During the COVID-19 social distancing while we stay at home, organizations and institutions across the country girl with laptopand around the world are offering a wide range of online classes, lectures and enrichment sessions that you can join from your home. We invite you to broaden your knowledge and enjoy learning. Most of the resources below are free at this time.

Jewish Adult Education

The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at UTD
51st Annual Scholars Conference – May 7th 2021 – Virtual Event

11am CST – Ackerman Center Distinguished Lecture:
Dr. Yehuda Bauer, 
Denial and Distortion of Holocaust Memory
Professor Emeritus of History and Holocaust Studies at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Academic Advisor to Yad Vashem.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

2pm CST – Michael and Elaine Jaffe Lecture:
Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, “
Shoah Through Muslim Eyes”
Director/HGI, Holocaust, Genocide & Interfaith Education Center, Manhattan College  

5pm CST – Mitchell L. and Miriam Lewis Barnett Lecture:
Pieter Kohnstam, “A Chance to Live: A Family’s Journey to Freedom
Holocaust survivor and member of the Board of Directors for The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

HUC Connect 2021 Online Learning – HUC is presenting six new stimulating lecture series. Please click here for more descriptions and more information. The themes are:
Judaism & Civil Society
Judaism & Culture
Judaism & History
Judaism & (grand) Parenting
Judaism & Religions
Judaism & Women’s Studies

March presentations are listed below. Click here for descriptions and registration.

Judaism and Civil Society
Description: Probe the pressing concerns of our civic life today, including race and identity, elections, prison reform, and religious voices on social justice issues in Judaism & Civil Society.
All sessions in this series are moderated by President Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 5:30pm ET – Sarah Bunin Benor, Ph.D. and Jared Jackson
“Language and Racism in the United States Today” REGISTER

Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 5:30pm ET – Kerwin K. Charles, Ph.D.
“Race and Identity Today” REGISTER

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 6:00pm ET – Chester Hollman III, Alan Tauber, and Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Ph.D.
“Let My People Go:” Personal Reflections on Freedom and Injustice” REGISTER

Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 1:00pm ET – Rabbi Dvora Weisberg and Daniel Weinstock, Ph.D.
“Children and The Right to Vote REGISTER

Judaism & Culture: Presented by Klau Library
Description: Experience the impact of Jewish material culture through the creativity of artists, composers, poets, architects, and writers who illuminate Jewish heritage and shape our identity today.

Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:00pm ET – Joshua Teplitsky, Ph.D.
“Kashruth, Community, and Control: Shehitah Manuals and their Afterlives in Early Modern Europe” REGISTER

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 1:00pm ET – Edwin Seroussi, Ph.D.
“A Spark of King David: Rabbi Israel Najara’s Poetry and Music” REGISTER

Judaism & Women’s Studies
Description: Study the Jewish woman’s experience – from infertility in antiquity and biblical roles of leadership to the evolution of women’s spirituality and worship – through the lens of Jewish feminist scholarship.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 6:00pm ET – Kristine Henricksen Garroway, Ph.D.
“Infertility in the Ancient World” REGISTER

HUC Online Learning Archive  – While we are physically distant, HUC is pleased to offer opportunities for you to learn and connect with the Hebrew Union College community online. Enjoy free access to the archive of online learning offerings, featuring sessions taught by HUC faculty and scholars on a wide range of topics. Recordings will be posted on this page one week after each session takes place. 

HUC College Commons Podcast –A collection of passionate perspectives from Judaism’s leading thinkers presented by Hebrew Union College.

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum – The museum is open once again.  However, in light of the current times, they have adapted their programming and resources to offer a wide range of Virtual Programs. View their online catalogue of virtual presentations for January through June, 2021, here.

Hartman@Home  – The Shalom Hartman Institute presents programming through the end of 2020 with evening salons, weekly 2-part electives, a Talmud from the Balcony 5-part series, and more – all exploring questions of Judaism and democracy, ethics, peoplehood, and Jewish identity. 

Judaism, Citizenship and Democracy – In October, the Hartman Institute held a two-week symposium exploring the key civic issues facing the Jewish community today. Experts on religion and law, politics and morality and the hermeneutics of Jewish political thought brought a Jewish lens to the civic obligations, issues, and leadership needed in this moment of global pandemic and unprecedented polarization. Watch the video playlist of all sessions.

 Melton School – Online Learning – The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is a global network of 60 community-based schools that offer adults an opportunity to gain Jewish literacy in a non-denominational, intellectually-stimulating learning environment. Melton offers two kinds of courses:  Survey courses introduce new topics in 1 to 5 sessions, with large numbers of learners worldwide. These courses are free or offered on a sliding fee scale. Signature courses go in-depth with a full Melton curriculum, including a book. Often hosted by Melton communities, courses have 6 to 25 sessions, and enrollment is limited to 25 learners. Fees depend on the length of the course.
The Melton School – JCC of Dallas – The J offers a two-year program to adults in the Dallas area.

Synagogues360 – Synagogues360 brings you a unique visual and historical experience of synagogues across North America, Europe and Asia from small, remote villages to cosmopolitan cities presented in panoramic views.

My Jewish Learning Daily guide to Zoom events, livestreams and other online resources

Yad Vashem – Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is the ultimate source for Holocaust education, documentation and research. Visit the Yad Vashem website for a wide range of high-quality online learning opportunities. 

YIVO’s Shine Online Educational Series –YIVO is a a research institute, an institution of higher learning, an adult education organization, a cultural organization, and a world-renowned library and archive. Classes are free for a limited time:

A Seat at the Table -A Journey Into Jewish Food – An exploration into the heart of Jewish food, with an emphasis on the Ashkenazi table; Take the class at your own pace at any time. Registration is free. Register by August.

Oh Mama, I’m in Love! The Story of the Yiddish Stage – Explore the world of Yiddish theatre presented through lecture and discussion videos; Registration is free.

Folksong, Demons, and the Evil Eye: Folklore of Ashkenaz – Explore the music, folktales, rituals, and superstitions of Jewish Eastern Europe. Register at any time.

Discovering Ashkenaz:  Jewish Life In Eastern Europe – In this course, you will delve into the rich history and culture of the Jews of Poland, Russia, and Lithuania from Medieval times through the Communist Era.  This course is an intensive, college-level survey, equivalent to two 2-hour sessions per week over six weeks. Work at your own pace.

YIVO’s Video Library of Past Programs – Numerous pre-recorded one-session seminars given via YouTube.

Yiddish Book Center – Yiddish & Jewish Culture: Online Lecture Series
This series includes downloadable video lectures spanning a wide variety of topics related to modern Jewish and Yiddish literature, history, and culture. These lectures are led by top scholars, authors, and cultural commentators. Classes and seminars are free for a limited time.


Senior Resources:

The Senior Source Dallas  – Since 1961, The Senior Source has served greater Dallas as the go-to nonprofit for aging services.

Caregiving With Confidence Lecture Series – Please check the site for dates, times and locations (including online webinars)

Senior Source Elder Financial Safety Center – Three online video series; Scroll down to see all of the videos:

The Elder Financial Safety Center Employment Program Webinars
Financial Services and Safety Webinars
Money Smart for Older Adults

SenectusSenior Care and Senior Service Professionals share their expertise to provide support to retirees and those preparing for retirement to make the best choices.

The Conversation Project The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes and prepare for end-of-life care.

Rabbi Richard Address: Jewish Sacred Aging – Seeking meaning in a spiritual approach to aging – A video lecture presented by College Commons of Hebrew Union College

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