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 Skirball Museum will host the exhibit “Frank Stella: Had Gadya” March 22-July 2, and will offer several virtual programs about the exhibit: “The Chaser and the Chased: Stella and the poetry of Had Gadya” on Thursday, April 13, at 4:30 pm; “Lunch and Learn” with Abby Schwartz on Tuesday, May 9, at noon; and “One goat: countless perspectives” on Wednesday, June 7, at 7 pm. For more details about each program or to register, click here.
The Jewish Book Council will hold the virtual “Paper Brigade’s Short Story Club: The Virgin Grandmother” with Kate Schmier on Thursday, March 23, from 12:30-1 pm. The event is free and open to the public, and participants are encouraged to join the conversation. To read the story before the event, click here. For more information or to register for the event, click here.
The Yiddish Book Center will hold several virtual programs: “Have I Got a Story for You” with editor Ezra Glinter on Thursday, March 16, at 7 pm; “When Yiddish Was Young in Israel,” with Shachar Pinsker on Thursday, March 23, at 7 pm; “Undzer Biblyotek: Montreal’s Jewish Public Library at the Center of Yiddish Culture” with Sebastian Schulman, Rivka Augenfeld and Sonia Bloom on Thursday, April 20, at 7 pm; “Artist and Writer Ray Faust (1900-1993)” with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Barry Faust on Thursday, April 27, at 7 pm; and “East European Jews between Renaissance and Futurelessness,” with Kenneth Moss on Thursday, May 4, at 7 pm. For more information about the program or to register, click here.
Qesher will hold several virtual online tours and talks: “The Jews of Yemen and a Journey on the Magic Carpet” on Thursday, March 16, at 3 pm; “Jewish Languages Today: Endangered, Surviving, and Thriving” on Sunday, March 19, at 3 pm; “Polish Jews: Warsaw Ghetto remains and Jewish revival” on Thursday, March 23, at 3 pm; “To be a Jew in Estonia – in the past, present and future” on Sunday, March 26, at 3 pm. There is a cost to attend these events. A free lecture, “Get to know: The Genealogy Department at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw,” will take place on Tuesday, March 21, at 3 pm. For more information or to register, click here.
Ritualwell will hold the virtual discussion “Poetic Midrash: A Conversation between Hila Ratzabi and Alden Solovy” on Monday, March 13, from 11 am-noon. Solovy will discuss his new book, “These Words: Poetic Midrash on the Language of Torah.” The session will be recorded and sent to participants, but live attendance is encouraged. For more information or to register, click here.
Ritualwell will hold two classes beginning in April: “Recognizing the Good: Writing Jewish Prayers and Poems of Gratitude” on Mondays, April 17 and 24, and May 1, 8, 15 and 22, from noon-1:30 pm (available here) ; and “From Brokenness to Healing: Making Meaning through Memoir” (available here) on Tuesday, April 18 and 25 and May 2, 9, 16 and 23, from noon-1:30 pm. There is a $250 fee for each course.
Maven will hold two virtual events in late March: “To Be or Not to Be: The Jewish American Paradox” on Tuesday, March 28, from 3-5:45 pm (available here); and “The Secret History of Jews and Baseball” on Thursday, March 30, from 3-3:45 pm (available here).
The Museum at Eldridge Street will hold the virtual Curator Talk about its exhibit “Upon Thy Gates: The Winik Mezuzah Collection” on Wednesday, March 22, from 6-7 pm. The “seminar will not only touch upon examples from the collection, but dive into the 3,000 year old custom of marking a Jewish home by affixing a mezuzah to the doorpost.” For more information or to register for the event, click here.
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning will hold the four-part course “Character Development Through Mussar” on Tuesdays, April 4-25, from 1-2:30 pm. There is a sliding scale fee to attend. Rabbi Ben Kramer will focus on a variety of Mussar texts “to develop an understanding of this approach and learn how to effectively apply its principles to our own lives.” For more information, click here.
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning will hold the class “Yiddish: Wanted Dead or Alive” on Monday, March 20, from 1-2 pm. The cost to attend is $18. Dr. Rachel Seelig will explore the fate of Yiddish culture since World War II. For more information or to register, visit click here.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will hold a hybrid “Gathering of Remembrance” on Sunday, April 16, at 2 pm. For more information or to register to watch the gathering virtually, visit click here.
The Jewish Museum will hold a two-part virtual class “Art in Context: Sargent and the Sassoons” on Tuesday, March 21 and 28, from 2-3 pm. The class will take an in-depth look at the Sassoon family’s relationship with artist John Singer Sargent and his portraits of Jewish patrons. The cost to attend is $30, or $24 for Jewish Museum members. For more information or to register, click here.
The Biblical Archaeology Society will hold the virtual lecture “A Wise Woman and a Bearded Man: Ten Seasons of Excavation at Tel Abel Beth Maacah” with Dr. Nava Panitz-Cohen, a professor of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, on Sunday, June 4, from 3-4 pm. There is a cost of $10 to attend. For more information or to register, click here.
The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute will hold several virtual programs, including “Registers of Belonging, Registers of Difference: Early Modern Jewish Midwives and their Records” on Tuesday, March 14, at 12:45 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 12-1 pm; “Studio Israel” with Zoya Cherkassky on Thursday, March 30, from noon-1 pm; “Gender Perspectives on the Jewish Diaspora Organization” on Monday, April 3, from noon-1 pm; “The Holocaust Research Study Group Presents: Passing On, Not Passing Over: Intergenerational Memory of Holocaust History” on Tuesday, April 18, from 11 am-2 pm; and “Populist Regimes and Plans to Control Women: The Israeli Experience” on Wednesday, April 19, from 7:30-9 pm. For more information or to register, click here.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold “The History of Antisemitism: The Alhambra Decree” on Tuesday, March 28, from 6-7 pm. The Alhambra Decree, also known as the Edict of Expulsion, gave Jews four months to either leave Spain or convert to Catholicism. For more information or to register, click here.
Uri L’Tzedek, Orthodox Social Justice, will hold the virtual program “Regulating Hasidic Education between Rabbi Ysoscher Katz (Pro-Regulation) and Rabbi Michael Broyde (Anti-Regulation)” on Thursday, March 30, at 7 pm. For more information or to register, click here.
Maven will hold the virtual program “Pursuing Racial Justice: A Modern Exodus” with Rabbi Lawson on Tuesday, April 11, from 3-3:45 pm. Lawson will discuss the themes in the Passover narrative and how they can be used to speak out against systemic racism and celebrate liberation from slavery. For more information or to register, click here.
Melton will hold the four-part virtual course “The Burden and Blessing of Exile” with Lynne Lieberman on Mondays, April 3-24, from 1-2:30 pm. There is a cost for the course. It will explore four different exiles and how the experiences have shaped the Jewish people. It will also explain Jewish influences on the societies in which they lived. For more information or to register, click here.
The Jewish Grandparents Network will hold the virtual “How to Bring Passover to Life for Grandchildren” on Tuesday, March 28, at 7 pm. Theater arts educator Jonathan Shmidt Chapman will present a range of activities that use creativity, drama and play to activate Passover with children ages 3-8. To register for the event, click here.
The Center for Jewish History will hold the virtual program “Interpreting Your Jewish DNA Test Results” on Wednesday, March 29, at 1 pm. For more information or to register, visit click here.