Well into our 10th year and with an audience that has numbered more than 6,000 tickets sold, the Brotherhood of The Community Synagogue is proud to offer you the best in informed programming.
We are offering five, fine, pre-recorded programs that make up the 2018-19 series.
The season pass for the 5 regular programs is just $50 and includes a 6th free bonus program. Single tickets for any one performance are $15, purchased in advance. We’ll make sure to have dessert and beverages waiting for you. Programs may be subject to change.
Click here to register and pay for the 2018-19 programs. Or, you may call the Synagogue’s 92nd St Y order line (516) 883-3144, ext. 390 and leave your name, phone number, the programs and the number of tickets. You may also e-mail Bert Tobin, [email protected] for a reservation or more information.
Doris Kearns Goodwin with Michael Barnacle: Leadership in Turbulent Times
Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin, “America’s historian-in-chief” (New York), tackles this essential question in her new book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, the culmination of five decades of work in presidential history. By examining critical lessons from Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR and LBJ, Goodwin shows us how our greatest commanders in chief navigated some of the nation’s gravest challenges. Join this eminent chronicler of America’s past for a look at how we’ve overcome huge adversity—and what we must do to improve today’s polarized word.
Wednesday, October 17, 8:00 pm
Itzhak Perlman with Alan Alda: NPR’s (The life of) Itzhak
If there’s anyone who personifies the resilience, the vision and the contribution of the Jewish people, it’s Itzhak Perlman, whose transcendent violin playing evokes the depth of the human experience.
And the moving new documentary Itzhak, which begins airing on PBS on October 22, sheds fresh light on Perlman’s personal struggles as a polio survivor and Jewish émigré, reminding us why art is so vital to life. Don’t miss the master in person when he joins acclaimed actor and writer Alan Alda for a conversation on his life and work, touching on the fascinating similarities and differences between performing music and acting.
Wednesday, December 5, 7:30 pm (includes a 20 minute concert)
Jewish New York: The Remarkable Story of a City and a People
Deborah Dash Moore, Jeffrey S. Gurock, Annie Polland, Howard B. Rock and Daniel Soyer, authors of Jewish New York: The Remarkable Story of a City and a People, talk with Rabbi Peter Rubinstein about the history and influence of Jews in New York.
Jewish immigrants transformed New York — building the clothing industry, constructing apartment buildings and shaping the publishing industry and popular culture in music, theater and the arts. With a strong sense of social justice, a dedication to civil rights and civil liberties, and a belief in the duty of government to provide social welfare for all its citizens, New York Jews influenced the city, state and nation with a new wave of social activism. In turn, New York transformed Judaism and stimulated religious pluralism, Jewish denominationalism and contemporary feminism. Join us for a discussion about these many positive influences, but also on the group’s struggles with poverty and anti-Semitism.
Wednesday, February 13, 8:00 pm
Francine Klagsbrun with Tom Brokaw: On Golda Meir
Iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, tea-and-cake-serving grandmother—Golda Meir, the fourth prime minister of Israel, was a world figure unlike any other.
And Francine Klagsbrun’s definitive 2017 biography, Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel, gave us a Golda for the ages. Now Klagsbrun sits down with legendary newsman Tom Brokaw for a penetrating conversation on Israel’s complex founding mother, who led the nation through the historic 1973 Yom Kippur War. What is Meir’s legacy in her homeland and around the globe, and what do the lessons of her life tell us about the future of the fraught Middle East?
Wednesday, March 27, 8:00 pm
Ruth Bader Ginsburg with David Rubenstein: State of the Nation
As the Supreme Court welcomes a new judge to its ranks, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a 25-year veteran of the court, sits down for a wide-ranging discussion with Carlyle Group co-CEO and philanthropist David Rubenstein on her career and the state of the nation.
How does Justice Ginsburg, a lifelong trailblazer for gender equality, view the #MeToo movement? And what is the crucial role of the Supreme Court—and the rule of law—at a moment of huge political tumult for our country? Don’t miss an opportunity to experience the wit, wisdom and insight of one of the most influential figures in America.