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University Lecture Series - The World of Hasidim and Their Battles with America

Date: February 19, 2015Time: 7:30 pm
Location:  JCC of Central NJ

The 6th Annual University Lecture Series
Join us and meet authors and experts who come to speak about their books, their experiences and their research.  It is sure to generate stimulating conversation and debate.

The Pious Ones: The World of Hasidim and Their Battles With America with author Joseph Berger
As the population of Hasidim mushrooms to astonishing proportions, The Pious Ones by veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger takes us inside their insular world to explore their origins, beliefs, struggles—and the implications of their expanding presence in America. Berger analyzes the Hasidim’s codified lifestyle revealing its fascinating secrets, complexities and paradoxes and delves into the controversies that have embroiled Hasidim—from sexual abuse to financial scandals to conflicts over housing and gender roles. www.josephbergerbooks.com

Single Session
Price: $16/session
Member/Senior 65+ Price: $14/session

Series Pricing
Price: $52 for 5 sessions
Member/Senior 65+ Price: $45 for 5 sessions

Be a University Lecture Series Sponsor!
Gold $180 (receive tickets for 2 people for the five lectures)
Silver $126 (receive tickets for 2 people for the five lectures)
Copper $65 (receive tickets for 1 person for the five lectures)

Upcoming University Lecture Series events:

Is a Two State Solution Still Viable?  What Are the Options Available After this Past Summer's War? with Kean University Professor Gil Kahn
Thursday. February 26 • 7:30 p.m.
Following a very difficult summer war in Gaza and a fall distinguished by intense political in-fighting, Prime Minister Netanyahu decided to call for new elections. In the hopes of establishing a better governing coalition, Netanyahu did so two years before it was necessary, risking his own political future as well as that of his party.  As election day now approaches, what are the likely scenarios and outcomes from this unusual political decision? How might the same or different governing coalition in Israel impact on Israel's geopolitical position, peace prospects with the Palestinians and relations with the United States? 

Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater with author Eddie Shapiro
Monday, March 2 • 7:30 p.m.
Nothing Like a Dame is a collection of exclusive interviews with 20 of the greatest leading women of Broadway and dozens of photographs, by Jewish journalist Eddie Shapiro. It is a must-read for theater lovers and features women who have won at least one Tony Award. Nothing Like a Dame includes Shapiro’s experience interviewing Elaine Stritch, chatting with the 84 year old Angela Lansbury and asking Patti Lupone about her start in acting. Each interview is guided by Shapiro’s expert knowledge of these women’s careers, Broadway lore and the details of some of Broadway’s most famous (and infamous) musicals.

Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof  with author Alisa Solomon 
Thursday March 12 • 7:30 p.m.
Award-winning drama critic Alisa Solomon will trace how and why the story of Tevye, the milkman, made its way from the humble New York Yiddish stage to Broadway and a major Hollywood picture. It has had an astonishing global impact and has been beloved by audiences the world over. Alisa will show that audiences everywhere found resonance in Fiddler’s themes: the fraying of tradition, generational tension and the loss of roots. Her presentation is rich, entertaining, original and offers a history as captivating as its subject.

A Broken Hallelujah: Rock n’ Roll Redemption and the Life of Leonard Cohen with author Liel Leibovitz
Sunday, March 29 • 10:30 a.m.
At 80, Leonard Cohen is as popular as he’s ever been, with a chart-topping new album and songs like Hallelujah gracing blockbuster movie soundtracks. To understand the reasons behind Cohen’s unlikely career surge is to understand what makes him one of the more intriguing artists of our time, a powerful mixture of spirituality, desire, compassion and humor. Granted access to Cohen’s private papers, Liel Leibovitz delivers a look not only at the inner man but also at the environments that shaped him, from the rock scene of New York in the 1960s to the remote Zen monastery where Cohen spent years later in life.

For more information on the University Lecture Series including Music Appreciation, contact Barbara Weisbart, Adult Enrichment Director, at 908-889-8800 x207 or bweisbart@jccnj.org.