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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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How Music Works with Barry Wiesenfeld—CLOSED

4 Fridays, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Start Date: October 4
Please register by September 27.
Members $50; Non-members $65

How Music Works is a series of classes covering many interesting aspects of music: history, characteristics of various eras, milestones and personalities. Mostly addressing the classical world, we cover a significant element of jazz as well, and interestingly, where the two styles overlap and share components – a subject not often addressed.  You need have no prior knowledge of music – all you need is a love for the art.

Barry Wiesenfeld has been a musician since childhood, and currently teaches music for SUNY and Ramapo College in addition to maintaining a heavy performing schedule. He has toured in Europe, South America and all over the U.S., performed on radio and TV, and has played with Grammy- and RMI-winning artists. His passion for music is infectious.  For more information on Barry, please go to barrybassist.com.



Economic/Political Philosophies and Systems with Judy Startz Lass

4 Tuesdays, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Start Date: October 29
Please register by October 22.
Members $40; Non-members $50

Lectures will discuss the political philosophies and economic systems that have affected and effected both the Western and Afro-Asian world.  Discussions will include:  Communism, Fascism (Nazism), Socialism, and Capitalism in a democracy.

Judy Startz Lass was a history professor at Concordia College, taught history teaching methods at Fordham University Graduate School of Education and supervised Social Studies Student Teachers at Columbia Teacher’s College.  She also teaches at UJA-Federation Dorot-University Without Walls.



The Ancient Wisdom of the Kabbalah: An Introductory Lecture Series with Rabbi Ben Newman

4 Thursdays, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
October 31 – November 21. Please register by October 24.
Members $50; Non-members $65/ Library

The ancient Hebrew mystical tradition of Kabbalah has been providing spiritual seekers a unique technology to access our inherent ability to transform ourselves and our world for generations. Though recently Kabbalah has been popularized by The Kabbalah Centre it has a rich history with a wide corpus of literature. This series will provide a basic introduction to some of the history, ideas, texts, and practices of this ancient wisdom, followed by a discussion. Each session of the series will focus on a different topic; General Intro to Thought and History, Introduction to The Zohar, Jewish Meditation and Mystical Practices, Jewish Magic and Folklore and Contemporary Jewish Mysticism.

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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