Archive for September, 1997

Moscow — September 1997… Page 1 of 3

Tretyakov Museum of Russian Art — reopened after 7 year renovation. Inside a typical metro station. Beautifully landscaped and maintained public garden with working fountain, at this point typical. Notice new street signs; TGIF restaurant (notice sign inside doorway) and Russia movie theater marquee on left side of building.… Continue Reading →

Moscow Page 2 of 3

Spruced-up metro stations and more permanent-like kiosks. This is a big change from my last visit in 1992. Entrance to GUM Department Store off Red Square; Christian Dior at the entrance. In 1992, GUM was a big place with stalls selling nothing.… Continue Reading →

Moscow Tour Page 3 of 3

More festival banners and new buildings with modern architecture. Russian flags and workers putting fresh paint everywhere. Off to work in a residential area — bus stop, watermelon stand, old-style building. McDonalds outdoor eating area on Pushkin Square. Cool cars and commercialized buses.… Continue Reading →

Ivan Ciment’s Shake-Hands-Around-The-World-Tour-1997 Continues in Moscow

Thursday August 28, 1997….To JFK during rush hour, best to get off the highway and use Woodhaven Avenue in Queens a few miles after exiting the Midtown Tunnel. Made it to the airport in 50 minutes; not easy to get a taxi to agree to go to Kennedy during rush hour.… Continue Reading →

Passover 1997 — Telling the Jewish Story Based on notes from a lecture given by Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, professor of Liturgy at Hebrew Union College, New York City


Someone said prayer can be summed up in 4 words: Thank you, gimme, oops & wow!

The Siddur, our liturgy, is the one document passed along through our ages. The poor and illiterate did not own or know from bibles and talmuds.… Continue Reading →

Renaissance Weekend Program Proposal


Registration, Hotel Check-In and Snacks  7:00 Dinner 8:30 Cocktails, Keynote: New Thinking for a New Era 10:30 Shmoozing Groups: Personal Prerogatives 

Hospitality Suite with Food open 24 hours a day until conference ends 

Saturday    10:30 Caucus Session I: Hard Choices  12:00 Pre-Lunch Cocktail Party  1:00 Lunch 2:30 Caucus Session II: Hard Choices 4:30  Free Time 6:00 Cocktail Party  7:00 Dinner 8:30 Workshop I  10:15 Nightclub, Lounge & Free Time 12:00 Piano Bar 


9:30 Networking Brunch  10:30 Workshop II 1:00 Lunch 2:30 Workshop III –  Hands-On 4:00 Farewell Party 

Program Detail

Keynote: New Thinking for a New Era

Make Money, Not War – Middle East businessperson; Harvard Middle East Program Participant Internet: The Ultimate Sovereign On Earth – CEO: Internet company 

Exhibition Middle East Business and Tourism Opportunities;  Internet Technologies    Shmooze: Personal Prerogatives

Groups of 20 in moderated sessions in which the object is to let everyone say something and for everyone in the room to learn everyone else’s name. … Continue Reading →

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