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Mind the Gap: Income Inequality in America

A Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series event

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Monday, May 2 (7:30pm)

Seven years after the depths of the financial crisis, Wall Street and the 1% have mostly recovered. Indeed, it was recently reported that the chairman of JPMorgan Chase received a 35% raise in compensation to $27 million. Yet wages for the ordinary American have barely risen at all. Indeed, adjusted for inflation, the typical American household does not earn as much as it did in the year 2000. As Madeline Albright put it, reducing income inequality is no longer just an economic issue; it is a "moral imperative." Or is it?  As the presidential campaign moves past the primaries and into the general election, the issue of inequality is front and center. Experts from all persuasions discuss what inequality means for America--and for you--and how the country should address it.


Roger Lowenstein
reported for The Wall Street Journal for more than a decade. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg , The New York Review of Books, Fortune,and The New York Times Magazine. His books include America's Bank:  The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve; Buffett; When Genius Failed; Origins of the Crash; While America Aged; and The End of Wall Street.


Dean Baker co-founded Center for Economic Policy Research in 1999. His areas of research include housing and macroeconomics, intellectual property, social security, Medicare and European labor markets. He is the author of several books, including Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better bargain for Working People, The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets ProgressiveThe United States Since 1980Social Security: The Phony Crisis (with Mark Weisbrot), and The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer. His blog, Beat the Press, provides commentary on economic reporting.
N. Gregory Mankiw is the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Professor Mankiw is a prolific writer and a regular participant in academic and policy debates. His published articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Fortune and numerous academic journals. He has been an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Congressional Budget Office. From 2003 to 2005 he served as Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

Dr. Kim Weeden is the Director of the Center for the Study of Inequality, and Chair of Sociology at Cornell University. She studies rising income inequality; social class, gender, and race-based differences in educational attainment; intergenerational mobility and equality of opportunity; and gender inequality in the labor market. She is the founding editor and deputy editor of Sociological Science, a non-profit, peer-reviewed, open-access journal of sociological research. Her research on inequality has been featured in The New York TimesThe Atlantic, and the Harvard Business Review.

Shabbat Getaway Adventure at Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge, Start Date: 05/13/2016, End Date: 05/14/2016, Time: 1:00 PM-9:00 PM

This program is currently full Spend Shabbat with family and friends on this fun overnight to Great Wolf Lodge. Group rate includes overnight room, resort fees, waterpark and indoor ropes course from 1pm Friday until closing on Saturday. We’ll gather on Friday evening for a group Shabbat pizza dinner.

Great Wolf Cost: $175 ($100 savings from regular price)
Shabbat dinner cost: $8 per person; under 2 free

Space is limited, subject to availability. Register by April 1, 2016 for Great Wolf group rate.

Space is limited, subject to availability. Register asap. Only a few spots left.
Register first for Shabbat dinner by calling 781-795-0510. Great Wolf group code and link will then be sent to you by email.

For more information: south@jccgb.org or 781-795-0510

In Search of Israeli Cuisine

Documentary, Discussion and Tasting

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Monday, May 16 (6pm)

What is Israeli cuisine? Chef, restaurateur, and James Beard Foundation Award winner Michael Solomonov travels through his native Israel to find out.  Along the way he visits fine restaurants and home kitchens, wineries and cheese makers, to get a taste of the 70+ cultures that make up his homeland.  A unique portrait of Israel and its people all told through food.  Film followed by a conversation and refreshments with Director Roger Sherman and Chef Michael Solomonov.

Held in the Riemer Goldstein Theater at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Arts Collaborative and the Boston Jewish Film Festival.

Special dinner package also includes pre-film kosher dinner at 6:00 PM, cookbook and demonstration by Chef Solomonov.

Rockland Trust JCC Arts & Nature Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Sunday, May 22, 2016 1-2pm

Everyone welcome
Please join the JCC to celebrate the completion of the second project of Our Campaign to Re-imagine the JCC. Special performances by JCC Kaleidoscope Creative Arts & Science Camp and JCC Showstoppers Youth Theater. Please bring blankets to relax on the West Lawn. Rain or shine. For more information, contact kaleidoscope@jccgb.org


Kids have fun, make friends, gain confidence and learn new skills at JCC camps all summer long. Plenty of options - day and overnight camps, arts and sports camps, theater camp, and more. Click here for details.

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