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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 7/5/2018, ending 8/23/2018

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 7/5/2018, ending 8/23/2018

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 - Wed 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM; 12 sessions; starting 9/12/2018, ending 12/12/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 9/19/2018, 11/21/2018)

Tuition: $240.00

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 9/13/2018, ending 12/13/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 9/20/2018, 11/22/2018)

Tuition: $240.00

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 9/13/2018, ending 12/13/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 9/20/2018, 11/22/2018)

Tuition: $240.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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The course will focus on the U.S. Foreign Policy interests in Israel, Iraq, Moldava, and Nicaragua, the four regions where instructor Bob Kerr served while working in the State Department.  Class will be based on the memoirs of U.S. Presidents, Secretaries of State and the Defense and National Security Advisors whose terms coincided with Kerr’s service.  Each week will have a different theme, and all discussions will center on the required reading to be provided in advance by the instructor.  

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 9/24/2018, ending 10/22/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 10/8/2018)

Tuition: $120.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Bob Kerr 



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Recent changes to foreign policy have presented Constitutional questions resulting in some court intervention.  This lecture will cover the legal implications of this administration’s relations with Iran and North Korea, the executive orders and legislation concerning immigration and their impact on deportations, asylum seekers, and “dreamers,” and related policies concerning ISIS and treatment of those suspected of terrorism.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 9/25/2018, ending 9/25/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Martin Flaherty 



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Ever since God commanded Abraham “Lech lecha … go forth unto the land that I will show thee,” the Land of Israel has played a fundamental role in the shaping of Jewish consciousness. But the ideas that shape this consciousness are constantly changing. Using a variety of source texts, this course will trace the evolution of the idea of “the Land of Israel” from Biblical times to Jewish life in the diaspora to the revival of Jewish Messianism, and finally, to the West Bank settlements that played a central role in the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 9/25/2018, ending 10/16/2018

Tuition: $125.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Ze'ev Aviezer 



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In an 1820 letter to Lafayette lamenting the Missouri Compromise, James Madison referred to “the dreadful fruitfulness of the original sin of the African trade.”  Since then, many others have used the phrase “America’s original sin” in reference to slavery and the compromises reached by America’s founding fathers when they established a new nation.  This course will address the historical context of slavery, its legacy of segregation and racism, and its continuing influence on American society.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; 6 sessions; starting 9/26/2018, ending 10/31/2018

Tuition: $150.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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Winston Churchill’s life was a roller coaster of bitter failures and glorious achievements, of which recent film biographies only scratch the surface.  This 2-week class tells the full story, including Churchill’s youthful meteoric rise to the corridors of British political power, and his ensuing setbacks in World War I and dubious party-switching that left him, at middle age, a near-forgotten back-bencher.  Only his prescient diagnosis of Hitler’s threat propelled his resurgence, setting the stage for his unparalleled leadership of Britain during World War II and beyond. Also, Churchill's support of Jewish causes, while far from perfect, stood out compared with those of his British contemporaries.  Still, Churchill’s willingness to cede spheres of influence to Stalin undercut FDR’s bid for a new international order, and his clinging to a dying British imperialism and stubborn indifference to wartime India’s mass famine hastened the demise of British rule. Throughout, we will listen to and watch Churchill’s speeches, including the timeless addresses by which he steeled Britons to resist the Nazis and warned the West of the Soviet Iron Curtain, and defined the preeminent value of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 9/27/2018, ending 10/4/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Jess Velona 



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This course explores the complicated matter of religion in China. The first two sessions will examine the traditional religions of China: Village Religion, Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. The third session will focus on the history of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism in China. The final session will look at the way the People’s Republic of China under Communist Party leader Xi Jinping deals with religion today.

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 10/2/2018, ending 10/23/2018

Tuition: $120.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Marjorie C. Miller 



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Now that more than a decade has passed since the 9/11 disaster and a new World Trade Center occupies the site, we can reflect back on the original complex— cities-within-a-city that housed 50,000 employees, welcomed 80,000 to 100,000 visitors every day, and were briefly the tallest buildings in the world.  Based on the book Classics of American Architecture: The World Trade Center, this lecture reviews the story of the WTC’s creation, post-World War II downtown redevelopment, the origins of the Trade Center concept, the search for an architect, the evolution of the design, the urge to build the world’s tallest buildings, the engineering feats required for the towers’ construction, and the response from the critics.  Harken back to a more innocent time, when the twin towers stood as a symbol not only of hubris, wealth, and power, but also of the conviction that in New York, Americans could do anything to which they set their minds.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 10/4/2018, ending 10/4/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Anthony Robins 



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