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 unless otherwise indicated.


Thursday, March 4
7-10 p.m.

Virtual screening of acclaimed Israeli film Incitement, with live post-film discussion featuring Dr. Rob Sauders

On the second evening of Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival 2021, attendees can watch Incitement — Israel’s submission for best international feature at the 2020 Oscars and winner of the 2019 Ophir (Israeli Academy Award) for best picture — at 7 p.m. Then, at 9:15 p.m., viewers can participate in a live post-film discussion led by Eastern Washington University’s Dr. Rob Sauders, who specializes in Middle East studies and the Israel/Palestine conflict. Tickets are $5 apiece for students and seniors, $8 general admission. (All revenue from the film festival supports Jewish Family Services.) If you can’t make it March 4, both the film and the recorded discussion will be available to view through March 7 at 7 p.m.

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Thursday, March 11
12-1 p.m.

Live virtual Q&A with Space Torah executive producer Rachel Raz

The short documentary film Space Torah tells the story of Dr. Jeff Hoffman, the first Jewish American male astronaut to fly into space. Over five space missions, Dr. Hoffman brought along numerous Jewish objects. The highlight? A small Torah scroll he took on his fifth and final mission.

Space Torah is available to view as part of Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival 2021, from 7 p.m. on March 10 until the same time on March 12. Purchase of a ticket to the short also includes access to the feature-length documentary Breaking Bread and live virtual Q&As with that film’s director and Space Torah’s executive producer, Rachel Raz. The latter takes place at noon on Thursday, March 11.

Tickets for the Space Torah/Breaking Bread “package” are $5 apiece for students and seniors, $8 general admission. Both films and their respective Q&As (in recorded form) will be available to view until 7 p.m. on March 12.

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Thursday, March 25
2-3 p.m.

Reading and Q&A by Jewish poet Dane Kuttler: “Writing into the Tradition: A Poetic Haggadah”

Dane Kuttler writes poems and cooks food in Northampton, Mass. Her first book of poems, And Who By Nobody’s Son?, was released on Choose the Sword Press in 2016. She has toured nationally three times, won the Best of Blood and Thunder Award for a poem about hospice care, and performed her work in concert halls, libraries, and living rooms. When Dane isn’t engaged in one of her semiannual 30-poems-in-30-days sprints, she makes mischief with The G!d Wrestlers, with whom she has published two books, The Social Justice Warrior’s Guide to the High Holy Days (2015), The Book of Solace (2016), and Unlikely Victories: A Handbook for the Good Fight (2017).

This event will focus on how Dane, as a 21st-century Conservative Jewish poet, both embraces and transforms tradition in her work, particularly as it relates to exodus and other Pesach themes.


Thursday, April 8
12-1 p.m.

Presentation by Dr. Roslyn Abt Schindler: “Re(vision) of a Life”

To mark Yom HaShoah, JFS is pleased to present a talk by Holocaust studies scholar and author Dr. Roslyn Abt Schindler about her memoir (Re)vision of a Life: My Mother’s Holocaust Story, which chronicles the survivor story of Dr. Schindler’s late mother, Goldie Abt, in words and photographs. An informal Q&A will follow the presentation.

About the speaker:

Dr. Schindler has a long record of teaching, research, and scholarship in interdisciplinary studies and adult learning as well as in the interdisciplinary field of Holocaust studies, with a special focus on the Holocaust memoir. Prior to her recent retirement, in addition to teaching German language and culture courses, Dr. Schindler taught a memoir-based Holocaust course called “Bearing Witness: Understanding the Holocaust One Life at a Time.” Throughout her career, she has presented at numerous professional conferences and published book chapters on the memoirs and other works of several German Holocaust survivor-authors, such as Ingeborg Hecht, Ralph Giordano, Lotte Paepcke, and Hilde Buerger.

Dr. Schindler wrote a guest column for Spokane Faith & Values in 2018 about the Tree of Life shooting.


*Programs are subject to change