One Day University with The Jewish Exponent (Philadelphia)

Sunday, October 06, 2019 10:00 am - 1:15 pm


11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Nobody Does it Better: Jewish Musicians Who Influenced Pop Culture

Orin Grossman / Fairfield University

The Jewish influence on American popular and classical music is immense, and includes composers and lyricists who created the Broadway and Hollywood musical as well as the Great American Songbook. This fascinating and entertaining presentation examines the ways music composed and/or performed by renowned Jewish-Americans influenced our country.

Professor Grossman will discuss many songwriters and composers including George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Carole King, Paul Simon, Barbara Streisand, and many others. We will also come to understand the special attributes of the United States that made this country receptive to these contributions.

Orin Grossman / Fairfield University

Orin Grossman is renowned internationally for his knowledge of music. He lectures and performs concerts throughout the US and Europe, he teaches Performing Arts at Fairfield University, and has served as the University’s Academic Vice President. Professor Grossman has been particularly associated with the music of George Gershwin, performing concerts of his song transcriptions and classical pieces to critical praise around the world, including performances in Cairo and New York. Professor Grossman was also chosen to play for the New York City Mayor’s Awards of Honor for Arts and Culture.

10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Middle East Today: Whose Land is it Anyway?

Lawrence Hajioff / Yeshiva University

From Abraham and the birth of monotheism to the Holocaust and creation of modern Israel, the Jewish people's progress through time violates all the laws of human history. For centuries, some of the greatest minds have come to appreciate the profound impact that this tiny nation and this small piece of land have had on humanity, and have tried to unlock the great mystery that the Jewish story presents.

How did this people survive against all odds? This class explores the 3,800 years of Jewish existence and the centrality of the Land of Israel to the Jewish people.

Lawrence Hajioff / Yeshiva University

Lawrence Hajioff is a professor at Yeshiva University. He is the educational director of Birthright Israel Alumni in Manhattan, New York. His very popular credited courses include courses on Moshiach, Jewish holidays, Shabbat and many others. He also teaches on the Mechina Introductory Judaic studies program at Stern College. He recently received the “Professor of the Year” award in Judaic Studies from the senior year students at Stern. His very popular book “Jew Got Questions” was published by Feldheim in 2014.