Monday, January 7, 2019

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Now Registering for the Winter Offerings from JCC University


JCC University
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, 411 Clinton Ave., Tenafly
COST: for 3 Thursdays is $95 JCC members/$115 public; Cost for individual session is $35 JCC members, $42 public. First 10 participants to register for the full JCC U series will receive free copy of Jamie Bernstein’s book. For more information, visit or call Kathy Graff at 201.408.1454.

JCC University at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is now taking enrollment for a three-session winter term, where people can 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, creating an engaging platform where people can listen and discover, ask questions, get answers, meet people, and make friends.

January 24

What the Holocaust Can Teach Us about Ethics

While it is tempting to blame the Holocaust on a small cadre of monsters who used military force, violence, and repression to gain control and push their maniacal plan of genocide, the reality is that the leaders of civil society in Germany largely embraced Nazi policies. Professor Thorin Tritter will explore their actions and suggest implications for American doctors and businessmen today.

216109-D1322Jamie Bernstein: Famous Father Girl

Jamie Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein’s daughter, will present a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth. Her recent book, Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein, takes us into her family’s fascinating private world with its cast of famous characters. Jamie is a writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker who travels the world as a concert narrator. This event I co-sponsored with the James H. Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Month Endowment Fund.

February 7

US/China Relations Today

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Tom Grunfeld will first give an overview of the history of the relationship between China and the US, which has grown in complexity over time. Then he will talk about the significant changes in that relationship since the advent of the Trump administration and the ramifications for the future.

Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again

Janine DeFeo, a Whitney Museum Teaching Fellow, will introduce us to the Whitney’s current Warhol exhibit. Building on a wealth of new material, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century.

February 21

The Drama of Celebrity

Columbia professor Sharon Marcus will trace the roots of modern celebrity and seek to explain why people find celebrity culture so alluring. Departing from the common view that celebrities and fans alike are dupes of an all-powerful culture industry, Marcus argues that celebrity culture is an evenly pitched struggle in which media workers, publics, and celebrities all vie to define stars.

Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today

Former editor and author Jane Isay, who last presented at JCC U on her riveting book Secrets and Lies, will talk to us about the complications of the grandparent relationship. Using personal experience as well as extensive psychology research, she explores the life cycles of many three-generation families as she presents problems and solutions. This event is co-sponsored with the James H Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Month Endowment Fund.