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

We will also use this space to promote virtual events from other organizations
if we think they might appeal to our virtual program audience.
All events listed here are free of charge unless otherwise indicated.

Past virtual programs may be viewed via our YouTube channel.

Watch highlights from KlezKanada’s 2020 Virtual Retreat,
including performances by The Klezmatics!

Presented by Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion as part of its
Judaism & Civil Society series:

A Conversation with Dr. Marc Dollinger:
“Black Power/Jewish Politics”

Tuesday, June 22
10:30 a.m. Pacific time

Was the Jewish ethnic and religious revival of the late 1960s and 1970s inspired by the Black Power movement? Join Dr. Marc Dollinger (Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair, Social Responsibility, San Francisco State University) and HUC’s Dr. Andrew Rehfeld to gain a very different understanding of the Black-Jewish alliance.

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JFS Zoom Social Hour

Thursday, June 24
2-3 p.m.

Join us for the first virtual social hour of the summer! Are there particular things you’re looking forward to this season? Does Spokane’s all-over-the-place spring weather have you in quite a state? Did you just read the absolute best article in The New Yorker? We want to hear about it!

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Presented by Holocaust Center for Humanity:

Presentation by Kendell Pinkney: “How to Use the ‘Master’s Tools’ … Or Not”

Tuesday, June 29
12 p.m.

Among the many critical social issues that have filled the headlines over the past years, the push for financial reparations (to address the enduring legacy of American slavery) among some activists has become a hot-button topic that has garnered much debate. While it is impossible to settle such a complex matter, what ideas might Jewish text offer us in our wrestling with such a complex issue?

Kendell Pinkney is a Brooklyn based theatre-maker, Jewish-life consultant, and rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He was recently featured in Saturday Night Seder and on the Crooked Media podcast, Unholier than Thou. His collaborative works have been presented at venues such as 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, the 14th St. Y, and Two River Theatre, to name a few. In addition to his creative work, he is the rabbinic intern for the Jewish arts and culture organizations Reboot and LABA, and serves on the Spiritual Direction team at Ammud: The Jews of Color Torah Academy.

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Presentation by Neal Schindler: “The Ravenna Kibbutz: An Oral and Photographic History”

Thursday, July 15
12-1 p.m.

Join JFS director Neal Schindler for a nostalgic and humorous look at the unique phenomenon that was the Ravenna Kibbutz, a Jewish intentional community in Seattle that existed from 2007 until 2012. Using video, photos, and firsthand accounts from former residents, Neal will paint a vivid picture of life on the Kibbutz in all its joyous, messy splendor.

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Read a Seattle Times article about
the Kibbutz in its heyday.

Read a JTNews article about
the Kibbutz’s closure in 2012.

*Programs are subject to change