92Y Lecture Series

It’s hard to imagine the journey we started in 2009 when we began our first 92nd St Y season at Community Synagogue, brought to you by its Brotherhood.  We thought we would take a hiatus this year but so many of you asked me about the new programs that we decided to commence our 8th season.  All we ask is that you go to our website to buy the winter season pass in advance to let us make the appropriate plans.

Because of savings passed on to us by the 92Y, we can offer the winter season pass for just $10 a ticket if purchased in a set of all 5 for $50.  Single tickets for any one performance is still $15 purchased in advance.  We’ll make sure to have dessert and beverages waiting for you.

There is one more issue to cover. On occasion, the 92Y may add an interesting program that is not on the schedule and could be of more interest to our members given its timeliness or newsworthiness.  We would like the option of either substituting an existing program or moving it to a different date.  Any added programs will be $10 if you hold a season pass.  Notice of any change will be sent out at least a month in advance.

Click here to Register and Pay for the 2016-2017 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.  Please e-mail Bert, [email protected] for a reservation or more information.


The NewsHour Together Again: Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil with Roger Rosenblatt on Culture, Politics and the State of the World

Thur, Nov 3, 2016, 8:00 PM

The two legendary TV anchors and founders of the PBS NewsHour discuss everything from the current presidential election to the nation and the world they covered and observed during their distinguished careers.  Their conversation is joined by their friend, author and longtime NewsHour essayist Roger Rosenblatt.


The Justice Stephen Breyer in Conversation with Charlie Rose

Wed, Dec14, 2016, 8:00 PM

The Supreme Court justice joins the award-winning broadcaster for a penetrating discussion about today’s most pressing legal issues: the Court’s attitude to presidential power – and how the Court decides whether the President has overstepped the limits of the Constitution; the death penalty; gun control; whether foreign law has a place in interpreting the American Constitution, and how, in an increasingly interconnected world, the court is obliged to understand and consider circumstances beyond America’s borders.


The movie,“Defying the Nazis,” folowed by Conversation with Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky

Wed, Jan 25, 2017, 7:30 PM

After first viewing the movie “Defying the Nazis” narrated by Tom Hanks and Marina Goldman, master documentary storyteller Ken Burns joins forces with Artemis Joukowsky to discuss the fascinating story of Martha and Waitstill Sharp, an American couple who saved imperiled Europeans during World War II. This Unitarian minister and his wife emerge as heroes for our own time, risking everything to help Jews and other refugees. Beginning in January 1939, they acted like spies from Prague to Portugal. Interviews with the Sharps' two children, as well as survivors who owe their lives to the couple's intervention, round out the portrait of inspirational courage.

The reason for the earlier start is the movie length and follow-up discussion will run about 2 hours and 15 minutes.


“American Heiress," Jeffrey Toobin with Alan Dershowitz

Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 8:00 PM

Jeffrey Toobin, the bestselling author and New Yorker staff writer is joined by prominent criminal lawyer Alan Dershowitz to discuss Toobin’s new book, American Heiress.

Patty Hearst, granddaughter of the publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974 and brainwashed into becoming a bank robber and spokesman for the radical’s group’s causes before serving 22 months behind bars. The sensational story seemed to define the insanity of that decade. Join these two power thinkers for an eye-opening look at an extraordinary piece of American history.


David Brooks in Conversation with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks 

Wed, May 17, 2017, 8:00 PM 

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice, was recently named the winner of the 2016 Templeton Prize. He served as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth; he is currently the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. Rabbi Sacks is the author of more than 30 books; his most recent is Not in God’s Name, which was awarded a 2015 National Jewish Book Award in America and was a top ten Sunday Times bestseller in the UK. 

David Brooks has been an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since 2003. He is also a commentator on PBS’s NewsHour, NPR’s All Things Considered and NBC’s Meet the Press. His most recent book is The Road to Character (2015), a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and named as one of the best books of the year by The Economist.