Jewish Online Resources 12/3/2021

By Reporter staff

A variety of Jewish groups are offering educational and recreational online resources. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available. 

The Shalom Hartman Institute offers free virtual course through its Shalom @ Home program. Courses and lectures that begin in January include “Old Jew, New Jew, Israeli Jew: A Fresh Look at the Jews of Zion”; “Salon@475 Book Talk: Sanctified Sex”; and “Religion or Nation? Modern Debates about Jewish Identity.” Courses being held in March include “An Exceptional Hatred? Understanding Antisemitism” and “Beginnings and Order: Jewish Creation Myths.” More information or registration is available here

Hadar is offering a weekly e-mail about the Torah portion by Rabbi Aviva Richman. For more information or to sign up, click here.

The National Museum of American Jewish History’s core exhibition is now available on a virtual tour on their website here.

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will hold the virtual lecture “New York in the Progressive Era,” a new book talk with author Paul Kaplan on Wednesday, December 1, from 7-8:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit this link.

The Jewish Women’s Archive will hold the virtual course “The Hidden History of Jews and Reproductive Rights in America” on Thursdays, December 2, 9, 16 and 23, at 8 pm. The sessions are designed to stand alone. No advanced reading or preparation is required. Registrants will also receive access to session recordings. For more information or to register, visit this page.

The Asif: Culinary Institute of Israel offers a variety of free recipes on their website here. The site also features rotating exhibitions that explore the “intersection of food and society, fashion, history and more” here.

Hadassah will hold the virtual conference “The Power of Purpose” on Sunday, January 9, from 11 am-5:30 pm. It will focus on empowering women, teaching them how to engage their voice, body, soul and mind to effect change. More information here.

Moment Magazine will hold “Becoming Dr. Ruth with Ruth K. Westheimer and Tovah Feldshuh” on Monday, December 6, at 11 am. Westheimer will be in conversation about how to live life to the fullest with Feldshuh, the six-time Tony- and Emmy-nominated actor who will play her in the Off-Broadway show “Becoming Dr Ruth” in December. Westheimer and Feldshuh will be joined by Moment Editor-in-Chief Nadine Epstein. For more information or to register, follow this link.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will hold the virtual program “Jewish Identity in Lithuania Today” on Tuesday, December 7, at 11 am. The program will explore the historical and social realities of Jewish-Lithuanian relations, and the challenges of building a multi-cultural, democratic society in Lithuania today. For more information or to register, visit click here.

The Leo Baeck Institute will hold the virtual panel discussion “Perspectives on Jewish Life in Germany Today” on Wednesday, December 22, from noon-1:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit here.

The Meyerson JCC of Cincinnati will hold several virtual book talks in 2022: “Billy Wilder on Assignment” by Noah Isenberg on Wednesday, January 12, at 7 pm; “The Plot” by Jean Hanff Korelitz on Wednesday, March 9, at 7 pm; “At the End of the World, Turn Left” by Zhanna Slor, Jon Steadman thriller series by Nellie Neeman and “Nerve Attack” by S. Lee Manning on Thursday, April 7, at 7 pm; and “Big Time” by Jen Spyra on Tuesday, May 10, at 7 pm. For more information or to register for individual programs, see their events

The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold a three-part virtual program “The Torah of Conservative Judaism” on Tuesdays, December 7, 14 and 21, from 8-9 pm. To register, visit this page.

The Forward will hold two film-related webinars in December: “The Chosen at 40: A conversation with the writer-director of the classic Jewish film” on Wednesday, December 8, at 7 pm (more info here); and “An Evening With Writer-Director Nicholas Meyer” on Tuesday, December 14, at 7 pm (registration here).

The Yiddish Book Center has two virtual programs scheduled for January: “The Letter’s Project: A Daughter’s Journey,” with Eleanor Reissa on Thursday, January 20, at 7 pm: and “Shakespeare & Yiddish,” with Ilan Stavans on Thursday, January 27, at 7 pm. There are limited Zoom seats, but the programs will also be broadcast on the Center’s Facebook page. For more information or to register, click here.

The Brandeis Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education will host the virtual program “How the Study of Jewish History Informs the Arts,” a conversation with Professor Miriam Heller Stern, on Tuesday, December 9, from 1-1:30 pm. More information here.

The Sandra Seltzer Silberman HBI Conversations Series will hold three virtual book talks: Rachel Sharona Lewis, “The Rabbi Who Prayed With Fire,” on Sunday, January 19, from 7-8 pm; Laura Arnold Leibman, Ph.D., “Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multi-Racial Jewish Family,” on Tuesday, February 15, from 7-8 pm; and Judy Heumann, “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist,” on Wednesday, March 23, from 7-8 pm. Sign up here to register.

Yiddish New York will hold its annual cultural festival virtually this year. The event will take place from Sunday, December 24-Thursday, December 30. For more information, click here.

For additional resources, see previous issues of The Reporter or our other Jewish Online Resources here