Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 18

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. 

  • Comic Com: San Diego presented a panel on “Art and the Holocaust.” It featured a sampling of artwork and propaganda done during World War II in the U.S. and Nazi Germany, and work done by a child survivor of the Holocaust after the war. Speakers included Holocaust survivors, graphic novelists and a Holocaust educator. A video of the panel discussion can be found at
  • Partners for Progressive Israel are holding an “Israel Symposium 2020: Beautiful Dream, Painful Reality.” The symposium will take place on Zoom over 12 two-hour sessions (session 1 from 11 am-1 pm and session 2 from 1:30-3:30 pm) on six Sundays: August 16, 23 and 30, September 13, October 18 and November 1. There will be a bonus day on November 8 for those who attend all sessions. For more information, visit
  • Tablet Magazine is offering “Joan Knows Best,” live cooking with Joan Nathan. For more information,
  • The Hartman Institute is offering recorded sessions of its summer institute free through Sukkot. For information about how to access the programs, visit
  • The Institute for Jewish Spirituality is offering “The Shofar Project,” a free four-week online program open to people of all backgrounds looking to prepare for this years’ High Holidays. It takes place during the Hebrew month of Elul, the month preceding the Jewish High Holidays, a traditional period for “intensive spiritual reflection, introspection and moral accounting” (August 20-September 18). Those who sign up will receive e-mails with the links to video teachings and a variety of live online events that explore each week’s theme. For more information or to sign up, visit
  • Lilith magazine will hold a virtual “Launch Party” for its Summer 2020 issue to toast the writers and artists who appear in that issue and the readers who support this work. The evening will include an intergenerational discussion between three Lilith writers, Makeda Zabot-Hall, Imani Chapman and Esther Amini. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 19, from 8-9 pm. To reserve a spot, visit
  • On July 14, the Hebrew College-Interfaith Youth Core PsalmSeason project, with co-sponsors Jewish Women’s Archive and Lilith Magazine, presented the online event “Poetry in Times of Peril: Four Women’s Voices.” A video of the event can be found at
  • Ofek Learning offers Hebrew classes for a variety of levels and ages. There is a cost for the classes. For more information, visit
  • The concert “Music for These Times: Liturgical Songs of Peace and Comfort” performed by members of the American Conference of Cantors can be found at
  • Alel will hold the virtual event “Cooking with Lisa Roukin” on Tuesday, August 25, at 1:30 pm. The charge for the event supports Alel, Israel’s network of residential and rehabilitative care for individuals with severe complex disabilities and an international advocate for disability inclusion, equity and access. For more information or register, visit
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold the virtual program “Midwives, Musicians, Soldiers, Rabbis: Whose Stories Will Become Jewish History?” on Thursday, September 10, at 4 pm. It will feature Elisheva Carlebach, Deborah Dash Moore, Dara Horn and Itamar Borochov in a discussion about “Confronting Modernity, 1750-1880, Vol. 6” of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, edited by Carlebach. For more information or to register, visit The program is “pay what you wish.”
  • A video of the Center for Jewish History’s program “From the Inquisition to The Mishiguene Restaurant: The Latin American Jewish Food Story” can be found at It offers a culinary tour of Jewish Latin America with food and culture writer and cookbook author Jayne Cohen. 
  • Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center will hold “Blue Skies over New York: An Irving Berlin Benefit Concert” on Monday, August 31, from 6:30-8 pm. Irving Berlin’s great-grandchildren will perform from this catalogue of songs. The evening will help support Make the Road New York, a progressive immigrant-led organization, which seeks to build awareness around issues facing immigrant communities today. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit
  • Rabbi Jill Zimmerman is offering a free e-book “Renew: 12 Ways To Awaken Your Weary Soul” to help people prepare for the High Holidays. To download the book, visit and click on “Free E-book Download: Renew” at the top of the page.
  • Aleph continues its “Virtual Concert Series | Renewing Our Collective Soul: A Virtual Program For Our Times” with “Sing a New Song Psalms Showcase” featuring Cantor Linda Hirschhorn, Rabbi David Shneyer and friends on Sunday, August 16, at 7:30 pm and “Rosh Chodesh Elul | Evening of Kirtan Chant” featuring the Kirtan Rabbi and friends on Thursday, August 20, at 7:30 pm. Both concerts are “pay-what-you-can.” 
  • My Jewish Learning will offer “Exploring the Hebrew Calendar,” the first class of monthly series, on Thursday, August 8, at 2 pm. To sign up for this and other classes, visit

For additional resources, see previous issues of The Reporter on its website,