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How will the competing giants sort things out, now and in the future?  This course will cover background on the history and culture of India, China, and their political relations, including the South Asian subcontinent to provide understanding for their present relations.  Then the class will discuss the background on U.S. relations with both India and China before addressing what to expect of the triangular relations in the future.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 3/16/2017, ending 4/6/2017

Tuition: $100.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Marjorie C. Miller 



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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 3/22/2017, ending 6/21/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/12/2017, 5/31/2017)

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 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 12 sessions; starting 3/23/2017, ending 6/15/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/13/2017)

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 3/23/2017, ending 6/15/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/13/2017)

Tuition: $225.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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Explore modern, postmodern, and contemporary literature against the backdrop of historical movements and cultural and social changes.  Examine what personal voice/modern individuals are manifest in literary works and how Japan’s past may be viewed, or even “reinvented.”  Topics may include representation of Japan’s encounter with the West, rapid modernization, post-war reconstruction, negotiation with traditional Japanese aesthetics, changing ideas of gender and sexuality, and post-war consumer society and contemporary global popular culture.  Class sessions will combine lectures, discussion, and audio-visual materials.  All readings and discussions will be in English.  No prior coursework in Japanese literature or culture is required or expected.  Readings will be selected from the following tentative list and announced via email to students prior to class: Kokoro by Soseki Natusme, Onnazaka by Fumiko Enchi, Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata, selected short stories by Yasunari Kawabata and Michiko Kurahashi, and selected short stories by Murakami Haruki.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM; 3 sessions; starting 3/24/2017, ending 4/7/2017

Tuition: $75.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Masayo Kaneko 



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A guided visit to 101 Spring Street offers visitors direct engagement with Donald Judd’s minimalist twentieth century art and vision. Judd’s formerly private living and working space provides firsthand experience of Judd’s concept of permanent installation in downtown New York.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM; starting 3/29/2017, ending 3/29/2017

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Donald Judd Home Location : 
  Donald Judd Home.

Instructor : N.A. 



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One of the great paradoxes of modern history is the existence of slavery during the Age of Enlightenment.  This two-session course examines the contradictions in the thoughts and actions of slaveowners and their allies, such as John Locke, liberal philosopher, investor in the slave trade and champion of the just war argument for enslavement; the Christian missionaries who found biblical rationales for their own slaveholding; the French philosophers who criticized the Old Regime yet often accepted colonial slavery and emerging racial schemes; and Thomas Jefferson, a tangle of personal and political contradictions who tragically drifted away from his youthful proclamation of equality.  The course also explores the often-conflicting stereotypes of slaves in the American South, the Caribbean, Latin America and French Canada; the debate over religious instruction, seen alternatively as a tool for slave docility and a risky spark to questioning and unrest; and the interracial sex that led to mixed-race peoples who disturbed the racial caste system.  It also presents the responses of abolitionists, and audio and reenacted video of Depression-era narratives by former slaves.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 3/30/2017, ending 4/6/2017

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Jess Velona 



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We all cherish the freedoms guaranteed to us in the American Constitution and, more specifically, in the Bill of Rights.  Classes will focus on the text of the First, Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments and the difficulties and controversies defining some of these freedoms today.  Freedom of speech and the press: what are the limits to this freedom and under what circumstances is censorship justified?  Freedom of religion: how can we reconcile the basic right to the free exercise with the anti-establishment clause?  The right to bear arms: what does the Second Amendment actually say and how do the NRA and others interpret it?  The right against unreasonable searches and seizures: how do social media, browsing history, GPS tracking, and electronic payment systems impact the right against government intrusions?  The right to a fair trial: do the judicial due process protections afforded by the Fifth Amendment still work today?  In the spirit of the Bill of Rights, class discussions will be open and free in the hope of understanding differing interpretations.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 5 sessions; starting 3/31/2017, ending 5/5/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/14/2017)

Tuition: $125.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Yoel Magid 



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Kabbalah derives from ancient Jewish interpretations of the Bible and not, as is commonly believed, mysticism.  Through the study of essential Jewish mystical and Kabbalistic source texts dating back to the second century B.C.E, including Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation), Sefer HaBahir (Book of Illumination), the Zohar, and many other fundamental Kabbalistic texts, this course will explore Kabbalah’s history, evolving rituals, traditions, and intriguing personalities.  We will end by surveying Kabbalah’s relevancy to us today and answer the question whether pop star Madonna is a Kabbalist.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 4/18/2017, ending 5/9/2017

Tuition: $100.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Ze'ev Aviezer 



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No longer in the political spotlight but instead providing financial advice to private clients, former Governor David Paterson will spend an evening sharing his insights and predictions for New York State.  Learn about his political rise and tenure, what led him to warn of the impending national fiscal crisis during his 2008 inaugural address, and what he believes the 2017 political and economic landscape will bring for New York State.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM; starting 4/18/2017, ending 4/18/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : David Paterson 



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We often think nostalgically about our lives, but we seldom seize the opportunity to consider our experiences from an historical perspective.  These six sessions will explore the events that influenced our times from the 1940s to the 1980s, assessing whether history’s traditional accounts accurately reflect our personal remembrances of the events that shaped our lives.    

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM; 6 sessions; starting 4/19/2017, ending 5/24/2017

Tuition: $120.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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This course delves into the genre of classic rock as a repository of spiritually contemplative material.  Indulge your passion for classic rock songs while exploring the lyrics’ deeper meanings that invite a conversation about the meaning of life; the fight for justice and peace; and death/afterlife.  Pair musical selections with texts from the world’s religions and secular literature.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:45 PM - 9:15 PM; 3 sessions; starting 4/19/2017, ending 5/3/2017

Tuition: $75.00

Location : Scarsdale Synagogue  Location : 
  Scarsdale Synagogue .

Instructor : Jeffrey Brown 



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