22669
Simi Valley
American Presidents, Politics and the Jewish Community
In an idyllic California retreat, join presidential scholars to delve into the history and politics of fascinating America presidents and their relationship with the Jewish community.
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Program No. 22669RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Arrive, Check-in, Registration, Orientation
American Jewish University
D
American Jewish University/Brandeis-Bardin Campus

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: We will have our first meal together, featuring kosher food.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow participants with group icebreakers. Each evening, light snacks and hot drinks are available.

DAY
2
Lecture Series Begins, Israeli Dancing, Movie Night
American Jewish University
B,L,D
American Jewish University/Brandeis-Bardin Campus

Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious, nutritious breakfast.

Morning: Begin the day with a leisurely walk to stretch and enjoy the beautiful southern California weather. We settle down for the first two lectures in our series on the presidents, their politics, and the Jewish community. Our first lecture presents an overview of the presidents from George Washington to the present. Our second lecture focuses on the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson. Serving during the Civil War, the Great Depression, and WWII, these three presidents served during some of the most influential periods in our countries history.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious, nutritious lunch

Afternoon: Our final lecture for the day will explore the presidency of Ronald Reagan, setting the stage for our field trip tomorrow to the Reagan Library. We will have a change of pace with an Israeli dance session. Dancing has long been prominent within Jewish communities, with famous dances such as the Horah. Israeli dancing features typically choreographed dances in a variety of forms including circle, partner, line, and individual.

Dinner: Nutritious meal.

Evening: While enjoying light snacks and hot drinks, watch the 2012 film “Lincoln,” directed by Stephen Spielberg starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

DAY
3
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Field Trip, Movie Night
American Jewish University
B,L,D
American Jewish University/Brandeis-Bardin Campus

Activity note: Walking and long periods of standing at the museum.

Breakfast: Nutritious meal.

Morning: Begin the day with a leisurely walk to stretch and enjoy the beautiful southern California weather. We’ll take a field trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum where we will enjoy a docent-led visit. Opened to the public in 1991, the 100 acre site is perched on a mountaintop with sweeping views of mountains, valleys, and the Pacific Ocean. Follow a young Ronald Reagan on his rise from local hero and college standout to the glamorous world of Hollywood stardom. His campaign trail and inauguration as the 40th President of the United States, the Oval Office, and key events of his two terms are revealed through documents, photographs, and artifacts from eight dynamic years in the White House.

Lunch: At the museum, we will have boxed lunches.

Afternoon: Continue exploring the Library, exploring its many collections that document the life of the former actor, governor, and president. Returning to campus, enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Rest and relax or join for a refreshing game of BINGO.

Dinner: Nutritious meal.

Evening: While enjoying light snacks and hot drinks, we will watch Stephen Spielberg’s “Above and Beyond.” This documentary tells the story of a group of WWII pilots who volunteered to fight in the Israeli War of Independence, turning the tide of the war and laying the foundation for the Israeli Air Force.

DAY
4
Lecture Series Continued, Movie Night
American Jewish University
B,L,D
American Jewish University/Brandeis-Bardin Campus

Breakfast: Nutritious meal.

Morning: Our lecture series continues with two presentations focusing on the presidents of the mid to late 20th centuries. First, we will explore the controversial presidency of FDR; America’s longest serving president, his legacy and reputation is questioned even to this day for his response to Jews fleeing Europe and the Holocaust. We will also look into the presidencies of Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Our second lecture delves further into the 20th century with the presidencies of John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.

Lunch: Nutritious meal.

Afternoon: Lecture 6 - Nixon

Dinner: Nutritious meal.

Evening: While enjoying light snacks and hot drinks, our evening movie session presents “Nixon/Frost,” recounting the events of Watergate through a series of interviews conducted by British journalist David Frost.

DAY
5
Nixon Presidential Library & Museum
American Jewish University
B,L,D
American Jewish University/Brandeis-Bardin Campus

Breakfast: Nutritious breakfast.

Morning: Begin the day with a leisurely walk to stretch and enjoy the beautiful southern California weather. Our field trip brings us to the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, home to Nixon’s birthplace, the memorial sites of President Nixon and Mrs. Nixon, and a vast collection detailing the Nixon administration. Administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library and Museum is a National Historic Landmark.

Lunch: At the museum, we will have boxed lunches.

Afternoon: Continue exploring the Museum and Library complex.

Dinner: Nutritious meal.

Evening: While enjoying light snacks and hot drinks, our evening movie session presents the 1976 political thriller “All the President’s Men.” The film stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as investigative journalists working for The Washington Post during Watergate. In 2010, the Library of Congress nominated the film to the United States National Film Registry.

DAY
6
Lecture Series Concludes, Program Concludes
American Jewish University
B,L

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Nutritious meal.

Morning: We wrap up our lecture series with a presentation on modern day presidents and prominent Jewish businessmen. Delve into the administrations of George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barak Obama. Our final lecture will explore money sources invested into politics and the role of prominent Jewish moguls and businessmen including George Soros and Sheldon Adelson.

Lunch: Boxed meals will be provided to be eaten on your way home.






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