Jewish Online Resources 12/16/22

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. 

Biblical Archaeology Society Scholars Series will hold a virtual program “Holy City Hotspot: Exploring Jerusalem’s Acropolis” with Andrew Lawler, journalist and author, on Sunday, March 5, from 3-4 pm. The cost to attend is $10. For more information or to register, click here.

Maven will hold the virtual program “Tour Global Jewish Life: Hasidic Brooklyn” on Tuesday, January 10, from 3-4 pm. The cost to attend is $21. The program will look at the culture and history Chasidic Brooklyn with former Satmar community member Frieda Vizel. For more information or to register, click here.

Siegal Lifelong Learning will hold several virtual classes: “Jewish Child Partisans in the Holocaust” on Tuesday, January 24, from noon-1:30 pm: “Black Power, Jewish Politics: book talk” on Sunday, January 29, from 7-8:30 pm; “Animal Affinities: Word and Image in Medieval Hebrew Books” on Sunday, February 12, from 2-3:30 pm; “American Jews, Abortion, and the First Amendment” on Thursday, March 9, from 7-8:30 pm; and “Braided Memories: Diaspora, Memorialization, and Identity” on Wednesday, March 22, from 7-8:30 pm. There is no cost for members; there is a $5 charge for nonmembers. For more information or to register for these and other lectures, click here.

The 11th Annual Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Concert and Award will be a hybrid event taking place on Wednesday, December 28, from 7-10 pm. The cost to attend is $22.85. This year’s event is called “Naye kveytn af an altn boym” (“New Buds on an Old Tree”) and the recipient of the award is journalist and playwright Rokhl Kafrissen. Among those performing at the event will be Joanne Borts, Avi Fox-Rosen, Sarah Mina Gordon, Sam Harmet, Marilyn Lerner, Frank London, Zhenya Lopatnik, Ira Temple and Michael Winograd. For more information or to register, click here.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold the virtual program “The History of Antisemitism: ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ with Cecilia Peck and Claudine Stevens” on Tuesday, December 20, from 7-8 pm. In their presentation “Gentleman’s Agreement: Hollywood’s Stand Against Anti-Semitism,” documentary director Cecilia Peck and film historian Claudine Stevens “will bring to life the struggles and achievements in creating the groundbreaking Oscar-winning film Gentleman’s Agreement that 75 years ago bravely crossed a line to become a critically acclaimed, top-grossing film that exposed antisemitism in New York and Connecticut.” For more information or to register, click here.

The Jewish Art Collective will hold two virtual Studio Israel events: Gil Yefman in conversation with Shayna Weiss on Thursday, February 9, at noon (available here); and Zoya Cherkassky in conversation with Gannit Ankori, Henry and Lois Foster director and chief curator of the Rose Art Museum on Thursday, March 30, at noon (available here). 

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy will hold its “Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a (Pop-up) Chinese Restaurant” virtually and in person over the Christmas weekend. The cost to watch the event on YouTube Live is $30-$75 (“pay what you want”). For information on dates and show times and to register, click here.

Hadassah Magazine will hold the virtual “Magazine Discussion: Live With Book Maven Zibby Owens,” who wrote “Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature,” on Thursday, January 19, at 7 pm. Owens’ media company owns a publishing house and a number of podcasts, including the award-winning daily show “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books.” The event is free and open to all. Closed captioning will be available. For more information or to register, click here.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will hold two virtual events in January: “Good Goy, Bad Goy: The Portrayal of Gentiles in Sketches from the London Yiddish Press” on Tuesday, January 24, at 1 pm (available here); and “700 Years of Vilnius, A City of Translation” on Wednesday, January 25, at 7 pm (available here).

My Jewish Learning will hold two virtual Hanukkah-related programs: “Hanukkah Joy Through Dance” with Ruth Goodman teaching an interactive dance class on Monday, December 19, at 1 pm (availabe here); and “Hanukkah Piyutim Workshop with Laura Elkeslassy” on Tuesday, December 20, at 8 pm (available here).

The Jewish Grandparent Network will hold the virtual program “How to Talk with your Preteen and Teen Grandchildren about Antisemitism” on Tuesday, January 10, at 7 pm, with Mark Oppenheimer, host of the podcast Unorthodox, former New York Times columnist, and author of “Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood.” The program will also be recorded and can be sent to those who can’t attend at that time. For more information or to register, click here

The CCAR Press will hold a virtual book launch “‘Longing: Poems of a Life’ by Merle Feld” on Wednesday, January 18, at 7:30 pm. Feld will share her poetry in conversation with Rabbi Hara Person, chief executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. For more information or to register, click here.

The YIVO-Bard Winter Program on “Ashkenazi Civilization” will take place virtually from January 10-27. The classes will “explore connections between Jewish life and the national, political, philosophical and artistic identities Jews have historically inhabited, illuminating the fact that Jews have always been influenced by, and influencers of, the cultures in which they’ve made temporary or permanent homes.” There are morning, afternoon and evening classes. The classes may be taken for credit through Bard College. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 30. For more information, including a complete listing of courses available, or to apply, click here.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold the hybrid program “Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble/Sasha Lurje: Cry, My Heart, Cry! Songs from Testimonies” on Sunday January 8, from 3-4:30 pm. The songs in the program will “provide a series of insights into the Holocaust survivors’ experiences both during World War II and in the pre- and inter-war years as they were growing up in Eastern, Southern and Central Europe.” For more information or to register, click here.

The Nosher offers the free ebook “8 Global Fried Food Recipes For Hanukkah” by The Nosher with Jamie Geller. To download a copy of the book, click here.

Qesher will hold the following virtual tours in January: “Jewish Bulgaria: A Virtual Sephardic Journey” on Sunday, January 8, at 3 pm; “Jewish Lisbon and Portugal: a community reconnecting with its past” on Thursday, January 12, at 3 pm; and “Jews of Argentina: ‘They sowed seeds and harvested doctors’” on Thursday, January 19, at 3 pm. All tours are around 90 minutes. For information on these tours and others, or to register, click here.

The Yiddish Book Center has published its 2022 Pakn Treger Digital Translation Issue, “Cribside and Other Stories,” which features 14 newly translated poems, short stories and memoirs, all highlighting the complexities of women’s experiences. The free digital edition is available here. It can also be purchased as an e-book.

ChaiFlicks is holding its second annual Hanukkah Film and TV Festival, which will be available digitally and free of charge for North American audiences through the online streaming platform through December 28. The festival will include free access to dozens of titles, including Israeli TV series. For more information, click here

Maven will hold the virtual program “Tour Global Jewish Life: Hasidic Brooklyn” on Tuesday, January 10, from 3-4 pm. The cost to attend is $21. The program will look at Hasidic Brooklyn with former Satmar community member, Frieda Vizel. 

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will offer a virtual talk about the current exhibit at the Morgan Library called “She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400-2000 B.C.” on Thursday, January 5, from 7-8:15 pm. The exhibit offers artwork that captures expressions of women’s lives in ancient Mesopotamia during the third millennium B.C.E, highlighting that of Enheduanna. For more information or to register, click here.

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