Thursday, December 29, 2016

"Current Events" Discussions

Upcoming Discussion Sessions:

·        9am Monday May 1 at the North Shore Senior Center

·        9:30am Wednesday May 3 at the JCC on Revere Drive

·        7pm Wednesday May 4 at The Lodge

·       10am Thursday May 5 at the Northbrook Library

How significant is Trump’s proposed tax plan he unfolded Wednesday?

How important is the 100-Day Benchmark for Presidents?

How serious are Michael Flynn legal problems?

Trump put a stiff tariff on Canadian wood imports, delivering on a campaign promise to help the American lumber industry—but will make homes and other wood products higher in America. Your thoughts. What kind of message does this send China?

Your thoughts regarding a federal judge that stopped plans to defund Sanctuary Cities

How close are Republicans to a Health Care Reform plan that can pass the House?

What did we learn with Sessions comments on that judge and Hawaii?

Will we fund the government, or is there still a risk of a government shutdown?

Your thoughts about “holding off” on funding “The Wall”?

How will the changes at FOX affect viewership?  Is FOX more of a “brand” regardless of who is slotted—i.e., Tucker vs. Bill O’Reilly?

Your thoughts about communications and messaging from White House.

How much help might we expect from China’s with North Korea?

Why are so many slots not being filled in the State Department?

Bernie: “Trump didn’t win, Democrats lost. We must rebuild.” How much is Obama to blame?

Ann Coulter and Berkeley – do Liberals fight for “freedom of speech” only when they agree with point of view?

Did the March on Science make a difference?

How important is the fact that Jason Chaffetz is not running again?

What did the results of last week’s French Election tell us? 

Was it right to have that Dreamer kid deported?

Who is more divided—Democrats or Republicans?

Your thoughts about Gov. Rauner’s plan to offer free classes for I.T.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Great Ideas: " Zionism & Israeli History"

Upcoming Discussion Sessions:

10am Thursday April 27 at the Northbrook Library

9:30am Wednesday May 10 at the JCC on Revere Drive

Links below allow you to review slides we show and discuss at each session.

Slides for Northbrook Library - Israeli History: Post 1967 

April 27 at the Northbrook Library

Mark will continue  to present the even more comprehensive PowerPoint slides on The Eichmann Exhibition at the Holocaust Museum that Mark reviewed with Docents for their training. 

Slides for JCC - Israeli History: Zionism through 1967  

Wednesday May 10 at the JCC on Revere Drive - 9:30am

Mark will continue  to present the even more comprehensive PowerPoint slides on The Eichmann Exhibition at the Holocaust Museum that Mark reviewed with Docents for their training. 

Below is a list of books mentioned during our sessions:

· "The Arab-Israeli Wars" by Chaim Herzog
· "Kissinger and the Yom Kippur War" by David Morse
· "The Making of Modern Israel 1948-1967" by Leslie Stein
· "Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict" by Charles D. Smith
· “The Iron Wall: Israel & The Arab World” by Avi Shlaim
· “Transformative Justice: Israeli Identity on Trial” by Leora Bilsky
· "Six Days of War : June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East" by Michael Oren
· “The Secret War Against The Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed the Jewish People” by John Loftus and Mark Aarons
· “A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel” by Allis Radosh and Ronald Rados
· "Truman" by David McCullough
· “Louis D. Brandeis: A Life” by Melvin Urofsky
· “The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership” by Yehuda Avner
· “George C. Marshall” by Forest Pogue (a 4 volume work- the most definitive biography)
· “1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War” by Benny Morris
· “Woodrow Wilson: A Biography” by John Milton Cooper, Jr
· “A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East” by David Fromkin
· "Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews": A History by James Carroll
· “In the Garden of the Beasts” by Erik Larson
· “My Promised Land - The Triumph & Tragedy of Israel” by Ari Shavit
· "A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide" by Samantha Power
· "The Physician" by Noah Gordon
· "Start-up Nation: the Story of Israel's Economic Miracle" by Dan Senor and Saul Singer
· "Eichmann in Jerusalem: a Report on the Banality of Evil" by Hannah Arendt
· "The Eichmann Trial" by Deborah Lipstadt
· "The House on Garibaldi Street" by Isser Harrel
· "Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices" by Mosab Hassan Yousef
· “Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of A Mass Murder” by Bettina Stangneth
· "Jaffa Beach" by Fedora Horowitz
· "Operation Thunderbolt:  Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the most Audacious Hostage Rescue in History", by Saul David
· "Abba Eban", A Biography by Asaf Siniver
· "Jerusalem: The Biography" by Simon Sebag Montefiore
· "The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine" by Ben Ehrenreich
· "Jabotinsky" by Hillel Halkin
· "Doomed to Succeed: The U.S. Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama" by Dennis Ross 
· "The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel" by Uri-Bar Joseph

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Important Information About Our Discussions

"Current Events" and "Great Ideas" meet at the Northbrook Library

We meet in Pollak Rooms A & B--with a capacity of 90-100 people.  You can bring in covered cups, mugs, etc. with coffee. Food is not allowed. There are vending machines in the lobby area right outside the Pollak Room if you wish to purchase a beverage. The library will not be providing coffee.


At times, during discussions, participants mention an internet article of interest. This page will list such links. Contact Ron Mantegna if you want to suggest something appropriate to a specific discussion topic.

Ralph Bernstein shares this interesting piece of information new in 2017

New Illinois laws that took effect on January 1, 2017


New Adoption Registry Disclosures

New bills adding to list of adoption disclosures, including reasons stated by birth parents for placing a child for adoption and making it easier for birth and adoptive parents to exchange medical and background information if beneficial to the adoptee.


Grandparents and great-grandparents will be allowed to visit grandchildren in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.


Employers that provide sick leave benefits are required to allow employees to use their leave to care for immediately family members due to illness, injury or medical appointment of the employee’s child, stepchild, spouse, sibling, parent, parent-in-laws, grandchild, grandparent or stepparent.


Railroad Crossings

Drivers who drive around lowered gates at grade crossings will face stiffer fines for violating railroad crossings laws. Fines will increase to $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent violation.


Employers will no longer be able to ask employees or prospective employees for their user-names and passwords to personal online accounts, including social media accounts.


Mandates Illinois insurance companies to provide coverage for almost all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs without additional costs, including contraceptive drugs, devices, supplies and voluntary sterilization. Insurance companies are required to cover up to 12 months of contraceptives.


Ensures patients receive information about treatment options, regardless of the medical provider’s religious beliefs, including abortion referrals.


Sales tax will be eliminated on feminine hygiene products, such as tampons and menstrual pads.