Jewish Online Resources 10/22/2021

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. 

ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal will hold the virtual class “Soul Lab: Accessing Inner Wisdom” led by Rabbi David Curiel on Thursdays, November 11 and 18, and December 2, 9 and 16, from 7:30-9 pm. It will feature a multi-modal exploration of the somatic nature of soul and wisdom. The sliding scale cost is $120. To register, visit this link.

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute will hold several virtual events: Judy Batalion on her work “The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos” on Wednesday, October 27, from 7-8 pm; “She Knows: Using the Brandeis Feminist Collection Archives to Explore the History of Israeli Feminism” on Monday, November 1, from 12:30-1:30 pm; “Geographies of Jewish Latina Literature: Between Scholarship, Poetry, and YA Fiction” on Thursday, November 4, from 7-8 pm; “Revolutionary Legacies: Jewish Feminist Political Thinking” on Monday, November 8, from 12:30-1:30 pm; and “Women’s Daf Yomi [Daily Talmud Cycle] Study: The Confluence of Three Religious Revolutions” on Monday, November 15, from 12:30-1:30 pm. Click here for more information or to register.

Ritualwell will hold the virtual course “Ingredients of Prayer: Writing Contemporary Liturgy” with Alden Solovy on Tuesdays, November 2, 9, 16 and 23, from noon-1:30 pm. The is a $144 cost for the four sessions. For more information or to register, click here.

The Marcus Jewish Center in Atlanta will hold the virtual program “Gary Shteyngart, ‘Our Country Friends: A Novel’” on Thursday, November 18, at 8 pm. The cost to attend is $11. For more information or to register, follow this link.

The Forward will hold several virtual programs: Monday, November 8, Daniel Sokatch in conversation with Jodi Rudoren; Wednesday, November 10, “Ballad for Two Friends: How Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan built a tower of song”; and Tuesday, November 16, “You Will Not Play Wagner.” For more information or to register, visit here.

The Yiddish Book Center will hold several webinars: “From Smoked Salmon to Pickles – Getting Jewish Food Delivered to Your Door” with Lisa Newman, host of “The Shmooze,” on Thursday, November 18, at 7 pm; “The Rich History of Jewish Papercuts” with Deborah Ugoretz on Thursday, December 2, at 7 pm; and “Yiddish and Social Justice” on Thursday, December 16, at 7 pm. For more information or to register, visit their calendar here.

HUC Connect On Demand offers taped versions of virtual lectures that have taken place during the pandemic at no cost. View their lectures here.

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will hold the virtual “New York in the Progressive Era,”a new book talk with author Paul Kaplan, on Zoom on Wednesday, December 1, from 7-8:30 pm (more here). 

The 92Y will hold two virtual events: “Jews and Modern Art” with Charles Dellheim on Tuesday November 2, at 3 pm; and “An Introduction to Arab Jewish Literature” with Joyce Zonana on Thursday November 4, at 6:30 pm. There is a cost for the programs. For more information or to register, visit their event page here.

The Jewish Museum will hold three-part course “Art in Context: Creating, Collecting, Looting, and Recovery,” which will be offered on Tuesdays, November 9, 16 and 23, from 2-3 pm. There is a cost to attend. It will focus on current and past Jewish Museum exhibitions centered around the art produced or looted during World War II. For more information or to register, visit click here.

The Dead Sea Museum is holding a virtual exhibit displaying photographs of Spencer Tunick’s public installations at Israel’s Mineral Beach in 2011, the Ein Gedi and Ein Bokek Waterfalls and Metzuke Dragot. 

University Synagogue will hold “Trial – The Tower of Babel” on Sunday, November 14, from 3-4 pm. The event will be a debate over legal and ethical aspects about the biblical story. The event will be online and in-person. There is a charge for the event. For more information or to register, visit this page.

The Abraham Initiative will hold “Arabic as a Cultural Bridge – Introduction to Arabic with May Arow,” The Abraham Initiatives’ director of language programs, in partnership with Partners for Progressive Israel, Ameinu, Habonim Dror and Hashomer Hatzair. On October 26-28, from noon-1:15 pm, Arow will provide a taste of the spoken Arabic course she runs for Jewish Israelis. There is an $18 charge for the classes. Click here for more information.

The Forward will hold two events in November: Thursday, November 11, “Last Call for He’Brew Beer”; and Tuesday, November 16, “You Will Not Play Wagner.” For more details, follow this link. will hold the online course “Life After Death: Jewish Insights on Death and the Afterlife” on Tuesdays, November 2, 9, 16 and 23, at 7 pm. Classes will also be available later on demand. There is a requested donation of $40 to attend. For more information or to register, click here.

The Center for Jewish History will hold “Are There New Ways of Reading the Bible in the 21st Century?” featuring Alison Joseph and Deborah Dash Moore on Thursday, November 4, at 4 pm. The program will focus on “The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, Volume 1: Ancient Israel, from Its Beginnings through 332 BCE,” edited by Jeffrey H. Tigay and Adele Berlin. For more information or to register, visit this link.

ANU – Museum of the Jewish People is holding an international competition that targets worldwide Jewish teens. Teen are invited to submit a photograph with an accompanying text that captures the theme of “my connection to the Jewish people.” A committee in Israel, directed by Zion Ozeri, will select the works. Submissions are due by Sunday, February 20, and must be uploaded via the ANU website. The winners will be announced in March and the Jewish Lens Exhibit will open that month. For more information, click here.

Aleph, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, will hold several virtual classes in November, including “Holy Moments:How to Chant Essential Prayers for Sacred Transitions” (Chazzan Abbe Lyons); “Ma’ariv Minyan” (Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael and friends); Meet the Author Discussion Series “Threading My Prayer Rug” with Sabeeha Rehman (Rabbi Debra Smith); “Silence is Praise: Metivta-Style Morning Meditation Service” (Rabbi Anne Brener); “Soul Lab: Accessing Inner Wisdom” (Rabbi David Curiel); “Ta’amei HaMikra: The Music of the Hebrew Bible” (Chazzan Diana Brewer); “The Way of the Wire” (Yeal Fischman); and “Yad b’ Yad Abrahamic Faiths Dialogue Series” (Rabbi Debra Smith, Sister Eleanor Francis and Dr. Shabiha Sheikh). For more information or to register, visit their programs here. There is a sliding charge for most programs.

Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will hold the virtual talk “Yeshiva Days: Learning on the Lower East Side: A new book talk on Zoom with author Jonathan Boyarin” on Monday, October 25, from 7-8:15 pm. The book is about the a sabbatical year Boyarin spent learning at the Lower East Side’s Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem. For more information or to register, visit this link. (To read The Reporter’s interview of Boyarin, visit here.)

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