ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.Dinner: Dinner in hotel
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this hotel offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.
Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Dinner
Jews are funny. But why? Like all groups who have been oppressed, Jews have a keen sense of irony. But it’s much more than that. It’s a love of language and intellect (perhaps from poring over the Torah,) a love of absurdity (from looking at the state of the world,) an appreciation of the “everyman/woman” (because we appreciate our humble roots), and an eye to the practical (because we all have to make a living, right?) We will also look at the “Jewishizing” of American humor, the “mainstreaming” of Jewish humor, and when, how and why comedians to chose to “come out” about being Jewish.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: Great Jewish Film Directors
From Otto Preminger to Steven Spielberg, this course examines Jewish movie directors who have assimilated into the commercial world of film-making, in the process attaining the clout to focus on unique explorations of the Jewish character.
Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
This is one of the most intractable conflicts of the modern era and shows no signs of getting any better. It is a conflict with two distinct narratives, each with its own “validity” and internal logic. This conflict is enmeshed in the larger political intrigues of European Imperialism and colonialism, European, Arab and Jewish nationalism and soaked in 2000 years of bitter inter-religious disputation and vicious violence. This program will attempt to provide an outline for further study of this important issue on the world political scene.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You can visit charming downtown Burlingame which has interesting shops and restaurants in addition to a historic train station and library. The City of Burlingame runs a complimentary shuttle throughout the day. The shuttle schedule can be found in the lobby.Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: Great Jewish DirectorsLodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Al Jolson, Fanny Brice, Irving Berlin, Sophie Tucker, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Dinah Shore-- only a few of the 20th century's jazz giants who were of Jewish background. The course will trace the development or America's Jewish jazz singers, composers, and instrumentalists through the Dixieland, ragtime, swing, bebop, modern and post-modern periods. Hear rare recordings of these innovators and see footage from early talking pictures of their later Hollywood appearances. The class will highlight the careers of several notable Jewish jazz artists and composers beginning with their immigration to
the US or Canada and their early exposure to Black jazz music.
Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: Jews n' Jazz: Who Got Rhythm and How!Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Four Jewish composers, Jerome Kern ("Show Boat"), Irving Berlin ("Annie Get Your Gun"), George Gershwin ("Porgy & Bess"), and Richard Rodgers ("Oklahoma!"), shaped the unique sound of the American musical.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: FIELD TRIP to San Francisco to the Holocaust Memorial by sculptor George Segal, followed by visits to historic Congregation Emanu-El and the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Current exhibits at the CJM include: Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
Through over seventy photographs by renowned poet, Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997), Beat Memories tenderly captures the young writers and rebels that would define the Beat Generation.
Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art
Beyond Belief is an expansive exhibition exploring the spiritual dimensions of modern art, especially as seen through the lens of Jewish theological concepts. The exhibition features forty-eight internationally-known artists whose work—painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation art—are all drawn from SFMOMA’s outstanding collection. Ranging from a 1914 abstraction by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian to a luminous 1960 abstraction by Mark Rothko and oversized prayer beads by contemporary artist Zarina, Beyond Belief provides an engaging alternative that prioritizes spirituality in the reading of art.
Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica
Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica combines the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s ongoing commitment to presenting new perspectives on Jewish tradition with its dedication to working with contemporary artists, like Saitowitz, whose vision enables us to find fresh ways to examine and appreciate Jewish culture and ritual.
The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations
A musical journey through a unique slice of recording history–the Black-Jewish musical encounter from the 1930s to the 1960s.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum is the first museum in the country to host a StoryCorps StoryBooth. StoryCorps is a New York-based oral history project founded and directed by award-winning documentary artist and MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay.
(Exhibition descriptions courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum).Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Heather Klein
Heather is a classically trained soprano in San Francisco, and performs Yiddish classical, theater and folk music, as well as opera and other styles.
For the past decade, she has performed across the U.S., Canada and Europe, as a soloist and as part of various musical groups and opera companies. Highlights include singing with Three Yiddish Divas, and touring with the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene alongside, among others, Zalmen Mlotek and Claire Barry of the Barry sisters.
Heather has also performed in New York at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. In addition, she played the role of Rosie in the world-premiere of Ravensbruek Project, a cabaret opera based on the Holocaust, held in Boston.
As the leader of Heather Klein's Inextinguishable Trio, she has also successfully produced a Yiddish-theater album, Mayn Yiddishe Velt, and is preparing to release the trio's latest CD, Shifreles Portret: A Yiddish Art Song Project.
That album consists of numerous classical Yiddish art songs, and a world-premiere of a newly composed piece by accomplished violinist and composer Steven Greenman. It also features a nign - a wordless folk tune - that was collected in Budapest from a Holocaust survivor, and arranged by the trio's violist, Be'eri Moalem.
Heather is also part of a newly formed ensemble, Shabbos Zingt, which will perform at Bay Area synagogues this year, leading Shabbos services with Yiddishkayt melodies.
She earned her bachelor's and master's from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Heather also works as a cantorial soloist and b'nei mitzvah tutor.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner