Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing –part 33

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. 

  • IAC36 will hold a virtual “Yom Hazikaron Ceremony” on Tuesday, April 13, at 8:30 pm. The ceremony commemorates fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terror. For more information, visit https://iac360.org/event/yom-hazikaron-ceremony/.
  • Hadassah sponsors two podcasts: “Hadassah On Call” goes behind the scenes at Hadassah’s hospitals and “The Branch” shares stories of Jews and Arabs who are creating a shared society. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org/news-media/podcasts.
  • The Jewish National Fund is holding virtual tours of Israel. The cost is $50 per Zoom spot. For more information, visit www.jnf.org/visit-israel/jnf-virtual-tours-to-israel.
  • The National Council of Jewish Women will hold the virtual event “#RuthsRevolution Continues: An Exploration of Reproductive Freedom in Honor of Justice Ginsburg” on Monday, March 15, at 4:30 pm. For more information, visit /www.ncjw.org/events/ruthsrevolution-continues-an-exploration-of-reproductive-freedom-in-honor-of-justice-ginsburg/.
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold the virtual program “Family History Today: Location, Location, Location – Historical Maps in Genealogy Research” on Wednesday, March 17, at 4 pm. Ed Mitukiewicz, map consultant for the documentary film “Raise the Roof,” will demonstrate how to use historical map websites and geographic information databases. For more information, visit https://genealogy.cjh.org/events. 
  • JTA and the Israel Democracy Institute have held the series “Present: The Future of Israel.” The final lecture is on “Israel’s Arab Citizens at a Crossroads” on Wednesday, March 17, at noon. For more information, visit www.myjewishlearning.com/the-hub/jta-and-the-israel-democracy-institute-present-the-future-of-israel/2021-02-24/.
  • The virtual program “For the Love of Opera: Celebrating RBG’s 88th Birthday” will be presented by the National Museum of American Jewish History, Opera Philadelphia and the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. It will feature commentary, as well as performances recorded in NMAJH’s Dell Theater and UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, on Monday, March 15, at 8 pm. It will air via Facebook Live on the NMAJH Facebook page, the Opera Philadelphia Facebook page and the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Facebook pages, with a limited number of Zoom slots also available. The production will be available on-demand after the event on the above Facebook pages, NMAJH’s website and on the Opera Philadelphia Channel. For more information, visit www.nmajh.org/events/for-the-love-of-opera/.
  • ISGAP – The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy will hold several virtual programs, including “Antisemitism in the Middle East,” featuring Dr. Najat Al Saied, professor, Zayed University in Dubai, on Monday, March 22, at 11 am (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EOQL5gdrSaOIVGh0ytfnuA); and “The Holocaust from the Arab People’s Point of View” with Dr. Edy Cohen, researcher, Bar-Ilan University, on Monday, April 12, at 11 am (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YwLHjGS9QtuXZQruFR-0jg). 
  • The Jewish Council for Public Affairs will hold a virtual conference from April 25-26. For more information, visit https://jcpa2021.org/.
  • JewishFiction.net announced that its Passover issue is now online. There is no charge to read the material, which can be found at www.jewishfiction.net/index.php/current-issue/.
  • The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold a virtual program connected to the exhibit “Notorious RBG.” On Wednesday, March 24, at 4 pm, there will be a program called “I Dissent: Discussion on Election and Voting Rights” with Hon. Patricia A. Blackmon, Eighth District Court of Appeals, and Elizabeth Bonham, ACLU. There is a $10 general charge. The program qualifies for CLE credit through the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association for $40. To register, e-mail cle@clemetrobar.org. 
  • The Jewish Museum of Florida will hold “Color and Jewish Identity in India: A Conversation with Dr. Nathan Katz” on Monday, March 15, from 7-8 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://secure.qgiv.com/for/jmoffiu/event/827303/.
  • The Mayberg Center for Jewish Leadership will hold “Conversations on Inclusive Leadership” featuring “Negotiating a Black Jewish Identity in Complex Times,” on Wednesday, March 17, from noon-1 pm with Ambassador Fitzgerald Haney; “Being Heumann: Promoting Everyone’s Abilities” on Wednesday, April 7, from noon-1 pm, with Judith Heumann, international disability rights activist; and “Working for Diversity” on Monday, May 10, from noon-1 pm, with Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein. All events will be moderated by Dr. Erica Brown. For more information or to register, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lz59BU8SpQGyVZ0dGNKkfY231xUfR0c8wPP5x0cz1WQ/viewform?edit_requested=true.
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold “The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War,” featuring author David Nasaw in conversation with Atina Grossmann, on Wednesday, March 24, at 4 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://programs.cjh.org/tickets/the-last-million-2021-03-24.
  • Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies will hold “Ma Nishtana: How are We different this Passover?” on Sunday, March 14, from noon-4:30 pm. There will be three sessions with several different options offered each session. There is no charge to attend, but a donation is requested. For more information or to register, visit www.pardes.org.il/calendar/ma-nishtana-how-are-we-different-this-passover/.
  • Kibbitz Online features classes and events for older adults. Visit https://kibbitz-online.myjewishlearning.com/ to see the list of online classes.
  • The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold its annual Gathering of Remembrance on Monday, April 19, at 2 pm, as a virtual event this year. It will be shown on the museum’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and website homepage. For more information, visit https://mjhnyc.org/events/new-yorks-annual-gathering-of-remembrance/.
  • The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute will hold several virtual events in March and April, including “The First American Jewish Novelist: Cora Wilburn” on Wednesday, March 17, from 7-8 pm; “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; “Virtual Artist Lecture: Camille Eskell | The Fez as Storyteller” on Wednesday, March 24, from 12:30-1:30 pm; “Taking Over the Crown: Camille Eskell’s ‘The Fez as Storyteller’” on Thursday, April 1, from 2-3:30 pm; “Books and Babies: Reproductive Literacy among Haredi Women in Israel” on Tuesday, April 6, from 2-3 pm; “Conceiving Motherhood: The Reception of Biblical Mothers in the Early Jewish Imagination” on Monday, April 12, from 12:30-1:30 pm; “Indomitable Woman: Feminism in the Poetry of Rosita Kalina of Costa Rica” on Wednesday, April 21, from 12:30-1:30 pm; “The Crooked and the Straight: Queer Theory and Rabbinic Literature” on Monday, April 26, from 12:30-1:30 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, visit www.brandeis.edu/hbi/events/index.html.
  • The Shalom Hartman Institute will hold two virtual events: “Judaism in the Public Square: Civics and Religion in America” on Thursday, March 18, from 5:30-7 pm (www.hartman.org.il/event/judaism-in-the-public-square-a-conversation-on-civics-and-religion-in-america/?timestamp=1616088600), and Limmud eFestival on Sunday, March 21, from 1-8 pm (www.hartman.org.il/event/limmud-efestival/).
  • The Jewish Review of Books will hold “Freedom in the Face of Tyranny: A Conversation with Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy” on Wednesday, March 17, at noon. For more information, visit https://jewishreviewofbooks.com/conversation/natan-sharansky-and-gil-troy/.
  • The Yiddish Book Center will hold “Yiddish in Latin America, with Rachel Rubinstein and Alan Astro” on Thursday, March 18, at 7 pm. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/d41d8cd9/yiddish-in-latin-america-with-rachel-rubinstein-and-alan-astro/1367904956878202/.
  • The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold “Heroines of the Holocaust with Lori Weintrob and Rokhl Kafrissen” on Wednesday, March 31, at noon. For more information, visit https://mjhnyc.org/events/mjh-live-heroines-of-the-holocaust-with-lori-weintrob-and-rokhl-kafrissen/.
  • Lilith Magazine will hold “Sephardi Flavors for Passover” with chef and food writer Susan Barocas, who will explore Passover traditions among the Jews of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire on Friday, March 19, at 3 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqf-ihqDMiE91iyxGnK_qn4gF2-qbV873Y.
  • PRISM: A Convening for Jewish Artists of Colour will hold an online gathering for creatives and culture makers by Jews of Colour for Jews of Colour on Tuesday, March 16, from 8-10 pm. For more information or to register, visit http://fentster.org/events/prism.
  • Artists Standing Strong Together will host a live virtual storytelling event, “Food and Freedom: Passover in Stories,” on Thursday, April 1, at 6:30 pm. The event features storytellers Cindy Rivka Marshall, Mark Binder, Muriel Horowitz and Dr. Harriette E. Wimms, among others. To register for the event, visit www.artistsstandingstrongtogether.net/passover-show. 
  • The organization 18Doors will hold “Seder Cocktails: A Treat You Can’t Passover” on Tuesday, March 23, at 7:30 pm. The virtual event is aimed for interfaith couples in their 20s and 30s. It will feature two kosher-for-Passover cocktails inspired by the flavors of the seder plate: Charoset Sangria and a Karpas Margarita. There is no cost to attend. For more information or to register, visit https://18doors.org/event/national-2021-03-seder-cocktails-a-treat-you-cant-passover-online/.
  • Keshet will hold a cooking session with Chef Rossi on Tuesday, March 23, at 7 pm. Rossi will speak about her culinary journey from the Jersey Shore to New York City, and her specific twist on Pesach cuisine, including recipes for Passover lasagna, “matzah dessert” and a topping for ice-cream. To register for the event, visit www.keshetonline.org/resources-and-events/register/chefrossi/.

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