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Celebrate New Year: Inside Chassidim, Jewish Artists in Paris, Israel in Film

Program Number: 20265RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/30/2013 - 1/5/2014; 12/29/2015 - 1/3/2016;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Simi Valley, California
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays; Jewish Studies; Multi-Topic; Art History/Criticism
Meals: 18; 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Kosher    

Make your way to Southern California to ring in 2016 with a New Year’s Gala, celebrate Shabbat with a traditional celebration and dinner, and engage in a scholarly investigation of several Judaic topics. Numbering only 20,000 in 1945, today there are an estimated 350,000 Chassidim in the world. Explore this population explosion and the varied factors that contributed to it. Next, transition to Paris in the 1920s to learn about its appeal to Pissarro, Modigliani, Soutine, Rivera, Chagall and other Jewish artists enticed away from their homelands to find family in one another. Finally, examine cinema as the ideal lens by which to understand Israel’s history, culture and challenges.




Highlights

• Take an insider’s view of the Chassidim, tracing the origins of the movement, studying the lives of outstanding Chassidic rebbes, debunking stereotypes and more with an esteemed instructor.
• Led by a published author and recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, be conveyed to Paris in the bohemian 1920s to learn about immigrant Jewish artists who thrived there.
• Use American, Israeli and European movies as text for an examination of Israeli society, under the leadership of an adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Ring in the New Year with a special celebration!




Date Specific Information

12-30-2013

Program includes a docent led visit to the Skirball Cultural Center, a dynamic and educational institution in Los Angeles, devoted to sustaining Jewish heritage and culture.



Coordinated by American Jewish University.




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 6 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 Participant Information 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
(Monday, December 30)
   
 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
(Tuesday, December 31)
   
 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: Cocktail reception and New Year's eve gala celebration
 Evening: New Years Eve Gala Cellebration.
   
Accommodations: Brandeis-Bardin Institute
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Class session as described on in distributed schedule
(Wednesday, January 1)
   
 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
(Thursday, January 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet.
 Morning: Class sessions per distributed schedule.
 Lunch: Box Lunch
 Afternoon: Docent led tour of the Skirball Cultural Center.
 Dinner: Dinner buffet
 Evening: .lecture or entertainment as per detailed schedule distributed on arrival
   
Accommodations: Brandeis-Bardin Institute
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Shabbat Morning Service and Kiddush/Traditional Shabbat Luncheon/Scheduled Evening Program
(Friday, January 3)
   
 Breakfast: Traditional Shabbat Breakfast preceding services.
 Morning: .Class sessions per distrubuted schedule
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Afternoon rest after lunch followed by late afternoon lecture.
 Dinner: Traditional Shabbat dinner
 Evening: Egalitarian Shabbat Service followed by oneg Shabbat
   
Accommodations: Brandeis-Bardin Institute
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Class Sessions box lunch and departure
(Saturday, January 4)
   
 Breakfast: Traditional Shabbat Breakfast
 Morning: Egalitarian Shabbat Service followed by Oneg
 Lunch: Shabbat Lunch
 Afternoon: Lecture or activity per detailed schedule distributed on arrival.
 Dinner: Third meal of the Shabbat.
 Evening: Havdallah service and entertaintment per detailed schedule upon arrival.
   
Accommodations: Brandeis-Bardin Institute
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Two classes in the morning; departure.
(Sunday, January 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.
 Morning: Lecture per detailed schedule which will be distributed upon arrival.
 Lunch: Box lunch to be picked up prior to departure.
   
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?



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