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
Crucial Conversations: Race and Racism in Our Community – Presented by The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Through this four-part series, a diverse group of experts will share knowledge, their stories and their ideas. The series will foster an increased understanding of racism in both a historical and contemporary context and an awareness of concrete steps that can be taken to disrupt systemic racism. Click on the session title below for more information and to register and pay.
Session 1: Starting the Conversation, Thursday, July 23rd at 7:00 pm
Session 2: The Past, Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 pm
Session 3: The Present, Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 pm
Session 4: The Future, Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 pm
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 presentations for September through December here.
Hartman@Home – The Shalom Hartman Institute is a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America. In response to Covid-19, this summer over four weeks between June 29 to July 23, 2020, in an unprecedented, free month-long celebration of Jewish ideas, over 50 scholars from Israel and North America addressed questions about citizenship, moral responsibilities and spiritual sustenance in a time of darkness and loss. Though the event has ended, it is possible to see to access session recordings on the event website, summer.hartman.org.il/agenda.
Shalom Hartman Institute – All Together Now: Jewish Ideas for this Moment: The End of Unetaneh Tokef: Defeat or Triumph? – Rabbi Gordon Tucker explores the final passage in this iconic and challenging prayer on the Days of Awe in a two part online course.
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.
Virtual Tours of Jewish Communities Around the World – Qesher brings you the unique opportunity to enjoy weekly interactive lectures by world class specialists in Jewish subjects from the comfort of your home for a small fee. Below are some upcoming lectures:
Sunday, September 13 – Rosh Hashana special: Tastes from the Danube Valley to the Jerusalem Highlands
Thursday, October 1 – Stories Of Jewish Budapest: From Affirmation to Persecution and Revival
Sunday, October 18 – Greek Jewry: At The Crossroads of Civilizations
Sunday, October 25 – Jewish Romania: A Century of Upheaval and Resurgence
Sunday, November 1 – From Ethiopia to Israel: My Story, Our Journey
Sunday, November 8 – Sefarad: Music of the Jews of Spain and Portugal and their Diaspora
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 ther 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.
College Commons Podcast –A collection of passionate perspectives from Judaism’s leading thinkers presented by Hebrew Union College.
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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