Many organizations are making Jewish teachings and events available online during this time. If you have events to add to this page, please contact Melani Baker. For a calendar with more livestreaming Jewish events, click here to visit Jewish Live.
July 6, 30, 20, 5:30pm PT. Sephardic Jews and Race in the United States. Join the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America with generous support from the Isaac Alhadeff Foundation for a special three part series exploring systemic racism and Sephardic Jewry in America with Dr. Devin E. Naar. This series is part of the new Sephardic Digital Academy initiative of the Sephardic Brotherhood, an online educational program that includes classes on Ladino, Sephardic Torah perspectives, Sephardic cooking, History, traditions, and a lot more. More information on all our courses. Are Sephardic Jews–or, as we used to be called “Levantine” or “Oriental” Jews–“white”… or something else? What does it even mean to be “white” in the United States and how have those definitions changed over time? How do Sephardic Jews and their historically ambiguous status fit into the story of race and racism in the United States? Does a look at the “Levantine” experience help us see race in the U. S. differently? Zoom registration here.
Thursday, July 9, 10:00-11:00am PT. Jewish Council for Public Affairs – Unpacking the Discourse on Policing and Public Safety. Join experts for a discussion on a range of topics related to policing, including the proposals to redefine the role of policing in our society and the enduring barriers to change. The conversation will highlight different perspectives on the role and responsibility of police, what is needed to ensure accountability, and how communities can tackle disorder and violence. This JCPA event is co-sponsored by the Council on Criminal Justice, a nonpartisan think tank and invitational membership organization. Register here.
July 13, 20, 27, 5:00-6:00pm PT. Summer Lecture Series: Grief and Mourning with Rabbi Tali Adler. Experiences of tragedy have one thing in common: They force us to grapple with questions of loss, grief, and how to live in a world that contains so much of both. Grieving under normal circumstances can be crushing, and all the more so when that grief can only take place in isolation. Further, our sense of loss is compounded by the lack of public language and ritual that typically supports our mourning process. In this 3-part virtual learning series we will study Jewish texts and aim to recapture some of what has been lost in that forced private grieving. We will address and discuss questions such as: What exactly do we mourn and why? How do we live with God in the midst of grief? What does it look like to exit active grieving without surrendering our sense of loss? Register here in advance to join via Zoom.
July 15, 22, 29, 12:00-12:40pm PT. Senseless Hatred: An Online Learning Series with Beth Huppin. Join JFS Jewish educator Beth Huppin for this three-week class preceding the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av, the day in which Jews remember the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Traditional texts describe the time leading up to this destruction as a period of extreme suffering from internal power inequalities and humiliations. They describe painful misunderstandings and divisions as the true cause of the destruction. Jewish sages called this behavior “senseless hatred.” What might we learn from examining texts related to Tisha B’Av to help us understand and heal our society today? No previous knowledge required. All are welcome, and each class will stand on its own. Register here.
On Virtual SJCC, you’ll find ways to interact with friends near and far. Take a fitness class, learn a new craft, meet with friends for community conversations, and more. This area features resources both from our J and JCCs and organizations around the country.
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The Institute For Jewish Spirituality is offering weekly Torah study, daily meditation, and an online Jewish yoga studio – all free of charge.
Jewish National Fund USA is creating engaging and meaningful experiences for you to connect you with the land and people of Israel, even during this time of social distancing. Check out their live and recorded programs.
Beit T’shuva in Los Angeles is offering virtual programming, including:
- Rabbi Joseph’s Torah Study: life in uncertain times. Mondays, 12:00-1:00pm PT.
- #notmycorona: recovery-minded spiritual learning. Wednesdays, 1:00pm PT.
- Virtual Kaddish Calls. Thursdays, 9:00am PT.
- To Life: speaker/sharing AA meeting. Thursdays, 7:00pm PT.
- Intro to Spirituality. Saturdays, 9:30am PT.
- Saturday Morning Services. Saturdays, 10:30am PT.
Hadar (times are EST and summer programs run June 29-July 31)
- Timeless Midrash for the Moment: Eichah Rabbah with Rabbi Aviva Richman. Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 PM. Register here in advance to join via Zoom.
- Advanced Talmud: Thinking Through Consent with the Talmud with Rabbi Aviva Richman.
Mondays and Wednesdays; 11:00 AM-12:00 PM. This class costs $36. Register here in advance.
- Introduction to Talmud: Are Some Laws More Important Than Others? With Rabbi Alvan Kaunfer. Mondays; 11:00 AM-12:15 PM. This class will be limited to 20 participants and costs $36. Register here in advance.
- Intermediate Talmud with Dena Weiss. Mondays and Wednesdays; 11:00 AM-12:15 PM. This class will be limited to 20 participants and costs $36. Register here in advance.
- Adult Mishnah Club with Jamie Weisbach. Monday-Friday, 1:00-1:30 PM. Ground your days by learning Mishna with Hadar. Classes will be led by Jamie Weisbach, a member of our advanced kollel. Register here in advance to join via Zoom.
- Weekly Talmud with Rabbi Ethan Tucker. Tuesdays; 8:00-9:15 PM. Register here in advance to join via Zoom.
- Shabbat Prep with Joey Weisenberg. Thursdays, 9:00-9:15 PM. 15 minutes of Torah, spirit, and song in preparation for Shabbat. Join via Facebook Live on Hadar’s Rising Song Institute’s Facebook page.
- Singing the Psalms with Deborah Sacks Mintz. Tuesdays, 9:00-9:15 PM. Join Hadar’s Rising Song Institute for a weekly exploration of verses from the book of Psalms. Deborah Sacks Mintz will lead us in unpacking text together, and we’ll finish by taking a deep dive into a correlating nigun. Join via Facebook Live on Hadar’s Rising Song Institute’s Facebook page.