Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 32

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 Bennett Center for Judaic Studies of Fairfield University will hold several virtual events in March and April, including “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing: Jewish and Christian Women as Allies in Anti-Racism” on Tuesday, March 16, at 7:30 pm; “Hitler’s American Friends: The Third Reich’s Supporters in the United States” on Monday, March 29, at 7:30 pm; “The Rise and Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry, Berlin 1836-1939” on Tuesday, April 13, at 7:30 pm; and “State of Play: The Political Future of the American Jewish Community” on Monday, April 26, at 7:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.fairfield.edu/undergraduate/academics/centers/bennett-center-for-judaic-studies/lectures/.
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold several virtual programs in March, including a discussion of The YIVO Bruce and Francesca Cernia Slovin Online Museum’s inaugural exhibition, “Beba Epstein: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Girl,” on Tuesday, March 2, at 1 pm; “Survival on the Margins: Polish Jewish Refugees in the Wartime Soviet Union,” featuring Eliyana R. Adler on Wednesday, March 3, at 4 pm; “Leaving Behind the Froyen-vinkl, or How Women Functioned in the Male World of Yiddish Literature” on Monday, March 8, at 1 pm; a discussion of “Legal Sabotage: Ernst Fraenkel in Nazi Germany” with author Douglas G. Morris on Thursday, March 11, at 2 pm; Ayala Fader in conversation about her book “Hidden Heretics: Jewish Doubt in the Digital Age” on Monday, March 15, at 4 pm; “The Tenor of Irish-Jewish Relations in 19th-20th Century New York” on Wednesday, March 17, at 7 pm; and historian David Nasaw in conversation about his book “The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War” on Wednesday, March 24, at 4 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://programs.cjh.org/.
  • Aleph will hold the Zoom series “Embodying the Divine Mystery: A Kabbalistic Movement Journey” on Sundays, February 28 and March 7 and 14. The course fee is $36 per session and it suggested that all sessions be taken. For more information or to register, visit www.aleph.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=322.
  • The American Sephardi Federation will hold “New Works Wednesdays with Daniel Tsadik” on Wednesday, March 3, at noon. He will discuss his new book “The Jews of Iran and Rabbinic Literature: New Perspectives.” For more information or to register, visit http://americansephardi.org/event/new-works-wednesdays-with-daniel-tsadik/.
  • HUC-Connects will offer several courses in March, including “Kashruth (Jewish Dietary Laws), Community, and Control: Shehitah (Ritual Slaughter) Manuals and Their Afterlives in Early Modern Europe” on Monday, March 1, at 1 pm; “A Spark of King David: Rabbi Israel Najara’s Poetry and Music” on Tuesday, March 16, at 1 pm; and “Infertility in the Ancient World” on Tuesday, March 9, at 6 pm. For additional course listing, more information or to register, visit http://huc.edu/huc-connect/huc-connect-2021.
  • OFEC Hub will offer new virtual courses for children and adult during March and April. For course listing, more information or to register, visit https://iac360.org/home/ofek-hub/.
  • The Museum at Eldridge Street will hold the virtual talk “Time-Travel Storytime: Frances Perkins, Champion of Workers’ Rights” on Sunday, March 14, from 2-3 pm. The suggested donation is $8. For more information or to register, visit www.eldridgestreet.org/event/time-travel-storytime-frances-perkins-champion-of-workers-rights/.
  • Tikvah Open University will hold the virtual seminar “The Foundations of Jewish Conservatism” on Thursdays, March 4, 11 and 18, from 7-8:30 pm. The class is taught by Eric Cohen and there is $100 fee to attend. For more information or to register, visit https://tikvahfund.org/tikvah-online/the-foundations-of-jewish-conservatism/.
  • The YIVO Yiddish Club will hold two virtual events: “Michael Wex and Yiddish Humor” on Sunday, February 28, at 2 pm (https://yivo.org/YiddishClub1) and “Rokhl Kafrissen and Contemporary Yiddish Culture” on Sunday, March 14, at 2 pm (https://yivo.org/YiddishClub2). There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
  • FIDF Live – featuring host, media personality and former lone soldier Joel Chasnoff – will bring stories of the men and women of the IDF directly to viewers. The show will also feature base visits and spotlight donor. The 30-minute episodes will air every other week at 8:30 pm. To view the site, visit www.fidf.org/fidflive. 
  • The Tikvah Fund offers Ruth Wisse’s course on “‘Daniel Deronda’: George Eliot’s Novel of Jewish Nationalism.” The eight lectures can be found at https://tikvahfund.org/course/daniel-deronda/. There is no charge to listen to the lectures and registration includes a study guide.
  • LIBERATION75 will hold virtual programs to commemorating the 75th anniversary of liberation from the Holocaust from May 4-9. The programs will include lectures, films, interactive exhibits. There is no cost to attend. For more information and to see the schedule, visit www.liberation75.org/conference.
  • YIVO is offering courses in Yiddish language, Jewish history and Jewish culture that are open to the general public. For course listings and more information, visit www.yivo.org/classes. 
  • The Herb Alpert School of Music will hold free programs “Celebrating Klezmer and Yiddish Music: Past and Present” in March, including “Famed Clarinetist David Krakauer Featured in Jewish Music Masterclass” on Tuesday, March 2, at 8 pm; “Remembering Theodore Bikel – Actor, Activist, Idealist” on Thursday, March 4, at 8 pm; and “Album Drop: Clarinetist and Composer Michael Winograd” on Thursday, March 25, at 8 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/resources/lowellmilkenmaje/celebrating-klezmer-and-yiddish-music/. 
  • The ICenter is offering a certificate program in “Experiential Israel Education,” a six-week hands-on program that “invites each of us to render our own color palettes and design new educational frameworks for deepening relationships with Israel and Israelis.” For more information, visit https://certificate.theicenter.org/, phone 847-418-8336 or e-mail Ari Berkowicz (ari@theicenter.org).
  • Ritualwell will hold a program for teens ages 13-19 called “Rainbow Lev: Jewish LGBTQ+ Teen Leadership Program” on Wednesdays, March 3,10, 17 and 24, from 7-8:30 pm. The cost is $144 for the four sessions; scholarships are available upon personal request. For more information or to register, visit www.tickettailor.com/events/ritualwell/482038.
  • Halah, https://jerusalism.com/halah/, offers contemporary Israeli literature in English. 
  • The Jewish Feminist Songbook Project will hold the virtual concert “Adding Their Voices: Women of the Bible” on Sunday, March 7, at 2 pm. The concert honors groundbreaking composers giving Jewish feminist voice through song to the women of the Bible. For a list of performers and composers or to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adding-their-voices-women-of-the-bible-tickets-138156641233?aff=ebdssbeac%3Cbr.
  • Americans for Peace and Tolerance will hold the webinar “The Failure of Jewish Leadership: ‘Where’s the ADL?’” on Wednesday, March 10, at noon. Charles Jacobs will interview Prof. William A. Jacobson, of Cornell Law School, and Jonathan S. Tobin, the editor-in-chief of the Jewish News Syndicate. For more information or to register, visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XQKNFpmySbO6gXp70CEy4A. 
  • Jewish Women’s Archive will hold the virtual course “Jewish Women, Race, and Ethnicity in America” on Thursdays in March at 8 pm. Sessions will stand alone; details will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/FZ76uCU/MarchHistoryCourse.

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