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Lectures and Film • Adults

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Fall Film Series

Advance registration not required but appreciated.
All participants must sign in at the Welcome Desk.
Members & Non-members: $5 per film per person; Includes light snacks



Friday, September 28, 12:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Directed by Scott Cooper with Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike.



Monday, October 22, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Based on Philip Roth’s late novel, Indignation takes place in 1951, as Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. Directed by James Schamus with Sarah Gadon, Logan Lerman, Ben Rosenfield.


Don Quixote – Bolshoi Ballet

Monday, November 19, 12:15 PM – 2:45 PM
A complete 1978 performance of this classic ballet stars the magnificent Nadezhda Pavlova and Vyacheslav Gordeev; the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra is conducted by Alexander Kopilov. Bonus: Scenes from Don Quixote filmed at the Bolshoi in 1964 and starring the legendary dancers Maya Plisetskaya and Maris Liepa; Bolshoi Orchestra conducted by Youri Fayer.  Sponsored by VAI Music.


The Band’s Visit

Friday, December 14, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Mesmerizing and witty: a story of strangers in a strange land. A fading Egyptian police band arrives in Israel to play at the Arab Cultural Center. When they take the wrong bus, the band members find themselves in a desolate Israeli village. Directed by Erann Kolirin.


The Face in the Crowd

Friday, January 11, 12:30 PM – 2:45 PM
One of the first intelligent attempts to examine the impact of mass media on average citizens. Andy Griffith makes a spectacular film debut in this searing drama as Lonesome Rhodes, a philosophical country-western singer discovered in a tanktown jail by radio talent scout Patricia Neal and her assistant Walter Matthau.  Directed by Elia Kazan; written by Budd Schulberg and with Lee Remick.




Impact of Eastern Philosophy/Religion on the People’s Republic of China, Republic of India and Japan by Judy Startz

4 Thursdays, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
November 29, December 6, 13, 20
Register by November 23
Members $50; Non-members $65

The course will cover Confucianism, Taoism, Legalism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shintoism from an historical perspective as followed in the countries above.  Included will be the significance of these religions on the political and cultural (social) development of the countries from their inception to the 21st century.


Renard Series

The Renard Series is made possible in part by a grant from the Henry H. Renard Foundation, sponsors and program participants.

Previously referred to as “Renard Lectures,” the title has been altered slightly to reflect the expanding array of presentations in this incredible series. Musical concerts and first-person accounts are combined with traditional lectures by scholars and experts in their fields. Presenters offer stimulating, informative, engaging, and unique insights in music, literature, art, history, sports, film, archeology, and pop culture, and more. The series is open to all and geared toward people 50 years of age and older seeking a cultural and intellectual experience.

Join us once or participate each week!
Every Monday, 10:00 – 11:30 AM; Doors open at 9:30 AM
Fee: $5 per person, per presentation (Unless otherwise specified)
Advance registration not required.


American Folk Song Tradition: A Performance in Song and Guitar  by Steve Chizmadia

Monday, September 17, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Members & Non-members: Free

Back by popular demand! Steve will sing and play guitar folk music, from its beginnings to the present. Sponsored by Engage Jewish Service Corps of UJA Federation.


Jewish In America: Living George Washington’s Promise by Richard L. Rubin

Monday, October 8, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Members & Non-members: $5.00 per personAuthor Richard Rubin argues that while most American Jews have been “Americanized,” they continue to be shaped by Jewish history, culture, and religion in ways that affect everything from their social attitudes to their child-rearing methods to their voting patterns. This “fusion” of American values with Jewish ones has created a “hybrid” Jewish identity that American Jews must cultivate and pass on to future generations. Cynthia Ozick writes, “Richard Rubin’s shining tribute to the at-homeness of American Jews is both a robust sociopolitical study and a heartfelt praisesong.” Sponsored by The Wexler Family


Jewish Calcutta through Music and Memory by Rahel Musleah

Monday, October 15, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Members & Non-members: $5.00 per person
A fascinating personal journey mirrors the story of Calcutta’s Jews with humor, poignancy and song.


Philip Roth: Self-hating Jew or Insightful and Prolific Observer of the American Scene? By Arthur Aldrich

Monday, October 22, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Members & Non-members: $5.00 per person
Even after his death in May of this year, the debate on this question continues, especially among Jews, many of whom take offense at his characterizations that would seem to reinforce negative stereotypes. We will attempt to answer this question through film excerpts and interviews with Roth himself.
Stay for the Philip Roth film, “Indignation”; $5.00 per person


The Future Of Mankind by Marty O. Cohen

Monday, October 29, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Members & Non-members: $5.00 per person
Space – the final frontier!” The long-term survival of humanity probably depends upon our ability to leave Earth and to journey to the stars. In this lecture, we will consider two basic issues: Why does interstellar travel appear to be an impossible task? What mind-blowing, highly imaginative approaches may provide solutions?


Six Westchester Men and Women and World War One: Opening a Window onto America’s Role in the Great War by Richard Borkow

Monday, November 5, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Members & Non-members: $5.00 per person
The First World War began in the summer of 1914, and the United States became belligerent in the spring of 1917. November 11, 2018, will mark the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice that ended the war. By focusing on six Westchester men and women, and on the varied ways that they viewed the war or participated in it we can gain valuable insight into America’s role in this conflict.


Petipa: A Choreographer’s Life and Work by Edith Glass

Monday, November 19, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Members & Non-members: $5.00 per person
Considered to be one of the most influential ballet masters and choreographers in ballet history, Marius Petipa is most noted for Don Quixote, La Bayadère, The Sleeping Beauty, and Raymonda. Today’s program will be enhanced with film clips.
Stay for the Bolshoi film, “Don Quixote”;  $5.00 per person


US Trade Protectionism: Is it a Good Strategy? by David M. Cheney

Monday, November 26, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Members & Non-members: $5.00 per person
Tariffs and other forms of protectionism are rising throughout the world, threatening to weaken world trade and economic growth. The Trump Administration hopes that its tariffs will force our trading partners to reduce their barriers to US imports and bring about “fairer trade.” But will this strategy hurt or help the US?


Life and Music of Robert Johnson by Michael Shamosh

Monday, December 3, 10:00 to 11:30 AM
Members & Non-members: $5.00 per person
Eighty years after his death at the age of 27 Robert Johnson’s music remains central to the blues, America’s great contribution to global music. We will look at his life, music, and untimely death through film and discussion.


Archaeology of Israel and its region: From Homo Erectus to the Second Temple – 2 million years of Cultural Innovation in a small land – Part one by Eugene Boesch

Monday, December 10, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Members & Non-members: $5.00 per person
An overview of the land of Israel in human evolution, today’s talk will describe a complex story beginning with: The earliest human ancestors who leave Africa and began Old World innovations and migrations – rapid passage or a genetic bottleneck; The beginnings of plant and animal domestication leading to the rise of agriculture, husbandry, and the Neolithic Revolution – gradual adaptations or the rapid climate change of the Younger Dryas Epoch.


Leonard Cohen: The Man and His Music by Randy Herman

Monday, December 17, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Members & Non-members: $5.00 per person
Performance and commentary by the piano man Randy Herman. While working as a professional musician, he became increasingly interested in Judaism, eventually attending Cantorial school at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  He was ordained in 2008, and has served for the last eight years as cantor of Bet Torah, a Conservative synagogue in Mount Kisco, NY. Sponsored by The Knolls, a Bethel Community 


Musical Responses to Oppression: Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Gershwin by violinist Shem Guibbory and pianist Oxana Mikhailoff

Monday, January 7, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Members & Non-members: $5.00 per person
In this program we play three astonishingly different works:
Prokofiev’s Sonata in D Major Op.94a written during the middle of WWII when he was protectively sequestered by Soviet authorities, deep in the Ural Mountains; Preludes Op. 34 by Shostakovich, written when his life seemed to be hanging by a thread under Stalin’s displeasure; and Jascha Heifetz’s arrangements from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Sponsored by The Wexler Family


Great Speeches of the Early 1960s – From Kennedy to King by Jess Velona

Monday, January 14, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Members & Non-members: $5.00 per person
The early 1960s come alive in Jess Velona’s fast-paced review of that era’s great speeches, which inspired a nation to believe it could be better. Relive the Catholic JFK confronting a roomful of hostile Protestant ministers, the young president’s timeless inaugural, his bold call for civil rights, and Martin Luther King’s dream.  Along the way, Velona takes us behind the scenes to reveal who really wrote those speeches, the lines that were left out and why, and how last-minute events almost prevented some of those speeches from being delivered at all.  He also explores how Kennedy and King deftly targeted different audiences within the same speech, and unveils the rhetorical tools they used to make their words unforgettable even a half-century later. Sponsored by The Knolls, a Bethel Community 


The Jewish Roots of Flamenco by Anna de la Paz

Monday, January 28, 10:00 AM -11:30 AM
Members & Non-members: $5.00 per person
Flamenco is an art form that arose in Spain, influenced by various populations passing through or living in the southern region of Andalusia. Beginning in the third century BC, Gypsies, Sephardic Jews, Christians, and Moors all contributed to Andalusian culture. This presentation will discuss flamenco and its Jewish connection.

Linda Paver

Director of Renard Lectures & Adult Program Specialist

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