Cultural Arts & Jewish Heritage Programs Classes, Volunteer Opportunities, & Tutoring Programs

Contact Peggy Kurtz 718.268.5011 ext 151

You can register for these classes online by clicking here!

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Digging Deeper into the Politics & Law Behind the News

We are facing an historic election this fall that threatens to reshape our democratic system. Will the administration be pushed to confront the urgent threat of climate change? Will there be a fair and humane immigration law? Will those advocating voter suppression be successful? At each session, we’ll dig deeper into these critical issues in the context of our tragically divided country. A former NY State and City Comptroller, Assemblyman, and Professor of Political Science, Alan Hevesi is a seasoned veteran of political campaigns and politics.

3 Tues.: Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 26
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
$30 members / $36 non-members


Watch some of the greatest films of the last century and enjoy lively discussions with film critic Matthew Weiss. You'll learn to see the kinds of things most of us miss when we watch a movie. How do great films defy our expectations of character, narrative, identification, and editing, and deepen our experience of the world? Matthew Weiss has done everything on a film set from acting and producing to directing. He has appeared in productions along with Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, and Rosie Perez and has done improv comedy in NY. Bring your lunch. We’ll provide cookies, coffee, and food for thought!

4 Tues.: Feb. 12, 19, March 5 & 19
12:20–2:50 p.m

$40 members / $48 non-members


Pirkei Avot is the most beloved text from the Talmud. Over the centuries, Pirkei Avot has been interpreted in many ways, such as a guide to personal and communal ethics. We will focus on the text through the lens of social justice, primarily using a commentary by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, who regards this as “the first recorded manifesto of social justice in Western civilization.” We’ll discuss the text in the context of broader ethical questions such as how our society treats the poor, the homeless, the environment, and women, and how it understands justice, truth, and peace. A retired Reform rabbi, Rabbi Irwin Goldenberg has taught at St. John’s University and several colleges.

8 Wed.: Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6 & 27, March 6 & 13
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
$72 members / $88 non-members

LIGHT, COLOR AND SHADOW: Watercolors Without Fear

We’ll continue with our exploration of the simple techniques of watercolor to create landscapes from imagination or from photographs. This is a no-failure class! Learn to play with color, form, and texture to create beautiful images. Newcomers are welcome. No experience needed, just a spirit of curiosity and adventure!

A working artist, Susan Ross taught art for 40 years in the public school system.

5 Thurs.: Jan. 10 & 24, Feb. 7 & 28, March 28
11:15 am - 12:45 p.m.
$50 members / $60 non-members
$15 materials fee, if needed


Our extremely successful tutoring program continues! Do you have skills to offer which could help immigrants in exchange for the personal rewards of helping people get a positive start in the U.S.? In addition to our ongoing tutoring program for women at the Women for Afghan Women Center in Fresh Meadows, volunteers are also needed to help Afghan children in the Center’s afterschool program, Monday through Wednesday afternoons. We are getting wonderful feedback from tutors and adult students, both of whom are finding these programs enormously rewarding.

Space is limited and advance registration is required! Contact Cultural Arts at (718) 268-5011 ext. 151 or

Homework Help Project: Mon., Tues., and Wed., beg. Sept. 17, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. At the Afghan Women Center. Van not available.

Adult Students: Fri., beg. Sept. 21, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Van provided from CQY, leaving at 10:30 a.m. and returning by 1:00 p.m.


FREE, but advance registration is requested. New participants always welcome! 

Come find out why this book group has such a devoted following! Thoughtful, lively, provocative discussions focus on the best new and classic literature and non-fiction. Moderated discussions dig into the books to get the most from them, yet we also have a lot of fun. New participants are always welcome.

Third Thurs. of month, 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Thursday, January 17 - The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad
A spellbinding story of a terrorist plot in 19th century London that goes horribly awry.

Thursday, February 21, 12:15 pm - Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
This beloved 1937 love story sparkles with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, or fear, it is the story of a firecely independent woman.

Thursday, March 21, 12:15 pm - TBD


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Telephone: 718-268-5011
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