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Engage in stimulating conversation with a group of curious, well-informed and friendly news junkies. Meet each week to discuss a variety of challenging topics, including popular culture, politics, media issues and other items in the news — at the local, national and international levels. Bring your observations and an open mind. The round-table discussions will be facilitated by cultural historian Alfred Hunt. 

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 12 sessions; starting 3/22/2018, ending 6/14/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/5/2018)

Tuition: $225.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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Engage in stimulating conversation with a group of curious, well-informed and friendly news junkies. Meet each week to discuss a variety of challenging topics, including popular culture, politics, media issues and other items in the news — at the local, national and international levels. Bring your observations and an open mind. The round-table discussions will be facilitated by cultural historian Alfred Hunt. 

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 12 sessions; starting 3/22/2018, ending 6/14/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/5/2018)

Tuition: $225.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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Even before Columbus, Spain was a world power and more influential than its rival England in the founding of the Americas.  And yet, Spain is almost invisible to Americans — bullfights, Picasso and tapas notwithstanding.  We will survey Spanish history and culture from ancient to modern times, particularly Spain’s influence on the history and culture of the United States.

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM; 6 sessions; starting 3/28/2018, ending 5/9/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/4/2018)

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Tuition: $150.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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Engage in stimulating conversation with a group of curious, well-informed and friendly news junkies. Meet each week to discuss a variety of challenging topics, including popular culture, politics, media issues and other items in the news — at the local, national and international levels. Bring your observations and an open mind. The round-table discussions will be facilitated by cultural historian Alfred Hunt. 

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM; 12 sessions; starting 3/28/2018, ending 6/20/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/4/2018)

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Tuition: $225.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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Unprecedented military defeat in Vietnam, a toppled president, charismatic leaders assassinated, the worst riots in U.S. history — all that, and 1968 had barely begun.  This 2-part class covers the most tumultuous year in recent history, in which passionate hopes and searing tragedies alternated on almost a daily basis.  Examine seismic shifts beyond our shores, from the May student-worker protests that drove the French republic to the brink of collapse and De Gaulle into hiding, to the Prague Spring that brought hope for reforming the Communist bloc.  Watch as a Democratic convention is torn apart by protests and violence, just days after Soviet tanks crush Czechs’ freedom.  See how a segregationist candidate shattered the New Deal coalition, and still a bold about-face by a pro-war Democrat led to a photo finish with Richard Nixon.  The course mixes great speeches and classic images with little-known accounts of the behind-the-scenes decisions that led to some of the most shocking events in our time.  Always up for discussion is whether a shift in a single leader’s judgment, a few votes, or a single bullet, might have changed the course of history.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 4/26/2018, ending 5/3/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Jess Velona 



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Take an armchair journey of almost eighty miles to travel through Poldark’s Cornwall.  Learn about the history of this exquisitely beautiful area in the West of England that serves as the backdrop for the Poldark stories.  Discover fishing villages that were involved in smuggling, learn the history of Port Isaac famed for the Doc Martin series, hear the reminiscences of Cornwall resident Daphne du Maurier, and delve into the intrigues of Tintagel, renowned for the Arthurian legend.

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 4/27/2018, ending 5/4/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Lorella Brocklesby 



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The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, and Rockefeller Center are among the hundreds of Art Deco monuments that helped create the image of New York City as the world’s modern metropolis in the 1920s and 1930s.  Art Deco skyscrapers became Manhattan’s chief architectural language.  Following a massive reawakening of interest in them during the 1970s, New York’s Art Deco buildings today survive as prized remnants of a distant yet modern past that still help define the city’s visual identity.  This lecture covers the great skyscrapers of architects Raymond Hood, William Van Alen, Ely Jacques Kahn and Ralph Walker, including the Daily News, Empire State, Irving Trust, General Electric, American Radiator, Barclay-Vesey and RCA Buildings.  It then traces the adaptation of this “skyscraper style” through apartment buildings on the Bronx’s Grand Concourse, airport terminals at LaGuardia, the Central Park West residential skyline, automated midtown parking garages, diners, hotels, department stores, banks, and theaters.

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 5/2/2018, ending 5/2/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Anthony Robins 



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The old Lower East Side comes alive in this walking tour.  Central to the tour is the Jewish neighborhood, whose teeming tenements formed the heart of the most crowded place in the late nineteenth century world, including stops before a gloriously restored historic synagogue and the Jewish-owned bank tower where struggling immigrants built their nest eggs.  We also briefly visit the surrounding wards, marked at the time by gangs, flophouses, homeless newsboys and the noisy, smoke-belching elevated railway, as well as the seventeenth century Jewish cemetery that is the oldest human site in Manhattan.  Along the way, Velona tracks unforgettable photographs by Jacob Riis and others to the exact spots they were taken, portraying the struggles and desperation of immigrant life.  

Schedule : Weekly - Sun 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 5/6/2018, ending 5/6/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
  T.B.D..

Instructor : Jess Velona 



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What do we know about the Jews living in America at the time of the Civil War?  What were the differences between those living in the South and those in the North?  What was their role in the military and diplomacy?  How did they feel about slavery?  We will also take a fresh look at the controversial life of Judah P. Benjamin, the best-known Jewish leader at that time.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 5/11/2018, ending 5/11/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Andrée Aelion Brooks 



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A look at current major world events with Carol Giacomo, the New York Times’ Editorial Board senior foreign policy writer. Carol has visited more than 100 countries, including Iran and North Korea, and has covered most major foreign policy stories of the modern era.

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 5/15/2018, ending 5/15/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Bronxville Public Library Location : 
  Bronxville Public Library.

Instructor : Carol Giacomo 



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This course begins with the premise that the propensity for careers in trade has driven the narrative of Jewish history rather than religious persecution.  Follow the gradual Jewish career transition from herding to money lending.  Why were Jews renowned for long-distance merchant skills?  Examine the history of Jews with respect to their prominence in commerce and finance.

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 5/16/2018, ending 5/16/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Andrée Aelion Brooks 



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The seminar covers the histories of key political leaders in sub-Saharan Africa since 1945 and the important socio-economic, political and determinative contributions they made in their respective governments, the African region as a whole, and the world.  The course covers political roles of leaders from peacemakers like Nelson Mandela of South Africa to the notorious Idi Amin Dada of Uganda.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 5/17/2018, ending 5/24/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Temple Israel New Rochelle Location : 
  Temple Israel New Rochelle.

Instructor : Bob Jalang'o 



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