92Y Lecture Series

Well into our 9th 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 programs that make up the 2017-18 series. This year we have added an additional Special Event program: the movie opera “La Bohème”, featuring world famous Anna Netrebko. Please purchase your season pass or individual tickets in advance to let us make the appropriate plans.

The pass for the 5 regular programs is just $10 a ticket if purchased in a set of all 5 for $50.  Single tickets for any one performance, including the Special Event is still $15 purchased in advance.  We’ll make sure to have dessert and beverages waiting for you.

Click here to register and pay for the 2017-18 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.


Senator Al Franken: “Giant of the Senate” in Conversation with Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell

Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 8:00 PM

How did an award-winning comedian defy the odds and get elected to public office? Hear more about Senator Al Franken’s journey as he shares behind-the-scenes moments of his foray into politics and working in Washington, D.C. Senator Franken has represented the state of Minnesota since 2009. He serves on several committees, including the Judiciary; Energy and Natural Resources; Indian Affairs; and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Before entering the political scene, Senator Franken was a popular “Saturday Night Live” writer and featured player, comedian, and radio talk show host. His latest book, Giant of the Senate, is a revealing tell-all of the senate and will be awarded as a door prize to a series member!


Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen in Conversation: “You Can’t Spell America Without ‘Me’”

Wed, Dec 6, 2017, 8:00 PM

Two of America’s foremost Trump scholars, Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen, present what will be the definitive chronicle of Donald Trump’s entire four or eight or one-and-a-half years in the White House — until the President publishes his own account.

You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody) is political satire as deeper truth. And the conversation will be unmissable.


Neil deGrasse Tyson with Robert Krulwich: “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry”

Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 8:00 PM

Ever wonder about our vast, mysterious universe — but don’t have time to earn that PhD?

Superstar scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson has come to the rescue with Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, the brilliantly witty guide you’ve been waiting for. See the world-famous director of the Hayden Planetarium in person at 92Y as he takes us on a mind-expanding tour of the cosmos — with the humor and insight he’s beloved for. From the Big Bang to black holes, discover the great beyond with its best interpreter.

Robert Krulwich is co-host of Radiolab, WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning program about ‘big ideas’ now one of public radio’s most popular shows. Mr. Tyson's book, Astrophysics for Pople in a Hurry will be awarded as a door prize to a series member.


Charles Bronfman in Conversation with Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein: “Balancing Faith, Family and a Multibillion-dollar Business Empire”

Tue, Apr 17, 2018, 8:00 PM

How do you balance faith, family and a multibillion-dollar business empire? Charles Bronfman, heir to the Seagram’s distilling fortune, answers that question in his powerful new memoir, Distilled. From his ownership of baseball’s Montreal Expos to his philanthropic support of Israel to the family crisis that followed the sale of Seagram’s, Bronfman offers a rare look inside his life as a global influencer. Hear from this proud Canadian thought leader when he sits down for a candid conversation with 92Y’s own Rabbi Peter Rubinstein. His book Distilled: A Memoir of Family, Seagram, Baseball and Philanthropy will be awarded as a door prize to a series memeber.


“Jews in Dark Times” with Bernard-Henri Lévy, Leon Wieseltier, Paul Berman, and Alana Newhouse

Wed, Jun 13, 2018, 8:00 PM

We are living in a turbulent and ominous hour. The volatility of politics in the United States and Europe, the rise of authoritarian ideologies and governments, the ferocity of the debates about immigration and difference, the new faces of anti-Semitism and xenophobia: these momentous and unsettling developments have enormous implications for Jews in the West. How should American Jewry make sense of these changes? What are the dangers they pose to Jewish values and Jewish interests? Is anti-Semitism on the rise, and why? Is European Jewry in peril? How should Jews think about the liberal order and its increasingly powerful critics?

Bernard-Henri Lévy, Leon Wieseltier, Paul Berman, and Alana Newhouse will discuss these urgent and unsettling questions, and attempt to place them in their historical and intellectual contexts


Special Event Program

La Bohème: the movie with Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón

Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 7:30 PM

La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things—a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor—that make up our everyday lives. World premiere: Teatro Regio, Turin, 1896