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Lectures & Dialogues

Expand your world view: Listen, question and learn with local and international speakers.

The OFJCC proudly boasts lectures on a vast array of exciting topics such as music, dance, literature and much more!

  • 5/3/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Musical Family Dynasties: The Bach Family

Part of Four-Lecture Series with Deborah Rosengaus, Mezzo Soprano

Musical Family Dynasties: The Bach Family
Is musical genius a genetic trait? Explore the biological family trees of some of music’s greatest composers, from husband and wife power couples like the Schumans to generations of composers who strove to fulfill the family legacy like the Bach brood.
  • 5/3/2016 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lost Kaddish

Lost Kaddish
During World War II, 200,000 Jews served in the Soviet Army forces. They fought and died like ordinary Soviet soldiers; however they were never identified as Jews by the Soviet state. When they perished during fighting they were never given a proper Jewish burial and no one said Kaddish for them.
  • 5/10/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Musical Family Dynasties: The Schus

Part of Four-Lecture Series with Deborah Rosengaus, Mezzo Soprano

Musical Family Dynasties: The Schus
Is musical genius a genetic trait? Explore the biological family trees of some of music’s greatest composers, from husband and wife power couples like the Schumans to generations of composers who strove to fulfill the family legacy like the Bach brood.
  • 5/17/2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

'Israel Story' Live: 68 and Counting

'Israel Story' Live: 68 and Counting
Join us for an evening of magical live radio with the creators of Israel Story, the award-winning radio show and podcast that public radio icon Ira Glass calls "the Israeli This American Life.

  • 5/24/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Musical Family Dynasties: The Mozarts

Part of Four-Lecture Series with Deborah Rosengaus, Mezzo Soprano

Musical Family Dynasties: The Mozarts
Is musical genius a genetic trait? Explore the biological family trees of some of music’s greatest composers, from husband and wife power couples like the Schumans to generations of composers who strove to fulfill the family legacy like the Bach brood.
  • 5/25/2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mark Kurlansky: The History of Paper

Mark Kurlansky: The History of Paper
For the past two millennia, paper has been one of the simplest pieces of human technology. It has formed the foundation of civilizations and promoted revolutions. It has also been essential to the development of education, commerce, arts, religion and language. But what will we start to lose as we continue to move towards a paperless society?
  • 5/31/2016 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Donald O'Connor

Part of Six-Lecture Series: Song & Dance Men of the Silver Screen with Bonnie Weiss

Donald O'Connor
This six-lecture series with Bonnie Weiss highlights the lives and talents of musical masters of the stage and screen.

Donald O'Connor is best known for his brilliant comic tour de force performance of "Make 'Em Laugh" in the beloved movie musical Singin' in the Rain. But many believe that he also had the best singing voice of any of the song and dance men of the silver screen. And he had a great teacher: Bing Crosby. He made his film debut at the age of 13 playing Bing's kid brother in the movie Sing You Sinners. During his adolescence, he starred in a series of popular teen musicals with terrific dancer/singer/comic Peggy Ryan.
  • 6/7/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Musical Family Dynasties: The Strauss Family

Part of Four-Lecture Series with Deborah Rosengaus, Mezzo Soprano

Musical Family Dynasties: The Strauss Family
Is musical genius a genetic trait? Explore the biological family trees of some of music’s greatest composers, from husband and wife power couples like the Schumans to generations of composers who strove to fulfill the family legacy like the Bach brood.
  • 6/8/2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Joshua Kendall: Parenting and Politics

Joshua Kendall: Parenting and Politics
Work/life balance is a constant struggle for parents but how does it change when you are the President of the United States?
  • 6/14/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Sleep Pattern Changes As We Age

Community Tuesdays

Sleep Pattern Changes As We Age
This lecture will help you understand sleep physiology and how it changes with age. Dr. Mehrdad Ayati will address insomnia and sleep disorders in elderly people. He will also discuss treatment and prevention of sleep impairment in the aging population.
  • 6/28/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Karate: What You See Is Not What You Get

Community Tuesdays

Karate: What You See Is Not What You Get
Hollywood has become the primary source of information for most people about martial arts. Action movies can give rise to fantasies about hand-to-hand combat that should appropriately remain in the imagination rather than be thought to be even remotely realistic. Although sport karate at its highest levels includes world-class athletic skill and perfect technique, the presence of a referee with a whistle who can stop combat also creates a sense of fantasy in both the participants and spectators.

Desmond Tuck, one of a handful of 7th degree black belts in Goju Ryu Seiwa Karate-do in the Western hemisphere—and less than a dozen in the Western world—will describe his experience as he climbed the ladder in one of the premier karate organizations in the world.
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