Jewish Online Resources 2/24/23


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. 

Maven will hold the two-part class “Why Is It Always the Jews? Combating Antisemitism” with Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin on Thursdays, March 16 and 23, from 3-4 pm. The cost to attend the sessions is $36. Salkin will discuss the history of Jew hatred, and how to identify and combat the rising tide of antisemitism. For more information or to register, click here.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold the virtual concert “Di Shvester – The Sisters: Eleanor Reissa and Cilla Owens with the Paul Shapiro Quartet” on Sunday, March 5, from 3-4:30 pm. The concert “salutes the rich culture” of Jewish women in Yiddish folk and art songs, including the Barry Sisters. For more information or to register, click here.

Judaism Your Way will hold the six-week virtual class “Unlearning Jewish Anxiety” with Rabbi Caryn Aviv on Sundays, March 5, 12 and 26, and April 2, 9 and 16, from 6-7:30 pm. No class will be held March 19. There are several payment options. The class looks at Jewish anxiety patterns and offers spiritual tools to meet difficult moments with new and better habits. The class will also be utilizing the Unwinding Anxiety App created by Dr. Jud Brewer; a one-month subscription will be a requirement for attending the class. For more information or to register, click here.

The Institute for Jewish Spirituality will hold “An Evening with IJS President & CEO, Rabbi Josh Feigelson, in Conversation with Best-Selling Author Rabbi Michael Strassfeld” on Wednesday, March 8, at 8 pm. Strassfeld will speak about his new book “Judaism Disrupted: A Spiritual Manifesto for the 21st Century.” To register, click here.

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will hold “Gangsters, Goniffs & Goons, a Talk on Zoom About Jewish Hoods in the Cinema” on Monday, February 27, from 7-8:15 pm. The program will “survey the well-known Hebrew hoods of cinema who have terrorized audiences as well as their on-screen rivals over the past 100 years.” For more information or to register, click here.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the National Library of Israel announced the completion of the digitization of the Papers of Chaim Grade and Inna Hecker Grade. The collection includes literary manuscripts and typescripts of prose, poetry, lectures, speeches, essays, newspaper clippings, galleys, personal notebooks, correspondence, and photographs spanning the years 1910 to 2010. To view the collection, visit here or here.

The Shalom Hartman Institute will offer the three-party virtual class “Age of Certainty and Instability” with Joshua Ladon, Shalom Hartman Institute director of education, on Thursdays, March 9, 16 and 23, from 7-8:30 pm. The lectures include “Between Mystery and the Rational: Several Paths to the Mountain” (available here); “Faith Beyond Certainty” (available here); and “Humble Faith as Response to Idolatrous Religion” (available here). 

The Nosher and New York Jewish Week are offering a new free digital cookbook “Jewish Flavors of New York City.” The collection offers recipes from Jewish restaurants that will help readers make “restaurant-quality dishes” at home. For more information or to receive the e-book, click here.

Maven will hold two Tour Global events: Thessaloniki, Greece, on Tuesday, March 14, from 5-6 pm (available here); and Majorca on Thursday, April 27, from 3-3:45 pm (available here). The cost is $21 per tour.

The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold the book discussion “Between the Lines: ‘Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy’” on Tuesday, March 14, from 1-2 pm. Author and activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin will discuss her new memoir. For more information or to register, click here.

Uri L’Tzedek, Orthodox Social Justice, will hold the seminar “The Mussar Masters On Our Obligation To Redress Intergenerational Pain And Cultural Hurt” with Rabbi Hyim Shafner on Thursday, March 9, at 1 pm. To register, click here.

Jewish Women’s Archive announced its Book Talks for spring 2023: “The Great Stewardess Rebellion” by Nell McShane Wulfhart on Thursday, March 9, at 8 pm; “Freefall: One Mother’s Journey Raising a Child With Special Needs” by Cindy Kaplan on Thursday, March 16, at 8 pm; “The Flying Camel,” a book of essays on identity by women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish heritage, edited by Loolwa Khazzoom on Thursday, March 23, at 8 pm; and a poetry panel featuring Ann Bookman (“Blood Lines”), Irena Klepfisz (“Her Birth and Later Years,”) and Joy Ladin (“Shehkinah Speaks”) on Thursday, March 30, at 8 pm. To sign up for the talks, click here.

UJA and The New York Jewish Week will hold the virtual book talk “Writing Families: An Evening with Allegra Goodman and Laura Zigman” on Wednesday, March 1, at 6 pm. The authors will discussion their latest work. For more information or to register, click here.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold the hybrid program “Yiddish Folk Song Illuminated: Juliana Yaffé Sings Arrangements of Robert De Cormier” on Sunday, March 19, from 3-4 pm. Juliana Yaffé will perform the rediscovered Yiddish folk song arrangements of the late Robert De Cormier, done for the 1950s-60s Vanguard recordings of Marthe Schlamme and Netanya Davrath. A $10 donation is suggested. For more information or to register, click here.

The Forward will present the hybrid “Playing Anne Frank” on Sunday, April 2, from 3-4:30 pm. Forward Executive Editor Adam Langer will use archival material and interviews with surviving cast and crew members to tell the back story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and Oscar-winning film. A $10 donation is suggested. For more information or to register, click here.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will present virtual programs based on a new Polish school of research into the Holocaust and antisemitism that is informed by critical theory and cultural critique: “Knowledge Under Siege | Irena Sendler: In Hiding” on Wednesday, March 15, at 1 pm (available here); “Knowledge Under Siege | The Guardians of Fate” on Tuesday, April 11, at 1 pm (available here); “Knowledge Under Siege | Night Without End: The Fate of Jews in German Occupied Poland” on Wednesday May 17, at 1 pm (available here); and “Knowledge Under Siege | Philo-Semitic Violence: Poland’s Jewish Past in New Polish Narratives” on Wednesday, June 21, at 1 pm (available here).

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute will hold several virtual and hybrid events in March: “Mizrahi Feminist Art: A Multicultural Imagination” on Monday, March 6, from noon-1 pm; “Peak TV’s Unapologetic Jewish Woman: Exploring Jewish Female Representation in Contemporary Television Comedy” on Monday, March 13, from noon-1 pm; Sandra Seltzer Silberman HBI Conversations Series Featuring Paula Birnbaum, author of “Sculpting a Life: Chana Orloff between Paris and Tel Aviv” on Wednesday, March 15, from 7-8 pm; “Preaching the Promised Land: Mary Antin’s American Religions” on Tuesday, March 28, from noon-1 pm; and “March Studio Israel with Zoya Cherkassky” on Thursday, March 30, from noon-1 pm. For more information or to register, click here.

An International Symposium on Jewish Meditation will take place in Zoom on Sunday, April 2, from 11 am-4 pm. Teachers from around the world will discuss their shared love of Jewish meditation. There will be news, views, texts, techniques and opportunities for practice and reflection. For more information or to register, click here.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington will offer the virtual book series “Israel Through the Eyes of Its Poets and Novelists” The five session series will begin on Wednesday, February 22, at 7 pm looking at the poetry of Yehuda Amichai. For more information about that program and the series, click here.

Maven will hold the virtual program “Mel Brooks’ History Of The World Part II” with cast member Josh Fadem. Fadem and AJU’s Jonathan Dobrer will offer an inside look at the Jewish satire throughout the eight-part Hulu series, Mel Brooks’ influence on comedy in America and how Fadem’s career in comedy has been inspired by his Jewish upbringing and the works of Brooks himself. For more information or to register, click here.

The Bennett Center for Judaic Studies will offer the hybrid program “Weaving Biblical Stories Through Women’s Work: A Textile Exegesis With Vivienne Rowett” on Monday, February 27, at 7 pm. Rowett is a Hebrew Bible scholar and award-winning artist who uses stitching, sewing, knitting and weaving, to interpret biblical texts. To register for the program, click here

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