INTERESTING VIRTUAL PROGRAMS FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations are presenting interesting events on a myriad of topics that are available to the public to participate in virtually. As a public service, we are including some of those here for your enjoyment, as well as recordings of past events. Check back for updates. As new items are added, they will appear at the top.
WOMEN OF VALOR — STORIES OF RESISTANCE IN PARIS, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 4:00 PM Free
In February 1943, at the height of the deportations from France, a daring group of Jewish and Christian women banded together to stage the largest single rescue operation in wartime Paris. Please join Anne Nelson, author of Suzanne’s Children, and Joanne Gilbert, author of Women of Valor, as they describe these women — including Suzanne Spaak, Sophie Schwartz, Frida Wattenberg and others — who risked everything to fight back against evil. Click here to register.
Insights on Effective Social Distance and Face Covering Gained by Numerical Simulation
Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, senior vice president for health sciences and dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine; Bettina Fries, MD, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases; and Sharon Nachman, MD, chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook, will discuss the basic biology of the immune response to foreign invaders, which forms the basis of the development of a vaccine for SARS-CoV2, and the basic types of the vaccine under current development. They will also focus on current clinical trials of six of the vaccine candidates, including the two RNA vaccines for which 45,000-person and 30,000-person clinical trials have recently been completed, with reported 90% to 95% effectiveness in preventing natural acquisition of infection, and near elimination of severe, life-threatening disease, albeit with minor side effects in a minority of individuals. In addition, they will discuss some of the current efforts to develop passive immunity, for example, with convalescent plasma or a cocktail of anti-spike protein monoclonal antibodies, but primarily will focus on the logistics that must be considered in the widespread use of any anti-SARS-CoV2 vaccines to develop herd immunity.
ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC PRESENTS PRE-HANUKKAH GLOBAL CELEBRATION EXPLORING MUSIC, MOVIES AND MIRACLES
On December 6, American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) and the Israel Philharmonic Foundation will premiere the “Israel Philharmonic Pre-Hanukkah Global Celebration,” a multi-disciplinary program of instrumental performances, behind-the-scenes interviews, and powerful messages of hope. The event will stream internationally, free of charge, to bring music and holiday light from Israel’s world-class Philharmonic to audiences around the world. Featuring Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, Grammy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Bette Midler, Israel Philharmonic Music Director Lahav Shani, and special celebrity guests. Event is free and accessible worldwide; RSVP here.
CHEF MICHAEL SOLOMONOV CHANUKAH COOKING DEMO
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 8-9:15 PM Free
Chef will demonstrate how to cook the perfect Chanukah meal, from apple shrub to sfenj (Moroccan doughnuts), just in time for the holiday and we’ll share the recipes too! Center for Jewish Life at Princeton University is proud to support this program sponsored by their generous grant funder, the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks. To register, click here.
Listen to Past Events
SAFE HAVEN IN IOWA
Watch the short film ‘Out of Hitler’s Reach’ about Jewish refugees in Iowa during World War II. Click here for the film.