Jewish Online Resources 10/8/2021

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 Jewish Theological Seminary will hold a virtual series of lectures called “Six Days Shall You Labor”: Perspectives on Work in Jewish Text and Tradition” on Mondays, from October-December 13, from 2-3:30 pm. Each lecture will feature a different JTS scholar. Lecture topics include “Even God Makes Time for Leisure: Rabbinic Narratives about God’s Work, Play, and Rest Schedule,” “The Work of Producing the Bible: Training and Writing of the Scribes of Ancient Israel,” “The Jewish Middle Class in an Age of Social Justice,” “A Nice, Jewish Teacher: How American Elementary Education Became ‘Women’s Work,’” “Jewish Work and Jewish Identity in the Middle Ages,” “If There Is No Bread, There Is No Torah: The Other Careers of the Talmudic Rabbis,” “Work and Social Responsibility: Balancing Financial Well-Being with Care for the Other,” “Maimonides at Work: A Rabbi’s Workday in Medieval Egypt,” “When Matzoh Bakers and Tallis Weavers Went Out on Strike: The Jewish Workers’ Movement in Russia” and “‘It is not up to you to finish the work’” (Pirkei Avot 2:21): On Striving for the Unattainable.” For more information or to register, visit their website here.

The Center for Jewish History will hold the virtual program “Judah Benjamin: Counselor to the Confederacy” featuring author James Traub on Wednesday, October 20, at 6 pm. Traub is the author of a biography of Judah P. Benjamin (1811-1884), who was one of the first Jewish members of the U.S. Senate. Once the South seceded from Union, he served in the Confederacy as secretary of war and secretary of state. For more information or to register, visit here.

The Skirball Cultural Center will hold the virtual program “David Grossman in Conversation with David Ulin” on Sunday, October 10, at 3 pm. Grossman will discuss his new book, “More Than I Love My Life,” with author and USC professor David L. Ulin. For more information or to register, click here.

The Center for Jewish History will hold a book launch for “Pogroms: A Documentary History,” featuring Elissa Bemporad, Eugene Avrutin, Darius Staliunas and David Myers on Thursday, October 21, at 4 pm. The book surveys the complex history of anti-Jewish violence by bringing together archival and published sources, many appearing for the first time in English translation. For more information or to register, follow this link.

Jewish Women’s Archive will hold (Post)Quarantine Book Talks fall 2021. Talks include Judy Bolton-Fasman, author of “Asylum: A Memoir of Family Secrets” on Thursday, October 14; and Vanessa Zoltan, host of the podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text and author of “Praying with Jane Eyre: Reflections on Reading as a Sacred Practice,” on Thursday, October 21. Both talks take place at 8 pm. For more information or to register, view here.

The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold an online discussion with Sabeeha Rehman and Walter Ruby, when they will talk about their book, “We Refuse to Be Enemies,” a manifesto that offers experience and guidance on the rise of intolerance, bigotry and white nationalism in the United States. Together, Rehman, a Muslim woman, and Ruby, a Jewish man, have spent decades doing interfaith work and nurturing cooperation among communities. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 26, at 7:30 pm. For more information or to register, visit their website.

The Jewish Book Council will hold the virtual program “More Than I Love My Life: A Book Conversation with David Grossman and Marilyn Hassid” on Wednesday, October 20, from 12:30-1:30 pm. Grossman will talk about his new book “More Than I Love My Life.” For more information or to register, click here.

The Jewish Book Council and the JDC Archives will hold a virtual talk with David Nasaw, author of “The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War,” on Monday, October 11, at noon. There is a $10 charge for the program. For more information or to register, visit click here.

The Penn Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania are holding the online exhibit “The Jewish Home: Dwelling on the Domestic, the Familial, and the Lived-In.” You can view the exhibit here.

The Yiddish Book Center will hold the virtual talk “The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust” with Jeffrey Veidlinger on Thursday, October 14, at 7 pm. Veidlinger will discuss his newly released book, “In the Midst of Civilized Europe,” and explores how a Yiddish poet, a Yiddish linguist, a Yiddish children’s book writer and hundreds of Yiddish-language testimonies awakened the world to the danger Jews were facing in Europe on the eve of the Holocaust. For more information or to register, visit their website here. Space is limited on Zoom, but the event will stream live on the Center’s Facebook page. 

The Center for Jewish History and jMUS will hold the virtual symposium “Confronting Antisemitism” on Sunday, October 17, beginning at 1 pm. It will include almost 20 speakers from a variety of institutions. For more information, including speakers names and topics, and to register, click here.

The FDR Library will hold a virtual conference, “Examining American Responses to the Holocaust: Digital Possibilities,” from Tuesday-Friday, October 12-15, which will examine the current state of Holocaust scholarship and the contemporary relevance of the U.S. government’s response to the Holocaust. The conference will feature 15 sessions over the four days. Registration is free, but is limited to 500 participants. Unregistered participants will be able to live-stream conference sessions available on the FDR Library YouTube page. For more information, follow this link.

Truvie, an initiative of The Jewish Education Project, will offer a range of classes, including Jewish history, Jewish texts, a virtual guitar Jewish music jam circle and exploring the Torah using circus arts and more. The classes are for children in grades kindergarten-12. For more information, click here.

The Jewish Book Council and Reboot are sponsoring a JFest event featuring Laura Arnold Leibman, author of the National Jewish Book Award-winning “The Art of the Jewish Family,” in conversation with Juliet Simmons, creator of Reboot’s “What Would You Bring” initiative. Together, they’ll explore Jewish storytelling and resilience in a discussion moderated by Jewish educator and theatre-maker Kendell Pinkney. For more information or to register, click here.

The ASF Institute of Jewish Experience and Jackie Barzvi, creator of the Mizrachi Dance Archive, will hold a three-part series “Mizrahi Dance Series with Jackie Barzvi” on Sundays October 10, 17 and 24 at noon. For more information or to register, click here.

The Maltz Museum will hold the virtual program “Becoming American: A Panel Discussion on the History of Jewish Cleveland” on Tuesday, November 30, at 7 pm. The cost of the program is $10, but free for museum members. For more information or to register, click here.

Hillel International will hold a free, virtual “Hillel College Fair” from Sunday-Tuesday, October 17-19. For more information or to register, follow this link.

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