THE GREAT BIG JEWISH FOOD FEST
A 10-day festival with a variety of events — workshops and conversations, happy hours, Shabbat dinners and more — that will take place over Zoom, Instagram and Facebook. Highlights include events with Jewish food world leaders such as Michael Twitty, Joan Nathan, Michael Solomonov, Adeena Sussman, Einat Admony, Jeffrey Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern of Gefelteria, Lior Lev Sercarz, Ruth Reichl, Gail Simmons, Jewish Food Society, Hazon, Mazon and more. — May 19-28, The Great Big Jewish Food Fest, jewishfoodfest.org. Free.
KLEZMER FIDDLE PROJECT — ‘A NIGN A DAY’
A stellar line-up of 35 klezmer string players from 12 countries — including New York City’s own Jake Shulman-Ment and Alicia Svigals — resuscitates the ancient Jewish nigun tradition with melodies from Vol. 4 of Moshe Beregovski’s “Old Jewish Folk Music” collection. Every day during the lockdown a fiddler (or cellist) from the project will do a live broadcast featuring nigunim, chat and sometimes even a guest. — Through May 27, 4-4:45 p.m., facebook.com/events/536517630631547/. See the line-up at ilanacravitz.com/strings.htm. Free, but you can make a donation.
‘THE DAIRY RESTAURANT’
In “The War of Return,” Adi Schwartz and Einat Wilf — both liberal Israelis supportive of a two-state solution — reveal the origins of the idea of a right of return, and explain how UNRWA — the very agency charged with finding a solution for the refugees — gave in to Palestinian, Arab and international political pressure to create a permanent “refugee” problem. A bestseller in Israel, the English translation of “The War of Return” is certain to spark lively debate throughout America and abroad. Send questions before and during the Zoom webinar. — Wednesday, May 27, 12 p.m., 92nd Street Y, 92y.org/event/roadblocks-to-peace. $10.
LISA FISHMAN IN CONCERT
Jewish standards and some unknown gems sung in Yiddish and English with a modern twist and influences in klezmer, jazz, music theater, cabaret, folk rock, Latin, blues … and a touch of comedy. — Wednesday, May 27, 7:30 p.m., Folksbiene!LIVE, nytf.org/live/.
Join the 16th Annual Paul Feig Z”L Tikkun Leil Shavuot, a special night of text study, food and culture, all Torah-related. You bring the cheesecake! Guests participating from home include, among others, the acclaimed Israeli singer Idan Raichel; Anna Winger, the creator and writer of the “Unorthodox” hit series on Netflix; and Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann on biblical metaphors to carry us through Covid-19. — Thursday, May 28, 9 p.m.-Friday, May 29, 5 a.m., Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, http://tikkun.jccmanhattan.
LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA: A TALK WITH AYELET GUNDAR-GOSHEN
NOA: A CLOSING CONCERT FOR SHAVUOT
ISRAEL FILM CENTER FESTIVAL
The 8th annual Israel Film Center festival is coming to you virtually, with brand new Israeli narrative and documentary films and live Q&As and conversations. Last year, George Robinson wrote in The Jewish Week that the festival is “a cheering reminder that, whatever one may think of the Netanyahu-Regev agenda, the spirited fight-back from filmmakers has resulted in some exemplary cinema.” Until the festival begins in June, check out Israel Film Center STREAM, the most comprehensive site for Israeli films now available for streaming in the U.S., at israelfilmcenterstream.org. — The festival runs June 7-14, Israeli Film Center, israelfilmcenterstream.org/festival/.