Online events to entertain, educate, and nourish

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Mondays @ 1 pm
Return to Torah Hosted By: Judaism Unbound

This weekly class is an opportunity to learn from Richard Elliott Friedman, author of the bestselling, most-assigned book on the Bible, Who Wrote the Bible?

Our new knowledge of Torah in this extraordinary generation, thanks to archaeology and new understandings in almost every area of the Bible, can be a comfort in this moment – and for long into the future.

webinar5 solomonovWednesdays @ 8:00pm
Join Chef Michael Solomonov for his new digital series, Bringing Israel Home. Each week viewers will experience Israel’s extraordinarily diverse and vibrant culinary landscape and have the opportunity to cook a unique, new Israeli-inspired recipe along with this James Beard award-winning chef – right from their very own kitchens!  16 week series began Wednesday, January 13.

Monday, January 18 @ 8:00pm
Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge

Join Richard Ovenden OBE, Bodley’s Librarian, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford and author of ‘Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge’ In conversation with Dr. Raquel Ukeles, Head of Collections, National Library of Israel.

Opening remarks: Neil Wigan OBE, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Israel

webinar 4 Jan 13Jewish-cuba-squareThursday, January 21 @ 12:00pm
Tour of Jewish Cuba

Learn about the history of Jewish Cuba from Saul Berenthal, whose family runs a travel agency and the only kosher hotel in Cuba. Saul was born in Havana in 1944, where his parents found refuge after fleeing Europe.

Thursday, January 21; February 4 & 11 @ 8:00pm
Quarantine(ish) Book Talks! 

The Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) meets for enlightening and lovely conversations with authors of current books. It’s moderated by JWA’s intelligent, articulate CEO Judith Rosenbaum/.

Past conversations are archived.

Sunday, January 24@ 7:30pm
Nosher Cook-along: Black and White Cookies

The black and white cookie is an iconic, delicious symbol of New York and beloved by Jews. Learn how to make them in this cook-along with Nosher editor Shannon Sarna!

webinar 6Sunday, January 24 @ 6:00pm
Standing Together Against Racism: Building on our Common Heritage

We look forward to Dr. Bernice King and Dr. Susannah Heschel weaving the story of their fathers’ friendship and impact on social justice. Rabbi Capers Funnye, as an African American rabbi,  will guide the conversation and reflect on how their legacy has affected Black-Jewish relations today with positive resolve for the future. Presented by Jewish Federation of New Mexico  and highlighted by  Kulanu: Supporting Isolated, Emerging, and Returning Jewish Communities around the Globe

Wednesday, January 27 @ 6:30pm
Saul & Ruby Celebrate Life and Honor the Six Million Dead: Performance and Discussion with the Lead Characters
Hosted By: Streicker Center Temple Emanu-El NYC

webiinars 3 Jan 13 SaulAt the age of 91, Saul Dreier decided to form a klezmer band consisting of Holocaust survivors. His wife thought he was crazy. So did his rabbi. That’s when he knew it was a terrific idea.

The extraordinary film Saul & Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band follows Saul and his bandmate Ruby Sosnowicz from wartime Poland to Florida and back. There will be a their live performance, followed by a discussion and Q&A with Saul, Ruby and filmmaker Tod Lending.

Dreier’s incredible story is documented on the event’s webpage.

Tod Lending is an Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning producer, director and cinematographer. His films have been shown on Cinemax, HBO, PBS and theatrical screens across the country.

Wednesday, January 27 @ 8:30pm
Tu Bishevat Seder

Join My Jewish Learning with Kohenet Shamirah Chandler and Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson via Zoom for an interactive Tu Bishvat Seder that you can participate in from home. A list of everything needed to participate is on the website.

webinars 2 Jan 13leder-1Thursday, January 28 @7:00pm
The Upsides of Walking Through Hell Book Talk with Rabbi Steve Leder
Hosted By: Streicker Center Temple Emanu-El NYC

Rabbi leader’s new book,  The Beauty of What Remains: How Our Greatest Fear Becomes Our Greatest Gift, is making a big splash. He draws on science, the wisdom of ancient traditions, his experience as a spiritual leader and his personal suffering to share his insights into creating a more meaningful life.

Thursdays, starting January 28 @ 1:30pm

A free online lecture series will focus on intersections of race and religion, drawing lessons from the history of antisemitism, examining the role of Jews in the racialized culture of the United States, and exploring the role of race in Jewish identity. Leading scholars in Jewish Studies, Critical Race Studies, and Religious Studies will share insights and research that deepens the conversation about race, racism and anti-racism in contemporary society, both American and Jewish. Sponsored by the Herbert D. Katz Center for advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania.Register for the entire series or individual classes.

Beginning Tuesday, January 28  and continuing through March 11.

Temple Emanu-El, NYC, Streicker Center will be offering many free webinars through the spring including the following: WOMEN INSPIRING WOMEN: THE SERIES The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center is honored to welcome a series of intriguing and multifaceted women from dramatically different backgrounds to answer that question, to explore the role of “heroines” in their lives and to talk about how they’ve helped them become the women they are. Included are  Natalie Portman, Nina Totenberg, Tiffany Haddish, Mayim Bialik, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Visit the website for a complete calendar of events:


Lampert libraryREMINDER: the library is open for borrowing.  There are many new books available as well as great older books for readers of all ages including teens.  Use the online catalog to choose your books; then email the library (email hidden; JavaScript is required)  with your request. The books can be left either in the office or on my porch (open 24/7, address by request). The catalog is very easy to use. There is a link on Shomrei’s home page. Questions or requests: email the librarian at email hidden; JavaScript is required.


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Aileen Grossberg

Aileen Grossberg

Aileen Grossberg, a professional librarian, is a long-time congregant and serves as volunteer librarian for Shomrei's Lampert Library. The library, one of the best-kept secrets at Shomrei is used by the Rabbi, congregants, students and teachers of the JLC (Hebrew School) and Preschool. It's a tremendous resource completely supported by your donations and gifts. Aileen also heads the Shomrei Caterers, the in-house food preparation group. Can there be any better combination…good food and good books!
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