Jews as Entrepreneurs
Recipient of the LLS 1999 Excellence in Teaching Award
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An entrepreneur is a person who engages in business or entertainment, and refers to thousands of individuals who use creativity, skill, perseverance, opportunity and daring to provide products to fill consumer needs and earn profits. Included in this group are Jews, who, when banned from agricultural pursuits, focused on business endeavors and built their own entrepreneurial mystique. Who was the first Jewish entrepreneur? Who were those Jews in early America who set the pace and standard for those who followed? What has been the impact of Israel as a "start-up nation"? How has the world of technology benefited from the efforts of technology gurus and internet geniuses? This lecture series will focus on Jewish entrepreneurs in diverse fields who realized a dream and, at the same time, made significant and lasting contributions.
1. The Strauss Family -- from Abraham to Levi
2. Julius Rosenwald and the story of Sears
3. Charles Bronfman; Sheldon Adelson
4. Estee Lauder; Lillian Vernon
5. Ruth Handler and Barbie: Abigail Minus; Donna Karan
6. Jews and the Internet --- Mark Zuckerberg; Sergei Brin
7. Jews and Hollywood --- Louis B. Mayer
8. Israel as a "Start-Up Nation"
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Myrna Goldberger has been a presenter for the Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) for 21-plus years. Educated at the University of Maryland, Loyola College and Johns Hopkins University, Myrna has had more than 50 years of experience in educational programming, including Elderhostel and scholar-in-residence weekends. She currently presents lectures to community and religious groups, as well as to special-interest groups in Florida and other states. Moreover, she performs in self-written, one-act plays focusing on famous American women and men. Myrna has been the recipient of previous LLS awards.
||11:15 am - 1:00 pm
||Mondays, January 5, 12, 26; February 2; 9, 16, 23; March 2
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$68 member / $98 non-member