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SJCC + Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to Continue Program Partnership

SJCC + Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to Continue Program Partnership 

Osher and the J to expand lecture series and course offerings for 2019-20

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (Aug. 8, 2019)— The Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) of Greater Seattle is proud to announce it will once again partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington (OLLI-UW) to provide various high-quality programs for the upcoming 2019-20 event season at the J.

SJCC and OLLI-UW enter their second year in providing programs for intellectually curious adults over the age of 50. Heading into the 2019-20 event year, the programming at the J will be increased after a successful inaugural partnership.

Coming up for the fall schedule through the end of the 2019 calendar year, the SJCC and OLLI-UW will offer three Osher Course opportunities as well as four Osher at the J Lecture Series events. Here is a look at this fall’s line-up:

Sept. 9: Osher Course: Contemporary Ethics (4 classes: Sept. 9, 23, Oct. 7, 21) – Instructor: David Smith

Sept. 11: Osher Course: The Roots of Rock & Roll (4 classes: Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2) – Instructor: John Jensen

Sept. 17Osher at the J LECTURE SERIES w/ Endless Opportunities—A House in Scheveningen: Harriet’s Journey to the United States. Speaker: Harriett Mendels

Oct. 17Osher at the J LECTURE SERIES: Mexico Today. Speaker Carlos B. Gil

Nov. 11: Osher Course: Museum Masterpieces in the US Part II (4 classes: Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2) – Instructor: Kolya Rice

Nov. 21: Osher at the J LECTURE SERIES: Black Holes are (Almost) Out of Sight. Speaker: Julie Lutz

Dec. 19: Osher at the J LECTURE SERIES: Stories of Human Migration – From the Great Rift Valley to the PNW. Speaker: David Fenner

Participation in the Osher-UW Courses are $45 ($50 for Contemporary Ethics) and participants must be an annual OLLI-UW member (only $35). The Osher at the J Lecture Series is a bring your own lunch event and is free to the public.

The Osher at the J program series is sponsored by The Summit, A Kline Galland Community.

Full event descriptions will be released throughout the month and can be found at


About Stroum Jewish Community Center  
The Stroum Jewish Community Center inspires connections to build community and ensure Jewish continuity. Together we create outstanding programs, partnerships and spaces that welcome everyone to learn, grow and celebrate Jewish life and culture. Learn more at 

About The Osher Foundation 
A $2 million gift by the Bernard Osher Foundation allows the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington to offer affordable high-quality programs to its members. The foundation was established by Bernard Osher in 1977. Through the foundation, his philanthropy has benefited a wide range of educational, cultural and other nonprofit organizations. Recognizing that the proportion of older people in the United States is growing rapidly and with it, the demand for lifelong learning programs, the foundation began to encourage the development of vibrant learning communities of older adults. The foundation felt that these older students were interested in learning for the joy of learning — without homework or exams. For more, visit 

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