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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

JJ STREAMING GUIDE

May 11-18

Jewish Journal wants to keep you educated and informed. At this time when most venues are closed, we offer our new Curated Streaming Guide to provide readers with easy access to Jewish interest educational opportunities around the world.
To submit an event, please email lisas@jewishjournal.com

Tuesday, May 11

GROWING UP IN JEWISH BROOKLYN
Three incomparable, born-and-bred Brooklynites come together to reminisce about growing up Jewish in Brooklyn. Cartoonist and author Roz Chast was raised in the heart of Flatbush. Fashion designer and entertainment personality Isaac Mizrahi lived on Ocean Parkway. Illustrator Martin Lemelman grew up in the back of his family’s candy store in Brownsville. They share their joys and hardships, memories of holidays, Hebrew school, street life, and experiences of anti-Semitism, and tell stories about their contrasting Jewish youths during a very different Brooklyn time. A selection of highlights from the Center for Brooklyn History’s Brooklyn Jewish History Collection presented by Archivist Ariane Loeb sets the stage. May 11, 3:30 pm, PDT. Free. https://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/cbh-talks-jewish-brooklyn-virtual-20210511?fbclid=IwAR0VBBByCo5dI4FZIAYUkvC31LPGD8Lb4iNprZgJFco-uB4EurSjuwg21Jc

CRISIS IN JERUSALEM – AND WHAT’S NEXT IN ISRAELI POLITICS?
With Jerusalem in the throes of crisis and Israel without stable leadership, a confluence of political, religious, security, and legal issues could come to a head this week. Join Israel Policy Forum’s next video briefing for a double feature: first, we’ll break down the situation in Jerusalem with Neri Zilber (the Washington Institute). Then, Tal Shalev (Walla! News) will examine the road ahead for Israeli politics now that the mandate to form a government has passed from Prime Minister Netanyahu to Opposition Leader Yair Lapid. May 11, 11:00 am, PDT. Free. https://israelpolicyforum.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NCqJqEkqSr2B7uAC9q4zag

THE SHREW, THE FEMME FATALE, THE PRIMA DONNA & THE WHORE: FOUR TALMUDIC HEROINES 
What possessed Yalta to smash 400 bottles of her husband’s wine? How does the newly widowed Homa get herself driven out of town? Women in the Talmud are usually secondary characters – mothers, daughters, or wives of the male heroes. On the rare occasion when a woman does star in her own story, she generally appears as an anti-feminist stereotype, a critical portrayal of a bad woman. Reading these texts carefully and between the lines, we will discover there’s a lot more to the stories than initially meets the eye; and that the rabbis had rather surprising – so as not to say proto-feminist – views of marriage, childbirth, female power, and sex. Gila Fine is editor in chief of Maggid Books and a faculty member of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Second of a four-part series. May 11, 10:00 am, PDT. Free. https://mailchi.mp/de7e35f06374/csp-zoom-programs-week-of-april-5-5922606

TALKS: INHERITANCE: A MEMOIR OF GENEALOGY, PATERNITY, AND LOVE
From acclaimed, best-selling author Dani Shapiro, comes a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test. What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology and experience defines us? After taking a DNA test on a whim, Dani Shapiro learns that the father who raised her was not her biological father. This is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been hidden from her for more than fifty years. Shapiro will share with us her engrossing and emotional journey. Presented by the Bender JCC. May 11, 2:00 pm, PDT. $10.00 https://www.benderjccgw.org/event/inheritance/

WAR OF SHADOWS: CODEBREAKERS, SPIES, AND THE SECRET STRUGGLE TO DRIVE THE NAZIS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST
Join Columbia University for a conversation between Israeli historian and journalist, Gershom Gorenberg and author Samuel G. Freedman. War of Shadows is a true-life spy thriller: the story of the World War II espionage affair that brought Germany’s Erwin Rommel to the very brink of conquering the Middle East – bringing with him the S.S. officer already responsible for the murder of half a million Jews. Only a last-minute intelligence breakthrough cut off Rommel’s secret source and defeated the Nazis. Years in the making, this book is a feat of historical research and storytelling. May 11, 9:00 am, PDT. Free with suggested donation.https://www.iijs.columbia.edu/upcoming-events

BRINGING MEMORY TO THE MOMENT: READ ALOUD AND AUTHOR CHAT
ADL presents Carole Boston Weatherford, New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Medal winning author, will discuss her journey as a children’s author of over 40 titles, the history of the Tulsa Massacre and why her book Unspeakable is so important in this moment. Includes a read aloud by Ms. Weatherford of her latest work. Q&A with the author will follow the presentation. May 11, 11:30 am, PDT. Free. https://adl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_z4QkOb0lT3yKec_ZMsqv9A

FAMILY SECRETS AND THE GRAPHIC NOVEL: RUTU MODAN’S “THE PROPERTY” AND NORA KRUG’S “BELONGING”
On the surface, Rutu Modan’sThe Property” and Nora Krug’sBelonging: A German Reckons with History and Home” are two very different graphic novels. Modan’s fictional book follows a grandmother and granddaughter as they fly from Israel to Warsaw on a quest to find out what happened to the family’s “property” after World War II. Nora Krug’s visual memoir narrates her journey as she tracks her family’s past to find out more about her relatives’ involvement in Nazi Germany. Despite these differing plots and perspectives, both visual works powerfully evoke some of the most important questions about the Holocaust. This talk from the Yiddish Book Center by Tahneer Oksman will address these and other issues as they are explored through the flexible medium of comics. May 11, 4:00 pm, PDT. Free.
https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/events-and-store/virtual-public-programs-calendar

Wednesday, May 12

REPARATIONS FOR BLACK AMERICANS—WHAT CAN HOLOCAUST REPARATIONS TEACH US?
There is a growing national conversation about the idea of reparations for Black Americans for the injustices of slavery and its aftermath. Proposals have been discussed in the halls of Congress and at the local level in American cities. JTS explores what is meant by reparations and the rationale behind specific proposals, many pointing to the precedent of Holocaust reparations. What can we learn from the history of Holocaust reparations that can inform our thinking about reparations for Black Americans? Join us for this timely conversation with a diverse panel of expert scholars, Margalynne Armstrong (Santa Clara University School of Law), William A. Darity Jr.  (Duke University). Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany). May 12, 9:00 am, PDT. Free. https://www.jtsa.edu/events-calendar

 

HBO MAX’S ON THE SPECTRUM
92Y presents co-creator and director Yuval Shafferman, co-creator and writer Dana Idisis, advisor to the series Lior Rotstein, star Niv Majar, and Adam Schuering (dubs the role of “Ron”) as they talk about their award-winning series On the Spectrum, now streaming on HBO Max. The hit Israeli comedy drama explores the lives and challenges of three fictional mid-20-year-old roommates on the autistic spectrum as they navigate the world around them. Moderating the talk is David Siegel of Exceptional Minds, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit providing education and training for creative talents with autism. May 12. 5:00 pm, PDT. Free. https://www.92y.org/event/hbo-max-s-on-the-spectrum?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=Email_Talks_050421&utm_campaign=Talks_050421&mcSID=751688

SHAVUOT -WHOSE FESTIVAL IS IT ANYWAY?
Start the holiday off with inspiration from CWB guide Jonty Blackman and Cantor Julie Newman. Jonty has led many seminars and missions in Poland and Israel and is a gifted educator and a fascinating storyteller. Jonty has a unique way of connecting his teachings to his audience, such that their experience of learning leaves a deep and enduring impact on their lives. May 12, 1:00 pm, PDT. Free. https://classroomswithoutborders.org/jonty-blackman-monthly-program/

CAN ROBOTS BE JEWISH?  – AND OTHER PRESSING QUESTIONS
Should we edit our children’s genes? Are there things that can’t be forgiven? Are Jews still expecting a Messiah? Is Judaism good for women? A conversation with Amy E. Schwartz, opinion and book editor of Moment Magazine about her new book, Can Robots Be Jewish? And Other Pressing Questions of Modern Life.  It’s a collection of questions and answers drawn from Moment Magazine’s popular “Ask the Rabbis” feature, in which Moment poses a different question every issue to ten rabbis from ten different denominations spanning the range of modern Jewish thought, from Humanist, Renewal and Reconstruction to Orthodox and beyond. May 12, 5:00 pm, PDT. Free. https://www.jewishstudycenter.org/events/21s2-can-robots-be-jewish-on-12-may-2021-at-8-915-pm-est/

A TASTE OF ROME’S HISTORIC JEWISH CUISINE
Rome is home to one of Europe’s oldest and most delicious Jewish cuisines. Shaped by centuries of hardship and tightly-bound community, la cucina Ebraica Romana (the Roman Jewish kitchen) is defined by its elegant approach to vegetables, saucy braised meats, love of small and briny fishes, and masterclass level of skill for frying foods in olive oil. YIVO presents celebrated cookbook author Leah Koenig for an online cooking demonstration highlighting some of Rome’s best dishes. The recipe for concia, a bright and silky marinated zucchini dish, will be made available before the event, so students may pick up ingredients and cook along. May 12, 10:00 am, PDT. Free. https://yivo.org/Rome-Jewish-Cuisine

THE MEMORY LINGERS ON: THE LONDON JEWISH EAST END
The Jewish community may no longer live in Spitalfields and Whitechapel but the streets and buildings still evoke memories of the synagogues, schools, shops and markets. Sit back and enjoy this wonderful trip down memory lane– including Brick Lane, Petticoat Lane, bagels and Blooms. Engaging, knowledgeable and entertaining, 
CSP presents Rachel Kolsky, a popular prize-winning London Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Focusing on the ‘human stories behind the buildings’ Rachel’s talks are known to be fun and informative filled with anecdotes past and present. First of a three-part series. May 12, 12:30 pm, PDT. Free.

Thursday, May 13

NUMBERED: FILM, AND POST FILM DISCUSSION WITH THE FILMMAKERS
Classrooms Without Borders offers the opportunity to watch the film “Numbered” and engage in a post-film discussion with the filmmakers Dana Doron and Hilla Medalia in conversation with Avi Ben Hur. Auschwitz prisoners, both Jewish or non-Jewish, were tattooed with serial numbers, first on their chests and then their left arms. An estimated 400,000 numbers were tattooed in Auschwitz and its sub-camps; only some several thousand survivors are still alive today. NUMBERED is an explosive, highly visual, and emotionally cinematic journey, guided by testimonies and portraits of these survivors. May 13, 12:00 pm, PDT. Free. https://classroomswithoutborders.org/numbered/

FIGHTING ANTI-ASIAN HATE AND ANTISEMITISM
Join ADL Los Angeles Regional Director Jeffrey Abrams and Korean American Coalition Executive Director Eunice Song for a conversation on the importance of hate crime enhancements in the fight against anti-Asian hate and antisemitism. The event is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association President’s Task Force on Racial and Social Justice and will be moderated by Assistant United States Attorney Reema M. El-Amamy. May 13, 5:30 pm, PDT. https://adl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Fn4NYfZ6S0yvxwgSM0YhTQ

SHAVUOT COOKING DEMO FOR CHEESECAKE & BLINTZES
With the first Instant Pot cookbook to feature kosher food, Paula Shoyer has expertly developed a robust array of both traditional and contemporary kosher recipes for the Instant Pot. Presented by Alper JCC. May 13, 5:00 pm, PDT. $6.00. https://www.alperjcc.org/artsculture/book-festival/

ANOTHER SUMMER WITH JENNIFER WEINER
Over the course of 18 books that have sold more than 11 million copies, Jennifer Weiner has returned again and again to the heart of women’s lives, to the power of female friendships, surviving our pasts and confronting our futures. Upon the publication of her latest novel, which meanders from the manicured Philadelphia Main Line to the wild landscape of the Outer Cape, she returns to Temple Emanu-El Streicker to discuss That Summer: A Novel, a twisty work of intrigue and secrets. In conversation with Jordana Horn, co-host of Call Your Mother podcast on Kveller.com.My 13, 3:30 pm, PDT. Free. https://streicker.nyc/events/jennifer-weiner-2

AUTHOR TALK: CRUSHING THE RED FLOWERS WITH JENNIFER VOIGT KAPLAN
Join award-winning author Jennifer Voigt Kaplan when she discusses her novel, Crushing the Red Flowers, the story of how two ordinary boys cope under the extraordinary circumstances of Kristallnacht. Based on true family experiences, the book alternates perspectives between two 12-year-olds, a German Jewish boy, and a boy in Hitler’s Jungvolk. The author discusses her book, research, the writing process, and how she used other art forms as inspiration.The talk is suitable for tweens, teens, and adults. This event is sponsored by The JTS Library. Dr. David Kraemer will serve as moderator. May 13, 4:30 pm, PDT. Free. https://www.jtsa.edu/events-calendar

GEMS OF THE TALMUD: TO WHOSE PRAYER DOES GOD LISTEN?
In the second session of a 4-part MasterClass from Rabbi Avi StrausbergCSP explores the world of prayer and asks, “To whose prayers does God listen?”  As we turn to stories from Massekhet Taanit, we’ll explore the relationship between prayer and power and discover that the most powerful prayer sometimes comes from unexpected places. Rabbi Strausberg is the Director of National Learning Initiatives at Hadar, based in Washington, DC. May 6, 12:30 pm, PDT. Free. https://mailchi.mp/4dfc0cf728db/csp-zoom-programs-week-of-april-5-5922614

CRACK, BAM, DOT: THE SOUNDS AND STORIES OF MAHJONG
Tiles clicking and clacking, women chatting – these are the childhood memories many women have of their mothers playing mahjong – a game still enjoyed today. How did a game from China make its way to America and how did it become so intertwined with Jewish culture in the United States? Join Annelise Heinz, author of Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture as she takes us through the history of this beloved game. In conversation with Moment Deputy Editor Sarah Breger. Sponsored by Moment Magazine in commemoration of Jewish American Heritage Month. May 13, 1:30 pm, PDT. Free. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8016201870365/WN_aWZI-swoQDaRpvZeccu4Xg

Sunday, May 16

JONATHAN SARNA: JEWS AND AMERICAN POLITICS – HISTORICAL IDEALS AND CONTEMPORARY REALITIES
Jewish leaders used to insist that there was no such thing as “Jewish politics” in the United States: it does not exist and should not exist. The historical record going all the way back to Abraham Lincoln belies that picture. By focusing on presidential elections from the Civil War to the present, Jonathan Sarna suggests that “Jewish politics” has a long and significant history that has shaped both Jews and American politics for over 150 years. The event will stream live on the Yiddish Book Center’s Facebook page. May 16, 11:00 pm, PDT. Free. https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/events-and-store/virtual-public-programs-calendar
 

CONSERVATIVE/MASORTI TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT 5781
The Rabbinical Assembly is excited to present the Conservative/Masorti Tikkun Leil Shavuot. Access to the experience is FREE for all, regardless of synagogue affiliation or organizational participation.  There are 48 different rabbis and cantors from all over the country offering educational sessions through the night and the schedule is at the link below. Twenty-four hours and lots of Torah! From May 16th at 9:00 am through May 17th at 9:00 am PDT. Free. https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/story/schedule-tikkun-leil-shavuot-5781

THE LAST MILLION: HOW A MILLION REFUGEES BECAME POSTWAR PAWNS OF THE ALLIES
The violence of World War II did not end with the signing of ceasefires, truces, or peace treaties,” writes David Nasaw in his new book, The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World Ward to Cold War. Millions of concentration camp survivors, POWs, slave laborers, political prisoners, and Nazi collaborators in flight overwhelmed a ruined Germany. After the war, there remained more than a million displaced persons left behind in Germany: Jews, Poles, Ukrainians, and other Eastern Europeans who refused to go home or had no homes to return to. Join CSP to hear the until now largely hidden story of postwar displacement and statelessness, a story whose contemporary resonance shows us that it is our history as well. May 16, 12:00 pm, PDT. Free. https://mailchi.mp/5e26bf952982/csp-zoom-programs-week-of-april-5-5922634

Tuesday, May 18

SARAH SCHULMAN: LET THE RECORD SHOW
92Y presents Sarah Schulman discussing her new and relevant work Let the Record Show, a historical record and guidebook of the early years of ACT UP and the AIDS epidemic. For years, the history of AIDS and AIDS activism have been defined by the contributions and sacrifices of a select few. Schulman’s book unequivocally proves the opposite: that ACT UP’s success was the result of an unlikely coalition of activists from a myriad of gender identities, sexualities, races, ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Their organizing, dedication, fearlessness, and strategy, which forced change rather than wait for it, transformed the world forever. In conversation with Alexander Chee. May 18, 4:00 pm, $15.00. https://www.92y.org/event/sarah-schulman-and-alexander-chee

HENRY FORD AND ANTISEMITISM BETWEEN WORLD WAR I AND WORLD WAR II
In the years between World War I and World War II, American society became increasingly xenophobic and prejudiced against minorities; these years also are considered the apogee of American antisemitism.  One man, perhaps more than any other, played an outsized role in disseminating it.  His name was Henry Ford.  Join historians Pamela Nadell and Daniel Greene in a program sponsored by Moment Magazine in commemoration of Jewish American Heritage Month. May 18 1:30 p.m. PDT, Free. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9216201868596/WN_SDmZdkByRsiX-AacnJebUw

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