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Power of Ten 2019



1.  Michael  Caplan, M.D., Ph.D.      Promise and Problems: The Ethics of Gene Therapy
Gene therapy technology is progressing rapidly, with the potential both to provide powerful new therapies for a growing list of diseases as well as to raise moral, ethical, and practical problems that are just beginning to become apparent.  Michael Caplan is the C.N.H. Long Professor and Chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the Yale University School of Medicine and he serves as the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy in Milan, Italy.

2.  Jaime Gerber     Mangia Tutti: Pasta Making
 We will be making and eating our own pasta made from scratch with delicious, vegetarian sauce to highlight your creation in a healthful and kosher style way.  Jaime and his wife Cindy are foodies, wine afficianados and Italophiles who love to share their passion for homemade healthy cooking with all.  

3.  Bartender Academy    Be Your Own Expert Bartender!
Guests will learn everything from properly garnishing a cocktail to the appropriate glass to use.  Additionally they will enjoy tastings of current popular drinks.  Bartenders Academy is the leading bartending school in CT.

4.  Ruben Kier     Capturing the Night Sky
Using a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera with a tripod swocket, you can capture memorable images of the night sky.  Ruben is one of the world’s leading amateur astrophotographers, with a leading book in the field, several published articles in Astronomy and Sky & Telescope magazines, and almost a hundred published astro-photos.

5.  Andy Rubenoff   The Great American Soundtrack: A Piano Sing-a-long
Andy will play favorite standards, pop tunes and special requests before and after dinner - singers encouraged.  A well- known New Haven Designer, Andrew Rubenoff has also entertained at parties, carbaret events, galas and restaurants for many years.

6.  Jodi Seidner    Build Your Own Gingerbread House
 Whether you want to create a cute cape or classic colonial, you can build your own gingerbread house. Learn how!  
Jodi Seidner, an experienced baker since childhood, is the founder and owner of Sweet Seidner’s Bake Shop: Mom’s Treats by Mail.  She bakes the delicious hamentashen that CBJ enjoys at Purim.

7.  Bennett Shaywitz, M.D. and Sally Shaywitz, M.D.    My Child is Struggling:  What Do I Do Now?
Learn how to get the right diagnosis and help for your child, including how to navigate the school system. Find out how sometimes perceived weaknesses can be strengths. Sally Shaywitz is the author of the bestselling book, Overcoming Dyslexia. She and her husband, Bennet, direct the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. They were both honored earlier this year with the 2019 “Genius Award” by the Liberty Science Center.

8.  Steven B. Smith, Ph.D.  Reclaiming Patriotism
Americans, like most people, think of ourselves as patriotic but have increasingly lost the language in which to express what patriotism is.  Understanding what patriotism is and reclaiming it from various forms of contemporary misuse will be the focus of our discussion.Steven is a Professor of Political Science at Yale, a long time New Haven resident, and a Yankees fan.

9.  Jason Stanley, Ph.D.    How Fascism Works
Fascism - is it some fringe extremists, or a powerful worldwide movement today?  Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, and author of five books, most recently How Fascism Works (Penguin Random House, 2018).

10. Kal Watsky    Wine Whispering for Beginners
We will compare two similar wines in a “blind” pairing to sharpen our palates and appreciation. Kal teaches a wine appreciation class for Yale Seniors; he is a New Haven dermatologist and long-time member of B’nai Jacob.





How are entertainers assigned to people?

You will rank 1-2-3 for your top three choices and entertainers are assigned as people’s RSVPs come in.  Your entertainment choice decides which host house you will have dinner.


What if I don’t get one of my top three choices?

If you get your RSVP in after your three choices have filled, then we will call you and let you know what options are available and ask if you still want to attend.


I want to go with my friends, how do I make that work?

Since RSVPs are assigned first come, first served, the only way to be with your friends is to put the RSVPs and payment all in one envelope.


Can I RSVP and ask that my friends’ spots be reserved?

There are no reservations. Assignments are done based on paid RSVPs. When you respond, your RSVP will be date stamped and assigned.


How will I find out where I’ll be going and which entertainer I’ve been assigned to?

The big reveal will take place on the night of the event (November 16th) at cBJ at 6:00pm. We’ll all gather for Havdallah and light cocktails. Then everyone will get his/her host house and entertainer.


I have some food allergies or other dietary restrictions, what can I do?

The RSVP form has a place to indicate any such restrictions.



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