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Spring 2017 Classes, Reading
Groups, and Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Peggy Kurtz 718.268.5011 ext 151

You can register for these classes online by clicking here!

Questions?  Please contact Peggy Kurtz at the above number, or [email protected].


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 he has done improv comedy in NY. Bring your lunch.  We’ll provide cookies, coffee, and food for thought!

5 Tues., 12:20–3:00 p.m.

May 2, 9 & 16, June 6 & 13
$50 m / $60 nm

3 Mon., 1:15–4:00 p.m.
July 10, 17 & 24

$30 m / $36 nm


BEHIND THE HEADLINES:  The Politics & Law Behind the News

As we move into the spring, we will know more about what a Donald J. Trump administration and Republican controlled Congress truly mean. It is clear that there will be significant changes in foreign policy, including U.S. policy toward Israel, and sweeping changes on domestic issues such as healthcare and immigration policy. At each session, we'll dig deeper into an issue in the news, including the history, legal background, and politics. Alan Hevesi is former NY State and City Comptroller, former Assemblyman, and Professor of Political Science.

3 Tues.: April 25, May 23 & June 20
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
$30 m / $36 nm


Jews in the Modern Period

Jewish culture, throughout the ages, has seen revolutionary and evolutionary changes. Confronting major traumas and new cultures led to new forms of Judaism and cultural changes. Moving on through Jewish history we’ll focus on the modern period, including the rise of new religious movements and Zionism as a response to Emancipation; the Holocaust and relevant theological responses; the Jewish community in America; and the rise of the State of Israel.

A retired Reform rabbi, Rabbi Irwin Goldenberg taught at York and Gettysburg Colleges in Pennsylvania

6 Weds.: Apr. 26,
May 3, 10, 17 & 24, June 7
1:00–2:15 p.m.

$48 m / $60 nm

4 Weds., beg. July 5
1:15–2:30 p.m.

$32 m / $40 nm


An Art Class for All Levels

Join us as our class continues to explore the challenges and satisfactions of creating artwork, all in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  We’ll explore ​the elements or building blocks used to create works of art, experimenting with different mediums such as drawing, watercolor, collage, and printmaking or others to tap into your own creativity. All levels of ability and experience welcome!

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

5 Thursdays, 11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
April 27, May 4, 11 & 25, June 22
$45 m / $55 nm
Materials fee extra, if needed.




Our extremely successful tutoring program is expanding!  Do you have skills to offer, which could help Afghan or Turkish 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 Afghan Women Center in Fresh Meadows, we are adding a second morning/week at the CQY, working on conversational English with Turkish immigrants.  We are getting wonderful feedback from tutors and students alike, both of whom are finding the program enormously rewarding. Registration is required and space is limited!  

Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
Women for Afghan Women Center

(Transportation available.)

Thursdays, 2:30 p.m.
Central Queens Y



Two Free Readers’ Discussion Groups:

Daytime Book Group 

Registration requested.  New participants always welcome!

Find out what makes this daytime book group so special that it was featured in an article in the national JCCA newsletter!  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! 

Meets on third Thursday each month (except April) from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m. unless otherwise noted. FREE but registration is requested.

Thursday, April 20, 12:15 p.m. – George Orwell, 1984

While 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever... “The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.

Thursday, May 18, 12:15 p.m. – Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend

Amazon calls this novel "a modern masterpiece... a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends... the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship."

Thursday, June 15, 12:15 p.m. – Richard Ford, Let Me Be Frank With You

A Pulitzer Prize finalist by a modern master, about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In four linked stories, Frank Bascombe attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity. Amazon said, "It is a moving and wondrous and extremely funny odyssey through the America we live in at this moment."

Evening Book Group

Registration requested.  New participants always welcome!

Join us as we turn over a new page with the New Year, at our Monthly Evening Book Group!  Explore new fiction while connecting with new acquaintances over baked treats, coffee and tea—or muse over old favorites while munching meringues.  New faces and suggestions for good reads always welcome!  A professional librarian, Yasmin Spiegel-Solomon is currently a curriculum writer.

Please call or email for spring book selections.


UJA Federation of New York
Central Queens Y
67-09 108th Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Telephone: 718-268-5011
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58-20 Little Neck Pkwy
Little Neck, NY 11362
Telephone: 718-225-6750
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