Virtual Cultural Arts & Jewish Heritage Classes

The Cultural Arts & Jewish Heritage Programs Department presents thought-provoking virtual classes on art, film, and religion, as well as a book discussion group.

FALL 2020 ONLINE CLASSES

TAKE A LUNCHTIME BREAK for an ONLINE CLASS!

Now you can use your lunchtime and evening to learn something new and stay connected to your community. All classes begin at noon.

Your registration fees help to fund these programs and Commonpoint Queens’ Services to the community.

To register, click HERE.  

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ART HISTORY: MODERN MASTERS
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Dig deeper into modern art with art historian, Harry Weil, to explore the styles and sensibilities that defined the early 20th century. Artists and movements we will discuss include Futurism, Edvard Munch, Georgia O’Keefe, and the Bauhaus.

6 Wed., 12:00-1:00 p.m.
9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21
$60 member / $72 non-member

ART HISTORY: HOW TO LOOK AT CONTEMPORARY ART

In this class, we’ll explore Contemporary art with art historian, Harry Weil. Do Jackson Pollock’s paint splatters make any sense? Why was Andy Warhol obsessed with Marilyn Monroe? Did Yoko Ono do anything else besides breaking up the Beatles?

6 Wed., 12:00-1:00 p.m.
10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16
$60 member / $72 non-member

Harry Weil has a PhD in Art History from Stony Brook University and is currently the Director of Public Programs and Special Projects at Green-Wood Cemetery. Be prepared for fun, lively discussions and an opportunity to understand some of the great modern masterpieces!

FILM DISCUSSION GROUP with FILM CRITIC MATTHEW WEISS

Version 2 matthew film instructorLearn how films defy our expectations of character, narrative, and identification. Film critic Matthew Weiss chooses films that deepen our experience of the world. Watch the movie at your convenience and then come together for a lovely discussion on some of the greatest films of the last century.

11 Tues., 12:00-1:30 p.m.
9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15
$110 member / $132 non-member

Matthew Weiss has done everything on a film set from acting and producing to directing. As an editor his films have played festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca and he is the regular “Film Guy” correspondent on Sam Seder’s The Majority Report podcast. 

MODERN JEWISH THEOLOGIANS, IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Attend a class on Jewish responses to the Holocaust

What does it mean to believe in God after the Holocaust? Rabbi Irwin Goldenberg will lead a discussion of God in the Jewish tradition, using selections from the writings of 20th & 21st century Jewish theologians who present fresh, contemporary Jewish ideas about God. Reading texts from modern philosophers, we’ll discuss how they understand God’s Nature, how we can experience God’s presence and the problem of evil.

8 Thurs., 12:00-1:30 p.m.
9/24, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/12, 11/19, 12/10
$80 member / $96 non-member

Rabbi Irwin Goldenberg is a retired Reform Rabbi who, after serving several congregations, has taught at Commonpoint Queens for 10 years and at Gettysburg College and York College of Pennsylvania.

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BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Come find out why this book group has such a devoted following! Thoughtful, lively, provocative discussions focus on the best new and classic literature and non-fiction. Moderated discussions dig into the books to get the most from them, yet we also have a lot of fun. New participants are always welcome. Book club meets the first Thursday of every other month.

  • Thursday, October 1, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – The Plague, by Albert Camus

A haunting tale of human resilience and hope in the face of unrelieved horror, Albert Camus’ iconic novel about an epidemic ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature. An immediate triumph when it was published in 1947, The Plague is a timeless story of bravery and determination against the precariousness of human existence.  “A redemptive book, one that wills the reader to believe, even in a time of despair.” —Roger Lowenstein, The Washington Post

  • Thursday, December 3, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

FREE, but advance registration strongly suggested. Contact Peggy Kurtz, 718-268-5011 ext. 151 or [email protected].   


Volunteer Opportunities Currently On Hold:

ENGLISH TUTORING FOR IMMIGRANTStutoring center for afghan women cultural arts

This program is on hold until the health emergency is over.  Please be in touch if you are interested in tutoring.

Our extremely successful tutoring program continues! Do you have skills to offer which could help immigrants in exchange for the personal rewards of helping people get a positive start in the U.S.? One day a week, volunteers tutor women at the Women for Afghan Women Center in Fresh Meadows. We have received wonderful feedback from tutors and students, both of whom find these programs enormously rewarding.

Van provided from Commonpoint Queens’ Central Queens, leaving at 10:45 a.m. and returning by 1:15 p.m. Space is limited and advance registration is required!   


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For more information, email [email protected].