Spring '18 Classes, Volunteer
Opportunities, and Book Group

Contact Peggy Kurtz 718.268.5011 ext 151

You can register for these classes online by clicking here!


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!

6 Tues.: Apr. 10 & 17, May 1 & 15, June 5 & 12
12:20–3:00 p.m

$60 members / $72 non-members

INTERFAITH CLASS: A Rabbi and Two Muslim Leaders in Conversation

We’ll discuss some of the most frequently asked questions in regard to Muslim and Jewish life and beliefs. Join Rabbi Irwin Goldenberg, Khalid Rehman, and Sabeeha Rehman for a discussion on the Koran and the Bible, Sharia and Halacha, women and family life. What do the Koran and Bible actually say vs. how they are interpreted and practiced? How has the American experience reshaped both American Muslim and American Jewish identities? Khalid Rehman is a retired oncologist and Asst. Professor at New York Medical College. A former hospital executive, Sabeeha Rehman was Director of Interfaith Programs at the American Society for Muslim Advancement and is the author of a memoir. Rabbi Irwin Goldenberg is a retired Reform rabbi. Bring your questions and curiosity!

4 Thurs.: Apr. 12 & 26, May 3 & 10

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
$40 members / $48 non-members


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

As we move deeper into the second year of the Trump administration, we await the work product of the Mueller investigation, presenting a myriad of legal issues not normally on the front pages of our newspapers. The impact of the investigation and its conclusions will surely change the entire public policy agenda of the president and Congress. At each session, we’ll dig deeper into an issue in the news, including the history, legal background, and politics. 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.: Apr. 24, May 29, Jun. 19
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
$30 members / $36 non-members

THE ART OF STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: Appreciation and Practice

French poet Charles Baudelaire wrote about the flâneur, a "passionate spectator" of the city and urban life. Street photographers have been inspired by Baudelaire's flâneur as a model for their practice. The daily rituals of a morning walk, running an errand, or a stroll for the sake of a stroll: these ordinary encounters with the familiar can become opportunities for seeing the city around us. This course will combine the history and practice of street photography. We’ll look at the work of great street photographers, from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Garry Winogrand. We’ll also take our cameras and phones out to photograph Queens. Includes possible trip to a gallery. A PhD Art History student at Stony Brook University, Jonathan Macagba teaches History of Photography and is a professional photographer.

5 Wed.: May. 30, June. 6, 13, 20 & 27
1:00–2:15 p.m.
$60 members / $75 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 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.: May 24 & 31, Jun. 7, 14, & 21
11:15 am - 12:45 p.m.
$50 members / $60 non-members
$15 materials fee, if needed


Our extremely successful tutoring program is back! 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, we are re-starting a second session each week at the CQY, working on conversational English with Turkish and other immigrants. We are getting wonderful feedback from tutors and students, both of whom are finding these programs enormously rewarding.

Space is limited and advance registration is required! For more information and to register, please contact Cultural Arts at (718) 268-5011 ext. 151 or pkurtz@cqy.org.

Fri., beg. Apr. 13
11:00 am - 12:45 pm
Van provided from CQY, leaving at 10:30 am and returning by 1:00 pm


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, April 19 - Judas, by Amos Oz

A novel by Israel’s best known author, an international bestseller, and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. At once a love story and a coming-of-age novel, Judas offers a surprising perspective on the state of Israel and the biblical tale from which it draws its title.

Please call or email if you are having trouble getting a book!


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