Virtual Programs

Until we can resume holding in-person luncheons,
JFS is offering virtual programs via Zoom to community members.

We will also use this space to promote virtual events from other organizations
if 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 unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, April 15
12-1 p.m.

JFS Zoom Social Hour

The Oscars, Israeli elections (again), vaccine eligibility opening wide in Washington state — there’s lots to talk about this week. Or you can just tell us what your cat/dog/kid/grandkid has been up to lately. That works too.

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Presented by JWA as part of its Quarantine(ish) Book Talks series:

Thursday, April 22
5 p.m.

Special event in honor of National Poetry Month with poets Joy Ladin, Shara McCallum, and Lesléa Newman

Join Jewish Women’s Archive for an enlightening and lively conversation with three prominent Jewish poets, moderated by Judith Rosenbaum. JWA’s Book Club gathers virtually to discuss books, writing, and telling Jewish stories. For details on upcoming dates, visit

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Watch past book talks

Presented by Humanities Washington as part of its Speakers Bureau series:

Thursday, April 22
6:30 p.m.

Presentation by Clarence Moriwaki: “Let It Not Happen Again: Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion”

In March of 1942, 227 Japanese-Americans were forcibly removed from their homes on Bainbridge Island by the U.S. Army. Starting with this small community, a national strategy began, with more than 120,000 Japanese-American men, women, and children forcibly removed and incarcerated during World War II.

Japanese-American historian Clarence Moriwaki shares the story of Bainbridge Island — the origin point of the Japanese American exclusion — to provide a human, historical account of this national tragedy, and to ask the question: Are there parallels to what’s happening in America now?

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Thursday, May 13
12-1 p.m.

Talk and Q&A with Debs Gardner

Deborah (Debs) Gardner is a public health professional, writer, and semi-snarky Jew — not to mention a bit of a polymath — living in Seattle. She is also, notably, the Jewish Journal’s official “pundemic correspondent” as well as a multi-time winner of Pundamonium Seattle, a pun slam. She’ll talk about the ways in which creative thinking has strengthened her multidisciplinary work, from writing and art to public health.

Also coming in May… a program from KlezKanada, one of the world’s leading proponents of Jewish traditional arts and Yiddish culture!

*Programs are subject to change