Monday, August 21, 2017


clip_image002JCC UNIVERSITY

JCC University offers the opportunity for people to rekindle past passions, ignite new interests, meet new people and stay involved in the developments that shape today’s world. Top professors and experts present on topics including science, literature, film, economics, psychology, architecture and politics. The JCC is now taking enrollment for a four-session fall term.

WHEN: Thursdays with coffee and conversation beginning at 10:30 am. Morning presentation runs from 10:45 am-12 pm; lunch (buy or bring your own) from 12-12:45 pm; and afternoon presentation from 12:45-2:00 pm.
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly
FEE: Fee for four sessions is $115 JCC members, $145 non-members; individual sessions $35 JCC members,$42 public per event. To register, visit or call Kathy Graff at 201.408.1454.

WHEN: September 14

How Propaganda Works

Yale philosophy professor Jason Stanley will explore how propaganda influences the way we think and feel about public issues. Not reserved for totalitarian regimes of the past, propaganda affects ideology today. We will look at examples of how, over time, propaganda has driven opinion and impacted policy. Sponsored by the Berit and Martin Bernstein Open Forum Endowment Fund and the Edwin S Soforenko Foundation.

alan zweibelFor This We Left Egypt?

Original Saturday Night Live writer and five time Emmy Award winner Alan Zweibel will take us on a journey through the last 40 years of his prolific comedy writing career including his work on SNL, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays. He will also talk about his new book, a parody of the Passover Haggadah.

September 28

Our National Identity

Who are we as Americans? Join history professor Ian Reifowitz for an exploration of our national identity. We will consider how Obama’s multi-cultural rhetoric was an attempt to be inclusive of all Americans and then look at how recent events illustrate the divide in how we as Americans see ourselves. What does this means for our national identity in the future?

Art from the Romanovs to the Russian Revolution

From Catherine the Great, who built Russia’s vast collection of European Old Masters, to the tumultuous events that shook St. Petersburg and the world just a century ago, Dr. Seth Gopin will show us the art of two greatly different eras. Discover Russian art in its historical context. Witness the Revolution in film clips and through the prism of painting, sculpture and decorative arts.

October 19

When Will The Civil War Be Over?

The Civil War was fought to preserve the Union, and to destroy the system of slavery. Despite abolition, the legacy of the Civil War persists. Professor Robert Carey will explore how the politics of race have continued to roil the waters of American life from Reconstruction to the present day. What can we do to move past the continuing conflict?

The Great German Romantics

Artistic Director of Music Talks Elad Kabilio and pianist Ben Laude will treat us to a celebration of the works by German composers Schumann and Mendelssohn. This program will include music for cello and piano that highlight milestone creations in the Romantic music vocabulary and explore the fantasy and passion in works such as Songs Without Words and Fantasy Pieces.

November 2

Memory and Aging

Dr. Michal Beeri will explain what memory entails and how it works. She will provide an overview of normal cognition and explain the distinction between typical forgetfulness and that which is concerning. There will be a discussion of the risks for Alzheimer’s disease and advice for brain maintenance and protection.

The Dinner Party by Artist Judy Chicago

Professor Thomas Germano will present on this first epic feminist work of art. With 39 elaborate place settings arranged for 39 mythical and historical women, The Dinner Party is a symbolic history of women in Western civilization. Viewed by 15 million around the world, it is on permanent exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. (The JCC is offering a trip to the Brooklyn Museum on November 9th)