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Celebrate New Year 2015: Bible’s Real Housewives & A Few Good Men, Jews in Cinema & Jews of Italy

Program Number: 20265RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/27/2012 - 1/1/2013; 12/30/2014 - 1/4/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Simi Valley, California
Price starting at: $830.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Jewish Studies; Multi-Topic; Art History/Criticism
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Kosher; Kosher; Kosher; Kosher    

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Ring in the New Year with a special celebration!



Coordinated by American Jewish University.



“Real Housewives of the Bible" meet “A Few Good Men”

Deception, adultery, theft and intrigue... ancient housewives of the Bible come with a mix of good and bad. These women who shaped our modern world are the “Real Housewives.” But let’s not leave out the men! When it comes to Biblical heroes do we want our world simple and clean or can we wade into complicated waters of the heroic but flawed? You will be enriched by investigating our “Good Men” and “Housewives” with scholars who will shine light on some of our great housewives and heroes.



The American Jewish Story Through Cinema

Cinema is a valuable vehicle to gain understanding of social, political and cultural realities of Jews in America. In an industry influenced by Jewish filmmakers, the evolving nature of American Jewish condition has had an impact on how Jews are reflected on screen. Recently Jewish filmmakers have become more comfortable with their heritage and we are now seeing movies that spotlight Jewish protagonists and experiences. Our scholar will delve deeply into this Jewish experience in film and will screen films with discussion following.



The Pope’s Jews: A History of the Jews of Italy

“Italy has been two homes for the Jews: a troublesome place where, despite residence since the early days of the Roman Republic, they were frequently subjected to terror and oppression; and a modern country in which their civil status was exemplary and anti-Semitism all but absent” – Meyer Weinberg. Our lectures will survey Italian Jewish history from second century B.C. to the modern day.




Simi Valley

With 20 city parks, six golf courses and the hiking, biking and horseback riding of nearby Rocky Peak at their disposal, Simi Valley residents and visitors enjoy a year-round mild climate ideal for outdoor pursuits. The city also boasts the 100-acre Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.



Accommodations
Explore Jewish arts, culture and intellect at a cultural and retreat center set among 3,000, beautiful southern California acres. Spacious bungalows on both street/upper levels; close to dining, classrooms, Judaica library and lounges. Classroom/dining are located on upper level. Limited handicapped accessible rooms available.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Eric Goldman

Eric Goldman is Jewish film educator, historian and film critic. A professor of cinema at Yeshiva and Farleigh Dickenson University, he is also the founder and president of Ergo Media, a video publishing company that specializes in Jewish and Israeli films. He is the author of “The American Jewish Story Through Cinema,” and “Visions, Images and Dreams: Yiddish Films of Past and Present.” Eric served as a member of the Educational Advisory Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, and is a film reviewer for New Jersey’s The Jewish Standard.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Brandeis-Bardin Institute
  Simi Valley, CA 5 nights
 Brandeis-Bardin Institute
Type: Conference Center
  Description: 3,000 acres of rolling hills in a beautiful conference center/camp/ranch setting.
  Contact info: 1101 Peppertree Lane (Tapo Canyon Road)
Simi Valley, CA 93064-0001 USA
phone: 805-582-4450
web: www.thebbi.org
  Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air-conditioning. Spacious, fully-carpeted. Generous closet and drawer space.
  Facility amenities: Miles of walking trails, comfortable classrooms, lounges and reading rooms. Extensive Judaica library.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in/registration is between 1 and 4 PM. Orientation begins at 4:15 pm. You will be staying at Brandeis-Bardin Institute that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 12 Noon. You will be staying at Brandeis-Bardin Institute the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free Parking is available and centrally located, well-lit, parking lot near housing. The parking lot will open at 8:30 am and close the gates at 5:00 pm No Height Restrictions Parking is not available on street or directly in front of housing units.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Simi Valley, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Simi Valley, CA
  Nearest highway: CA 118 - Ronald Reagan Fwy.
  Nearest airport:  Bob Hope (Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena); LAX (Los Angeles International)
  From End of Program
  Location: Simi Valley, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Los Angeles

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Prime Time Shuttle
phone: 800-733-8267
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$49 for first person $10 for each additional person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

 
Driving Directions
  Bob Hope (Burbank) Airport Use directions from Los Angeles area, utilizing the 5 (Golden State) Freeway.
  Los Angeles Area Take the 405 Freeway (San Diego) or the 5 Freeway (Golden State) NORTH to the 118 Freeway (Ronald Reagan) WEST. Take the 118 Freeway toward Simi Valley to Tapo Canyon Road. Exit Tapo Canyon Road and turn SOUTH (left turn). Continue on Tapo Canyon Road approximately 2 miles (past Cochran Street, Los Angeles Avenue, Royal Avenue and Guardian Street) to front gates of The Brandeis-Bardin Institute.
  Los Angeles International Airport Use above directions from Los Angeles Area, utilizing the 405 (SanDiego) Freeway.
  Ventura/Santa Barbara Area Take the 101 Freeway (Ventura) SOUTH to the 23 Freeway (Fillmore) NORTH to the 118 Freeway (Ronald Reagan) EAST. Take the 118 Freeway toward Simi Valley to Tapo Canyon Road. Exit Tapo Canyon Road and turn SOUTH (right turn). Continue on Tapo Canyon Road approximately 2 miles (past Cochran Street, Los Angeles Avenue, Royal Avenue and Guardian Street) to front gates of The Brandeis-Bardin Institute.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Orientation
(Thursday, December 27)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival, unpack and settle, followed by orientation.
 Dinner: Dinner buffet.
 Evening: an evening activity to be determined along with getting to know fellow Road Scholars.
   
Accommodations: Brandeis-Bardin Institute
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Class Sessions
(Friday, December 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet.
 Morning: 2 classes 9:00 am 10:30am and 10:45am to 12:15pm as described in distributed schedule
 Lunch: Lunch Buffet.
 Afternoon: Class and/or activity as described in distributed schedule
 Dinner: Activity as described in distributed schedule
 Evening: lecture or entertainment as per detailed schedule distributed upon arrival.
   
Accommodations: Brandeis-Bardin Institute
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Class session as described on in distributed schedule
(Saturday, December 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet.
 Morning: class sessions as described in distributed schedule
 Lunch: Lunch Buffet.
 Afternoon: class sessions as described in distributed schedule
 Dinner: Dinner Buffet.
 Evening: lecture or entertainment as per detailed schedule distributed upon arrival
   
Accommodations: Brandeis-Bardin Institute
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Class Sessions/Shabbat Dinner/Shabbat Services/Oneg Shabbat
(Sunday, December 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet.
 Morning: Class sessions per distributed schedule.
 Lunch: Lunch Buffet.
 Afternoon: Class session per distributed schedule.
 Dinner: Traditional Shabbat Dinner
 Evening: Egalitarian Shabbat Friday evening service followed by Oneg Shabbat.
   
Accommodations: Brandeis-Bardin Institute
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Shabbat Morning Service and Kiddush/Traditional Shabbat Luncheon/Scheduled Evening Program
(Monday, December 31)
   
 Breakfast: Traditional Shabbat Breakfast preceding services.
 Morning: Shabbat AM service followed by Kiddush and morning lecture per distributed schedule.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Afternoon rest after lunch followed by late afternoon lecture.
 Dinner: Third Shabbat meal.
 Evening: Havdallah service follwed by a cocktail reception. dinner and gala New Year's eve celebration
   
Accommodations: Brandeis-Bardin Institute
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Class Sessions box lunch and departure
(Tuesday, January 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet.
 Morning: Class sessions per schedule.
 Lunch: Program ends at 12 Noon. Note: Box lunches will be available immediately following the last class session, to be taken upon departure or enjoyed on the grounds. For those with early departures, box lunches can be made available at any time in the morning.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Simi Valley, CA Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Museum honoring the late President Ronald Reagan. Beautiful facility and landscaping. Self-directed tours and gift shop. New Air Force One exhibit.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

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