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.



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


Film ClassJoin us in exploring how great movies use the power of cinema to rewire our consciousness and defy our expectations.

8 Tues. beg. October 25
12:00-1:30 p.m.
$80 member / $96 non-member

Matthew L. Weiss has done everything in the world of film from craft service to editing, acting, producing, and directing. As an editor, his films have played in festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca, and he is the regular “Film Guy” movie correspondent on Sam Seder’s The Majority Report podcast.

Practical & Ethical Wisdom for Life with Rabbi Irwin

What is the good life?  What does it mean to live a moral life, to be a good human being or Jew?   Musar, Jewish practical ethics, has guided Jews through the difficulties of their personal lives for hundreds of years.  Human nature has not changed.  The deep human insight drawn from classical Jewish texts, from people who lived millennia ago in circumstances so different from our own, is often breathtaking.  In the light of Jewish ethical literature, we’ll take a look at the values that can help guide us today through the confusions of everyday life, such as doing random acts of kindness, recognizing when we’ve done wrong and what to do about it, how to feel a deeper sense of inner peace.  In our exploration of Pirke Avot, we focused on Social Justice. In this course, we’ll turn our focus to personal ethics.  Bring only your intellectual curiosity and an open mind!

8 Thurs. beg. October 27
12:00-1:00 p.m.
$80 member / $96 non-member

Rabbi Irwin Goldenberg is a retired Reform Rabbi who has served congregations in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico and has taught at Gettysburg College and York College of Pennsylvania.


8 Wed. beg. October 19
12:00-1:00 p.m.
$80 member / $96 non-member

How do artists respond to what’s happening in the world around them? Can something beautiful also be political? This class explores how modern contemporary art (made after 1860 – today) processes, critiques  and questions what is making news in the headlines, including hot button topics: military conflict, feminism, LGBTQ rights, mass shootings, acts of terrorism, and much more! Our focus won’t be on choosing who is right, or who is wrong, but rather exploring art’s role in helping us to make up our own minds. We will be looking at painting, sculpture, photography, and performance.

Harry Weil is the Director of Public Programs at the Green-Wood Cemetery where he curates tours, concerts, performances, and art installations. His projects have been features in The New York Times and New Yorker, among other publications. Harry has a PhD in art history from Stony Brook University. 

For more information, email [email protected].

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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.

Leo Tolstoywar and peace
War and Peace

Thursday, October 6, 2022 – 12:00pm

Considered one of the greatest novels ever written, “War and Peace” is both epic and intimate. Set on the background of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, the book follows the lives of three of literature’s most memorable characters. “Like all great works of art, Tolstoy’s masterpiece has the capacity, on each successive reading, to transform our understanding of the world… A triumphant affirmation of human life in all its richness and complexity.” (Orlando Figes)

FREE, but advance registration strongly suggested. Please register here.

For more information, contact Peggy Kurtz at [email protected].




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