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.
Qesher will hold the following virtual programs, all of which take place at 3 pm: “From Mount Ararat to Mount Sinai: The Jews of Armenia” on Thursday, August 31; “The Jews of Cuba: Journeys, Stories, Poems” on Sunday, September 3; “Resilience and Resettlement: Examining the Past and the Fate of Venezuelan Jews” on Thursday, September 7; “Jewish Barcelona: now you see it, now you don’t” on Sunday, September 10; “Jewish Africa: A” on Thursday, September 21; “Shtetl Part 2: A Virtual Tour of the Once Jewish Towns of Eastern Europe” on Thursday, September 28; “Two people, one womb: The Jews of Italy” on Thursday, October 5; “The Belgian Jewry: Dynamic, Complex, Unique” on Thursday, October 12; and “Jews of Iran: Not Just Purim and the Revolution” on Sunday, October 15. For more information or to register, click here.
The Blue Dove Foundation offers Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur resources to those suffering from mental illness and addiction. Article can be found here.
The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute will hold several online events in September and October: “The Power of Art: Preserving Memory, Teaching the Holocaust” with Professor Barbara Grossman, author Rachel Kadish and U.S. State Department Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Ellen Germain on Tuesday, September 12, at 7 pm; Jennifer Rosner speaking about her book “Once We Were Home” on Wednesday, September 13, at 7 pm; “Torn Fabric: Loss, Gender and the Holocaust” on Wednesday, October 11, at 7 pm; and Janine Holc speaking about her book “The Weavers of Trautenau: Jewish Female Forced Labor in the Holocaust” on Wednesday, October 18, at 7 pm. For more information or to register, click here.
18Doors will offer the virtual interfaith program “How To Celebrate the High Holidays in Secular/Cultural Ways” on Wednesday, September 13, from 7-8:30 pm. The program is for people “who are looking for a cultural/secular/spiritual, but not religious approach to the High Holidays.” For more information or to register, click here.
Siegal Lifelong Learning will hold the virtual class “From Shtetl to Ellis Island: Discovering the Journey” on Tuesday, November 14, from 7-8:30 pm. The class will look at the early 20th century immigrants’ journeys from their hometown to seaports and then across the ocean. It will also examine their treatment at Antwerp and Ellis Island. For more information or to register, click here.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage will hold the virtual program “The History of Antisemitism: The Truths and Mysteries of Leo Frank” on Tuesday, August 29, at 6 pm. A $10 donation is requested. It will examine the case and trial against Leo Frank. For more information or to register, click here.
18 Doors, which focuses on interfaith couples and families, is offering a monthly recipes newsletter. To receive the e-mail, click here.
The Union for Reform Judaism and the Jewish Grandparents Network, in partnership with Keshet, have launched Trans-Generations, which they call “a safe and inclusive online space where Jewish and Jewish-Adjacent grandparents can connect about their trans, nonbinary and gender-expansive family members.” Trans-Generations will be held virtually once a month. Upcoming sessions include Thursdays, September 21, October 19 and November 16, from 1-2:30 pm. Future dates will be sent to those who register. For more information or to register, click here.
Uri L’Tzedek will hold the virtual program “Farm workers in the U.S. – Essential yet exploited” with UFW Chief Executive Officer Diana Tellefson Torres on Wednesday, September 6, at 1 pm. The cost to attend is $18. For more information or to register, click here.
Hadassah will hold the virtual symposium “Inspire Zionism” on Wednesday, October 25, from noon-3:30 pm, and Thursday, October 26, from 4-8 pm. Panels include “Zionist Trailblazers Breaking Barriers,” “Israel in the Media: What No One Will Tell You,” Styling Your Zionist Identity,” “LGBTQIA+ and the Z Word,” “Portraits of Zionist Women of Color,” “The Tattoo Taboo,” “Sounds of Zionism: A Musical Workshop” and “What Zionism Means to Me.” For more information or to register, click here.
The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold the virtual course “The Torah of the New Year.” The classes are free, but donations are requested. Each section can be taken individually: Wednesday, September 6, “Building a Way Back: Exile and Return as a Spiritual Paradigm”; Tuesday, September 12, “The Sacrifices of Hagar, Ishmael, and Isaac”; Tuesday, September 19, “The Yom Kippur Avodah (Temple Rites) as a Template for Spiritual Practice”; and Tuesday, September 26, “”How Shall It all End? Ecclesiastes, Yizkor, and Shemini Atzeret.” All classes are held from 1-2:15 pm. For more information or to register, click here.
JewBelong offers a free, new version of its book about the High Holidays. It can be found here.
My Jewish Learning is offering an e-mail series called “Getting Comfortable in Synagogue.” The series offer a guide to “getting comfortable in a synagogue, from learning the structure of a prayer service to making the prayers more meaningful.” For more information or to sign up, click here.
Ritualwell will hold the virtual class “Mussar Poetry: Writing Toward the Other” on Mondays, November 13, 20 and 27, and December 4, 11 and 18, from noon-1:30 pm. The cost to attend the six sessions is $250. The class has a workshop component and will look at poems “that not just describe but embody encounter itself.” For more information or to register, click here.
Sapir will hold two virtual events in September: “Antisemitism from Williamsburg to Charlottesville,” a discussion with Dahlia Lithwick and Avi Schick on Wednesday, September 6, at noon; and Editor-in-Chief Bret Stephens interviews ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt and FIRE Senior Fellow James Kirchick on the question of a “Red Pen Response” to “Antisemitism: How Should We Contend with Antisemites in Literature, Online, and Beyond?” on Monday, September 18, at noon. For more information or to register, click here.
The Yiddish Book Center will hold several virtual events this fall: “How the Soviet Jew Was Made” with Sasha Senderovich on Thursday, September 7, from 7- 8 pm; “ Miriam Karpilove and the Yiddish Newspaper” with Jessica Kirzane on Thursday, September 21, from 7-8 pm; “Yiddish: A Global Culture” with David Mazower and Lisa Newman on Thursday, October 5, from 7-8 pm; and “PORTICO: Cooking and Feasting in Rome’s Jewish Kitchen” with Leah Koenig, on Thursday, November 9, from 7-9 pm. For more information or to register, click here.
The Nosher will hold the virtual course “Cooking through the Jewish Holidays with Israeli chef Vered Guttman.” The cost is $100, which includes six instructional videos and a downloadable and printable recipe book. The holidays covered in the class include Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, Purim and Passover. For more information or to register, click here.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Anti-Defamation League will hold the three-part virtual program “Combating Antisemitism in School” on Tuesdays, September 5 and 19 and October 3, at 7 pm. There is separation registration for each talk. For more information or to register, click here.