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Virtual Community Learning & Engagement Opportunities

Check back here weekly for local learning and engagement opportunities, as well as a curated list of national and international Jewish learning opportunities.

If you are a partner organization and would like your online learning or engagement programs listed here, please contact the following individuals:

  • Adult learning classes and lectures: Rabbi Tracy Nathan at RabbiNathan@JFedSTL.org or 314-442-3757
  • Children and family programming: Jennifer Baer at JBaer@JFedSTL.org or 314-442-3867
  • Adult engagement, arts and culture, and all other categories: Cyndee Levy at CLevy@JFedSTL.org or 314-503-2899

We are doing our best to ensure our information is updated and accurate. If you see an error, please let one of the above contacts know. We reserve the right to curate the list of offerings.

Local Virtual Learning & Engagement Opportunities


 

Nishmah: The St. Louis Jewish Women’s Project

www.nishmah.org

“Jewish Women Get Stuff Done”
A Facebook Live series about Jewish women in history “who got stuff done,” with Nishmah Director, Larisa Klebe.

Videos will be recorded live Tuesdays and Thursdays in Nishmah’s Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/419957568886186/) and will also be shared for later viewing.

Bais Abraham Congregation

www.baisabe.com

Judaism 101, Rabbi Garth Silberstein

  • Sundays at 10 am 
  • Options to Join Zoom Meeting (*Please contact Rabbi Garth if you are not already a part of the class):

Parshat HaShavua with Rabbi Garth Silberstein

  • Thursdays at 11:30 am
  • Options to Join Zoom Meeting:

Virtual Text & Textile: Eat, Craft, Learn

  • Sunday, April 19, at 4 pm
  • Options to Join Zoom Meeting:

Torah Study for Women, Maharat Rori Picker Neiss

  • Wednesdays at 9 am
  • To join the Zoom meeting, please contact Maharat Rori Picker Neiss at rpickerneiss@jcrcstl.org for more information.
Congregation B'nai Amoona

www.bnaiamoona.com

A Thinking Person’s Judaism, Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose

  • Sundays, 10:15-11:30 am 

https://www.bnaiamoona.com/streaming 

Comparative Religions: An Exploration of Faiths, Rabbi Neal Rose

  • Wednesdays, 10-11:30 am

https://www.bnaiamoona.com/streaming 

Yiddish Class, Rabbi Neal Rose

  • Thursday, 10-11 am

https://www.bnaiamoona.com/streaming 

For additional courses that require pre-registration or any questions, please contact Liessa Alperin at 314-324-0936 or liessa@bnaiamoona.com.

Holocaust Museum & Learning Center (HMLC)
Nusach Hari B'nai Zion

www.nhbz.org

D’var Torah (Torah insight) on Passover, Rabbi Smason

  • Monday-Friday, 8 am; Sundays, 9 am
  • Call-in-number – 314 325-8791

To the Source, Rabbi Smason

  • Monday, 7:30 pm
  • Options to Join Zoom Meeting:

Pirkei Avos/Ethics of the Fathers, Rabbi Smason

  • Wednesday, 12:15 pm 
  • Options to Join Zoom Meeting:

Weekly Torah Portion, Rabbi Smason

Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

Israel Updates: Unity in Times of Crisis
Thursday, April 2, 4 pm

JCRC is pleased to host a webinar for the St. Louis community featuring Michael Koplow of the Israel Policy Forum. Michael Koplow joined us in St. Louis in March 2019 for a briefing of the first Israel election, and will appear again via video to educate us on current political events in Israel and also take your questions.

The event is free but registration is required.

Michael Koplow is the Policy Director of the Israel Policy Forum. Before coming to Israel Policy Forum, he was the founding Program Director of the Israel Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, where he specialized in political development and ideology, and the politics of Middle Eastern states. He writes Israel Policy Forum’s weekly Koplow Column and edits the Israel Policy Exchange, which is a leading source for commentary and analysis on Israel and American Jewry, and his work regularly appears in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, and the Forward, among other publications. In addition to his Ph.D., he holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, a J.D. from New York University, and an A.M. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.

Passover

BAIS ABRAHAM CONGREGATION
www.baisabe.com

Preparing Ourselves

  • Sunday, April 5, 7 pm
  • Options to Join Zoom Meeting:

 

UNITED HEBREW WOMEN’S PRE-PASSOVER SEDER

Thursday, April 2, 7:30 pm
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/786224302
Join via telephone: +1 312 626 6799

 

CHABAD OF GREATER ST. LOUIS
www.ShowMePassover.com

Free ‘Seder-to-Go’ Kits
Are you at home for Passover, isolated from friends and community? Not sure how to celebrate? Chabad of Greater St. Louis is offering free ‘Seder-to-Go’ kits, which will include everything you need to host and lead a seder (besides the brisket, that is).

Passover DIY Tools
Chabad of Greater St. Louis is offering virtual Passover tools so people can learn how to lead a seder, gain general holiday knowledge and inspiration, download DIY tools and guides, as well as sell their chametz.

 

STERN COLLEGE, BEREN CAMPUS HAGGADAH
drive.google.com/file/d/13sPghdDmU0ylDxlkSVKpD0_gVJGhpnhp/view

“This year I am president of TAC, the Stern College Torah Activities Council. Several weeks our board decided to initiate a Haggadah project. Then the virus broke out in New York City, and school closed. I am personally inspired by building community and decided not to let the health situation impact a decision to create meaningful Jewish content. All from home, I collected over 50 student submissions for the Haggadah, edited the writing, worked with a printing company, and mailed out 500 copies of the Haggadah to the Yeshiva University community. For me, the Haggadah project symbolizes commitment to Jewish values, lending support to people in a time of crisis, and remembering the importance of being a member of the greater Jewish community.”

 

THE CORONAVIRUS SEDER PLANNER…SEDER IN THE TIME OF THE PLAGUE
www.haggadahsrus.com

New Passover Seder materials developed by Noam Zion and Mishael Zion, authors of the two very popular and influential haggadot: A Different Night and A Night to Remember.

Reflections, suggestions, readings, activities for a seder where families are separated. If you’ve been trying to figure out how to address the ways that this year is different from all other years – and yet eerily similar – this is the guide you need. Downloads available in PDF, booklet format and Word doc. See website for additional free downloads and information.

 

JTS (Jewish Theologic Society)
www.jtsa.edu

Passover resources and inspiration
Virtual kid-friendly Seder: www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5ZYgCMFy-E&t=54s

 

ReformJudaism.org
www.reformjudaism.org

Passover resources including virtual Seder ideas and content

 

18 Doors (formerly Interfaith Family)
www.18doors.org

Passover Quarantine Resource Round-Up – Free digital haggadah, webinars, recipes, and more
Virtual Passover experience registration: www.18doors.org/event/virtual_passover_experience

 

Congregation Neve Shalom

Virtual 1st night of Passover Seder, Wednesday, April 8, beginning at 7 pm
Simply go to www.zoom.com and enter this meeting id: 683 385 901
Please be sure to RSVP to willmsoll@gmail.com. Upon receiving your RSVP, we will forward to you the following:

  1. A pdf of the haggadah we will use.
  2. The password to enter the ZOOM Room.
  3. A full checklist of things you might want to have on hand for the full Seder experience.

 

The J’s Passover Family Seder
jccstl.com/programs/passover-family-seder
Thursday, April 9, 5:30 pm
Families with children 5-15 (Siblings welcome). A fun, interactive and musical Passover Seder dinner experience led by Rabbi Brad Horwitz, catered by Simon Kohn’s! Avoid all the cooking and cleaning and come to the J with your whole family for the sixth annual family Seder filled with music, food, activities and more. Now streaming online! RSVP via EventBrite.

 

Seder2020.org
Everything you need for a virtual Seder, in one place.
Host your own Seder or search for one to join.
Powered by OneTable.

 
St. Louis Kollel

www.stlkollel.com

Senior Kollel Class (for men), Rabbi Gidon Nitsun

  • Monday-Thursday, 11 am-Noon
  • Call-in number: 425 436 6314, access code: 528842#

Advanced Gemara Learning (for men), Rabbi Gidon Nitsun

  • Monday-Thursday, 8:45-9:45 am
  • Call-in number: 425 436 6314, access code: 528842#
United Hebrew Congregation

WOMEN’S STUDY GROUP WITH RABBI ROSENBERG
Tuesday, March 31, 10:30 am
Come explore more than 100 women of the Bible. We are currently studying The Book of Job. New participants welcome!
Zoom: zoom.us/j/974042733
Join via telephone:  +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 974 042 733

AMATEURS OF THE GREAT ASSEMBLY WITH CANTOR EICHAKER
Thursday, April 2, 11:30 am
Zoom: zoom.us/j/889563550
Join via telephone:  +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 889 563 550

SUNDAY STUDIES: HISTORY
Sunday, April 5, 10:30 am
Join Cantor Eichaker for a session on Philo’s work “Republic” and his inspirational phrase “The mother of invention is necessity.” This motto was born out of the second 400 year existence of Jews in Egypt and how Philo bridged two communities, the Greeks and the Jews. In today’s unstable world, how are Jews using history to navigate this time and vision for a post-pandemic world.
Zoom: zoom.us/j/186069212?pwd=dzNDci9IMEpkcEZCNVQyU1JzaDEyQT09
Join via telephone:  +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID:186 069 212
Password: 016124

UNITED HEBREW WOMEN’S PRE-PASSOVER SEDER
Thursday, April 2, 7:30 pm
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/786224302
Join via telephone: +1 312 626 6799

National & International Virtual Learning & Engagement Opportunities


 

Pardes Institute (Israel)

www.pardes.org.il

Pardes Institute is an open, inclusive, diverse and intellectually challenging, and non-denominational Jewish learning community, based in Jerusalem and with programs worldwide. Elmad Online Learning offers a wide range of online learning including podcasts, teaching resources and much more. Online Passover learning and content here.

Israeli American Council

www.israeliamerican.org

The mission of the Israeli-American Council (IAC) is to build an engaged and united Israeli-American community that strengthens the Israeli and Jewish identity of our next generation, the American Jewish community, and the bond between the peoples of the United States and the State of Israel.

IAC @Home brings you the most innovative content online while continuing to build a national community with Israel at heart. With activities for kids, teens, young professionals and adults, you can stay connected to Hebrew, Israeli and Jewish heritage, online activism, and to one another. New events are added often.

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

www.meltonschool.org

Free classes:
From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and their Jokes
Jewish Medical Ethics
Passover is a State of Mind
Leviticus/Vayikra: A Call to Holiness

Learn more and sign up here.

Institute for Jewish Spirituality - Daily

jewishspirituality.org

Jewish tradition offers rich, accessible, and time-tested resources to cope with tense and challenging times. IJS, which has pioneered the development and teaching of Jewish mindfulness practices, is offering weekly Torah study, daily online meditation sit, courses, and more. 

Israeli Poetry with Dr. Rachel Korazim and the Global Jewish Community
Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)

A CONVERSATION WITH NATAN SHARANSKY: THE PANDEMIC AND THE JEWS
Wed April 1, 10 am
Natan Sharansky will join David Bernstein, JCPA CEO and President, in conversation.

SHALOM HARTMAN INSTITUTE’s Hartman@Home
This week:

  • 3/31 VIDEO: Yehuda Kurtzer interviews Michael Walzer on the themes of the Exodus and American Democracy in this moment. Video coming soon.
  • 4/1 WEBINAR: Rivka Press Schwartz and Shani Bechhofer discuss how Orthodox communities approach American politics, civic engagement, and COVID-19. Wednesday, April 1, at 7 pm. Zoom webinar, register here.
  • 4/2 WEBINAR: Elana Stein Hain launches Talmud from the Balcony, a mini-series starting with the rabbinic ideas behind Pesach. Thursday, April 2, at 7 pm. Zoom webinar, register here.
jewishLIVE

Sign up for jewishLIVE‘s email list, to receive a full Daily Round-Up, right in your inbox, of Jewish gatherings happening via livestreamwww.jewishlive.org/email-list

Live from Israel: Webinars with Technion Experts

www.ats.org/live-from-israel-webinars-with-technion-experts/

The Quest to Develop New Antimicrobial Drugs, with Professor Noam Adir
Wednesday, April 1, at 11 am

Looking to History for Solutions to Modern Pandemics, with Professor Efraim Lev
Thursday, April 23, at 11 am

Jewish Together - Updated Daily

www.jewishtogether.org

Virtual community and informative resources for individuals, professionals, and communities, powered by The Jewish Federations of North America.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

yivo.org/shine

Delve into the evolution of Yiddish theatre or learn about the rich history of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, Ashkenazi folklore, and more. YIVO’s entertaining and enlightening Shine online courses feature an array of leading scholars and include nearly 1,000 archival objects. To register for your free Shine online course, go to yivo.org/shine. Online courses are free during this time.

Family & Children Virtual Learning & Engagement Opportunities 


 

PJ Library

Facebook.com/PJLibrary
Facebook.com/PJLibrarySTL

Visit the national and St. Louis PJ Library Facebook pages for a list of daily offerings, updates, tips, and virtual programming!

Cards of Caring
JFedSTL.org/CardsofCaring

Help us show support for each other. Fill out the card (or two or three!) and mail it to a friend, family member, any loved one or person you miss!

If you would like to show support for the staff and teachers of Temple Israel (who are experiencing some especially challenging times right now), you can mail your card to the Deutsch Early Childhood Center:
#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63141-7670

STL Reform Youth Virtual Programs

stljewishteens.org/virtual

This webpage has virtual teen opportunities for 6th-12th graders.

STLJewishTeens.org is an entry point to Jewish life, designed to expose our community to the wide variety of Jewish opportunities for teens in St Louis. It is a project of the Reform Teen Initiative whose member congregations include Central Reform Congregation, Congregation Shaare Emeth, Congregation Temple Israel, Temple Emanuel, and United Hebrew Congregation. The Initiative is funded in part by a grant from the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. For more information, contact Stacy Bernstein at sbernstein@jteens.org