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 https://youtu.be/Gr_Ah-YkXSw .   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 –   Our annual Max Ticktin Memorial Latke-Hamentashen Debate is always a very popular event!  Watch our humorous moderator and distinguished panelists conduct a scholarly, but absurdist, symposium that addresses the eternal conundrum:   “Which are better, latkes or hamentashen?”   MODERATOR:             REGISTER NOW                    […]