April 21 and May 19. To register for the January event, visit https://labshul.org/event/song-circle-5781/2021-01-20.
  • Tikvah will hold a lecture series with Rabbi Meir Soloveichik called “Jewish Political Greatness: 11 Studies in Statesmanship.” The lectures will be held Mondays at 8 pm from January 18 through April 5. The course will look at Jewish political figures over the past two millennia – from King David to Queen Esther, Yochanan Ben Zakkai to Don Isaac Abravanel, Benjamin Disraeli to Herzl and Begin. For more information or to register, visit https://tikvahfund.org/statesmanship/.

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