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.

Upcoming Events

 

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 SpaakSophie SchwartzFrida Wattenberg and others — who risked everything to fight back against evil.  Click here to register.

STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY – THE PROVOST’S LECTURE SERIES: SPOTLIGHT ON COVID
The Coronavirus disease outbreak of 2019 has been causing devastating loss of life and unprecedented economical loss throughout the world.
Please join us as the Provost’s Lecture Series hosts two virtual live lectures on COVID, featuring four distinguished Stony Brook faculty members:
How Far Is Far Enough and Can Masks Curb the Spread of COVID-19?
Insights on Effective Social Distance and Face Covering Gained by Numerical Simulation
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 12 pm Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada)
Fotis Sotiropoulos, PhD, will focus on Stony Brook’s research into social distancing and face masks: How effective are they in curbing the spread of COVID-19? Both are widely recommended around the globe to protect others and prevent the spread of the virus through breathing, coughing and sneezing, but existing guidelines vary considerably (e.g., CDC vs. WHO guidelines), and many are based on scientific studies that are a decade old. To expand the scientific underpinnings of such guidelines, Stony Brook researchers have developed high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics models to elucidate the underlying physics of saliva particulate transport during human breathing and coughing with and without facial masks. Sotiropoulos will share insights on effective social distance and face covering gained by numerical simulation on massively parallel supercomputers.
COVID Vaccines in Development:  Which Ones May Give Us Our Best Shot at Returning to Normalcy?
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 12 pm Eastern time (U.S. and Canada)

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.

To register for one or both of these lectures and for more information, click here.

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.

SAVING ISRAEL: THE UNKNOWN TRUE STORY OF SMUGGLING WEAPONS AND WINNING A NATION’S INDEPENDENCE
On November 8th, Penn State award-winning storyteller, Boaz Dvir discussed the little-known story of World War II aviators—mostly Americans, Jews and non-Jews—who raced against the clock to prevent what they viewed as an imminent second Holocaust. He details this secret, illegal 1947-49 operation in his critically acclaimed book, “Saving Israel: The Unknown True Story of Smuggling Weapons and Winning a Nation’s Independence” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). The event featured a panel discussion by Dvir, Penn State history professor Eliyana Adler, and one of the operation’s few remaining members, 98-year-old Harold Rothstein of Chicago. During the discussion, Dvir also discussed his PBS documentary about the operation, “A Wing and a Prayer,”. If you were unable to attend a recording of the event can be found here: https://youtu.be/OwVF0Thoes4 .
JUDAISM AND LATIN AMERICA: A Conversation on Intersectionality with Rabbi Rolando Matalon
Rabbi Rolando Matalon, a leading Latinx Jewish scholar, shared his experiences growing up as a Jew and becoming a leading rabbi in Argentina’s largest Jewish congregation before moving to New York and becoming the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun.  To listen, click here.