23 May Lifelong Learning Institute
The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) is a robust program of courses taught by specialists and academics from all fields of learning. This is learning for the time of your life because we believe you should keep on learning no matter what time of life you are in, and you should have the time of your life doing it!
THE OTHER JERSEY BOYS | Instructor: Dick Lowenthal
A musical tribute to Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and Frank Sinatra. Listening to the music and discussing the lives of these musicians that, at one time or another, called New Jersey their home. Visit Red Bank, Bedminster, Tenafly, and Hoboken, as we relive some of the greatest music ever produced by these famous performers. There will be hand-outs, suggested viewing examples, and recommended readings to enhance the two sessions.
Dates: December 4th & 11th | 2:00 PM -3:30 PM | Fee: $50
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS | Instructor: Dr. Davele E. Bursor, Ed.D., CPC
Happiness is not just a matter of luck, circumstances or genetics. Deep within ourselves we have the capacity and ability to choose happiness as a way of being in the world. It is an emotional and psychological adventure that requires deliberate beliefs, choices and actions.
This three-part course will explore what happiness really is, how to acquire and keep it as we venture throughout our lifespan. The good news is that we can “up” our happiness set point and become increasingly more contented with our life. Our happiness is an ongoing journey with many opportunities for satisfaction and joy regardless of how old we are!
January 8, 15, & 22nd | 2:00 PM -3:30 PM | Fee: $55
THE OLD TESTAMENT AS INSPIRATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS, PART I | Instructor: Helene Yentis
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Join Art Historian and Jewish Art Expert, Helene Yentis in a series of interactive power-point presentations. The presentations are hip and modern with a serious undertone. A series of open-ended questions are raised. There is no right or wrong answer, but thought provoking discussion bubbles to the surface. It is also an opportunity to enjoy some great art, both classical and contemporary.
Week 1: Hebrew Zodiac:12 Tribes, 12 Months, 12 Astrological Signs
Images are about the Hebrew Calendar and how the 12 Tribes of Israel, Jacob’s sons are connected to each month.
Week 2: Moses and Miriam: The Brother and Sister Duo
Images are about the lives of Moses and his sister Miriam.
January 9 & 16th | 2:00 PM -3:30 PM | Fee: $50
THE FIRST REAL DETECTIVES | Instructor: Stephen Singer, Esq.
Week 1: Discover the earliest true detectives. Eugene Vidocq was the first plainclothes police officer in Western culture. A former convict, he became a police informer, then founded the original detective force in Paris. Alphonse Bertillon was the father of criminal identification. Using an anthropomorphic technique of his invention, he was able to classify recidivist criminals so that they could not disguise their true identity.
Week 2: Jack Whicher was one of the original eight members of the newly created “Detective Branch” in 1894. Described by his colleagues as “the prince of detectives”, he was best known for his participation in the murder at Road Hill House. Another Victorian detective of note was a Hungarian private detective named Ignatius Polaky, a confidant and close friend of Charles Dickens.
Week 3: Allan Pinkerton was the original secret service agent who saved Abraham Lincoln’s life at least once that we are certain of. A wanted criminal himself, he left Europe for America and founded the most significant private detective agency of all time. He had world-wide connections and solved many important criminal cases.
Week 4: William Burns was the direct competitor to the Pinkertons. He was referred to as America’s Sherlock Holmes and was the first director of the B.O.I., the precursor of the F.B.I. He was succeeded by Hoover. Ellis Parker was thought of as “the greatest detective in the world.” He spent over 40 years in law enforcement and was said to have solved 98 percent of the homicides in New Jersey, often without leaving his desk.
January 8, 15, February 5, & 12th | 2:00 PM -3:30 PM | Fee: $60
READING BEHIND THE WORDS: UNDERSTANDING THE SHORT STORY | Instructor: Winston Aarons
The basic elements of a short story are setting, character, plot, conflict and theme. Recognizing what each of these elements are adds to the story and helps the reader understand the structure and meaning of a short story. Participants will read selected short stories and through the close analysis of each work, acquire the skills needed to understand and interpret not only the short story, but longer works of fiction.
Please note: a copy of the first story will be available for you to pick up at the Circulation Desk before the first class.
January 21, 28, February 4, & 11th | 2:00 PM -3:30 PM | Fee: $60
ART AS PROPAGANDA | Instructor: Marion Dolan
Throughout human history leaders have employed propaganda to influence, engage and attract others, strengthening their power, influence and wealth. Aren’t we glad they did? This series of illustrated discussions will investigate these endeavors which resulted in the production of paintings, sculpture and monuments, including some of the most magnificent artworks ever created.
Week 1: Art of Royal Propaganda. Kings and queens of ancient empires in Egypt, Mesopotamia and Rome through the regal courts of early modern Europe commissioned extravagant works of art to enhance their position and prestige, including masterful paintings by Titian, Velasquez, van Dyck and Rubens.
Week 2: Art of Religious Propaganda. Spiritual leaders too used magnificent artworks to illustrate their messages of salvation, redemption and tortures of Hell. Martin Luther succeeded in his preaching of new religious concepts through the printing of cheaply produced drawings and caricatures denouncing the Church of Rome. Rome counteracted through the Reformation, commissioning Baroque masterpieces to draw congregations back to the fold.
Week 3: Art of Military Propaganda. Military and political leaders were always quick to illustrate and display their success in battle and trophies of war. From Julius Caesar to Trajan to the Doges of Venice, the Medicis, Napoleon and even George Washington used monuments and displays of their conquests to promote their causes and their fame.
January 21, 28, February 4, & 11th | 2:00 PM -3:30 PM | Fee: $60
PATHWAYS TO PEACE: LIVING IN A WORLD WITHOUT RELIGIOUS CONFLICT | Instructor: Mark David Luttio, Ph.D.
A 4-week multi-media driven course coming directly from Dr. Luttio’s 6-month sabbatical as the Kathleen Cheek-Milby Fellow circumnavigating the globe in search of the causes of religious conflict and the keys to pathways to peace. Luttio trekked over 50,000 miles across the globe by every imaginable mode of transportation, spending significant periods of time in virtually all of the epicenters of our World Religions. From the Western Wall and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to the Basilica of Saint Peter’s in Rome, from the Golden Temple of the Sikhs in Amritsar India to the Monastery of the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, he traversed the planet with only a small backpack in hand looking for answers to the exigent problem of religious intolerance. Come join him as he helps us uncover a new hope for “Pathways to Peace.” This series will include lectures, discussions, and media presentations (with plenty of stories from his travels to spice things up).
January 22, 29, February 5, & 12th | 2:00 PM -3:30 PM | Fee: $60
STAYING SHARP! | Instructor: Barbara Klau
This course will cover the basics of brain fitness, improved cognitive ability, and memory retention, with added activities based on suggestions from past participants. Each week, group and individual mentally-challenging activities, discussions, and a different memory retention technique will be featured. Learn how to remember names and numbers, where you parked your car, and why you walked into the kitchen… this class is interactive, educational, mind-stretching, and fun!
January 23, 30, February 6, & 13th | 2:00 PM -3:30 PM | Fee: $60
JEWISH THOUGHT ON ENJOYING SEX | Instructor: Andy Greenberg
One of the greatest pleasures of being Jewish is, yes, SEX! Now that I have your attention, learn how Jewish thought on this great topic will put a smile of your face and add to your enjoyment of life!
Not Jewish? No problem. This class will be entertaining, interactive, provocative and thought provoking – for everyone.
Andy Greenberg is a motivational speaker with over 35 years’ experience as a sales and marketing expert. He also had his own TV show, is an established author, and has appeared in national news periodicals. Andy is an established lay leader of services, a Jewish educator for 25 years for youth and adults, on the board of directors for several synagogues, and a sought after speaker on Jewish topics.
January 29th | 2:00 PM -3:30 PM | Fee: $25
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SCENE TODAY | Instructor: Rabbi Richard Polirer
Week 1: How the 1960s shaped US politics ever after
Week 2: The American Century: From FDR to Today
Week 3: Election 2020 – Where Are We Going?
January 30, February 6, & 13th | 2:00 PM -3:30 PM | Fee: $55