Jewish Online Resources 11/5/2021

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 the virtual event “Between the Lines: The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization Volume 1” on Tuesday, November 16, at 7:30 pm. Editors Jeffrey H. Tigay, Alison L. Joseph and Deborah Dash Moore when they talk about their book, “The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization Volume 1: Ancient Israel, from Its Beginnings through 332 BCE,” which covers a period in history that witnessed the initial development of many phenomena that would come to define Jewish culture and civilization. For more information or to register, visit this link.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold “The Light and Legacy of Rachel Cowan” on Thursday, December 2, at 6:45 pm. Viewers have a choice of attending virtually or in person. The program will feature a screening of “Dying Doesn’t Feel Like What I’m Doing,” a new film about Cowan from documentary filmmaker Paula Weiman-Kelman. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Attendance is free, but a $10 donation is requested. For more information or to register click here.

The Other Israel Film Festival will take place through November 11. Films will be screened both in-person (in New York City) as well as virtually. For more information, follow this link.

OU Israel’s Gustave and Carol Jacobs Center for Kashrut Education, in conjunction with OU Kashrut, has published an” OU Kosher Israel Guide 5782 – 2021/22.” It also features a shemittah section. Click here to view the guide.

The winter Pardes Learning Seminar will be held on Zoom from Sunday-Thursday, December 26-30. The seminar will focus on “Cultivating Courage and Resilience.” According to the Pardes website, “participants grapple with ancient texts and current issues, visit historical sites (either in person or virtually) and learn from the best educators in Israel.” For more information or to apply, visit their programs here.

The American Jewish Committee and Tablet Magazine are hosting a four-part series titled “21st Century Europe and the Jews,” which aims to address timely issues related to Jewish life and the protection of democracies in Europe. Two of the four programs are still upcoming: “Is France Being Torn Apart?” on Thursday, November 18, at noon; and “Did German History End with the Holocaust?” on Tuesday, December 7, at noon. For more information or to register, click here.

The PJ Library has updated its Hanukkah section. It features recipes, book lists, gift ideas, activities and a guide for parents who are talking about the holiday in their child’s school. 

The Jewish National Fund-USA Breakfast for Israel will be held on Tuesday, November 30, from 8-9 am. The keynote speaker will be New York Times best-selling author and award-winning journalist Yossi Klein Halevi. For more information or to register, visit this page.

The Jewish Federation of Northern New York will hold a talk with actress and author Tovah Feldshuh on Thursday, November 18, at 7 pm. There is no cost to attend. Feldshuh, author of “Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played,” will discuss how to live a life in the spotlight, strive for excellence and still get along with your mother. For more information or to register, click here

ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, will hold several virtual programs: “Soraya and Isaac – Escape from Tehran,” a play by Stephanie Liss, on Sunday, November 21, at 8 pm; and “Immoral Soul” on Thursday, December 9, from 7:30-8:30 pm, which is a discussion of the Rabbi Nilton Bonder movie “Immoral Soul.” For information about these programs and additional ones, visit this link.

The MJCCA Book Fest In Your Living Room will host Gary Shteyngart, author of “Our Country Friends: A Novel,” in conversation with Nathan Englander, New York Times best-selling author, on Thursday, November 18, at 8 pm. The cost to attend is $11. For more information or to register, see here.

Jewish Book Week will hold the virtual event “Amy Winehouse: Songs, Style and St. James’ Church” on Tuesday, November 16, at 2 pm. The event will be an online discussion around “Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came to Dingle,” a film featuring her performance at St, James’ Church in Dingle, on the western edge of Ireland, which was shot in 2006. Click here for more information or to register.

Tablet magazine offers a seven-part podcast “Adventures with Dead Jews” that serves as a companion to Dara Horn’s book “People Love Dead Jews.” It looks at what it calls “some of the strangest corners of Jewish history” and “explor[es] how the popular mania for dead Jews warps our understanding of both past and present.” To listen to the podcasts, visit (To see The Reporter’s look at Horn’s book, read it here)

Hillel International has published its “Hillel College Guide,” which offers information about Jewish college life. It features the scholarships that are available just for Jewish students and a guide to in-person and online Hillel events. The guide is available in digital and hard copy formats. Order a copy here.

The Jewish Grandparents Network has expanded its offerings. The centerpiece of its expansion is “The Family Room,” a virtual space “where Judaism and Jewish life come alive through all kinds of activities and adventures.” To learn more about the family room, click here.

The Lappin Foundation’s Teen Antisemitism Task Force will host “Israel on Campus: What to Know Before You Get There” for Jewish high school juniors and seniors on Monday, November 15, at 7:30 pm, on Zoom. Stephanie Margolis, New England high school coordinator at StandWithUs, will explore transitions and trends from high school to college campus, and ways to navigate difficult conversations. The program is free. For more information or to register, follow this link.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will hold the virtual program “Nazism, Neo-Nazism and Music” on Wednesday, November 17, at 1 pm. A panel will explore the ways National Socialism came to be tied to various musical forms. There is no cost for the program. For more information or to register, visit this link.

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will hold the virtual program “‘My Yiddishe Mama’: Jewish Women in Film, The Early Years” on Wednesday, November 17, from 7- 8:15 pm. The program will tell the story of some of these pioneering women from the early 1900s-1930s. This period has been called the heyday of Jewish film, since there were approximately 230 movies with characters and stories that were clearly Jewish. For more information or to register, click here.

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