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Sunday, November 10 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Jewish American Influence On American Popular Music, 1880-2000

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The course delves into little known plethora of information about the remarkable cultural influence of Jewish Americans. I am using YouTube videos, clips from DVDs and CDs in presenting the course. In addition, I also found some unforgettable quotes to help you get inside the minds and hearts of those characters we will be exploring. While the focus of course is music, it is inextricably linked to American history including antisemitism, racism, gangsters, the prohibition, etc.
We will begin by exploring how the Russian/Polish Jews who immigrated to America in large numbers between 1880 and 1920, came to dominate music, Hollywood and much more. We will meet Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Harold Arlan and Yip Harburg, Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber, Elvis Presley, the Chess brothers, Bob Dylan and many others.

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Allan Cheskes

Currently, semi-retired. Part-time instructor at Seneca School of Accounting and Business. I do some consulting, as a retired partner of DeloitteI am a former President of Beth Sholom and am still actively involved with Beth Sholom and the community. I have been the CFO for all of... Read More →

Sunday November 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm EST