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Memoir Writing with Barbara Bass
Memoir writing is an important activity for any adult. It’s the act of reconstructing part of your life in words and inviting a reader to understand your perspective. This workshop will help participants retrieve their memories as they write about their lives, recording them for posterity, while at the same time preserving family history. During each session, participants will be encouraged to write, while guided by a skilled writer/teacher. Participants will be provided with writing prompts that will help to spark memories. Over the course of the session, participants will form a community of writers, sharing their stories with the other writers in the class. Barbara Bass is a Ph.D., Professor of English Emerita from Towson University. This is an 8-week session with Limited Enrollment for Gold Subscribers.
Call 410-358-6856 to register.
Ongoing
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Cooking the Globe with Chef Alba Johnson
Cook alongside this incredible chef as she walks us through delicious dishes. We will provide the recipe and ingredient list ahead of time if you’d like to cook along. Each session is a separate class, and both are included with Gold subscriptions. Call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register. All recipes can be found here: http://www.myerberg.org/cooking

Easy Entertaining for the Holidays
Small dishes are recognized worldwide as appetizers, tapas, antipasto, hors d’oeuvres, meze, or aperitifs. These small plates of delightful foods are meant to be shared with friends and family during the holidays. Relish the tradition of entertaining and cooking delicious small dishes. Menu: Focaccia with Rosemary and Grapes, Tartine Al Salmone con Crema Yogurt Greco, Patatine Ripieni con Spinaci e Formaggio, and a bonus Festive dessert, Holiday Zucotto Cake.
Tuesday, December 14
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Simple Tuscan Winter Soup
Soups are exceptionally satisfying in cold weather months and ideal to prepare ahead. Tuscany is known for flavorful, decadent, and simple soups that can be served as a main course. In this class, Chef Alba will prepare scrumptious Tuscan soups that will be appreciated and enjoyed by everyone. Menu: Zuppa di Cannellini e Pastina, Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, and Leek and Potato Soup.
Tuesday, January 18
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Traditional Dishes of Valle d’ Aosta, Italy
Fontina Cheese is an Italian cheese produced in Valle d’Aosta, Italy, surrounded by the Alps. It is a medium hard cheese made from cow’s milk. It is a cheese that can be eaten on its own, or paired with melons, apricots, cherries, apples, or pears. It is also a cheese that melts easily with a mild delicate flavor and light nuttiness. Join Chef Alba as we prepare Focaccia Con Patate Mozzarella e Fontina, Pollo Agrodolce Valdostana, and Insalata Belga con Noci Uvetta e Fontina.
Wednesday, February 16
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Recipes from Puglia, Italy
Uncover the flavors of the charismatic Puglia, a region of Italy on the Adriatic Sea. Puglia is a land rich in history and rich in vegetables, which are widely used in local recipes, even to dress many pasta dishes. Enjoy making Pugliese recipes with Chef Alba. Menu: The symbol of Puglia Orecchiette Pasta with Broccoli Raab with Pecorino Cheese, Arugula and Ricotta Frittana,  Fagiolini alla Pugliese, and for dessert Tartufi al Cioccolato e Marscarpone.
Wednesday, March 16
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Current Events with Journalist John Rydell
John Rydell is a TV reporter and longtime political reporter with strong journalism background who coordinated media coverage for State of Maryland during savings & loan crisis, has extensive network of contacts in media, public and private sector and is the winner of more than 25 awards for journalistic excellence. Join us each week for an exciting discussion on current events. Sign-up by going on to the Virtual Center or email jennifer@myerberg.org. This is included in ALL subscriptions!
Mondays, starting February 1
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Essentials of Watercolor with Mary Beth Dickman
This is a 6-week course designed to allow students experience with watercolor materials and techniques with a concentration on color mixing, color theory, textures, and layering to achieve realism qualities. Students will work in a variety of compositions and of course, have a lot of fun creating and learning. This course is for all students with little to no experience to advanced experience with the media. Mary Beth is a multi-faceted, published artist with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years teaching. Her skills include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. She considers herself energetic, upbeat, and always willing to have more than a little fun doing what she loves: teaching art. Supplies: TBD. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Beginner Oil Painting with Mary Beth Dickman
If you’re wanting to try oil painting but are feeling intimidated by it, now is your chance to learn how to use this media!  This course is geared for beginners but all levels are welcome. We will be focusing on the different techniques of how to mix colors, layering, thinning out the paint with various mediums and working Fat Over Lean. In this course you will gain experience with the basics of oil painting. Supplies: See file below. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Exploration of Pastel with Mary Beth Dickman
This is a 6-week course designed to allow students experience with chalk pastels and techniques with a concentration on mark making, texture, and color to create artworks they are proud of. Through this course, we will create nature drawings, animal artworks, and portraits. We will be exploring realism and abstraction. This course is for all abilities whether you have little to no experience to advanced experience with the media. Mary Beth is a multi-faceted, published artist with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years teaching. Her skills include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. She considers herself energetic, upbeat, and always willing to have more than a little fun doing what she loves: teaching art. Supplies: TBD. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Wednesdays
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fundamentals of Drawing with Mary Beth Dickman
In this 6-week course, students will learn the basics of proportions, composition and tonal gradation (shading) through the use of graphite (pencil) and charcoal. This is a messy medium that can be very fun and enjoyable!  Students will learn the use of materials through drawing from still life objects and from portraits. This course is for all abilities, no experience necessary. Mary Beth is a multi-faceted, published artist with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years teaching. Her skills include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. She considers herself energetic, upbeat, and always willing to have more than a little fun doing what she loves: teaching art. Supplies: TBD. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Thursdays
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Myerberg Movie Reviews
Watch the selected movie on Netflix over the weekend, then join us for an interesting and lively conversation about the movie on Monday morning. Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This is FREE and open to all members and subscribers. Sign up through the virtual center or call 410-358-6856 to register.

December 20 – Diana: The Musical The dazzling and devastating life of Princess Diana takes center stage in this original musical, filmed in advance of its official Broadway opening. Starring Jeanna de Waal, Roe Hartrampf, Erin Davie. Watch the movie on Netflix and join us for a lively conversation. FREE and open to all members and subscribers. Register through Virtual Center.

Portrait Drawing with Mary Mayhew
This class will focus on the drawing of the face using pencils, charcoal and erasers. We will go over facial dimensions and proportions for different age groups and spend time perfecting features, expressions and shading. Join Mary on Monday afternoons and learn some incredible techniques from this experienced artist.
This is a Limited Enrollment Program, open to the first 25 Gold Subscribers who call 410-358-6856 to register.
Mondays, October 25 to December 20
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dynamic Acrylics with Brett Greiman
This class will introduce beginners as well as experienced acrylic artists to an understanding and creative utilization of the unique characteristics of acrylic paints. Also valuable and enjoyable for anyone who’s tried acrylics but seeks a more in-depth knowledge of the medium. Students will learn how this water based medium is different from other mediums and its advantages over those other mediums. Knowledge will be shared on making informed buying decisions with acrylics and brushes. Brett will introduce students to his “modern grisaille” technique and the importance of value contrasts in your work. Also, techniques of layering as well as dry brush, wash, and glazing techniques. Learn what brushes work best. We will explore using gel mediums for special effects. Learn about the power of color and how to use various color contrasts to make paintings that grab attention! Information on how to preserve your work will also be covered. A continued and fun experience for those who’ve joined Brett before as well as first timers!

We will explore four subject matters over a period of FIVE weeks each. Landscapes, Wildlife, Still Life, Flowers and Unexpected Color will be our subject matter. You can use your own references but Brett will always make available to his students the reference photo he’ll be working from in class and if you choose to use it, a line drawing of the subject you can transfer to your canvas. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Mondays, November 1 through April 25 (no class 12/27)
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Great Jewish Legal Decisions of the Holocaust & Beyond with Rabbi Harry Karp
Part of the greatness of the Jewish people is their ability to cling to tradition under the most trying of times. It’s hard to fathom, but amidst the horrors of the Holocaust there were many Jews who continued to consult their rabbis. Questions of how to be Jewish (or not) arose, which were far from the main stream. Some of the queries had surfaced before during earlier persecutions. The Jewish people were no strangers to that. Yet, the “sophisticated” brutality of the Holocaust brought new questions which were never imagined. And responses we have many. Often working with few or no Jewish books, our leaders prayed for guidance and strained to supply practical answers. Then after finding the answer, the rabbis needed to weigh out the possible repercussions from the unpredictable Nazis and their cohorts.
Here is a sample:
1) May one walk on a street paved with tombstones?
2) If one is indigent, may they take a gold tooth from an executed prisoner?  
3) How much risk may one take in order to perform a mitzva or attend a service?
4) Do we say Kaddish for the righteous gentiles who rescued so many?
5) Is it permitted to wear the clothing stripped from those who were executed?
They are not all this heartbreaking. But this is reality. Here’s a “lighter” one from the Bluzhever Rebbe: If their isn’t enough matza to go around, who gets it, the children or the adults? Our main focus will be the writings of Rabbi Efraim Oschry of the Kovno Ghetto. He did indeed survive to tell us the painful truths, as well as the miracles. Please consider attending this thought provoking class. Consider it real exercise for the Jewish soul. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, November 16 through December 7
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Book Club with Wendy Matt
Each month we will read a book and have a lively discussion. This is free for all members and subscribers. Here are the upcoming selections:
12/16 – Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable re-imagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, and whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all time, Hamnet is mesmerizing, seductive, impossible to put down—a magnificent leap forward from one of our most gifted novelists.
3rd Thursday of the month, starting November 18
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Jewish Music with Jonathan Palevsky
Frankly there is so much to choose from. We have liturgical music, Klezmer music, Jewish inspired classical music by Jewish composers and by their non Jewish colleagues. Is there something innately Jewish about Jewish music or is it simply music that Jewish people have adapted to their own needs? We have a rich heritage and I am looking forward to presenting it to my fabulous students. I think you can count on a discussion of Sephardic music, a good dose of Klezmer and some of my favorite classical selections and performances. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Mondays, November 29 through December 20
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Great Baltimoreans We all Ought to Know with Rabbi Harry Karp
Baltimore may not be perfect, but some pretty creative and nice people have made this their home. Be proud of that. Now you all may know of Henrietta Szold, Edgar Allan Poe, Barry Levinson and Babe Ruth. However, there is a long list of inventors, clergy, medical people, artists and general heroes, worth getting acquainted with. Who knows? You may be a historic Baltimorean. Please enjoy this course to both learn and even share your stories. It’s all about people who have assisted Baltimore in earning the name CHARM CITY (Let’s put our other name Mobtown on the shelf for now) Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesday, December 21
1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Art & Life of Henri Matisse with Dr. Joseph Cassar
This course focuses on the art of Henri Matisse, from his early days as an art student, until he joined the fauvist movement with Andre Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck. We also address the development of his themes and style from the human figure to still-life, to landscape and decorative studio paintings. We will analyze Matisses’s travels to Algiers and Tahiti and the United States on the special invitation of the Cone Sisters. Special reference will be made to the cut-outs, sculptures and to the last major project of the Chapel of the Rosary in 1951.

Joseph Paul Cassar is an artist, art historian, curator and educator. He is Professor of Art at the University of Maryland Global Campus with the Department of Art and Graphic Communications. He is currently engaged in designing online art courses for the university as well as for the New York Times Knowledge Network. He lectures at the Smithsonian Institution, Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, Notre Dame University of Maryland, at the Hirshhorn Museum, Walters Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art among others. He exhibits his work regularly in Malta and the Baltimore-Washington area. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Mondays, January 3 through February 21
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Interesting Jewish Customs from Across the Globe with Rabbi Harry Karp
Jews come in so many flavors!!! Our exile has led us throughout the world. The downside of that, has been the epoch wandering, persecuted Jew. The upside has been absorbing ideas and friendships from our host nations. That in turn spurred creative customs and styles of mitzvah performance. Join us for a new class exploring the many pieces of the Jewish puzzle from all over the world. This will include some fashion as well. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, January 4 through January 25
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Women & The American Revolution with Professor Rick Bell
The revolutionary war was fought on battlefields, in forests, and on the home front—and the contributions of American women shaped the fight at every turn. They did this in every way imaginable, and while some prospered and thrived when the war came, others faltered and fell. Many American women fought for the patriot cause while almost as many others fought to stop them. The incredible spectrum of female participation in America’s founding conflict defies easy categorization and reminds us that the legacy of the revolution for American women was not simple, single, or remotely cut and dried. This four-part course examines the varied roles of women in the American Revolution. Lecture one explores the life of Jane Mecom, the beloved but beggared sister of Benjamin Franklin whose rollercoaster ride through the American Revolution illuminates the experiences of other women on society’s bottom ranks. Lecture two pushes deep into the war itself to reconstruct the wartime experiences of Deborah Sampson, the 21-year-old weaver who disguised herself as a man to serve 17 distinguished months in George Washington’s Continental Army. Lecture three tells the story of Molly Brant, the Native Mohawk woman who spent the war trying to hold together the fragile military alliance between the Iroquois League and the British Army. Lecture four then follows the story of the American Revolution into the Early Republic, using the life of Maine midwife Martha Ballard to understand how women’s lives changed—and stayed the same—after the patriots won the war.

Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland and the author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home, which was shortlisted for the 2020 George Washington Prize and the 2020 Harriet Tubman Prize. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award. He serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, as an elected member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Included with Gold subscriptions, call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Wednesdays, January 5 through January 26
10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

History and Works of 4 Pop Artists with Patricia Manos
Learn about Pop Art and 4 key artists of the period: Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton, Sister Corita Kent and Alfredo Rostgard.  Explore the characteristics of Pop Art and the consumer and political cultures in the geographic locations where these artists lived.  Also examine and compare the lives, works and media used of these artists. Patricia Manos is a Ph. D. candidate in history and architecture at Harvard University.  She is writing her dissertation on ways in which contemporary artists from the former Warsaw Pact countries and Yugoslavia refer to Communist monuments in their work. Included with Gold subscriptions, call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Thursdays, January 6 through January 27
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Virtual Travel Tours
Ready to travel and stay warm this winter? For FREE and without packing? Our virtual travel tours are back starting in 2022. We will go around the globe with some amazing tour guides. (All tours are pre-recorded). This is FREE and open to all members and subscribers. Please email info@myerberg.org to register for this 8-week series. We will visit Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Brittany & Mont St Michel in France, Patagonia, Ontario & Quebec, Venice, Sicily, the Great Barrier Reef, and Costa Rica.
Fridays, January 7 through February 25
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Museum Tours with docent Judith Weitzman
Join docent Judith Weitzman at the Walters Art Museum where she virtually presents tours of collections at the Walters. The tours are curator reviewed and approved and the script is accompanied by high quality slide images and last approximately 50-60 minutes. This is FREE and open to all members and subscribers. The tours have different themes and include:
Chinese Porcelain
For a millennium, Chinese artists have achieved great heights in the making of ceramics, inventing new techniques and decorations. Explore the finest examples of Ming and Qing porcelains in the Walters collection, and the historical, cultural, and religious influences on design and manufacturing.
Fantastical Creatures
From books, to films, to art, our culture is full of fantastical creatures. Participants will consider how contemporary fantastical creatures connect with objects from the Walters’ ancient collections from China, the Americas, the Mediterranean and Egypt.
Gems & Jewelry
Learn about highlights of the Walters collection of jewelry spanning from ancient Mesopotamia to Tsarist Russia, including the origins behind a selection of exquisite, bejeweled objects and hidden meanings.
Symbolism in Renaissance & Baroque Art
Symbols are a form of communication that we encounter in our lives each day. Tour participants will explore how European artists in the Renaissance and Baroque periods used religious, allegorical, moral, and mythical symbols. Consider the symbolism in paintings, sculptures, and other art objects to understand and interpret deeper meaning.
Thursdays, January 13 through February 3
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

A Vestal Throned By The West: The Life and Reign of Elizabeth I with Thomas DiMaggio
This six-lecture course will cover the life of England’s greatest monarch (1533-1603). Themes will include Elizabeth’s adroit handling of the explosive religious issues of her time, the complex consequences of her decision not to marry, her troubled thirty-year relationship with her cousin and rival Mary Queen of Scots, her remaking of England’s economic and military standing, and her impact upon the Golden Age of literature that concluded her reign.

Thomas DiMaggio attended Duke University (B.A., 1977), and the Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1981). He spent most of the next three decades practicing law, including a three-year stint as Administrative Assistant to the late Judge John Dowling, of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas. Mr. DiMaggio is also an experienced instructor, having taught undergraduate courses at York College of Pennsylvania (including a two-semester course, “Great Trials of History”, which he created himself.) He has also taught a number of lecture courses in adult education through the OLLI program at Penn State of York. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, February 1 through March 8
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

“Jewish” Themed  Movies.  But were they? with Rabbi Harry Karp
A new and daring course, I’ve been putting off for a while. Once we define what Jewish means for a film, we can take out our spyglass and analyze. We all have our own picks for “Jewish “movies. They may make us feel good for their representation of Jews, Judaism and immigrant experience. Yet, scholars and critics have pointed out which ones have been a service or disservice or have simply been uninformed, regarding the JEWS. Here’s a list of our samples, but I’m sure others will sneak in: Goodbye Columbus, The Chosen, Hester Street, Lies My Father Told Me, Marjorie Morningstar, Gentleman’s Agreement and The Frisco Kid. Bring an open mind for a fresh look. Opinions welcome. (Wouldn’t be fun otherwise). Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, March 1 through March 22
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Master Musicians with Rabbi Harry Karp
Let’s learn about the lives of some of our greatest musicians along with enjoying their music. Jascha Heifetz, Vladimir Horowitz, Kenny G,  Karl and Vally Weigl, Yehudi Menuhin and from way back in our history. Serach the daughter of Asher. As you can see, this will be a mostly classical music focus. Notwithstanding Serach and Kenny  will play a different beat for us. Special appearance by Fanny Mendelssohn likely. Plan to learn, listen and unwind in this course. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, March 29 through April 19
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.