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Ted Alvarez
On Thursday, Jack and Suzy Welch will be the first "Live from the 92nd Street Y" speakers.
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==========A virtual discussionWhat: The B’Nai Vail Congregation sponsors “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y,” a series of lectures, panel discussions and interviews broadcast live via satellite from New York’s 92nd Street Y. Where: The Vail Chapel.When: The first lecture, with Jack and Suzy Welch, happens Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Audience members need to be seated by 5:30 p.m.Cost: Members $8 per show, $32 for all shows; non-members $10 per show and $40 for all shows. Students with ID pay $5 per show. For advance ticket sales and more information, call 477-2992.=========================

Speaker scheduleJack and Suzy WelchThursday, 6 p.m.One of the world’s most admired business leaders, Jack Welch increased General Electric’s market capitalization by $400 billion, making it the world’s most valuable corporation. He now teaches at MIT and writes about life experiences and business strategies in several best-selling books. Suzy Welch is a former editor of the Harvard Business Review and current contributing editor to O Magazine. She was embroiled in controversy after admitting to being involved with Welch while preparing an article for the Harvard Business Review, and she later married Welch.Newt GingrichFeb. 15, 6 p.m.Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is best known as co-author of the Republican “Contract with America” that led to a Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. He was known for championing welfare reform, passing balanced budgets and passing the first tax cut in 16 years. Now an author, his most recent book is “Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America.”Gene WilderMarch 25, 5:30 p.m.

Comedian and actor Gene Wilder has made an indelible mark on American cinema, mostly through his work with Mel Brooks in films like “Young Frankenstein” and “The Producers” and as half of a celebrated interracial comedy duo with the late Richard Pryor. He has remained active in promoting cancer awareness and treatment, having survived both the death of wife and “Saturday Night Live” star Gilda Radner from ovarian cancer in 1989 and his own bout with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which he recovered from in 2000.Elie WieselApril 26, 6 p.m.Holocaust survivor and human rights advocate Elie Wiesel has written over 40 books of fiction and non-fiction, but he is best known for the harrowing Holocaust memoir “Night,” which has been translated into over 30 languages. As a humanitarian, he has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Liberty Award, and the rank of Grand-Croix in the French Legion of Honor. In 1986, Elie Wiesel won the Nobel Prize for Peace and established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. Rabbi Shmuley BoteachMay 9, 6 p.m.As host of The Learning Channel’s “Shalom in the Home,” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach seeks to find peaceful, thoughtful resolution to conflicts within families. He is a best-selling author of 16 books and was awarded the London Times’ prestigious “Preacher of the Year” award in 1999. He is an acclaimed public speaker, and as head of Oxford University’s L’Chaim society, he hosted and debated a wide range of guests, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Stephen Hawking, Shimon Peres, Deepak Chopra, Benjamin Netanyahu, Elie Wiesel, Richard Dawkins, Javier Perez de Cuellar, Simon Wiesenthal and Michael Jackson. ===================

VAIL – When the B’Nai Vail Congregation canvassed their members wondering how they might want to expand their horizons, president C.J. Tenner discovered they wanted food for the mind as well as the soul.”What our congregation was asking for was programming in addition to just religious services – they wanted fun, interesting and educational programs,” Tenner said. “I thought it was a wonderful chance to make it an ecumenical event. I spoke with all the priests and clergy who share the interfaith Vail Chapel, and asked if they would enjoy this, and the response was unanimous. This was a fantastic opportunity to bring educational and entertaining programming to all faiths in the region.”But how could Tenner and B’Nai Vail bring such programming, which often happens on the coasts, to our happy little valley?Ah, the miracles of technology: Thanks to a satellite uplink, Vail residents will have the opportunity to experience New York’s “92nd Street Y,” an organization known for attracting world-class thinkers, entertainers, politicians and other luminaries into a forum where they can interact with the audience.”The most exciting thing is that the show is being broadcast in New York, but we’ll be experiencing it live in the Vail Chapel,” Tenner said. “We’ll have ushers who will take questions from the audience, run it down to the moderator, and send it over e-mail to New York so it can be answered live.”The “92nd Street Y” programs will be broadcast on a 12-by-10-foot screen, which Tenner said will also be used for a future film series. Audience members are asked to be in their seats by 5:30 p.m. since the program is live, but other than being prompt, the hardest thing for audiences might be choosing which programs to attend.”I think it’ll be very hard to pick a favorite – each of the different programs is going to be extremely valuable and insightful,” said Gabrie Higbie, a board member of B’Nai Vail. “Gene Wilder is going to draw a different crowd than Jack Welch or Elie Wiesel – it crosses all generations, religions and interests. Newt Gingrich is speaking, for crying out loud. And since it’s interactive, everyone will have the opportunity to ask questions through a moderator.”Though only five lectures are scheduled for now, Higbie thinks Vail Chapel will likely host future “92nd Street Y” events.”I can’t see why we wouldn’t (host more programs), especially if the program is well received,” Higbie said. “We’ve made an investment in the equipment, but more importantly, this provides cultural access to things people wouldn’t have access to otherwise.”


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