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Great Online Webinars/Lectures on Israel/Judaism This Week

There are so many great webinars on Israel and Jewish-related things this week. Here are some highlights, from your trusty tour guide of Israel. Plus, check out the videos below of the Dead Sea Scrolls lectures from earlier this month.

Have You Ever Heard of Sigd?

Monday, Nov. 16 at 8pm in Israel (1pm EST)


Sigd is a Jewish holiday marked by the Ethiopian-Jewish community 50 days after Yom Kippur. It celebrates their finally making it back to Jerusalem - through all the trials and tribulations - after some 2500-3000 years. As of several years ago, Sigd is also a national holiday in Israel.


Join Dr. Naomi Shmuel as she shares her unique life story, describes the meaning and importance of the Sigd holiday, the changes in the Ethiopian community and the way that Sigd paves the way to a greater understanding and tolerance in Israeli society.


https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__l9wpd0NR_OJ7ZjQVhIvUA


Because the Middle East is Funny: Exploring Israeli History Through Comedy with Comedian Benji Lovitt

Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 11:30pm in Israel (4:30pm EST)


It has been said that throughout our history, Jews have laughed to keep from crying. In a country which has experienced its share of ups and downs, Israel has developed its own unique brand of humor. Benji Lovitt tracks the changes in Israeli society through classic movie, TV, and comedy clips.


https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nliu-sG4TlGfSir1bO8nQg



The Last Million: The Story of the Million Refugees Left Behind in Germany after WWII

Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 8:15pm EST

Thursday, Nov. 19 at 3:15am in Israel


The men's association at my parents' synagogue will be presenting a pre-recorded 20-minute podcast of a New York Times author interview with David Nasaw, author of the new book, The Last Million. Following the pre-recorded podcast, the author himself will join to answer questions and further discuss this important book.

The Last Million is a sweeping new history of the one million refugees left behind in Germany after WW2. British and American soldiers gathered the malnourished and desperate refugees and attempted to repatriate them. But after exhaustive efforts, there remained more than a million displaced persons left behind in Germany: Jews, Poles, Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, and other Eastern Europeans who refused to go home or had no homes to return to. 


Email me (walkisrael@gmail.com) for the Zoom link.


Rivkah, Rachel and Leah: Similarities and Contrasts

Thursday, Nov. 19 at 11:30am in Israel (4:30am EST)


This is part of a monthly Rosh Chodeh series by Xperience, a group which I personally am not familiar with, but saw the advertisement and it looked interesting. Rabbi Avraham Arieh and Rachel Trugman are leading the series called "Uncovering the Greatness of Women in Tanach (Hebrew Bible)." There is a cost of 25NIS.


https://www.eventer.co.il/rckislev


Food Waste and Rescue in Israel with Project Leket

Sunday, Nov. 22 at 5pm in Israel (10am EST)

(note there will be a panel in Hebrew on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 5pm in Israel)


The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Leket Israel recently released the Fifth Annual Food Waste and Rescue Report. The report presents, for the first time in Israel, a detailed model estimating the environmental impact and the environmental costs of food waste, as well as the effect on the Israeli economy. It also shows how Israel compares to other countries around the world on this issue. You are invited to a virtual panel discussion which will delve into the following subjects both in a pre and current Covid-19 world, Food Rescue: Environment. Economics. Policy. Social.


https://webinar.leket.org/en/?utm_campaign=reportwebinar&utm_medium=email&utm_source=blast_en


PAST WEBINARS ONLINE


Dead Sea Scrolls

These are from a 3-part series about the discovery, conservation and world of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The third one hasn't been uploaded yet (it was last night) but you can find it on the same channel when it does. Please note that the second one (about the conservation) was highly technical and not necessarily for everyone.


The past and future of the Dead Sea Scrolls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM0nKqnsj1I&feature=youtu.be


Conservation and preservation of the Dead Sea Scrolls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISsuFjGcUE0&feature=youtu.be


Who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls

Note: the Youtube link is not yet available but will be on the same YouTube channel or keep a look out here...

https://www.bac.org.il/sdrvt/sdarot/the-dead-sea-scrolls/event/the-discovery-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls-1-1


Moment Magazine has a YouTube Channel of all their Zoominars. 34 and counting with fascinating Jewish topics and speakers. You can check it out here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7oVkadwPksjzJ_i0J1UZ6ulledRSclx2


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