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Unless otherwise noted, online registration closes 3 business days prior to the start date. After this time, please call the Welcome Desk at 914-366-7898 to register. Many of our programs can be pro-rated after they begin as long as space is available.

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From Hunter-Gatherers to Farmers, Native Americans in the Eastern Woodlands with Eugene Boesch

4 Fridays, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
February 7, 14, 21, 28.  Please register by February 1
Members and non-members, $5 administrative fee / Library

The presentation will examine Native American cultures and adaptations in the Eastern Woodlands over the past 14,000 years ago. Changing climate and environmental settings over that time, particularly the end of the last ice age and the appearance of an essentially modern climate, as well as population movements, resulted in the development of many prehistoric cultures and diverse life ways. However, Native American continuity of occupation on the land is readily apparent through the archaeological record. That record shows that populations grew and declined, subsistence, trade, and ritual activity became more complex, and relationships to the land changed. Although popular culture has developed its own take on past Native Americans, the reality of the story is quite different and little known by most. The true story however is more fascinating than fiction. Eugene Boesch, of Mahopac, has undertaken archaeological investigations in the Hudson Valley area for 30 years.  His work has primarily focused on Native American cultures and adaptation in the Eastern Woodlands of North America and on early Euro-American settlement in the Hudson Valley region. He has also worked in Israel, California, and the Illinois River Valley. Dr. Boesch teaches at Adelphi University and Westchester Community College, and is a member of the Westchester County Historic Preservation Advisory Committee and the Putnam County Historic Preservation. He presents programs for the Renard Lecture Series at the Shames JCC on the Hudson.

This program is funded through the US Department of Health and Human Services—Administration on Aging (AOA), New York State Office for the Aging, Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.

Hasidic Stories of Magic and Mysticism with Rabbi Ben Newman

4 Thursdays, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
March 5, 12, 19, 26. Please register by February 27
Members $50; Non-members $65/ Youth Lounge

In this four session class, Rabbi Ben will guide us on an exciting and provocative journey through the rich traditional of Hasidic tales. Sessions will include stories of dybbuks, golems, reincarnation, and enlightenment. Rabbi Ben Newman, Jewish Life Coordinator at the Shames JCC is also on staff at Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings, as well as the founder and spiritual leader of Shtiebel, a new paradigm Jewish community in the Rivertowns of Westchester, NY. Rabbi Ben is the author of a series of children’s books called The Enchanted Sukkah about a time travelling sukkah. In addition to being a writer and a rabbi, Ben is a singer-songwriter who delights in chanting, playing guitar, and using an Indian instrument called a sruti box.

Topics in Money and Finance with Michael Shamosh

4 Fridays, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
April 3 – May 1.  Please register by March 27
Members $50; Non-members $65/ Library

If money “makes the world go ’round” just what is it?  In this course we will learn about the history of money and the role of financial assets in our lives.  Along the way we will have a look at the current state of financial markets and how the media often misstates what is actually happening. Michael Shamosh is a retired consultant to brokerage companies and investment advisors.  He was a senior strategist at several firms, a hedge fund manager, and the portfolio manager of a mutual fund. Michael is an instructor at the Collegium at Westchester Community College. He presents programs for the Renard Lecture Series at the Shames JCC on the Hudson.

Topics in Kabbalah with Rabbi Ben Newman

4 Thursdays, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
April 30 – May 21. Please register by April 23
Members $50; Non-members $65/ Youth Lounge

Appropriate both for the beginner and those already familiar with Kabbalah. Rabbi Ben will discuss the intersection of Kabbalah and a variety of subjects. Sessions will be on: Kabbalah and Ethics, Kabbalah and Buddhism, Kabbalah and Modern Philosophy, and Kabbalah and Popular Culture. Rabbi Ben Newman, Jewish Life Coordinator at the Shames JCC is also on staff at Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings, as well as the founder and spiritual leader of Shtiebel, a new paradigm Jewish community in the Rivertowns of Westchester, NY. Rabbi Ben is the author of a series of children’s’ books called The Enchanted Sukkah about a time travelling sukkah. In addition to being a writer and a rabbi, Ben is a singer-songwriter who delights in chanting, playing guitar, and using an Indian instrument called a sruti box.

 

Linda Paver

Director of Renard Lectures & Adult Program Specialist

(914) 366-7898 x1126

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