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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; 8 sessions; starting 7/6/2017, ending 8/24/2017

Tuition: $160.00

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; 8 sessions; starting 7/6/2017, ending 8/24/2017

Tuition: $160.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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Discover the “Boulevard of Dreams,” home to awesome art deco architecture, numerous historic landmarks, and a fascinating history.  The Grand Concourse is a thoroughfare that boasts an Italian Renaissance styled 1924 palazzo designed to serve as a retirement home for wealthy families who had lost their fortunes (the Andrew Freedman Home), the Bronx County Courthouse (the Mario Merola Building), the Bronx Museum, many houses of worship, a fabulous 1929 “Wonder Theatre” (the Loew’s Paradise), and Poe Cottage (former home to Edgar Allan Poe).  Course fee includes a snack and admission to the Poe Cottage.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 7/25/2017, ending 7/25/2017

Tuition: $50.00

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

Instructor : Susan Birnbaum 



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Jews arriving in colonial America entered a society that, unlike any previous one, valued freedom as much as Judaism does.  This course explores this unique compatibility between Jewish and American values by examining seldom-read documents from the colonial, wild west, Civil War,  gangster, 1960s and contemporary eras.  The class will discuss the impact of the mutual influence imbued within this unique relationship and assess the threat that freedom may pose to the continuity of Judaism in America.    

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 9/12/2017, ending 10/3/2017

Tuition: $125.00

Location : Mid-Westchester JCC Location : 
  Mid-Westchester JCC.

Instructor : Ze'ev Aviezer 



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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 9/13/2017, ending 12/13/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 9/20/2017, 11/22/2017)

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; 11 sessions; starting 9/14/2017, ending 12/14/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 9/21/2017, 10/5/2017, 11/23/2017)

Tuition: $205.00

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; 11 sessions; starting 9/14/2017, ending 12/14/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 9/21/2017, 10/5/2017, 11/23/2017)

Tuition: $205.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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As photojournalism and journalism in general continue to evolve from a print medium to a largely digital medium, this course will trace this transformation through an audio/visual presentation that will include photos as well as video produced in the instructor’s three decades of work as a staff photographer and now digital photojournalist for the Journal News.  The evening will offer the opportunity for lively discussion, including questions and answer on individual work shown as well as the future of the newspaper industry and journalism.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 10/3/2017, ending 10/3/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Seth Harrison 



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This two-part class explores the important history of Jews in France, from their role in turning back the 8th century Muslim armies that invaded Narbonne, to their 19th century efforts providing downtrodden Eastern Mediterranean Jews with modern-day skills.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 10/6/2017, ending 10/13/2017

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Andrée Aelion Brooks 



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Americans tend to ignore our foreign policy until we are engaged in disruptive events such as war or epidemiological disaster such as Ebola.  These six lectures/discussions will survey the history of our foreign affairs from Washington’s admonishment about foreign entanglements to Trump’s new nationalism, stressing what lessons, if any, we should glean from our experiences.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM; 6 sessions; starting 10/11/2017, ending 11/15/2017

Tuition: $125.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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This is the centennial year of the creation of the gardens at Greystone, the estate once owned by Samuel Untermyer, who sought to build “the greatest gardens in the world.”  The lecture will cover the property’s glory days, the conveyance of the gardens to the City of Yonkers after Untermyer’s death, its decline as a hippie hangout and a place where mass murderer Son of Sam performed animal sacrifices, and its recent restoration.  Lecture will include archival photographs, documents and eyewitness accounts from these periods.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM; starting 10/12/2017, ending 10/12/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Stephen Byrns 



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This class will provide a basic unified history of a now divided Korea in the first session with the following two classes devoted specifically to South and North Korea, respectively.  The final session will cover the current political climate and predictions for the future of the two Koreas at the center of a region in turmoil.?  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 10/12/2017, ending 11/2/2017

Tuition: $100.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Marjorie C. Miller 



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