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The Great Jewish Experience in Five Days

Program Number: 20372RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/11/2013 - 7/16/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Burlingame, California
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Jewish Studies
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Immerse yourself in five topics that are entertaining, thought-provoking, historical and contemporary from the Jewish perspective. Go in-depth on the Middle East, and appreciate the Jewish contribution to the arts — from musicals to comedy to television to the classics. Experience historic Congregation Emanu-El and the Contemporary Jewish Museum.




Highlights

• “Travel” to the Middle East as we examine Israel, the Palestinians and the U.S. against the backdrop of the call for democracy in the Arab world.
• Experience a 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.
• Cap your week with live entertainment on closing night.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on field trip.




Date Specific Information

7-11-2013

“History of the Arab/Israeli Conflict.” “Jews ‘n’ Jazz, Dynamic Jewish Directors.” “History of Jewish Humor.” “Legendary Jewish Composers.”
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Burlingame

A bustling suburb set between San Francisco Bay and the foothills of the Pacific Coast Range, Burlingame affords great views of San Francisco to the north from the walking paths along the bay.



Accommodations
Hotel overlooking San Francisco Bay. Indoor pool, gym, walking path, free airport shuttle and trolley to charming downtown Burlingame.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton SFO Bayfront
  Burlingame 5 nights
 Hilton SFO Bayfront
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hilton SFO Bayfront is ideally located just four miles from San Francisco Airport in the contemporary neighborhood of Burlingame, CA, a short drive from downtown San Francisco. The hotel offers inspiring views overlooking San Francisco Bay and nearby there's a scenic walking path where guests can enjoy a stroll along the Bay. The charming downtown section of Burlingame is filled with plenty of shopping and dining options.
  Contact info: 600 Airport Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-340-8500
web: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-francisco-airport-bayfront-SFOAPHF/index.html
  Room amenities: Each guest room contains a 42 inch flat screen HDTV with complimentary HBO(R), in-room movie channels, on-demand movies, cable, CNN and ESPN. All rooms are equipped with a coffee maker and tea service, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, arm chair with ottoman, clock radio with MP3 connection, curved shower rod, non-allergenic feather pillows, safe, visual strobe for the hearing-impaired, bathroom amenities and telephone featuring auto wakeup, voicemail, and a dataport. 24-hour housekeeping is standard and evening room service is available. Guests receive USA Today daily, Monday through Friday. Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in all guest rooms.
  Facility amenities: The Hilton SFO Bayfront is a 100% smoke-free hotel. It offers guests many fine amenities including the California culinary-inspired restaurant, Windows on the Bay, which provides sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. Guests can also enjoy their favorite cocktail in the relaxed atmosphere of the hotel's Lobby Lounge. The hotel features an indoor heated pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as a 24-hour business center. Guests may plug in their iPod, camera or laptop to an in-room system. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from SFO and to downtown Burlingame. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in the lobby and guest rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based on availability Call the hotel for current room rates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based on availability Call the hotel for current room rates.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is from 3:30-4:30PM. Orientation begins at 4:30PM followed by dinner at 5:30PM. Introductions are after dinner. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront that night.
  End of Program:
1:00PM after lunch on closing day. Please arrange your travel plans so you can join us for the final class on closing day. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Please note on your Personal Information Form if you are traveling with someone you would like to be housed next to. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Complimentary
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Burlingame
  Nearest city or town:  Burlingame
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International
  From End of Program
  Location: Burlingame
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
phone: 650-340-8500

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Fifteen minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Five miles

   

The hotel shuttle runs every 20 minutes. Exit SFO on Departure level and cross intersection to wait for shuttle to come by within 20 minutes. Look for black shuttle which reads, HILTON SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT BAYFRONT/EMBASSY SUITES.

 
Driving Directions
  From Highway 101 north of Burlingame Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From Highway 101 south of Burlingame Take Highway 101 north. Take the Peninsula Ave exit, EXIT 417B. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Turn slightly right to stay on Airport Blvd. Hilton Hotel is on the right at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From Interstate 5 north of Sacramento Travel I-5 south to I-505. Travel I-505 south to I-80 west. Cross Bay Bridge ($6 toll). I-80 becomes Highway 101 south. Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From Interstate 5 north of San Diego Travel I-5 north to I-580 west. Take I-580 to I-238 north. Take I-238 to I-880 south. Take I-880 to the San Mateo Bridge. Cross bridge ($5 toll). Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
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: Registration/Orientation/Introductions
(Thursday, July 11)
   
 Afternoon: PROGRAM REGISTRATION takes place in the hallway outside of the meeting room. Check in to the hotel at the lobby desk; you will be directed to the meeting room where the Road Scholar program is being held.

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.

   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: History of Jewish Humor/Great Jewish Directors/History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
(Friday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: History of Jewish Humor

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 hotel
 Afternoon: 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 hotel
 Evening: 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.

   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: History of Jewish Humor/ Great Jewish Directors
(Saturday, July 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: History of Jewish Humor
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: Free time

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 hotel
 Evening: CLASS: Great Jewish Directors
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: History of the Arab/Israeli Conflict/Jews 'n Jazz: Who Got Rhythm and How!
(Sunday, July 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Jews 'n' Jazz: Who Got Rhythm and How!

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 hotel
 Evening: CLASS: Jews n' Jazz: Who Got Rhythm and How!
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Four Jewish Composers Who Turned a Light on Broadway/Field trip to Holocaust Memorial, Congregation Emanu-El and the Contemporary Jewish Museum/Live Musical Entertainment: Heather Klein
(Monday, July 15)

Note: The field trip to San Francisco includes visits to the Holocaust Memorial, by sculptor George Segal, a docent-led visit of the main sanctuary of historic Congregation Emanu-El, and free time to explore the Contemporary Jewish Museum.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Four Jewish Composers Who Turned a Light on Broadway

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 hotel
 Afternoon: 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.

Black Sabbath: 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.

StoryCorps StoryBooth

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 hotel
 Evening: 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.

   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Four Jewish Composers Who Turned a Light on Broadway
(Tuesday, July 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Four Jewish Composers Who Turned a Light on Broadway
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel; program is over after lunch; hotel checkout is by noon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Burlingame Bay Front Trail
Walk along the scenic San Francisco Bay Trail adjacent to the bay and the hotel. You will see sweeping views of the South Bay, the East Bay cities of Oakland and Alameda and the San Francisco skyline. For additional information, visit http://baytrail.abag.ca.gov/
  Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum explores the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society and is home to the largest collection of computing artifacts in the world. Wednesday-Sunday, 10-5; 650-810-1010; 1401 Shoreline Blvd, Mt. View; take 101 south exit Shoreline Blvd, turn left onto Shoreline, cross through intersection, museum on right. For additional information, visit http://www.computerhistory.org/
  Downtown Burlingame
Downtown Burlingame is filled with interesting shops and restaurants. For additional information, visit http://www.burlingame.org/Index.aspx?page=96
  Filoli
Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource. (Courtesy of Filoli.org). Take Highway 101 south to 92 west to 280 south. Exit Edgewood Road, Exit 29. Right on Edgewood. Right on Canada. Left at 86 Canada Road. For additional information, visit http://filoli.org/
  Hiller Aviation Museum
Hiller Aviation Museum is dedicated to the dreams of flight, looking back into aviation’s history while exploring its future. Open 10-5 daily; six miles south of hotel at 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos; 650-654-0200; take Hwy 101 south to Holly Street/Redwood Shores Pkwy exit. Go east onto Redwood Shores Pkwy. Turn right onto Airport Road. Turn right onto Skyway Road. The restoration shop, with its large picture windows, allows the visitor to witness the ongoing restoration process. Museum collection includes aircraft exhibits: vintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays, and models are on display. Extensive gift shop. Museum is adjacent to San Carlos Airport where you can watch commuter planes take off and land. For additional information, visit www.hiller.org/
  NASA Ames Exploration Center
Experience NASA technology and missions first hand; open Tuesday-Sunday 12-4, free admission; 650-604-6274 or 650-604-6497; Moffett Field; Take 101 south, Exit Moffett Blvd./NASA Parkway, at the stop light, turn right, as you approach Moffett Field, turn right at the stop sign before the main gate, The center is on the right, proceed behind the dome for parking. For additional information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/exploration.html
  San Francisco
Some of the main attractions in America's favorite city include Chinatown, Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill and North Beach, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Ferry Building and downtown Market Street, the Asian Art Museum, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park with the Japanese Tea Garden and deYoung Museum, Golden Gate Bridge, Mission Dolores, Nob Hill and Grace Cathedral, the Presidio with the Walt Disney Family Museum, Union Square, Yerba Buena Center with the SF Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum. For additional information, visit http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/
  Stanford University
Stanford University: Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Pick up a self-guided tour map and walk around campus at your leisure, or take a one-hour, student-led Campus Walking Tour at 11am or 3:15pm. Suggested sights to see: Hoover Tower, Memorial Church, Cantor Arts Center and the Hanna Honeycomb House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Go south on 101 to Embarcadero Road. Travel three miles. Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez Street when you cross El Camino Real. Stay in the left lane and continue past the stadium. The entrance to the Visitor Center Lot is on the left just beyond Nelson Road. For additional information, visit http://www.stanford.edu/
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.

Suggested Reading List


Jews on Broadway: An Historical Survey of Performers, Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Producers


Author: Stewart F. Lane


Description: From Fanny Brice, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern to Barbra Streisand, Alan Menken and Tony Kushner, Jewish performers, composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers and producers have made an indelible mark on Broadway for more than a century.



Jazz Jews


Author: Mike Gerber


American Jewish Filmmakers


Author: David Desser and Lester D. Friedman


Description: The book demonstrates how the Jewish experience gives rise to an intimately linked series of issues in the films of significant Jewish directors.



Jewish Humor: What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About the Jews


Author: Joseph Telushkin


Description: Here are more than 100 of the best Jewish jokes you'll ever hear, interspersed with perceptive and persuasive insight into what they can tell us about how Jews see themselves, their families, and their friends, and what they think about money, sex, and success.





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