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Stephen Flatow’s life changed forever on April 9, 1995, when he learned that his daughter Alisa, a twenty-year-old college student traveling in Israel, had been the victim of a terrorist bus bombing. In his new book, Flatow tells Alisa’s story and recounts how he brought his daughter's murderers to justice through the American justice system. Flatow says that until Alisa’s tragic death he was "just another New Jersey real estate lawyer." After he discovered the Iranian government had directly sponsored the bomber, Flatow decided to sue the terror state. Working with a superb Washington lawyer and an astute forensic researcher, Stephen Flatow went on to win a dramatic verdict against Iran.
Thursday, October 11, 7:00 p.m.
Bestselling organizational guru Julie Morgenstern takes on time management, including the biggest of all time-management projects: parenting. Morgenstern is author of the bestselling Organizing from the Inside Out. In her new book, Time to Parent, America's organizing queen gives all of us the skills to reduce stress by prioritizing, simplifying, and organizing, in order to enjoy life more.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Monday, October 15, 1:30 p.m.
America’s best-loved therapist, Dr. Ruth, is known for her wise counsel on all matters of the heart. In two recent books, she shares her story and insights into living life to the fullest, at any age. Everyone knows Dr. Ruth as the most famous sex therapist, but few people know she narrowly escaped death during the Holocaust, was raised in an orphanage in Switzerland, or that she was a sniper during Israel's War of Independence. Through her story, Dr. Ruth sheds light on how she's learned to live a life filled with joie de vivre and she shows others how they too can live with challenges, tragedy, and loss, all while nourishing an intellectual and emotional spark, and, above all, having fun.
We anticipate a full house. Please come early to ensure your space.
Join us for an afternoon of outstanding short films from the Queens World Film Festival, and meet the festival directors. Each of these films tells a very full story, with a hint of how much lies beneath the surface, all within the limits of the art of the short film. The award-winning films are from Kosovo, Macedonia, and the Lower East Side. The New York filmmakers will be present for the post-screening conversation.
This screening is made possible by NY City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer.
Born in 1894 in multicultural Odessa’s thriving Jewish community, Isaac Babel is considered one of the greatest twentieth-century Jewish (and great Russian) writers. As a journalist, he rode with the Cossack horsemen of the Red Cavalry, a brave but highly unusual choice for a Jewish intellectual. Babel stood between two worlds. He had fled the old world of the Jewish past, and yet he knew that the new world would never accept him. Vinokur describes Babel’s attitude as “horrified hopefulness,” embracing the Bolshevik Revolution, while also clearly seeing the cruelty. Silenced by Stalin in the 1930s, Babel was finally executed in a secret police prison in 1940. Val Vinokur is an Associate Professor of Literary Studies and Director of Jewish Culture at The New School.
The Met collection includes some of the finest work of the great masters of early modern art, from Van Gogh to Jackson Pollack. This art of the late 19th to mid-20th century helped us reimagine the way we see the world and ourselves. We’ll tour it with art historian Harry Weil as our guide. Harry has taught Art History at Stony Brook University and Patterson College. He also taught one of our all-time most popular classes at the Central Queens Y. Afterward we’ll eat together in one of the Met’s cafes or restaurants.
Transportation will be available, but space in the van and on the tour are both very limited, so do sign up early. Group tours are not free at the Met! $25. Lunch is optional and additional cost.
Purchase your ticket online by clicking here, or visiting www.cqy.org/Met
During the 2016 presidential campaigns, journalist Jonathan Weisman was suddenly subjected to a wave of anti-Semitic attacks on Twitter by neo-Nazis and anti-Semites. He was attacked as a leftist anarchist; as a rapacious Wall Street profiteer; and as a money-bags financier orchestrating war for Israel. After his initial shock, he wanted to understand better the alarming resurgence of anti-Semitism. In his new book, Weisman delves into the rise of the Alt Right, their roots in older anti-Semitic organizations, their oddly ancient grievances and aims―cloaked as they are in contemporary hipsterism―to spread hate in a palatable way through a political structure that has so suddenly become tolerant of their views. Jonathan Weisman is Deputy Washington Editor of the New York Times.
Monday, December 3, 1:30 p.m.
Angela Himsel was raised in a fundamentalist German-American family, one of eleven children, in a ramshackle farmhouse in Indiana. The Himsels followed an evangelical branch of Christianity which espoused a doomsday philosophy. Only strict adherence to the church’s tenets and belief in the church’s leader could save them from the evils of American culture—divorce, television, and even medicine. At nineteen, she decided to study Bible in Jerusalem. It was in Israel that Himsel’s eyes were opened to the danger of the myths with which she had been raised. Even as she struggled with her painful loss of faith, she also began to open to the world around her and ultimately found a new life as a Jewish woman in New York City.
Jewish Book Council