Jewish Online Resources 9/23/22

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. 

The Jewish Book Council will hold the virtual 2022 Jewish Writers’ Conference on Sunday, November 6, from 10 am-5:30 pm. The conference will brings together agents, editors, and authors for discussions, workshops and panels discussing Jewish book publishing and writing. For information on specific programs or to register, click here.

The Blue Dove Foundation has High Holiday resources for those dealing with mental health issues. There is no charge to read the material, which can be found here.

The Yiddish Book Center will hold the virtual book talk about “Fear and Other Stories,” with translator Anita Norich, on Tuesday, December 13, 7 pm. Norich will discuss “Fear and Other Stories” by Chana Blankshteyn (~1860-1939), which Norich translated from Yiddish to English. Space is limited so early registration is requested and can be made here

Maven will hold several virtual classes: “Empathy Economics: Janet Yellen’s Remarkable Rise to Power,” with Owen Ullmann talking about his book “Janet Yellen’s Remarkable Rise to Power and Her Drive to Spread Prosperity to All” on Thursday, October 6, from 3-3:345 (available here); “War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East” on Wednesday, October 12, from 3-3:45 pm (available here); “The Secret Jewish History of James Bond” on Thursday, October 27, from 1-1:45 pm (available here); and “Creativity as a Jewish Spiritual Practice” with Eve Rodksy, author of “Find Your Unicorn Space” on Thursday, November 3, from 8-8:45 pm (available here).

The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold “The Art of Forgiveness” on Thursday, September 29, from 7:30-8:30 pm. A donation of $10 is requested. The program is a compilation of stories, plays and poems performed by The Braid; it focuses on the themes of the High Holidays. For more information or to register, click here.  

Hey Alma will hold the in-person and virtual “Atone, Bitch: A High Holidays Comedy Show” on Wednesday, September 28, at 9:30 pm. The show will be a stand-up comedy with Lukas Arnold, Marcia Belsky, Jared Goldstein, Rose Kelso and Alison Leiby. For more information or to purchase a ticket, click here.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold the in-person and virtual “‘The Escape Artist’ Book Premiere” with Jonathan Freedland and David Remnick on Thursday October 27, from 7-8:30 pm. The cost to attend is $10. The event will be a conversation between award-winning journalist and best-selling novelist Freedland and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer Remnick about Freedland’s new book “The Escape Artist,” which tells the story of Rudolf Vrba, the first Jew to break out of Auschwitz. For more information or to register, click here.

The website JewBelong offers information about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. A free booklet with information about Rosh Hashanah can be found here. One for Yom Kippur can be found here.

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning will hold the virtual four-part course “Jewish Perspectives on the Ballot: Key Issues in the U.S. Midterms Using a Rabbinic Lens” on Thursday, October 13-November 3, from 1-2:30 pm. Payment is a sliding scale, which includes four choices. The course descriptions notes, “The aim is not to persuade anyone to vote in a particular way but rather to broaden our perspectives around these issues using Jewish lenses.” For more information or to register, click here.

Maven will hold the virtual class “Five Powerful Responses to Zionist Critics” with Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin on Mondays, November 7 and 14, from 3-4 pm. The cost to attend is $36. For more information or to register, click here.

Maven will hold the virtual program “Music and the Holocaust” with Emanuel Abramovits on Wednesday, November 30, from 5-6 pm. The cost to attend is $21. The program looks at the way “the role that music played in the struggle for hope in the darkest of times.” For more information or to register, click here.

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute will hold several virtual events this fall: Sandra Seltzer Silberman HBI Conversations Series Featuring Max Strassfeld, author of “Trans Talmud: Androgynes and Eunuchs in Rabbinic Literature” on Wednesday, October 26, from 7-8 pm; Max Strassfeld speaking about “Queering and Transing the Jewish Life Cycle” on Monday, November 7, from noon-1 pm: Sandra Seltzer Silberman HBI Conversations Series Featuring “Frankly Feminist: Short Stories by Jewish Women from Lilith Magazine” on Wednesday, November 9, from 7-8 pm; Michal Raucher speaking on “Rabbis Before Ordination: Origin Stories of Female Orthodox Rabbis” on Thursday, November 10, from noon-1 pm; Sara Ronis speaking on “Gestating Difference: Jews, Non-Jews, and Abortion in the Babylonian Talmud” on Monday, November 14, from noon-1 pm; and Rachel Barenbaum speaking on “Lady Killers: Jewish Female Assassins in late 19th Century Russia” on Monday, November 21, from noon-1 pm. For more information or to register, click here.

The Jewish Theology Seminary will hold the virtual learning series “Dangerous Ideas: Censorship Through a Jewish Lens” on Mondays, October 24-December 19, with an addition lecture on Wednesday, November 30; from 1-2:30 pm. Topics include “Written in Stone? Writing and Rewriting the Bible”; “(Not So) Hidden Anti-Gospels: Suppressed Talmudic and Medieval Polemics against Jesus”; “Persecuting Ideas: The Case of Maimonides”; “The Danger of Spreading the Word: Book Censorship in 16th-Century Venice”; “Intra-Jewish Censorship: The Case of Spinoza”; How Should a Jewish Philosopher Read the Bible? Hermann Cohen’s Problem with Spinoza”; “The Circle of Censorship and Book Burning in East European Jewry”; “Censoring the Holocaust: How Books Shape our View of a Painful Past”; “The Hollywood Blacklist and the Whitewashing of American Culture”; and “Where Do We Draw the Line? The Importance of Highlighting Multiple Perspectives in Jewish Education.” One does not need to attend all classes. For more information or to register, click here.

The September issue of is available at click here. The issue includes fiction for Rosh Hashanah. The stories were originally written in four languages – Czech, Yiddish, Hebrew and English – but all are available on the site in English.

The Cantors Assembly will hold the Moishe Oysher Virtual Film Festival. From October-April, for January and March, a full-length film featuring Moishe Oysher and other Yiddish actors of his generation will be shown courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film. For dates, films and other information, click here.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research has announced its fall and spring class listing. Classes about Yiddish are available, as are courses in Jewish history, literature and culture. Some courses are taught in Yiddish, while others are taught in English. For more information or to register, visit click here.

The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion will offer several virtual programs this fall: “The Gospel of Matthew: Both Jewish and Sectarian” on Thursday, October 20, at 12:45 pm; “‘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 “Stolen Books: Recovering Our Family’s Legacy” on Wednesday, December 7, at 1 pm. Most information and registration for these and other events can be found here.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage will offer several virtual program in October: “Pink Triangle Legacies” book talk on Sunday October 2, from 4-5 pm (available here); “Love Brought Me Through the Holocaust: Stories Survive with Judith Koeppel Steel” on Thursday October 13, from 2-3 pm (available here); “The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million” with Daniel Mendelsohn on Thursday October 13, from 7-8:30 pm (available here); “Book of Ruth,” featuring the Met Opera Chorus Artists, on Sunday October 23, from 2:30-4 (available here); and “The Last Ghetto” book talk on Tuesday October 25, from 1-2 pm (available here).

The Shalom Hartman Institute will hold a three-part virtual class “Three Aspects of an Ethic of Friendship” with Gordon Tucker on Thursdays, December 1, 8 and 15, from 7:30-8:30 pm. Tucker explores Jewish texts, traditions and practices that seek to define people’s obligations to one another and allow them to live more meaningful Jewish lives. For more information or to register, click here.

Information about the podcast “Jew Talkin’ to Me” featuring award-winning comedians Rachel Creeger and Philip Simon can be found here.

The Center for Jewish History will hold the virtual program “Family History Today: Clued In – Case Studies from Sherlock Cohn, the Photo Genealogist” on Thursday, November 10, at 5 pm. Ava “Sherlock” Cohn, the photo genealogy sleuth, will explore how to find the clues ancestors left in family photos. For more information or to register, visit click here.

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning will hold the virtual program “Once Upon a Time in Mexico: A Glimpse at Mexican Jewish History” on Thursday, October 13, from 7-8:30 pm. The cost to attend is $18. Dr. Sara Aroeste will explore the history of Jews in Mexico and discuss Crypto-Jews, 16th century Spain and Portugal, 20th century immigrant arrivals and more. For more information or to register for the event, visit click here

American Jewish World Service is offering resources for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which can be found here. The site features a variety of articles under the headings “Readings and Rituals” and “Reflections.”

For additional resources, see previous issues of The Reporter or our other Jewish Online Resources here.