Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 23

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 Orthodox Union Women’s Initiative announced it will offer “Torat Imecha: Parsha,” a weekly 10-15 minute audio lesson. For more information or to subscribe, visit 
  • On Wednesday, October 28, at 8 pm, author Lila Corwin Berman joins host Yehuda Kurtzer for a live taping of Identity/Crisis podcast, where they will delve into the complicated relationship between private philanthropy, tax policy and Jewish nonprofits, the topic of her new book, “The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex.” The episode can be listened to on Apple Podcasts or Stopify. Previous episodes of the podcast can accessed at
  • The Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will present “You Will Not Play Wagner,” a reading and discussion about the play by South African playwright Victor Gordon about a young Israeli conductor who chooses to perform the music of Richard Wagner, on Thursday, October 29, at 2 pm. A pre-recorded reading of an excerpt from the play will be followed by a scholarly talk with Gordon, director Roy Horovitz, and Tel Aviv University professor Moshe Zuckermann on Wagner’s influence after the Holocaust and the broader implications of censorship in Israel. For more information or to register, visit
  • The Jewish Museum will hold a series of virtual tours called “Scenes from the Collection: Exploring Identity at the Jewish Museum” on Tuesdays, November 10, 17 and 24, at 2 pm. The tours will look at 19th- and 20th-century paintings, contemporary photography and sculptures, and broader themes of immigration and identity within the Jewish community. There is a cost to attend. For more information or to register, visit
  • The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will hold the virtual program “Radical Housewives: Jewish Women’s Activism on the Lower East Side” on Tuesday, October 27, from 7-8:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit
  • The Institute for Religious Liberty at the Thomas More University will hold the virtual program “Beyond Dialogue: The Power of Interfaith Collaboration” featuring James P. Buchanan, Ph.D., on Wednesday, October 28, at 7 pm. Buchanan is the director of the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University. To register for the event, visit
  • The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will hold a virtual program with David Marwell, a former U.S. Department of Justice official and author of “Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death,” a biography of the Nazi doctor, on Sunday, November 8, from 7-8:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit
  • Valley Beit Midrash will hold the virtual program “Politics and Torah: What Should We Learn From One About The Other?” with Rabbi David Wolpe on Tuesday, November 10, from 1-2 pm. Wolpe was called “one of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles” in 2016 and 2017; the “Most Influential Rabbi in America” by Newsweek; and one of the “50 Most Influential Jews in the World” by The Jerusalem Post. For more information or to register, visit
  • The Center for Jewish History will hold several virtual programs in November: “New Works Wednesday with Shalva Weil” on Wednesday, November 4, at noon, during which Weil will discuss her new book “The Baghdadi Jews in India: Maintaining Communities, Negotiating Identities and Creating Super-Diversity”; “New Works Wednesday with Stanley Mirvis” on Wednesday, November 11, at noon, when Mirvis will discuss his new book “The Jews of Eighteenth-Century Jamaica: A Testamentary History of a Diaspora in Transition”; and “Family Affairs: Ashkenazi and Sephardi Personal Histories” on Wednesday, November 11, at 4 pm, with Meri-Jane Rochelson and Devin E. Naar discussing their projects and personal histories in Ashkenazi and Sephardi contexts. For more information or to register, visit
  • The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will hold the virtual concert “Joel Engel’s ‘Jewish Folksongs’ Volumes I and II” on Tuesday, November 10, at 1 pm. The 20 songs by Joel Engel will be performed by singer Lucy Fitz Gibbon with pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough and a guest appearance by Yurie Mitsuhashi. For more information or to register,
  • The group Our Common Destiny was founded as an attempt to connect the Jewish world through a crowdsourced online movement in order to develop a collective vision for the Jewish people and its shared future. The group is a joint initiative of the Genesis Philanthropy Group and the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, under the auspices of the Office of the President of Israel. To offer thoughts on the “Declaration of Our Common Destiny,” visit the group’s website at
  • The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives will hold the virtual program “You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Trains: Jewish Leaders in the Salvation of America’s Railroads” with Henry Posner III, chairman of Railroad Development Corporation, on Thursday, November 12, from 4-5:15 pm. For more information or to register, visit
  • The Jewish Book Council will hold the “69th National Jewish Book Awards Virtual Celebration” on Thursday, November 12, from 7-8 pm. The celebration will feature remarks from the 2019 National Jewish Book Award winners live from their homes. For more information or to register, visit
  • Jewish Culture 101’s most popular subject so far, Mel Brooks, will return on Thursday, November 5, at noon, for “a second look.” This 75-minute class will use a different set of clips and discussions than the prior class in August. Tuition is $1. To register, visit Other upcoming classes will focus on Bob Dylan (November 2), Simon and Garfunkel (November 9), Peter, Paul, and Mary (November 16), Carole King (November 23) and Billy Joel (November 30). For more information or to register, visit
  • The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute will hold several virtual programs: “Bezalel’s Daughters: Crafting a Judaism of Feeling, Stitch by Stitch” on Monday, November 9, from 12:30-1:30 pm; “Anthropological View on Jewish Liturgy for Female Victims of Sexual Assault” on Monday, November 16, from 12:30-1:30 pm; “The World Split Open: Redefining Sexual Harm in Halakhah” with Rachel Adler on Wednesday, November 18, at 7 :30 pm; “Ruby of Cochin: A Malayali Jewish Woman of Kerala, India” on Monday, November 30, from 12:30-1:30 pm; and “HBI Virtual Conversations with Anna Solomon,” author of “The Book of V,” on Wednesday, December 2, from 2-3 pm. For more information or to register, visit
  • The Klezmer Company Jazz Orchestra will hold a Hanukkah concert featuring American jazz, blues and spirituals all mixed with old world klezmer. Joining the KCJO will be Clal’s Rabbi Irwin Kula. The event will take place on Monday, December 14, at 7:30 pm, and the cost is $18 per household. To register, visit

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