Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 31

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 several virtual events in February and March, including “The End of Iberian Jewry and The Beginnings of a Sephardi Diaspora: Through the Eyes of Women: on Monday, February 22, from 12:30-1:30 pm; and “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; “Hidden Heretics: Jewish Doubt in the Digital Age” on Monday, March 8, from 12:30-1:30 pm; “America and the Crypto Jewish Presence: Reclaiming the Legacy of Sepharad” on Thursday, March 11, from 7-8 pm; “The First American Jewish Novelist: Cora Wilburn” on Wednesday, March 17, from 7-8 pm; and “Suffering, Stereotypes, and Psychosis: The Representation of Jewish Femininity in the CW Series ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’” on Monday, March 22, from 12:30-1:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.brandeis.edu/hbi/events/index.html.
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold “Not Antigone’s Heirs: Soviet Yiddish and Vernacular Holocaust Memory Culture,” featuring Miriam Schulz, on Thursday, February 18, at 4 pm. Schulz will look at a little-known chapter of Soviet Jewry: Soviet Yiddish cultural groups and influential individuals and the ways in which they created their own vernacular Holocaust memory culture in the Soviet Union, not against but within state politics. For more information or to register, visit https://programs.cjh.org/event/not-antigone-2021-02-18,
  • HUC Connect 2021 will hold several virtual programs in February and March, including “Confronting Hate in a Broken World: Lessons From the Career of Marc Tanenbaum” on Thursday, February 18, at 4 pm; “Language and Racism in the United States Today” on Tuesday, March 2, at 5:30 pm; “Race and Identity Today” Thursday, March 4, at 5:30 pm; “‘Let My People Go:’ Personal Reflections on Freedom and Injustice” on Tuesday, March 23, at 6 pm; and “Children and the Right to Vote” on Thursday, March 25, at 1 pm. For more information, http://huc.edu/huc-connect/huc-connect-2021.
  • Hartman@Home will hold “Truth, Difference, and Loyalty: An Interfaith Symposium” from February 14-18. The five-day symposium, open to people of all faiths, will include daily 90-minute beit midrash-style sessions, seminars and evening panel conversations featuring Hartman scholars, faculty and guest experts. For more information, visit https://winter.hartman.org.il/home?mc_cid=f6169d0086&mc_eid=96085fa8a5.
  • The Israeli American Council will hold “EDGEXPERIENCE!” from February 22-26. The five-day virtual experience is designed for young professionals (22-42) with Israel at heart. Some sessions are free, but there is a charge for the complete program. For more information or to register, visit https://iac360.org/edgexperience-2021/.
  • Queens College is holding a virtual exhibition, “Romaniote Memories, a Jewish Journey from Ioannina, Greece, to Manhattan: Photographs by Vincent Giordano,” which explores one of the oldest Jewish communities in existence and its presence in New York City. It features more than 100 photographs of the community presented in 10 thematic sections, including the synagogue’s art and architecture, religious rites and celebrations, as well as photographs taken during the High Holidays in Ioannina, Greece, in 2006. To see the exhibit, visit https://scalar.usc.edu/works/romaniote-memories/index/.
  • Jewish Together has a number of Zoom events available for Jewish Diversity Month in February. Among the programs are “Mindfulness for Neurodiverse Young Adults” on Sunday, February 14, at 10 am; “Disability and Community with Shelly Christensen” on Tuesday, February 16, at 11 am; “Talking with Parents about Special Needs” on Tuesday, February 16, at 11 am; “Talk Saves Lives: An Intro to Suicide Prevention” on Tuesday, February 16, at 7:30 pm; “Smart Business: The Case for Inclusive Hiring” on Wednesday, February 17, at noon; and many other programs. For more information or to register, visit https://marketplace.jewishtogether.org/?filter=Diversity%20and%20Inclusion&sorting=next_upcoming.
  • The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold the following programs: “Part of Between the Lines: Author Conversations from the Library at JTA,” an online discussion with Rabbi Daniel Ross Goodman about his novel, “A Single Life,” on Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 pm (www.jtsa.edu/a-single-life?); and “A Journey Across the Jewish Past: Inside the JTS Library’s Rare Book Collection” on Wednesday, February 24, at 11 am (www.jtsa.edu/a-journey-across-the-jewish-past?).
  • Lilith magazine will hold its “Lilith’s Winter Launch Party” on Thursday, February 18, at 8 pm. The event will include an intergenerational conversation between two feminist photographers – Joan Roth and her granddaughter, Shira Gorelick – and a performance by Liba Vaynberg. For more information or to register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtdOyrrjwuEtSD1FMQ6ME7RIWq7N7K_fdO.
  • The Orthodox Union’s “OU Guide to Passover 5781/2021” is available. For ordering information, visit https://www.ou.org/guide/.
  • Ofek Hub has a variety of classes available for children and adults to learn Hebrew, learn about Israeli spirit and for personal enrichment. There is a cost for the classes. For more information or to register, visit www.ofekhub.org/allcourses/.
  • The Jewish Book Council will hold “70th National Jewish Book Awards Celebration” virtually on Monday, April 12, from 7-8:30 pm. Tickets begin at $18. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/70th-national-jewish-book-awards-celebration-tickets-136719809631.
  • The Jewish Book Council will hold “Hannah Arendt and Lucy Dawidowicz: Zionism and Israel in the Minds of Two Great Intellectuals” on Thursday, February 25, from 12:30-2 pm. There is no charge to attend. For more information, visit www.jewishbookcouncil.org/events/hannah-arendt-and-lucy-dawidowicz-zionism-israel-in-the-minds-of-two-great-intellectuals?.
  • The Yiddish Book Center has digitized and posted works of the Yiddish writer Chaim Grade, considered one of the great masters of modern Yiddish literature. The works are freely available online for the first time in the Yiddish Book Center’s Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library at https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/digital-yiddish-library.

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