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.
Maven will hold the virtual “Tour Global Jewish Life: Amsterdam” on Thursday, August 10, from 3-4 pm. The cost to attend is $21. The tour will look at Amsterdam’s Jewish community today and its Jewish past from the 17th century. For more information or to register, click here.
The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will hold the virtual program “Super Funny Jewish Men” on Thursday, September 7, from 7-8:30 pm. The discussion will include comedians from vaudeville, radio, the Borscht Belt and nightclubs through TV, records, movies and beyond. For more information or to register, click here.
Uri L’Tzedek, Orthodox Social Justice, will hold the virtual talk “Zealotry: Too Much of a Good Thing?” with Rabbi Zach Truboff on Wednesday, September 6, at 2 pm. “This class will draw upon rabbinic texts, modern Jewish thought and psychoanalysis to help us better understand zealotry’s profound dangers and why, nevertheless, it remains a necessary part of religious life.” For more information or to register, click here.
Maven will hold several free virtual events in August: “Israel 201: Your Next-Level Guide to Life in the Holy Land” on Tuesday, August 8, from 3-3:45 pm (available here); “Saving Freud From Hitler’s Third Reich” on Tuesday, August 15, from 3-3:45 pm (available here); “Torah Teachings for Jewish Grandparents of Interfaith Families” on Wednesday, August 23, from 3-3:45 pm (available here); and “Star Crossed: A True Romeo and Juliet Story in Hitler’s Paris” on Thursday, August 24, from 3-3:45 pm (available here).
The Jewish Grandparent Network will hold the virtual talk “How to Talk with Grandchildren About Death and Dying” on Tuesday, September 12, from 7-8 pm. The talk will “discuss ways to have developmentally appropriate conversations with children of all ages about preparing for a loved one’s long-term illness or the dying and death of any living being we care about.” Questions can be e-mailed in advance. For more information or to register, click here.
The Forward will hold the virtual program “What did our great-grandparents eat for breakfast? Exploring the food traditions of our East European Jewish heritage” on Monday, August 7, at noon. Rukhl Schaechter, Eve Jochnowitz, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Joe Baur will discuss the food culture of that time. For more information or to register, click here.
The Biblical Archaeology Society will hold a hybrid version of is “26th Annual Fall Bible and Archaeology Fest” from November 17-19. There will be 18 lectures over the course of the three days and a question-and-answer plenary with Jodi Magness speaking on “The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq.” For more information or to register, click here.
The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will hold “A Virtual Tour of Jewish Krakow – Part 1: The Golden Age” on Tuesday, September 19, from 7-8:30 pm. The cost to attend is $10. The tour will focus on Krakow’s old Jewish quarter Kazimierz. A second tour will be held in October, but each can be taken separately. For more information or to register, click here.
The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies is accepting registration for its online winter 2024 program “In the Image of God: Exploring What Makes Us Uniquely Human,” which will take place Sunday-Tuesday, January 14-16. There is a sliding scale cost for the program. The program will look at biblical, rabbinic and modern Jewish texts. For more information or to register, click here.
The Tikvah Fund is holding the virtual course “How Jews and Jewish ideas were at the heart of the American founding” with Rabbi Meir Soloveichik. The eight lectures, which are already available online, look at the Jews who influenced America’s early leaders and how Jewish ideas informed the American intellectual debate. For more information, click here.
Dayenu, a Jewish Call to Climate Action and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism will hold “Jewish Rally for Climate Pollution Solutions” on Monday, July 31, at 8 pm. The event will be a “virtual rally to sing, study and take action for climate pollution solutions.” For more information or to register, click here.
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning will hold the virtual event “A Paradoxical Powerhouse: The Rise of Haredi Feminism in Israel” on Thursday, September 21, from 1-2 pm. For more information or to register, click here.
Rabbi Jill Zimmerman is offering a “Return: 30 Days of Reflection” workbook as a PDF that can be downloaded for $18. The workbook offers questions for each day of Elul. For more information or to purchase, click here.
The Institute for Jewish Spirituality will hold the virtual course “The Shofar Project: Getting Real for the New Year” with live sessions on Tuesday, August 15-September 12, from 8-9 pm. E-mails featuring Jewish mindfulness practices, questions for reflection and journaling, and supplemental materials such as poetry and music, will be sent out on the Sunday before each session. There will also be an optional online discussion group. For more information or to register, click here.