Thursdays – Famous Jewish Personalities in Politics, Science, Music and Art.
7/8, 7/15, 7/22 & 7/29
11:00 AM/ CH
Instructor: Stuart Liss
7/8 Bob Dylan – Robert Allen Zimmerman, better known as Bob Dylan, is often considered to be one of the greatest singer/songwriters of the 20th Century. Songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” are iconic examples of songs that led the civil rights and anti-war movements in the 1960’s. His career has spanned over 6 decades, and he has influenced a wide range of political, social, philosophical, musical and literary writers and performers.
7/15 Louis Brandeis – Born in Louisville, KY, Brandeis was the first Jewish person to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States. A colleague of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Brandeis has left a legacy of decisions in civil, corporate and political matters that are still relevant today.
7/22 Bugsy Siegel – An American Jewish mobster, was the major driving force for the development of the Las Vegas strip. Along with Meyer Lansky, Siegel swayed not only the Jewish mob, but also the Italian-American mafia. He was one of the founders of Murder, Inc., and was known for his ruthlessness as a hitman, especially for his use of guns and violence.
7/29 Lenny Bruce – Bruce was a pathfinder as a social critic and comedian. He stretched the limits of acceptable public expression in the 1950’s and 60’s, and was often connected with the “counter-culture” and drug use. He is widely regarded as one of the most important comedic minds of the 20th Century and is generally ranked as #3, just behind George Carlin and Richard Pryor.