Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 24

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 Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU will hold the virtual program “Black Lives in a Jewish Context.” Professor Tudor Parfitt will talk about his book “Hybrid Hate: Conflations of Anti-Black Racism and Anti-Semitism from the Renaissance to the Third Reich.” The event will take place on Monday, November 9, from 7-8:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit
  • Kane Street Synagogue presents a free virtual book launch to celebrate publication of Julia Mayer’s “Painting Resilience: The Life and Art of Fred Terna.” Mayer’s book is the first full-length biography of the 97-year-old Holocaust survivor and artist. To register for the event, visit /
  • Those Who Were There: Voices from the Holocaust is a podcast dedicated that shares the history of the Holocaust through the testimonies of survivors and witnesses. Season Two of the series is a joint production between the Fortunoff Video Archive and the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. For more information or to listen to the podcasts, visit
  • OHR Torah Stone offers weekly “Torah for our Time” lectures at noon on Wednesdays. For information about each weeks instructors, topics and Zoom information, visit
  • The Cantors Assembly, in partnership with Milken Archive of Jewish Music and the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music, presents “Cantors on Record.” The program will feature live interviews with the artists and the music they recorded, along with archival photos. For more information or to register for programs, visit
  • Columbia University will hold several free virtual programs: “The Storm Within: Yiddish Children’s Literature and the ‘Invention of Childhood’” on Tuesday, November 10, from noon-1 pm, when Miriam Udel will discuss how during the first decades of the 20th century, Yiddish writers produced literature specifically aimed at children; “Salo Baron: Celebrating 90 Years of Jewish Studies at Columbia” on Sunday, November 15, from 5-6:30 pm, which will celebrate Salo Baron’s legacy and impact on Jewish studies; “Mystics, Music, and Microscopes: Celebrating Ten Years of Research in the Norman E. Alexander Library of Jewish Studies” on Wednesday, December 2, from 1:30-2:30 pm; and “Nostalgia: Remembering the Jewish Community in Egypt” on Wednesday, December 9, from 4:30-5:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit
  • ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal plans to launch the second cohort of its Earth-Based Judaism Certification Program through our virtual seminary. A planning/taster session will be held on Thursday, November 5, at 7 pm, and led by Rabbi Natan Margalit, Rabbi Zelig Golden, ALEPH Executive Director SooJi Min-Maranda and Rabbi Marcia Prager. For information about the program’s content, e-mail Margalit at To register, visit
  • A video of the Center for Jewish History’s program “Midwives, Musicians, Soldiers, Rabbis: Whose stories will become Jewish history?” can be found at Elisheva Carlebach, Deborah Dash Moore, Dara Horn and Itamar Borochov had a discussion about “Confronting Modernity, 1750–1880, Vol. 6 of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization,” edited by Elisheva Carlebach.
  • The Center for Jewish History offers several virtual programs: “New Works Wednesdays – Don Isaac Abravanel: An Intellectual Biography” on Wednesday, November 25, at noon, when Cedric Cohen-Skalli will discuss his new book “Don Isaac Abravanel: An Intellectual Biography”; a Book Talk look at “In The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902: Immigrant Housewives and the Riots That Shook New York City” by writer and historian Scott D. Seligman on Tuesday, December 1, at 4 pm. For more information or to register, visit
  • The Tenement Museum will hold several virtual programs: “Rogarshevsky Family, 1910s” on Wednesday, November 11, from 11 am-noon ($10/device), explores the life of the Rogarshevsky family, a Jewish American family from Lithuania who lived in 97 Orchard Street in the 1910s; and “Virtual Book Talk: Jewish Cooking” on YouTubeLive on Tuesday, December 1, from 7-8 pm (cost: donations requested) with Leah Koenig, author of “Little Book of Jewish Appetizers, Little Book of Jewish Feasts” and “Little Book of Jewish Sweets,” presenting 25 modern recipes drawn from global Jewish influences. For more information, links or to register, visit
  • The Jewish National Fund is holding virtual events in November, including a “Virtual Annual Women for Israel Event” on Sunday, November 8, from11 am-noon, with Jamie Geller; “R&D Speaker Series: U.S. & Israeli Innovations in the Life Sciences” on Tuesday, November 10, from noon-1:15 pm; “The True Story Behind Netflix’s ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’” on Thursday, November 12, at 7:30 pm, with Naftali Aklum; “Funny You Should Say That: In Conversation with Alan Zweibel” on Sunday, November 15, at 10:30 am; and “Fall Reading Series – November” on Wednesday, November 18, at 8 pm, with Joan Nathan. To see more events and to register for programs, visit
  • Loyola Marymount University will hold a virtual Kristallnacht commemoration “Voices of Hope, Acts of Kindness: Mutual Assistance in the Holocaust” on Monday, November 9, at 5 pm. For more information or to register, visit
  • Lilith Magazine will hold a virtual “Lilith Fall 2020 Launch Party” on Thursday, November 19, at 8 pm. The event will feature the writers and artists whose works appeared in that issue. To register, visit 
  • JINSA will hold the virtual webinar “Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy: ‘Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People’” on Tuesday, November 10, at 1 pm. Sharansky and Troy will discuss their new book, which tells details of Sharansky’s years in prison and how it prepared him for a very public life after his release. For more information or to register, visit
  • The National Museum of Jewish American History will hold a virtual live concert with Asher Shasho Levy on Tuesday, November 24, at 1 pm. The concert is free, with suggested $5 donation. Levy is a Syrian Jewish musician and scholar of Sephardic heritage and culture, who seeks to spread the beauty of the Sephardic tradition through his writing, recording, research and concerts. View the concert on the museum’s Facebook page or at
  • The Yiddish Book Center is offering a radiocast of Klara Klebanova’s “The Last Maximalist” translated and voiced by Caraid O’ Brien. The 12-part audio series is based on Klebanova’s memoir, which tells the story of a middle-class Jewish teenager who became a Maximalist revolutionary fighting for the rights of peasants and factory workers during the first Russian Revolution of 1905. To listen to the episode or sign up to receive via e-mail, visit
  • The Other Israel Film Festival will take place virtually this year and run from December 3-10. The festival is sponsored by the Marlene Myerson JCC in Manhattan. For information about films and events, or to sign up for the festival’s newsletter, visit

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