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Jewish Learning on the Web

Twenty years ago, Jonathan Rosen in his book The Talmud and the Internet captured the first glimmer of the parallel between the hyperlinks of the Internet and the discursive method of the Talmud. Today, especially in this year of the pandemic, the potential for Jewish learning on the web seems limitless. With this in mind, the Beit Am Adult Ed Committee is compiling a list of sites – many with online classes and lectures – as well as podcasts that you might want to peruse. This is just a first “stab” at it. Many thanks to everyone for their suggestions. If there are sites you’d like to see added to this list, please contact us.

Online Lectures, Classes and Resources

Jewish Theological Seminary

http://www.jtsa.edu/online-classes

JTS, the preeminent Conservative Jewish institution of higher learning, offers one-off lectures by faculty and multi-session online classes.

 

Shusterman Center for Israel Studies

https://www.brandeis.edu/israel-center/events/index.html

https://www.brandeis.edu/israel-center/events/seminars.html

Brandeis University academic lectures and seminars dealing with Israel and other topics.

 

AlephBeta

https://www.alephbeta.org/

Jewish religious learning (holidays, Tanach) presented by Orthodox Rabbi David Fohrman.

 

Aleph

https://www.aleph.org/virtualprograms

Online programs from the Jewish Renewal movement.

 

ASF Institute of Jewish Experience

http://instituteofjewishexperience.org/index.php/moocs/

http://instituteofjewishexperience.org/index.php/upcoming-events/

The American Sephardi Federation offers a variety of programs devoted to the Mizrahi and Sephardi experience.

 

Wilderness Torah

https://wildernesstorah.org/programs/virtual-village/

From the Center for Earth-Based Judaism, Wilderness Torah is described as “a response to the Jewish yearning for connection to nature and each other.”

 

National Library of Israel

https://web.nli.org.il/sites/nli/english/pages/default.aspx

Engaging posts on all aspects of Jewish history.

 

Beit Toratah

https://www.beittoratah.org/about

Beit Toratah describes itself as the house of study and ritual for the Regendered Bible. It aims to lead by example Jewish study and ritual expressed entirely in women’s body language.

 

At the Well: Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circles

https://www.atthewellproject.com/

At The Well distributes a monthly collection of written materials, all rooted in stories from ancient Jewish texts.

 

Svara

https://svara.org/

Svara describes itself as a traditionally radical yeshiva dedicated to the serious study of Talmud and Torah through the lens of queer experiences. 

 

Kohenet

https://www.kohenet.com/

Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute seeks to reclaim embodied, earth-based feminist Judaism.

 

ADDED 1/10/21

Sefaria Library

https://www.sefaria.org/

Extensive collection of digitalized Jewish texts both in Hebrew and English with opportunities for daily and weekly learning.

 

Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem

https://www.uscj.org.il/learn/yeshiva/

https://www.conservativeyeshiva.org/

Variety of online classes available.

 

Podcasts

Judaism Unbound

https://www.judaismunbound.com/

Judaism Unbound, a project of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future, has a weekly podcast devoted to contemporary Jewish life.

 

Israel Story

https://www.israelstory.org/episodes/

Entertaining and informative podcasts about Israel modeled on NPR’s This American Life.

 

TLV1

https://tlv1.fm/podcasts/

TLV1, a Tel Aviv-based English language podcast network, offers a variety of topical podcasts including “Streetwise Hebrew,” “Tel Aviv Review,” and “Promised Podcast.”

 

Jewish Ancestral Healing

https://www.jewishancestralhealing.com/podcast

Spiritual leaders, artists, activists and visionaries present their journeys of ancestral healing, embracing resilience, and ancestor reverence practices.

 

Talmudiques

https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/talmudiques

Practice your French with this France Culture weekly podcast on a wide range of Jewish topics!

 

ADDED 1/10/21

Unorthodox 

https://www.tabletmag.com/podcasts/unorthodox

Produced by Tablet Magazine, Unorthodox is a weekly take on Jewish news and culture hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibov

The Branch

https://www.hadassah.org/multi-media/podcasts/the-branch-podcast.html

Produced by Haddasah, the Branch offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of Jews and Arabs in Israel forging meaningful relationships.

 

Hashivenu

https://www.reconstructingjudaism.org/learn/hashivenu-podcast

Hashivenu is a podcast about Jewish teachings and practice that center onresilience. Cultivating resilience in challenging times, both individually and collectively, is an essential path to personal renewal.

Evolve

 https://evolve.fireside.fm

Evolve features interviews with rabbis, leaders and creators about the urgent issues faced by Jewish people today. 

 

Between the Lines

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/between-lines-author-conversations-from-library-jts/id476496202

From the Jewish Theological Seminary, conversations with authors about recent books.

 

Other Sources

Recommended Websites from the Jewish Federation of Saint Louis

https://www.jfedstl.org/community-engagement/brodsky-library/information-desk/recommended-websites/

 

published 1/11/2021

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