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Enjoy the Arts...Virtually!

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Posted by: Amy Rahmani, Arts & Culture Director

Standing Up Falling DownWith two weeks into social distancing and the city’s new stay at home order, we wanted to share some entertainment you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. We know it doesn’t compare to being together in the theatre – greeting friends, catching up, and giving hugs, but we hope it helps provide a distraction in this challenging time.

Until we can reconvene in person, we hope you enjoy these suggestions for books, movies, TV shows, and other ways to enjoy the arts all through a Jewish or Israeli lens.

We’re also excited to share that the Houston Jewish Film Festival’s closing night film, Standing Up, Falling Down starring Billy Crystal, will be coming to your homes for free for 24 hours starting Wednesday, April 1 at 6:00 PM. Get all the details


Film Databases/Streaming Services
Films & TV Series - Video on Demand
Books
Author Events
Theatre 
Podcasts 
Museums 
Comedy 

Film Databases/Streaming Services

  • Chai Flicks: a streaming service of Jewish themed films from Menemsha Films, including some past Houston Jewish Film Festival favorites (Dough, Run Boy Run, and Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel), along with some films we haven’t screened. They are currently offering a 30-day free trial
  • Israeli Film Center Films: films available to stream for a fee through Israeli Films. You’ll recognize some past Houston Jewish Film Festival films (Magic Men and Apples from the Desert). 
  • Jewish Film Institute: film database that compiles Jewish films that are available through different Video on Demand platforms.
  • Five Yiddish films you can stream for free 

Films & TV Series Available to Stream on Video on Demand

Thanks to our friends at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center for this list.

Books

Author Events

  • Previous author talks recorded from the Stroum Jewish Community Center, including Ehud Barak and Yotam Ottolenghi 
  • Unpacking the Book event presented by the Jewish Book Council with Rebecca Dinnerstein Knight, "Hex" and Josh Gondelman "Nice Try," in a conversation with Stephanie Butnick, Table Magazine on Thursday, March 26 at 7PM (EST). 

Theatre 

Podcasts

  • Tablet Magazine’s Unorthodox Podcast - the world’s leading Jewish podcast
  • Israel Story – has been called the Israeli ‘This American Life’
  • Take One - Daf Yomi (daily page of Talmud) podcast hosted by Liel Leibovitz 

Museums

Comedy

 

Dive into a new book, explore some films or take a virtual museum tour. Stay safe and be well, and we hope to all be able to gather soon to enjoy the arts in person.

 

Category: Arts and Culture

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