American Jewish Identity


1:10 PM – 2:50 PM

9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7

Join us to explore the history of the Jews in America. We focus on individual personalities and stories of the 350-year saga about immigrants who gradually wove themselves into the fabric of America, yet maintained the traditions that set them apart.  With the help of handouts, discussions and award-winning documentaries, we move from the early days to eventual success in various fields in becoming Americanized. Business leaders, corporate giants and living legends – Irving Berlin, Gertrude Berg, Warner Bros. and Louis B Mayer, the great Jewish comedians of the Catskills, TV and movies and, yes, Supreme Court Justices and Vice-Presidential candidates.  You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy the journey.

8 sessions starting Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 1:10 PM

Facilitator: Gary Lishnoff

Gary Lishnoff is a past president of LLI and has facilitated a number of history, culture and music classes including American Presidents - 20th Century, History of New York, The Sixties and The British Invasion.