Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 29

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 Jewish Theological Seminary will hold the online mini-course “The Questions Jews Ask, The Answers Rabbis Give” with Rabbi Marcus Mordecai Schwartz on Thursdays, January 21 and 28, and February 4 and 11, from 1-2 pm. All sessions are recorded and recordings are accessible to registered participants. The class will look at some responses of rabbis to questions through the ages, related to communal governance, daily life, and rabbinic controversy. To register, visit https://inspired.jtsa.edu/event/the-questions-jews-ask-the-answers-rabbis-give/e319105.
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold a virtual exhibit opening “Behind the Scenes of an Exhibition: Emile Bocian in Chinatown” on Thursday, January 28, at 4 pm. Co-curators Kevin Chu, collections manager at MOCA, and Lauren Gilbert, senior manager of public services at the Center, will share a behind-the-scenes look into Emile Bocian’s life, his collection and the genesis of the exhibition. Bocian’s grandniece and nephew will also be in attendance to share their memories. For more information or to register, visit https://programs.cjh.org/event/emile-bocian-2021-01-28.
  • Hartman@Home will offer several virtual events: “The Wondering Jew: Israel and the Search for Jewish Identity,” a conversation with Micah Goodman about his new book on Sunday, January 24, from 10-11 am (for information or to register, visit www.hartman.org.il/event/the-wondering-jew-israel-and-the-search-for-jewish-identity/); and a four-part course, “The Texts and Topics Shaping Modern Jewish Life” exploring “The New Jewish Canon” with Yehuda Kurtzer, Mijal Bitton, David Zvi Kalman and Elana Stein Hain on Wednesday, January 6, and Thursdays, February 4, March 11 and April 29, from 8-9:30 pm (for more information or to register, visit www.hartman.org.il/event/the-texts-topics-shaping-modern-jewish-life/).
  • The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold the virtual program “18 Voices: A Liberation Day Reading of Young Writers’ Diaries From the Holocaust” on Wednesday, January 27, at 7 pm. The excerpts will be read by actors and public figures, including Liev Schreiber, Mandy Gonzalez, Adam Kantor and Daniel Kahn. For more information or to register, visit https://mjhnyc.org/18-voices-a-liberation-day-reading-of-young-writers-diaries-from-the-holocaust/.
  • The Jewish Review of Books will hold the webinar “The Blessing and the Curse: A Conversation with Adam Kirsch” on Tuesday, January 26, at 7 pm. Abe Socher will talk to poet and literary critic Adam Kirsch about his latest book, “The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century.” For more information or to register, visit https://tikvahfund.zoom.us/webinar/register/7616091756364/WN_K2-OU50FSqCqeAVzHv1txw.
  • The National Museum of American Jewish History will hold the virtual program “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America – Virtual Book Talk with Richard Rothstein and Lila Corwin Berman” on Wednesday, January 27, at 6 pm. A donation of $10 is requested. A limited number of Zoom spots are available, but will be available live on the museum’s Facebook page and website. For more information, visit www.nmajh.org/#events.
  • The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute will hold several virtual events, including “Finding Matilda: Uncovering the Life and Death of a Jewish Lithuanian Poet” on Wednesday, January 27, at 7 pm; “Israel in the Spanish-speaking Media: The Case of Latina Entrepreneurship” on Thursday, February 4, from 7-8 pm; “American Jewish Women Craft Resilience and Community: Making Meaning Through Everyday Action” on Thursday, February 25, from 2-3 pm; “From Miniskirt to Hijab: A Girl in Revolutionary Iran” on Wednesday, March 3,from noon-1 pm; and “On Jewish Women’s Writing, HBI Virtual Conversations with Dr. Nora Gold” on Wednesday, April 28, from 2-3 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.brandeis.edu/hbi/events/index.html.
  • Case Western Reserve University’s Siegal Lifelong Learning will hold several virtual events. Each lecture is free for members of Siegal or $5 for nonmembers. “A Conversation with Eyal Rob: From Hava Nagila to Sticker Song – Game Changing Songs in Israel’s Society” will be held on Tuesday, January 26, at 11 am. For more information or to register, visit https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/lectures/israeli-speaker-series-eyal-rob-remote. “A Conversation with Emuna Elon: House on Endless Waters” will take place on Wednesday, February 10, at 11 am. For more information or to register, visit https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/lectures/conversation-emuna-elon. “Autonomies (Remote)” with Yahonatan Indursky will place on Tuesday, March 16, at 11 am. Indursky, the creator of “Shtisel,” will speak about his show “Autonomies,” a dystopian drama set in an alternate reality of present-day Israel. For more information or to register, visit https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/lectures/autonomies-remote. 
  • The Orthodox Union offers “In Conversation: Rabbis Schmoozing with You” on Saturday nights after Shabbat. For more information, visit https://outorah.org/series/4098. Some conversations are on www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQBXrE6pgmtRJE4lxej-Gs4Q-rlubkH5K.
  • The bilingual streaming production of “The Dybbuk” by S. An-ski (Shloyme Zaynvl Rapoport), which was performed at the Theater for the New City by New Yiddish Rep on the play’s 100th anniversary has been edited for video-on-demand and will be presented through midnight Sunday, January 31, by New Yiddish Rep. The cost to view the play is $5. To access the video, visit www.stellartickets.com/events/new-yiddish-repertory-theater-inc/the-dybbuk?aff=websit. For more information about the play, visit www.newyiddishrep.org.
  • The National Arts Club, in recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, will presents member Elizabeth Bellak, with her daughter Alexandra, discussing the journal of her sister Renia Spiegel on Wednesday, January 27, from 3-4 pm. Spiegel was a Jewish teenager in southeastern Poland when she began writing her diary, months before the advent of World War II. For more information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/holocaust-remembrance-day-registration-131472693365.
  • The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will offer a performance of Carolyn Enger’s “Mischlinge Exposé,” live from Edmond J. Safra Hall on Tuesday, January 19, at 2 pm. The performance will be followed by a discussion between Enger and Rachel Stern, founding director and CEO of the Fritz Ascher Society. For more information or to register, visit https://mjhnyc.org/events/live-from-edmond-j-safra-hall-carolyn-engers-mischlinge-expose/.
  • The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will hold “Soul to Soul,” a theatrical concert that explores the parallels of African American and Jewish history, on Monday, January 18, at 4 pm. The event will include a combination of English spirituals, civil rights songs, Yiddish folk songs and theatre songs. All Yiddish songs will include English translation subtitles. The event will not be shown on the theatre’s Facebook page. The cost to attend is $12. For more information or to register, visit https://nytf.org/soul/. 
  • The Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion will hold the virtual program “Sing Unto God” celebrating the music of Debbie Friedman on Thursday, January 28, at 8 pm. For more information or to register, visit http://huc.edu/sing-unto-god-january-28-2021-8pm-est.
  • The Jews of Color Initiative aims to have 1,000 Jews of Color complete a survey at JoCsurvey.org, part of the first-ever study to understand the lived experiences and perspectives of Jews of Color in the United States. Anyone who identifies as a Jew of Color is asked to fill out the survey, which addresses such questions as what do Jews of Color think about Jewish identity; what has been JoC’s experiences in Jewish communities; and more.

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