Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 30

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. 

  • Ritualwell will hold the virtual program “Refuah Shleimah: A Healing Ritual Marking a Year of Pandemic” on Thursday, March 11, from noon-1:15 pm. The event will mark the one-year anniversary of the pandemic with a ritual to hold losses and create hope for healing through prayer, poetry, and music. Attendees are invited to actively participate by bringing names of those they want to memorialize, names of those who are sick, and names of essential workers, doctors and scientists they want to lift up. For more information or to register, visit www.ritualwell.org/immersion/refuah-shleimah-healing-ritual-marking-year-pandemic.
  • Jewish Book Week, located in London, England, is holding many of its events online this year. For information about specific everts or to purchase a ticket, visit https://jewishbookweek.com/upcoming-events/.
  • The Tenement Museum will hold the virtual tour “LOVE at the Tenement” on Friday, February 12, at 6 pm, or Sunday, February 14, at 7 pm. The tour will offer shared stories of romantic and platonic relationships of 97 Orchard Street, from forbidden to familial love. Learn about dating, courting and marriage traditions observed in different times and cultural groups. The cost is $15 per devise or free with museum membership. For more information or to register, visit www.tenement.org/tour/love-at-the-tenement/.
  • The Shalom Hartman Institute will hold the “Truth, Difference, and Loyalty: An Interfaith Symposium,” Sunday-Thursday, February 14-18. The symposium schedule will include daily beit midrash sessions, electives, interfaith learning, a new Con/Text video series and evening panel conversations, all exploring spirituality, faith and values, led by Hartman scholars, faculty and guest experts. For more information or to register, visit https://hartman.tfaforms.net/4717737?mc_cid=98a1383193&mc_eid=96085fa8a5.
  • On its YouTube Live channel, the Tenement Museum will host a virtual talk with Jane Ziegelman, author of “97 Orchard Street: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement” on Tuesday, February 2, from 7-8 pm. The talk will explore the culinary life of the residents of 97 Orchard Street, one of the historic tenement buildings of the Tenement Museum. The program will continue to be available on after the live screening. For more information and a link to the program, visit www.tenement.org/events/book-talk-an-edible-history/.
  • The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will hold “‘The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902’ – A New Book Talk on Zoom with award winning author Scott D. Seligman” on Wednesday, February 10, from 7-8:15 pm. Seligman will take about his book, which tells the story of how immigrant housewives took up positions on the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side and caused a riot that shook New York City. The event is limited to 100 computers. For more information or to register, visit www.nycjewishtours.org/event-log/great-kosher-meat-war-book-talk.
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold several virtual events in February, including “Writing Between Tongues: An Exploration of Hebrew and Arabic Calligraphy – Part 2” on Sunday, February 7, at noon; “Family History Today: Finding Your Eastern European Jewish Family on JRI-Poland.org” on Thursday, February 11, at 3 pm; “Yiddish: Biography of a Language – Live on Zoom” on Wednesday, February 17, at 1 pm; “Color on My Mind: The History of the First Black Mental Health Clinic in America” on Wednesday, February 24, at 3 pm; “People of the Book Club: The Lost Shtetl with Author Max Gross” on Wednesday, February 24, at 4 pm; and more. For more information, other events or to register, visit https://programs.cjh.org/.
  • The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold several mini-courses and lectures in February: “The Meanings of the Tabernacle” with Dr. Alan Cooper, on Tuesdays, February 16 and 23, and March 2, from 1-2 pm (www.jtsa.edu/the-meanings-of-the-tabernacle?utm_term=The%20Meanings%20of%20the%20Tabernacle); “The Holy City of Jerusalem” with Dr. Benjamin Gampel on Tuesdays, February 16 and 23, and Wednesday, March 3, from 10:30-11:30 am (www.jtsa.edu/the-holy-city-of-jerusalem?utm_term=Jerusalem%20and%20Three%20Religions); and “Other Gods: What the Bible Thinks about Other Nations’ Deities (Or: Is the Bible Really Monotheistic?)” with Dr. Benjamin Sommer on Monday, February 1, from 2-3:30 pm (/www.jtsa.edu/other-gods-what-the-bible-thinks-about-other-nations-deities).
  • The Yiddish Book Center will hold several virtual events in February, including “Sutzkever Essential Prose” book launch, with translator Zackary Sholem Berger and scholar Justin Cammy on Sunday, January 31, at 2 pm; “On Packing My Library: How I Built My Latin American Judaica Collection – and Shipped It Away, with Ilan Stavans” on Tuesday, February 4, at 7 pm; “Talking Across Time: A Conversation between Three Great Jewish Women Poets” with Zohar Weiman-Kelman on Tuesday, February 16, at 1 pm; and “Jews, Art, and Inequality: Lee Conell’s ‘The Party Upstairs’” with Josh Lambert on Tuesday, March 23, at 7 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.yiddishbookcenter.org/events-and-store/virtual-public-programs-calendar.
  • The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will reprise two programs: “Hello Gorgeous: An Hour or so with Fanny Brice – The consummate performer!” on Thursday, March 11, from 7-8:15 pm (www.nycjewishtours.org/event-log/fanny-brice-talk-on-zoom-march-11); and “Nooks and Crannies of New York City” on Wednesday, March 17, from 7-8:30 pm (www.nycjewishtours.org/event-log/nooks-and-crannies-of-nyc-talk-on-zoom-wbtwd). It will also hold a new program, “Borscht Belt: Resorts of the early Jewish Catskills – Part 1 of a 2 part talk,” on Wednesday, April 21, from 7-8:30 pm (www.nycjewishtours.org/event-log/this-is-not-the-catskills-part-1-borscht-belt). There is a charge and all programs are limited to 100 participants. 
  • The Women’s Initiative of the Orthodox Union is offering Torah Imecha Nach Yomi. The 10-15 minute lessons are aimed at learners of all levels. To subscribe, visit www.ou.org/women/torat-imecha/nach/.
  • Ritualwell will hold two events in February in preparation for Purim: “The Book of V: A Reading and Conversation with Anna Solomon and Sivan Rotholz” on Wednesday, February 17, from 1-2 00pm; and “Embodying Purim Joy: Hasidic and Shtetl Dance with Rabbi Daniel Brenner” on Wednesday, February 24, from 8-9:15 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.tickettailor.com/events/reconstructingjudaism/.
  • Jewish Federations of North America will kick off Jewish Disability Advocacy Month with a conversation featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman, members of Congress and Federations empowering people with disabilities. “Our Time, Our Fight” will be held on Wednesday, February 3, from 7-8 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/event/our-time-our-fight/.
  • The Israeli-American Council will hold online classes for its IAC Eitanim leadership and entrepreneurship for teenagers. The 15 online sessions, which are 90 minutes long, seek to promote a mindset of entrepreneurship, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving and other soft skills. There is a $105 cost for the program. For more information or to register, visit www.israeliamerican.org/eitanim.

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