During the COVID-19 social distancing while we stay at home, organizations and institutions across the country and 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
HUC Connect Online Learning – After January 1, 2021, check here for a preview of the full HUC Connect online learning series, launching in January.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Senectus – Senior 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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