Archive: September 2020

(20F2) Romaniote Jews: One of the oldest, but least known, Jewish communities

Posted on September 30, 2020

September 30th, 2020 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm – A recording of the class, including the Q&A session, is at .   Romanaiote Jews,  native to the Eastern Mediterranean, are still active in communities in Greece, Israel, New York and beyond.  With a rich heritageof their own, neither Sephardi or Ashkenazi, Romaniote Jews have their own traditions, including their own Judaeo-Greek dialect, a distinct […]

(20F3) Military Service and Americanization: Jewish Immigrants in Three Wars (18 Nov 2020)

Posted on November 18, 2020

November 18th, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm – Many Germans and Central European Jews who came to American inspired by the failed European revolutions of 1848 ended up fighting in the Civil War.  Later, many Eastern European immigrants who came to the US to escape pogroms and avoid military service in the Russian Empire, volunteered or answered the draft call during World War […]

(20F4) Refuge from the Nazis: The British Kindertransport – Part 1

Posted on December 16, 2020

December 16th, 2020 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – After the events of the Nazi anti-Jewish terror campaign of 1938 known as Kristallnacht, the British government put in place the Kindertransport program, a humanitarian effort to rescue imperiled children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia in late 1938 and 1939. About ten thousand children were rescued, and no other country undertook an effort on this […]

(20F4) Refuge from the Nazis: The British Kindertransport – Part 2

Posted on December 23, 2020

December 23rd, 2020 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – Part 2 focuses on the Kindertransport program and its effects on the involved children and parents.  It will be interesting and understandable even if you did not attend Part 1.  After the events of the Nazi anti-Jewish terror campaign of 1938 known as Kristallnacht, the British government put in place the Kindertransport program, a humanitarian […]

(21W1) The Great Jewish Jazz Musicians, Part 1: Clarinetists Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw

Posted on January 13, 2021

January 13th, 2021 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm – An examination of the personalities, lives and careers of two towering giants of the Swing Era — Benny Goodman and Arthur Arshawsky, better known as Artie Shaw.  Both clarinetists, both hugely influential on American jazz, and yes, both Jewish.  Classic recordings, video clips, and “live” performances from the instructor will make this course swing like […]

(21W2) The Great Jewish Jazz Musicians, Part 2: Stan Getz, Mel Lewis, Terry Gibbs, and more

Posted on January 27, 2021

January 27th, 2021 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm – Stanley Gayetski, better known as Stan Getz, was a giant of the tenor saxophone, whose career landed him in the forefront of several important phases of American jazz history — the Swing Era, Bebop, Bossa Nova, and Jazz Fusion.  Melvin Sokoloff (Mel Lewis) and Julius Gubenko (Terry Gibbs) are somewhat lesser-known, but also highly influential […]

(21W3) Latke-Hamentashen Debate 24-Feb-2021 at 7:30-9:00 PM EST

Posted on February 24, 2021

February 24th, 2021 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – The recording of the 2021 Max Ticktin Memorial Latke-Hamentashen Debate is here.    You can view interesting comments from the chat box at this place.  (We’ve deleted commenters’ names from the posted version.) Our Zoom classes and the recordings are free.  Since we do have expenses, donations are very much appreciated.         […]

(21W4) Return to the Catskills 3-March-2021

Posted on March 3, 2021

March 3rd, 2021 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm – The recording of Phil Brown’s talk is at .  The chat text and other references and related materials are at  21W4 Jewish Catskills – Borscht Belt – Google Drive  or .  The materials include references to the Catskill Institute, Phil Brown’s books, other videos about Catskills experiences, a beginning memoir about growing up […]

(21W6) Jewish Community of Brazil 7-March-2021 at 2:00-3:30 PM EST

Posted on March 7, 2021

March 7th, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – You can watch the recoding of this class at . Latin America, with its rich cultural tapestry, is home to distinct and diverse Jewish communities.  An introduction to the history and current realities of several of these Jewish communities will expand our appreciation of what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century […]

(21W5) Can Robots be Jewish on 10-Mar-2021 at 8-9:15 pm EST

Posted on March 10, 2021

March 10th, 2021 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm – A conversation with Amy E. Schwartz about her new book, Can Robots Be Jewish? And Other Pressing Questions of Modern Life.  It’s a collection of questions and answers drawn from Moment Magazine’s popular “Ask the Rabbis” feature, in which Moment poses a different question every issue to ten rabbis from ten different denominations spanning the […]