Thought Provoking Thursdays

Its interesting, its educational and its all right here at the J!

All Programs: Thursdays at 12:30pm or 7:00pm

12:30pm programs include a bagel “and”

$5/Person unless otherwise noted


January 11, 2018 - 12:30pm

Walter C, History of Television – The First 50 years

Take a journey through the years and reminisce.


February 1 – 12:30pm

Marty Schneit, Irving Berlin – An American Institution

Jerome Kern concluded that Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music. During Irving Berlin’s career he published an estimated 1,500 songs. Marty will discuss how the immigrant from Russia became the classic ragtime to riches story. Irving Berlin's first published song earned him 37 cents. Sit down and listen to the story of one of the greatest songwriters of popular songs, songs like Alexander’s Ragtime Band, God Bless America, White Christmas, A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody, You'd Be Surprised, Puttin on The Ritz, and There is No Business Like Show Business


February 8 – 7pm

Abigail Pogrebin – My Jewish Year

18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew – Whether you’re seeking an accessible, digestible roadmap for Jewish life or a fresh take on what you have been practicing for a lifetime.  Abigail's journey will leave you educated, charmed and inspired.


February 22 -7pm

Marilyn Simon Rothstein – Lift and Separate

This novel tells the story of a Jewish mother of three grown children whose husband left her for a younger model, tries  her  best to conquer family weddings by herself, divided loyalties, and the news that her husbands pretty young chippy is now pregnant. It’s time for her to pull herself up by her lacy bra straps and find a way to begin life again, second time around.


March 22 – 12pm

Diane Steinbrink, Neil Simon – From Brighton Beach to Broadway

This program explores the life and career of Neil Simon, one of our most prolific American Jewish Playwrights.  It will discuss how this background influenced his plays. It will feature monologues from some of his funniest and most poignant characters from his plays Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, Lost in Yonkers, Forty Five Seconds from Broadway and the Dinner Party.