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Join us for our exciting 2020-2021 season featuring both virtual and live programs. (Our season will begin with virtual programs only, and we will introduce in-person programs later in the season, when it is safe to do so).

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Kultur Festival

Aaron Kula, Artistic Director
A series of musical performances that celebrate Jewish culture and heritage.

Monday, November 30, 7:00 pm

Virtual Concert: Yiddish Tangos

Featuring award-winning performer Avi Hoffman and world-renowned Klezmer Scholar Aaron Kula along with the Klezmer Company Jazz Orchestra. See bios below.

Yiddish Tangos brings passion to Yiddish music and appeals to audiences of all ages by fusing Yiddish melodies with tango rhythms that produce a distinct and sensuous sound embracing two distinct cultures. This program has been featured at major festivals throughout Florida and Europe.

Yiddish Tangos is being presented by “YI Love Jewish,” a division of the Yiddishkayt Initiative (YI), as part of its Klezmer in Quarantine concert series. For more information, visit yilovejewish.org.

FREE for virtual members, $10 for non-members

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Monday, December 14, 7:30 pm

Hanukkah in JazzTIME!

Come celebrate Hanukkah with a soulful concert of American jazz and blues all mixed with Hanukkah songs and old world Klezmer melodies. Joining Klezmer Company Jazz Orchestra are jazz vocalists Lisanne Lyons and JaNia Harden, and Clal's Rabbi Irwin Kula who will offer wisdom for anyone seeking light in these turbulent times. The concert will also include famous winter holiday songs written by Jewish composers such as Irving Berlin and Jule Styne. A concert not to miss!

$18 per household

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That's Entertainment!


Wednesdays, 1:00 pm and 7:30 pm as listed


Weekly lectures and discussions about all forms of entertainment that we love—film, theater, television, comedy, music, dance and more!
FREE for virtual members, $10 for individual programs for non-members

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December 2, 1:00 pm:

Sight and Sound....Integration of Film and Music with Richard Knox

Having motion pictures be accompanied by music has been a tradition in Hollywood that goes back to the silent film era when pianos and organs were commonplace in theaters. Movie directors, working closely with composers, have continually attempted to enhance the audience involvement and enjoyment of their films by adding musical scores and specific motifs which help us identify with particular characters or add an atmospheric tone to certain scenes. With the passage of time, many of these film scores have become iconic. Who can imagine, for example, Gone With The Wind without Max Steiner’s “Tara’s Theme” or the conclusion of The Natural without Randy Newman’s uplifting score. See lecturer bio below.

 

December 2, 7:30 pm:

Box Office Champs: The Real Top Ten Movies Of All Time with Dan Hudak

You may know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the all-time domestic box office champ at $936 million. But when you adjust for inflation, it’s actually #11. What’s in the top ten? This hour-long presentation looks at the real top ten highest-grossing movies of all time after you adjust for inflation. Clips and images, as well as a discussion of why these were hits in the first place and how they’ve endured through the years, highlight this fun and engaging presentation. You may be surprised at what’s on the list! See lecturer bio below.

 

December 9, 1:00 pm:

From The Jazz Singer to A Star is Born: A History of the Movie Musical with Brian Rose

As soon as movies could talk, they began to sing and dance—and musicals quickly became among the most popular film genres in America. Over the next nine decades, the movie musical would evolve to embrace every type of performance, from operetta to rock and soul, from tap to ballet, and every type of format, from Broadway hits to original creations from composers like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin. See lecturer bio below.

 

December 16, 1:00 pm:

The Jewish National Fund Postcard Project: How a New Musical Culture Was Conceptualized for an Emerging State of Israel with Michael Isaacson

When Israel statehood became a viable reality, many cultural leaders asked what kind of music and art should it reflect. This is the remarkable story of how the Jewish National Fund stimulated composers from around the world in a most original way to create Israel’s “musical sound.” See lecturer bio below.

 

December 23, 1:00 pm:

Movie Club

Moderated by Myrna Loman
Film TBA

December 30, 1:00 pm:

The Early Days of Television with Evan Weiner

Did you know that Television started in 1928? TV goes went through decades of growing pains including World War II. But when GI’s come home, they want their TV. They want to watch Ed Sullivan, Meet the Press, Uncle Miltie, Milton Berle, Joe Friday, Lucy and Desi and Ralph Kramden and even test patterns. TV always reflected society of the time. Stroll down Memory Lane and get reacquainted with the TV of the 1940s and 1950s. See lecturer bio below.

January 6, 13, 20, 27, 1:00 pm:

From Russia to Berlin: A Century of Irving with Charles Troy

Come along on Irving Berlin’s century long journey from poor Russian Jewish boy, Izzy Baline, to great American songwriter. See lecturer bio below.

 

January 6, 7:30 pm:

Famous Moments, Famous Movies: Behind The Scenes Of The Most Iconic Moments In Film History; Part 1 with Dan Hudak

The shower scene in Psycho. The flying bikes in E.T. The title song in Singin’ in the Rain. All are memorable movie moments that have been cherished for generations and will be cherished for years to come. In this hour-long presentation, you’ll enjoy an insightful look at these scenes and more, sharing the stories, backgrounds and secrets that made them so unforgettable. See lecturer bio below.

 

January 13, 1:00 pm:

Molly's Game

Moderated by Linda Horowitz

 

January 20, 1:00 pm:

Early Rock & Roll Ballads Part 1 with Richard Knox

January, 27, 1:00 pm:

History of TV Comedy with Brian Rose

February 3, 7:30 pm:

Famous Moments, Famous Movies: Behind The Scenes Of The Most Iconic Moments In Film History; Part 2 with Dan Hudak

More famous movie scenes are chronicled in part two of the “Famous Moments, Famous Movies” series. See lecturer bio below.

 

February 10, 1:00 pm:

Black Sabbath: Blues & Jews with Aaron Kula

February 17, 1:00 pm:

Early Rock & Roll Ballads Part 2 with Richard Knox

February 24, 1:00 pm:

Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks with Brian Rose

March 3, 7:30 pm:

When Oscar Gets It Wrong: Best Picture Winners That Should’ve Lost, And The Movies That Should’ve Won with Dan Hudak

Is Ordinary People better than Raging Bull? Is How Green Was My Valley better than Citizen Kane? According to the Oscars, yes! This hour-long presentation examines the politics, voting patterns, and cultural influences that led the Academy to overlook movies we now consider classics. See lecturer bio below.

 

March 17, 1:00 pm:

Early Rock & Roll Ballads Part 3 with Richard Knox

March 24, 1:00 pm:

History of Movie Censorship with Brian Rose

April 7, 7:30 pm:

Best Picture Oscar Talk with Dan Hudak

Journey into this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees in this discussion of why each film was nominated and which is the odds-on favorite to emerge victorious. Clips and background information about all nominated films will be shared, and a discussion of the Academy’s voting process and habits will lend perspective to choosing the likely winner. Oscar history, trivia, and other major categories will also be covered! It’s a lively, insightful and fun hour-long presentation that’s not to be missed! Attendees are encouraged to see as many of the nominated films as possible before the presentation. Note: Due to Covid-19, the next Oscar ceremony will be held April 25, 2021. See lecturer bio below.

April 21, 1:00 pm:

Sinatra with Richard Knox

April 28, 1:00 pm:

How Netflix Conquered the Entertainment Universe with Brian Rose


Kultur Bios


Avi Hoffman
, a child of Holocaust survivors, was recently awarded Congressional Recognition and was inducted into The Bronx Jewish Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievements and was nominated for the 2015 Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman in Yiddish. As a performer, he is best known for his five decades of work in Jewish and Yiddish culture and his award winning one man shows Too Jewish? (Performer of the Year 1995, NY Press Magazine; L.A. OVATION award 2001 for Best Actor In a Musical; NY Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award nominations), Too Jewish, Too! and Still Jewish After All These Years. On TV, his shows have been broadcast nationally on the PBS system. He played the recurring character of Sid Raskin in the Starz TV series Magic City, and was featured on Netflix’ Bloodline, USA’s Graceland, A&E’s The Glades and on the NBC series Law and Order. Avi has performed all over the world, has extensive acting, directing, writing and producing credits, having received multiple awards and nominations. He is currently producing documentary films relating to the worlds of Holocaust and Yiddish and for his work on the Dachau Album: An Interfaith Holocaust Program, Avi was invited to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis. It was inspiring and life changing.


Aaron Kula
is a nationally recognized conductor, educator, composer, accordionist, and producer, who was awarded a 2018 grant as a Fulbright Specialist to conduct and lecture in Israel with appearances at the U.S. Embassy, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, schools in the Central and Southern Arava, and at conservatories throughout the Western Galilee. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music and pursued graduate studies in conducting, theory, composition, and ethno-musciology with world class musicians including Gunther Schuller, Frank Battisti, John Heiss, the late sitarist Peter Row, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral conductor, Aaron Kula has led orchestras throughout the US, Europe, and Israel. From 1986-2013 he served on the conducting faculty at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and taught at Boston University from 1995-1996. He led high school and college orchestras at Chautauqua Music School in New York from 1990-1995. An active guest conductor, he has worked with Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Erie Ballet (PA), Boston Conservatory Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus, Boca Raton Sinfonia, and New Hampshire Ballet. Locally, he was invited to conduct the Collier (FL) All County Honors Orchestra in Naples during the 2014 season. He has collaborated with renowned artists including Yo-Yo Ma/cello, Richard Stoltzman/clarinet, Colin Carr/cello, Denise Graves/singer, David Leisner/guitar, and Avery Sommers/actress, Avi Hoffman/Yiddish actor, as well as artists from the Metropolitan Opera and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As music director of the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony from 1986-2003, Mr. Kula led numerous international orchestra tours throughout Europe and Israel and was invited to organize international tours for the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 1998.


That's Entertainment Bios


A lifelong film lover, Dan Hudak, has worked extensively as a film critic in print, radio and television. Dan’s film reviews are syndicated throughout the country. He is the owner of Hudak On Hollywood, Inc. He is the former chairman of the Florida Film Critics Circle and a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. He studied Film History and Criticism at Bard College and the University of Miami, where he received his M.A. in Film Studies.

Brian Rose
was a Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University’s College at Lincoln Center, from 1982 until his retirement in 2020. He’s written several books on television history and cultural programming, and conducted more than a hundred interviews with leading directors, actors, and writers for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Directors Guild of America.

Following his retirement, after 38 years as a school teacher and administrator, Richard Knox began to develop a series of multimedia presentations based on his first love, the performing arts. His interactive programs are immensely engaging, entertaining and informative!

Founding Music Director of The Israel Pops Orchestra, and the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, Dr. Michael Isaacson enjoys a distinguished career as a composer, conductor, producer, and educator with over 500 Jewish and secular musical compositions published, including instrumental, vocal, sacred and secular arrangements.

Evan Weiner is an award winning journalist and recognized global expert of the "Politics of Sports Business". He has a daily video podcast called The Politics of Sports Business. He has been a radio commentator, TV pundit on MSNBC, NewsMax and ABC. He is also an author of six books and is a frequent college speaker.

Charles Troy, popular speaker and presenter, is an acclaimed musical theatre historian and graphic designer. He has created over 50 multi-media presentations and has presented his work to countless national audiences.

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