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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.

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/

ADDED 3/1/2021

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (www.pardes.org.il) is an open, inclusive, diverse and intellectually challenging Jewish learning community based in Jerusalem with programs worldwide. Pardes cultivates a life-long love of Jewish learning, the Jewish people and Israel.

www.pardes.org.il/calendar/pardes-community-education-program-2021

Scholar Stream
Rabbinical Assembly
ScholarStream is a four-part series from the Rabbinical Assembly which gives communities and individuals the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading scholars and engage deeply with our texts and traditions.
www.rabbinicalassembly.org/story/sign-scholarstream

Meeting the Other: Non-Jewish Communities of Israel
This course surveys non-Jewish minority groups in Israel which have developed widely varying relationships with the State of Israel. 4-part course led by Dr. Steven J Klein
www.stevekleinteachingonline.com

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!

Unorthodox
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/

ADDED 3/1/21

Romemu is a welcoming, experiential, irreverently pious, intergenerational Jewish community that elevates and transforms individuals and communities into more compassionate human beings.
romemu.org

Institute for Jewish Spirituality
IJS teaches people who are seeking a deeper, richer and more meaningful life experience that are grounded in mindfulness.
jewishspirituality.org

A Way In
Rabbi Yael Levy’s approach to Mindfulness is deeply rooted in Jewish tradition, yet her teachings are accessible to all. She passionately believes in the power of spiritual practice to transform individuals and the world.
awayin.org<

published 3/1/2021

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