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Thursdays – Famous Jewish Personalities in Politics, Science, Music and Art.

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Thursdays – Famous Jewish Personalities in Politics, Science, Music and Art.

11/4, 11/11, 11/18

11:00 AM/ CH

Instructor: Stuart Liss 

11/4 Robert Moses: Known as the “Master Builder” of New York City, Westchester County, Rockland County and Long Island during the mid-20th Century, was one of the most polarizing figures in the history of urban development in the United States.  His decisions, which favored highways over public transportation yielded the modern suburbs of Long Island, as we know it today. He was instrumental in both the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, and his work has influenced generations of civil designers. Though his works are unquestionably some of the most important of the 20th Century, his legacy has been marred by a history of fiscal mismanagement, questionable ethics, racism and greed.

11/11 Captain Alfred Dreyfus: One of the most famous trials of the late 19th Century was the “Dreyfus Affair,” in which Dreyfus was convicted of treason in France. Though he was sent to imprisonment on Devil’s Island, in French Guiana, the repercussions of his trial and imprisonment throughout all of Europe eventually led to his exoneration. His case has long been held as an example of the prevalent anti-Semitism which has lingered in Europe for centuries.

11/18 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.