From tours of far-flung Jewish communities to a spot of klezmer café culture, JLife has cast the virtual net wide to bring you its catch of Jewish online events to keep you sane until lockdown ends.
Globetrotting with World Jewish Relief | 12th April, 7.30pm | Free
Through 2021, World Jewish Relief has been giving online explorers the chance to discover the history of the Jewish communities of Poland, Georgia, Bosnia and now Uganda from the comfort of their sofas. A selection of guest speakers lead the way on each virtual journey, from academics including Jeremy Leigh, director of Israel Studies at Hebrew Union College, to TV personalities such as celebrity judge Rob Rinder.
Virtual Klezmer Café | 21st April, 12pm and 7.15pm | £10 Suggested Donation
The London International Klezmer Experience brings Jewish music-lovers together from across the world with its virtual cafe offering a taste of live klezmer music and culture. Hop on to the afternoon session for the chance to learn a klezmer tune by ear with founding member of the London Klezmer Quartet, Ilana Cravitz, and in the evening, discover the history, techniques, and repertoire of klezmer mandolin with maestro Jeff Warschauer of Columbia University.
Why G-d (Probably) Exists – An Introduction | 9th May, 5.30pm | £8
Jewish philosophy lecturer Ben Fromson welcomes those of all religions and none, as draws on the work of Rabbi Louis Jacobs to make his argument for why there is a G-d, and why we should keep asking questions. Exploring the relationship between morality and the supernatural; G-d’s relationship to the world, and why these arguments matter, he offers a rationalist view as to why faith remains reasonable despite doubt.
Museum Song Writing Group | 7pm 15th April (fortnightly) | Free
Manchester Jewish Museum’s songwriting group works with leading composers, singers and musicians to create new music inspired by stories from the museum archives. Perfect for anyone who likes to sing, write lyrics, play an instrument or just get creative, join facilitators Joe Steele and Michael Betteridge for music-making over Zoom, no previous experience necessary.
Makor Up Close and Personal | April 21st and May 26th, 7.30pm | Free
As part of Makor’s ongoing Up Close and Personal series, virtual host Simon Myerson welcomes one of Britain’s foremost Leeds-born sculptors in Frances Segelman, recognised for her sculptural depictions of personalities from the world of sport, entertainment, and politics, including the iconic bronze statue of Leeds United legend Billy Bremner. In May, former neo-Nazi leader Yonatan Langer discusses the deep need for change that led him on a journey to becoming a Jew and making his home in Israel.