By the 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 Shalom Hartman Institute will hold a “Virtual Summer Symposium” from Monday, July 5-Thursday, July 15, to explore what the Jewish future could look like. It will include public lectures and study seminars. For more information or to register, visit https://summer.hartman.org.il/.
Siegal Lifelong Learning of Case Western Reserve University will hold the virtual course “Jewish Anthropology: Community, Culture and Rituals” on Thursdays, July 8-August 12, from noon-1 pm. People can register for individual lectures or for the full series. The cost per lecture is$5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. To learn more or to register, visit https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/lectures/jewish-anthropology.
Menucha Classroom Solutions is offering a Summer Reading Program. The program is free and prizes will be awarded. Children can pick the books they want to read and can read them at their own pace. For more information, visit https://menuchaclassrooms.com/pages/summer-reading-program.
Siegal Lifelong Learning of Case Western Reserve University will hold the virtual course “Jewish Lives: Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent” on Wednesdays, July 7-28, from 1:30-3 pm. The course will be taught by Rabbi Bill Plevan of Gratz College. For more information or to register, visit https://case.edu/lifelonglearning/courses/courses-subject/jewish-studies/jewish-lives-martin-buber-life-faith-and-dissent.
The Jewish National Fund will hold the virtual “The Imagination Series: A Cultural Journey into the Western Galilee” on Tuesday, July 20, at 9 pm. The virtual tour will include meetings with local artists and small business owners, and the sights and sounds of the region. For more information or to register, visit www.jnf.org/events-landing-pages/a-cultural-journey-into-the-western-galilee
The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold the virtual event “‘The Catastrophist’: A Theatre Talkback” on Wednesday, July 14, at 8 pm. The event will include a conversation with the team behind the virtual drama “The Catastrophist,” which tells the story of real-life virus hunter Nathan Wolfe – who just happens to be the playwright’s husband – and a meditation on scientific discovery, Judaism, family, life and loss. For more information or to register, visit www.jtsa.edu/the-catastrophist-a-theatre-talkback. The page also includes information on how to purchase a ticket to see the play before the discussion.
The Jewish Theological Seminary continues its virtual “A Wandering People: Jewish Journeys, Real and Imagined” series in July and August. All lectures are on Mondays from 2-3:30 pm: “Flight, Return, and Emigration: The Wanderings of a Yiddish Writer During and After the Holocaust” on July 12; “Finding Hijar: A Scholar’s Quest to Uncover the History of Her Jewish Community Through the Journey of Its Books” on July 19; “The Global Journey of a Jewish Stage Play: The Spectacular Story of Sh. Anski’s ‘The Dybbuk’ and How it Transformed American Jewish Theatre” on July 26; “The Early Modern Travel Pass: Controlling the Plague and Jewish Mobility in 16th Century Tuscany” on August 2; “Work-Life Balance in Ancient Times: Why the Rabbis Left Their Homes to Study Torah” on August 9; the topic of the August 16 lecture TBA; and “Traveling to Babylon – For Good” on August 23. To register for all the lectures, visit https://inspired.jtsa.edu/event/a-wandering-people-jewish-journeys-real-and-imagined-registration/e338553.
The Jewish-American Hall of Fame Virtual Museum website, http://amuseum.org/, has expanded. More than 60 pages have been added, featuring large photos of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame medals and texts. Visitors can read two books by Mel Wacks – “Medals of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame 1969-2019” and “The Handbook of Biblical Numismatics, 45th Anniversary Edition” – as well as “Antisemitic Bigotry on Historic Medals” by Dr. Benjamin Weiss.
Chabad.org will hold the virtual course “The Making of a Marriage: The Torah’s View on Dating and the Jewish Wedding.” The four-part course will begin on Tuesday, July 13, at 7 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.chabad.org/multimedia/course_cdo/aid/5155341/jewish/The-Making-of-a-Marriage.htm.
Kveller offers “15 Easy Jewish Recipes the Whole Family Will Love” as an e-book. To receive a free download, visit www.kveller.com/15-easy-jewish-recipes-the-whole-family-will-love/.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will hold the virtual event “The History of American Jewish Summer Camps” on Thursday, July 8, at 5 pm. The program will explore the history of Jewish summer camps with Dr. Gary Zola and Dr. Jenna Weissman Joselit. For more information or to register, visit https://mjhnyc.org/events/the-history-of-american-jewish-summer-camps/.
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will hold “A Yiddish Renaissance,” a virtual concert in honor of Zalmen Mlotek, NYTF artistic director, on the occasion of his 70th birthday and a celebration of a 50-year career in the Yiddish theater. The concert will be available on demand from Monday, July 26, at 2 pm-Friday, July 30, at 2 pm. For more information or to register, visit https://nytf.org/renaissance/.
The National Havurah’s Summer Institute will take place virtually from Sunday, July 25-Sunday, August 8. Classes will be offered throughout the two weeks, with both morning and evening options. Daily workshops will be available, as well as all kinds of other programming, including daily davening, communitywide learning, singing and other options. There is a cost to attend. For more information or to register, visit https://havurah.org/summer-institute-2021/.
The JTS annual artists exhibit is being held virtually this year. For information and a link to the exhibit, visit www.jtsa.edu/jts-artists-exhibit-work.
For additional resources, see previous issues of The Reporter on its website, www.thereportergroup.org.