Thursdays – Famous Jewish Personalities in Politics, Science, Music and Art.
Instructor: Stuart Liss
12/2 Marc Chagall: Chagall was a Russian-French artist whose diverse modern styles and formats including painting, drawing, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine art prints. He has often been called the “quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century.”
12/16 Maimonides: A medieval Sephardic Jewish philosopher, Maimonides became one of the most prolific and influential Torah scholars of the middle Ages. He was an astronomer and physician, who became the personal physician to Saladin. His works and analyses have received both high proais and great controversy over the centuries from scholars in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Americas.
12/23 Benjamin Disraeli – Served twice as the Prime Minister of Great Britain, and was instrumental in the creation of the British Conservative Party. He is remembered famously for his political relationship with William Gladstone, and for his part in the glorification of the British Empire. He is the only person of Jewish birth to have served as Prime Minister of England.
12/30 Al Jolson – Famously remembered for his performances in blackface, Jolson was the first performer to be seen in a major motion “talking” picture – The Jazz Singer. He billed himself as “The World’s Greatest Entertainer,” and was the highest paid performer of the 1920’s. During WWII and the Korean War, he was the first star to entertain the troops overseas. His singing style helped to promote jazz and blues to mainstream America, in spite of many criticisms that he became the shameful poster boy for blackface.