Virtual Programs

This fall and winter, JFS is offering virtual programs via Zoom to community members.
We will also use this space to promote virtual events from other organizations
if they are free and we think they might appeal to our virtual program audience.

JFS will indicate clearly when events we list are not organized by us.

All events listed here are free of charge.


Presented by TBS as part of its Guest Speaker Series:

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Presentation by Dr. Rachel Bender Ignacio: “COVID-19: An Update”

Rachel Bender Ignacio is an infectious disease physician and epidemiologist at the University of Washington, where she is the acting director of the UW AIDS Clinical Trials Unit. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has taken on significant local and national leadership on COVID-19 treatment research.


She serves as the medical director of the COVID-19 Clinical Research Center at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021
2-3 p.m.

Reading and Q&A with local Jewish author Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow graduated in 2012 with her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Eastern Washington University. Her fiction has appeared in Ninth LetterPrairie Schooner, Hayden’s Ferry Review, South Dakota Review, and other publications. She is the author of the short story collection I’m Fine, But You Appear To Be Sinking (Featherproof Books, 2017). Her short story “Sinkhole” was recently optioned to be made into a feature film.

Before moving to Spokane to pursue her MFA, Leyna lived in Seattle and edited the website Jew-ish.com, which featured news and commentary aimed at Jews in their 20s and 30s. She currently lives in Spokane with her husband, two kids, and a very fluffy dog. 

Read Leyna’s story “Sinkhole”

Read about “Sinkhole”
being optioned for film

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Presented by TBS as part of its Guest Speaker Series:

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Presentation by Dr. Daniel Matt: “Ayin: The Theme of ‘Nothingness’ in Jewish Mysticism

Dr. Daniel Matt is one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah and the Zohar. He has published over a dozen books, including The Essential Kabbalah, Zohar: Annotated and Explained, and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality.

Recently Dr. Matt completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar. For this work, Daniel has been honored with a National Jewish Book Award and a Koret Jewish Book Award. The Koret award called his translation “a
monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.”

For twenty years, Daniel served as professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and has taught at Stanford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021
12-1 p.m.

JFS Zoom Social Hour

Our biweekly virtual get-together. What’s on your mind?


*Programs are subject to change