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
Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum– DHHRM presents Virtual Events for July through December: Check the DHHRM program guide for the many presentations and workshops that are presented virtually and for hybrid presentations. Click HERE to view program guide.
The Funk Family Upstander Speaker Series showcases individuals and organizations who stand up for human rights on a local, national, or global level. Named in loving memory of Blanch & Max Goldberg / Fannie & Isaac Funk.
Thursday, November 11
7:00pm via Zoom
Speaker: Marguerite Barankitse
During the Burundian civil war in 1993, Marguerite Barankitse, a Tutsi, attempted to prevent the murder of 72 Hutus who were hiding in a Ruyigi diocese. She was forced to watch as they were killed. Spared due to her Tutsi heritage, Barankitse managed to save her own adopted children, 25 of the victims’ children, and officially formed the organization Maison Shalom, or “House of Peace,” in May 1994. The organization gives dignity back to orphans and other children in need through education, vocational training, and psychological and economic support.
Go to https://www.dhhrm.org/programs-and-events/ to order your tickets. Please register for one ticket for device used.
Movie Monday Film Discussion: Crip Camp
Monday, November 15
7:00pm via Zoom
Join for a discussion on Holocaust and human rights films moderated by Museum historians, film professionals, and other experts. Participants will watch the film on their own before engaging in the discussion.
In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination, and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp “for the handicapped” in the Catskills, exploded those
confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place where campers felt fulfilled as human beings. Their bonds endured as they migrated West to Berkeley, California – a promised land for a growing and diverse disability community – where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption and unity might secure life-changing accessibility for millions.
Go to https://www.dhhrm.org/programs-and-events/ to order your tickets. Please register for one ticket for each device used.
HUC Connect 2021 Online Learning – HUC recently presented six stimulating lecture series. The topics were:
Judaism & Civil Society, Judaism & Culture, Judaism & History,
Judaism & (grand) Parenting, Judaism & Religions and
Judaism & Women’s Studies.
Please click here for more descriptions, information and the recordings of all of the presentations.
Featured Now – HUC Connect Presents Judaism & Women’s Studies:
Gender and Liturgy
Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D., Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professor of Liturgy, HUC/Jerusalem
Shani Ben-Or, Cantorial Student, HUC Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music
How has gender played a role in Jewish liturgy and worship throughout the ages? In this survey of Jewish history examining women as worshippers, the presence of women in the synagogue, and gender-related aspects of liturgical law and lore, discover how contemporary understandings of gender may affect our liturgical language.
Infertility in the Ancient World
Recorded Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm ET
Kristine Henriksen Garroway, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, HUC/Los Angeles
Rabbi Yair Robinson, Congregation Beth Emeth, Wilmington, DE
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.
If Flame Falls On Cedars, Women Leaders Will Put Out the Fire: The Biblical Deborah Reimagined
Recorded Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET
Wendy Zierler, Ph.D., Sigmund Falk Professor of Feminist Studies and Modern Jewish Literature, HUC/New York
The Biblical Deborah has been adduced as a feminist model for women’s leadership as far back as the earliest agitations for women’s ordination at the end of the 19th century. But well before then, in Trieste, Italy, the first modern Hebrew woman poet, Rachel Luzatto Morpurgo (1790-1871) placed herself in the shoes of the biblical Deborah as well as those of the erudite rabbis of the Talmud, subtly suggesting that women poets, pastors, and leaders might be able to do the job better than their erstwhile male counterparts. Discover the story of the biblical Deborah through the unique lens of Morpurgo’s 1859 poem “Look: This is New,” and learn how modern Hebrew women’s poetry can serve as a vital source of new interpretation for our classical sources. Presented in partnership with Lilith magazine.
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.
Hartman@Home – Hartman@Home is your online destination for Hartman Torah exploring questions of Judaism and democracy, ethics, peoplehood, Jewish identity, and more.
Truth, Difference & Loyalty – The Shalom Hartman Institute presented in February 2021 an interfaith symposium on Truth, Difference, & Loyalty explored how interfaith encounters can engage not only aligned groups but also reach across deep divides. Watch the video playlist of all sessions.
Judaism, Citizenship and Democracy – In October 2020, 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 and those listed below are pre-recorded:
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.
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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