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Sunday, November 29, 2020

JJ STREAMING GUIDE

Nov. 24-Dec. 1

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 [email protected]

Tuesday, November 24

IN THE BLOODLANDS: HISTORY AND MEMORY OF THE HOLOCAUST IN THE U.S.S.R.
As many as half of all the Jewish victims of the Holocaust died in 1941-1942, in the killing fields of Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia — the territories of the Soviet Union. In its turn, the USSR suppressed much of this history because it raised uncomfortable questions about the complicity of various groups of Soviet citizens in the killing of Jews. This talk will delve into the thorny issues of this contested history by looking at its manifestations in literature and cinema. With Sasha Senderovich, Assistant Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Washington. 4:00 pm, PST. Free. https://jewishstudies.washington.edu/2020-course-lecture-series-lessons-not-learned-from-the-holocaust/  

AUTHOR TALK: THE SMALLEST OBJECTIVE
Canadian publisher New Star Books presents the virtual book launch for Sharon Kirsch’s, The Smallest Objective, hosted by arts journalist Jeanette Kelly.  The launch coincides with Jewish Book Month, celebrated every November, though themes of mother-daughter relations, memory loss, and the search for home are intertwined with the Jewish dimensions of Sharon Kirsch’s newest book. The book traces her search for family stories and yields more than ever imagined after she dismantles her parents’ home while preparing it for sale and happens upon objects hidden there. The author succeeds in celebrating the complex fabric and history of Montreal’s Jewish community. 5:00 pm, PST. Free. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VC0T9QjuSPmTE9oGEkxM4g

SHALOM AUSLANDER: MOTHER FOR DINNER
Writer’s Bloc presents author Shalom Auslander in conversation with Dan Harmon (creator of NBC sitcom Community) about his new satiric novel, Mother for Dinner. Auslander is known as a defiant rebel against the strictures of Orthodox Judaism, cranky about overbearing families (with a special nod to overbearing Jewish mothers), and one of the most memorable, poignant and hilarious chroniclers of what rebelliousness entails and its costs.  Mother for Dinner gives our hero a different identity, that of a member of the much-oppressed group, the Can-Ams, or Cannibal Americans. Mother has died. What to do? It’s a parody of sometimes odd cultural tradition and observance, and guilt, all seasoned with a hefty and completely terrific dose of self-referential social satire. 5:00 pm, PST. Free. https://writersblocpresents.com/main/shalom-auslander/

Wednesday, November 25

VIRTUAL TOUR OF JEWISH PARIS
Join My Jewish Learning for a peek into the fascinating history of Jewish Paris. This in-depth slide-show tour, based on the walking tour she typically gives, will be led by Karen Reb Rudel, who has lived in Paris for over 20 years.  9:00 am, PST. Free. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdp4cMJwbahH-KAS5wnxyjxDGr9deAISix2iZr5j64iMIWOKg/viewform

NEGOTIATING ONE’S IDENTITY: ULTRA-ORTHODOX WOMEN INTEGRATE INTO ISRAELI SOCIETY
American Friends of Hebrew University presents a talk by Professor Michal Frenkel, chair of the department of sociology and anthropology and the academic head of the Shaine Center for Research in Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her current work examines the intersectionality of gender and religiosity in the contexts of the segregated Ultra-Orthodox colleges and in the high-tech industry in Israel. She has published on Israeli society, gender, race, nationality and religiosity within and around organizations, international management, and work-family relations. 10:00 am, PST. Free. https://www.afhu.org/event/negotiating-ones-identity-ultra-orthodox-women-integrate-into-israeli-society/

DON ISAAC ABRAVANEL: AN INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY
Join the Center for Jewish History for the seventh lecture in a series exploring new research. Cedric Cohen-Skalli discusses his new book Don Isaac Abravanel: An Intellectual Biography. Don Isaac Abravanel (1437–1508) was one of the great inventors of Jewish modernity. A merchant, banker, and court financier, a scholar versed in both Jewish and Christian writings, a preacher and exegete, a prominent political actor in royal entourages and Jewish communities, Abravanel was one of the greatest leaders and thinkers of Iberian Jewry in the aftermath of the expulsion of 1492. Cedric Cohen-Skalli teaches early modern and modern Jewish philosophy at the University of Haifa and is the director of the Bucerius Institute for the Research of Contemporary German History and Society. 9:00 am, PST. $5.00. https://programs.cjh.org/tags/livestreams

THE MUNICH TALMUD: A UNIQUE MANUSCRIPT AND ITS PLACE IN JEWISH BOOK HISTORY
University College London presents a lecture from Judith Schlanger (Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies) about the 14th century manuscript called the “Munich Talmud”, one of the most important and intriguing medieval Hebrew works in existence. Its scribe accomplished a challenging feat: in a relatively small volume he copied the six orders of the Mishna, all the existing Gemara Tractates of the Babylonian Talmud, and added some more extra-canonical texts. In this lecture, she will discuss the possible origin of this manuscript, its unique material features and its unique place in the history of the founding text of Judaism, the Babylonian Talmud. 10 am, PST. Free. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/hebrewjewish/events/2020/nov/munich-talmud-unique-manuscript-and-its-place-jewish-book-history

Sunday, November 29

CONVIVENCIA: THE UNTOLD STORY OF MOROCCAN JEWISH HISTORY
Join the Orange County Jewish Community Scholars Program in a discussion of the history of Moroccan Jewry. “Convivencia” is the word Moroccans use for the special relationship between Muslims and Jews in their country. King Mohammed VI says publicly that “…the Jews are more Moroccan than the Moroccans” for they have been in Morocco for at least 500 years before the Arabs and Islam came to their land.” Peter Geffen, founder of The Abraham Joshua Heschel School in NYC, former Director of the Israel Experience Program for the CRB Foundation and an Israel education specialist, will speak on the “Moroccan Exception” and examine a series of Royal proclamations on the Shoah and about anti-Semitism that will certainly surprise you.  12:00 pm, PST. Free. https://mailchi.mp/fe7a1d5095ac/csp-zoom-programs-week-of-april-5-4543268

Monday, November 30

THE FORGOTTEN JEWISH REFUGEES: THREE PERSONAL STORIES
On November 30, Jews around the world will remember the fate of more than 850,000 Jews who were driven out of Arab countries and Iran, beginning in the 1940s. The vast majority of Jews from Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Syria, and Yemen faced persecution and violence, fled their homes, and left the countries where they had lived for centuries, even millennia, solely because of their Jewish identity. They emigrated to Israel, as well as North and South America and Europe, where they’ve sought to preserve their rich heritage and unique history. Join American Jewish Committee for three first-hand accounts of this tragic, inspiring, and little-known chapter of modern Jewish history. 10:00 am, PST. Free. https://www.ajc.org/advocacy-anywhere

NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS: A JEWISH HISTORY OF BROADWAY
Temple Israel of Boston invites you to join Cantor Alicia Stillman as she explores the lives and works of some of the most recognized and prolific Broadway composers of the 20th century. You’ll notice just how many of these legendary writers were influenced by their Jewish heritage, and the climate of American-Jewish relations in which they lived. The general public saw these musicals as Broadway hits, but you will come to understand that these wonderful writers were painting the story of the American Jew finding their place in the world. This interactive class will have you singing in the zoom room, and feel ever prouder to be a Jew in America. 4:00 pm, PST. Free. https://www.tisrael.org/adult-education/broadway-class-fall-2020/

LIVING A LIFE OF MEANING: THE CERTAINTY OF UNCERTAINTY
Psalm 84, quoted in the Havdalah service, assures us that human felicity arises out of trust in God. But trust is hard to come by, and felicity seems remote in times of duress. Join Dr. Alan Cooper, Jewish Theological Seminary Professor of Jewish Studies as he examines biblical texts that acknowledge the challenges of doubt and uncertainty and offer ways of meeting those trials with hope, faith, and trust. 10:00 am, PST. Free. http://www.jtsa.edu/the-certainty-of-uncertainty

BULGARIAN AMABASSADOR ON WWII RESCUE OF JEWS
Join CUNY in welcoming Ambassador Georgi Velikov Panayotov to The Graduate Center for his discussion on how the Bulgarians rescued ALL of the 48,000 Jews living in Bulgaria (Although Bulgaria allowed the Germans to deport about 11,000 Jews in Bulgarian occupied Macedonia and part of Rumania.) In WWII only Bulgaria and Albania ended the war with more Jews than before the war. Ambassador Georgi Velikov Panayotov will speak about the rescue and what it is like to be a UN ambassador in New York. 1:00 pm, PST. Free. https://www.gc.cuny.edu/All-GC-Events/Calendar/Detail?id=58530&utm_source=gcsite&utm_medium=cal&utm_campaign=hpfeature

Tuesday, December 1

VIRTUAL TOUR: BEN GURION’S DESERT HOME
Join My Jewish Learning on the 37th anniversary of the passing of the founder of the State of Israel. This intimate tour of the desert home of David and Paula Ben-Gurion on Kibbutz Sde Boker, led by an Israeli guide, will address Ben-Gurion’s vision for the Negev, his views on Diaspora Jewry, and his connection to Judaism. 9:00 am, PST. Free. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfjIBwfIIa7PtAp-1hFqe7pxmeX-1Eq2kl_n-njZRW2mFoauw/viewform

JEWISH MUSIC MASTERCLASS FEATURING DAVID AMRAM
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music presents a Jewish Music Masterclass series with David Amram sponsored by The Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music.  A renowned composer, Amram’s varied and expansive career serves as a case study of the ongoing evolution of Jewish music. Learn about Amram’s work as he engages with attendees and explores the inspirations behind his Jewish themed compositions, including an opera of the Holocaust, a sacred service and symphonic works. 5:00 pm, PST. Free. https://schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/event/jewish-music-masterclass-featuring-david-amram/ 

A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE BUKHARIAN COMMUNITY CENTER AND SYNAGOGUE IN QUEENS, NY
New York’s Center for Jewish History offers a tour to discover how the largest Bukharian Jewish Community outside of Israel ended up in Queens. What is the community like today? What are the impact and footprints they are leaving in US society? 9:00 am, PST. $10.00. https://programs.cjh.org/tags/livestreams

AUTHOR DEBORAH TANNEN: FINDING MY FATHER
Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, begins her book with her father’s astonishingly detailed memories of the Hasidic community in Warsaw, where he was born in 1908. She traces his journey: through his arrival in the U.S. at age twelve, quitting high school at age fourteen to work in New York’s Garment District, eventually establishing the largest workers’ compensation law practice in New York and running for Congress. As Deborah came to better understand her father’s—and her own—relationship to Judaism she uncovers aspects of her father’s life she would never have imagined. 7:00 pm, PST.  $10.00-non-members of Stephen S. Wise Temple. https://www.wisela.org/cjl/

THE GREAT KOSHER MEAT WAR OF 1902
In response to a precipitous rise in the price of kosher meat, thousands of Jewish women took to the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side on May 15, 1902. Their stated intention was to shut down every kosher butcher shop until prices came down. What was conceived as a nonviolent effort did not remain so for long. In The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902: Immigrant Housewives and the Riots That Shook New York City, writer and historian Scott D. Seligman tells the twin stories of the Beef Trust, the midwestern cartel that conspired to keep meat prices high despite efforts by the U.S. government to curtail its nefarious practices, and the mostly uneducated female immigrants who discovered their collective consumer power. Presented by The Center for Jewish History in partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish History. 1:00 pm PST. Free. https://www.nmajh.org/virtual-museum/

AMERICAN JEWS AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
This presentation will explore a new understanding of American Jewish participation in the modern civil rights movement. Starting in the South, San Francisco State University professor Marc Dollinger will examine how and why southern Jews took differing approaches to racial justice work, then turn to the North, to find some surprising similarities between the regions. What inspired Jewish participation in social justice causes? What possibilities and limits did it create? Dr. Dollinger will introduce new ways of thinking about this complex history. This program is presented by the SFSU Department of Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library.  5:00 pm, PST.  https://jewishlearning.works/jewish-community-library/jewish-community-library-events/

SUBLET: FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION WITH ISRAELI DIRECTOR
Watch Sublet and then join Columbia University’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for a Q&A with writer/director Eytan Fox. John Benjamin Hickey stars in this gentle drama as Michael, an American travel writer, who comes to Tel Aviv to write a column and work through a recent tragedy. He finds rejuvenation in the vibrant city and with his guide, the free-spirited film student who sublets his apartment to Michael. “Sublet” is the newest film from Eytan Fox, the groundbreaking writer-director of “Yossi and Jagger,” “Walk on Water,” “The Bubble,” and “Cupcakes“. (The first 100 people to register will receive a code to screen the film two days prior to the Q&A) 9:00 am, PST. Free. https://www.iijs.columbia.edu/upcoming-events

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