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 YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will hold the virtual program “Nusakh Vilne Memorial” on Sunday, September 11, at 1 pm. Justin Cammy will discuss the poetic legacy of Yung-vilne and Avrom Sutzkever. A mini concert will feature musical settings of poetry of Avrom Sutzkever following Cammy’s presentation. For more information or to register, click here.
The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will hold the virtual book talk “Hidden Heretics: Jewish Doubt in the Digital Age” on Thursday, September 22, at 1 pm. Ayala Fader will speak about her book, which “investigates religious doubt and social change in the digital age.” For more information or to register, click here.
Jewish Together and The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning will hold the virtual program “Can a Monk Be Considered a Jew: Examining The Israeli Supreme Court ‘Brother Daniel’ Case” on Monday, September 19, from 7-8 pm. Dr. Joseph Ringel, former professor at Northwestern University, will analyze the controversial decision and explore how it reflects deeper cultural tensions that affect Jews around the world to this day. For more information or to register, click here.
The Center for Jewish History will hold a program about a virtual panel of editors and authors of “Jewish Noir II: Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds” on Wednesday, September 7, at 6:30 pm. The book has been called “a new collection of short stories by Jewish and non-Jewish writers, including numerous award-winning authors, exploring the light and dark sides of religion and culture, examining such issues as the enduring legacy of negative stereotypes amid rising antisemitism, prejudice, assimilation and questions of regional, national and ethnic identity.” For more information or to register, click here.
The Yiddish Book Center will hold the virtual talk “Women’s roles across literature, culture, and the rise of feminism: 1973-2005” with Deborah Dash Moore on Thursday, October, 27, at 7pm. Moore, editor-in-chief of the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, will discuss women’s roles across literature and culture, and the rise of feminism after 1973. For more information or to register, click here.
Pardes will hold “Elul Revelations: Three Classes for the High Holidays”: “An Emotionally Intelligent Approach to Teshuva” on Tuesdays, September 6, 13 and 20, at noon; “Hannah, Sara, and Hagar: the Women of the High Holidays” on Thursdays, September 8, 15 and 22, at noon; and “Noah and Jonah: How Similar Stories Say Opposite Things About Human Transformation” on Wednesday, September 21, and Thursday, September 29, at 11 am. Each class must be registered for individually. For more information or to register, click here.
The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold the “JTS High Holiday Webinars: Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur” on Mondays, September 12 and 19, from 1-2;30 pm. To register, click here.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold several virtual “Modern Jewish Sounds Concert”: Daniel Kahn on Thursday, September 8, from 7-8 pm (register here); Jake Sherman Dream Band on Thursday, September 22, from 7-8 pm (register here); and Dida Pelled on Sunday, October 2, from 2-3 pm (register here).
The POLIN Museum is holding the virtual exhibit “What’s Cooking” at click here. According to the website, it “offers an opportunity to get immersed in Jewish history and culinary culture in different corners of the world... the way [dishes] are prepared, their origin and significance.”
Maven will hold the virtual program “The Rebirth of Poland’s Jewish Community” with JCC Krakow CEO Jonathan Ornstein on Tuesday, September 20, from 1-2 pm. The cost to attend is $21. He “will speak about the landscape of Jewish life in Poland today, including the stories of young Poles discovering their Jewish roots and the unexpected role that non-Jews have played in the restoration of Krakow’s proud Jewish heritage.” For more information or to register, click here.
The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion will hold the virtual program “From Rachel and David to Maya and Ezra: Trends in American Jewish Personal Names” on Sunday, September 11, from 1-2:30 pm. A panel of professors and researchers will explore the results of a new study of American Jewish personal names, based on a survey with over 11,000 responses. For more information or to register, click here.
The Jewish Grandparents Network will hold the virtual “ Bring the High Holidays to Life for Grandchildren” on Sunday, September 13, at 7 pm. The workshop will show activities that use creativity, theater and play to activate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with children ages 3-8. If unable to attend at that time, those who register can receive a recording of the session. For more information or to register, click here.
Tikvah is hosting the second season of the podcast “The Stories Jews Tell,” featuring Harvard Professor Ruth Wisse for a weekly exploration of the classic stories of the modern Jewish literary canon. The cost is $40 and entitles subscribers to access the full library of the first season, all 10 episodes in Season 2 of “The Stories Jews Tell,” which will be e-mailed each week, and copies of the short stories and poems Wisse will explore. For more information or to register, click here.
Maven will hold the virtual event “RBG: May Her Memory Be a Revolution” on Tuesday, September 13, from 3-3:45 pm. There is no cost to attend. Nadine Epstein will discuss the impact Ginsburg had on American life with Rabbi Michael Berenbaum. Epstein had collaborated with Ginsburg to published the book “RBG’s Brave and Brilliant Women: 33 Jewish Women to Inspire Everyone.” For more information or to register, click here.
The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion will hold its Fall Library Series featuring a variety of programs: “Panel Discussion: What Does Judaism Have to Say About Abortion?” on Wednesday, August 31, at 5 pm; “From Cairo to the Cloud; The World of the Cairo Geniza” on Wednesday, September 14, at 7 pm; Dr. John Kampen on “The Gospel of Matthew: Both Jewish and Sectarian” on Thursday, October 20, at 12:45 pm; Rabbi Tamar Duvdevani, Ph.D., on “‘What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?!’ Parallels in Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ with Rabbinic Writings” on Thursday, November 17, at 12:45 pm; and Adam Krupnick on “Stolen Books: Recovering Our Family’s Legacy” on Wednesday, December 7, at 1 pm. For more information or to register for individual programs, click here.
Qesher will hold a variety of online Jewish tours and programs. All programs will begin at 1:30 pm and all talks will take about 90 minutes: “Jewish Amsterdam: A Small Community with a Giant History” on Thursday, September 8, and “The Jews of Ukraine: A Virtual Tour of Kiev and Odessa” on Sunday, September 11. For more information or to register, click here.
The New York Jewish Week, the UJA-Federation of New York and the Park Avenue Synagogue will hold the in-person and virtual program “What, and Who, Is a Jewish Writer?” with Pulitzer Prize winning author Joshua Cohen in conversation with writer Nicole Krauss, moderated by Rabbi Lori Koffman, on Tuesday, September 13, at 7 pm. For more information or to register, click here.
Keshet offers back to school resources to help create a LGBTQ+ affirming school environment. For more information, click here.
Maven will hold two virtual global world tours: “Central Asia’s Historic Jewish Silk Road” on Wednesday, October 19, from 5-6 pm (register here); and “Jewish Life: Mexico City” on Tuesday, November 8, from 5-6 pm (click here). The cost for each tour is $21.
Jewish Women Archive will hold several virtual book talks: Thursday, September 8, at 8 pm, “In Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America” by Dahlia Lithwick; Thursday, September 15, 8 pm, Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s “Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy”; and Thursday, September 22, at 8 pm, “In On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World” by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg. For more information or to register, click here.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency will hold virtual Teen Journalism Fellowships for 14-18-year-olds who are self-identified Jewish. The program will run from October-December. There will be three virtual meetings. Fellows will then work on projects independently. JTA will pay for articles it publishes. The deadline for applications is September 15. For more information and the application form, click here.