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Classes, Programs & Groups 
Academy of Continuing Education
Bridge, Mah Jongg & Canasta
Classes, Programs & Groups

Arts & Culture
Book Festival
Special Events
Cultural Day Tours
Film Festival

The Adult Classes and Programs will be held at the Mandel JCC, 8500 Jog Rd., Boynton Beach unless otherwise specified. To register or for more information, please call 561-740-9000.


Broadway Jazz Movement 

Upbeat dance class begins with a warm up to strengthen, stretch and improve flexibility, then moves into footwork and rhythm and isolations. You’ll learn original combinations and dance numbers to a variety of music, all in the style typically seen on Broadway! Some experience is helpful. Instructors: Mary Segal and Rhona Ross

Thursdays, Ongoing | 6:30-8:00pm 
Per 6-week session: $40 Member ● $50 Guest  

Purchase at the JCC 

Discussion Groups

Political Flashpoint 

An interactive weekly discussion group that focuses on domestic and international issues in the news. Political, economic and current event subjects are the focus of this audience participation series.
Lenny Bell, Facilitator

Mondays, Ongoing | 10:00-11:30am 
Free Member  $7 Guest 

Current Events 

Those of us who watch, read and study the news, have opinions that are diverse and convictions that are clear. This discussion group provides a weekly forum for the exchange of these views on various topics contained in the ever changing world and local events.
Sy Rifkin, Facilitator

Thursdays, Ongoing | 9:30-11:30am 
Free member $7 Guest 

Book Review Club (2017-18 Schedule)

Please note that this group is for those with good vision as well as those with visual impairments. All of the books selected can be obtained by those registered with the Library of Congress’ free Talking Books Program. Through it, those who have a doctor’s note can recieve and return mailed tapes and player. For this service, please contact Sarah Smedley at 561-649-5500 or [email protected].

November 16: Great Small Things by Jodi Picoult 
December 9: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkes 
January 11: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende 
February 8: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware 
March 8: The Sisters Weiss by Naomi Ragen 
April 12: Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom 
May 10: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan Phillip Sendker 

Thursdays | 3:30pm
Free & Open to the community 
For more information contact [email protected]

Special Events

J Cabaret Presents: Frank Sinatra Tribute with Jeff Grainger 

Jeff Grainer will be performing the musical stylings of the late and great Frank Sinatra. Grainer fell in love with the singer during college and has spent years practicing his techniques and perfecting his phrasings to the point that when he would perform at weddings or other venues, the audience thought he was just lip synching, not realizing that they were actually hearing a live performance. In 2015, he co-produced and starred in a highly successful Sinatra Sentential Show that sold out over 4 large shows from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino to the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino. It’s a night that any Sinatra fan won’t want to miss! 

Thursday, January 11 | 7:00-9:00pm
$12 Member ● $18 Guest 

Register for Frank Sinatra Tribute>>>


Women of Inspiration | January 14 

Maria Nhambu was raised in an orphanage for biracial children run by German nuns in Tanzania, East Africa, where she experienced hunger, mental and physical abuse, illness and neglect. To cope with her excruciating situation, Maria learned to dance from the women in a nearby tribal village and wouldpractice in the privacy of the orphanage bathroom. In her teens, she was adopted by an American volunteer teacher from Minnesota who brought her to America where she attended college, married, and raised a family. To embrace her African roots Nhambu developed a fitness program called Aerobics with Soul – The African Dance Workout, which she teaches at fitness centers and health spas all over the world. Now in her early seventies, Nhambu has published two out of three books in her memoir trilogy. She offers advice on what it takes to overcome past suffering and becoming a whole human being. “You can’t change your past,’’she says, “but don’t let the past define you.’’

Sunday, 9:30am-12:00pm 
$7 Per Member Lecture ● $10 Per Guest Lecture (Includes continental bagel breakfast included) 

Register for Women of Inspiration>>>


 High Tea Goes Pink 

Learn how you can live a life of happiness and good health during this fun and inspirational day designed just for women.

• Information about the latest in women’s health services
• Interactive health screenings and assessments
• Genetic testing for BRCA gene risk
• Informative Panel of medical experts and guest speaker:
- Dr. Carol A. Adami, Medical Director of Bethesda’s Women’s Health Center
- Dr. Arthy Yoga, Breast Surgery specialist overseeing Bethesda Women’s Health Center breast care services
- Jessica Francois, ARNP
- Stacy Middleman, Author of Dear Cancer, Love Stacy
• Seated massages
• Vendors
• Refreshments and light lunch served

Sun., Jan 21 | 1:00-4:00pm 
Free & open to the community 

Register for High Tea Goes Pink>>


J Cabaret Presents: 33 Years Band 

This South Florida-based indie-rock-duo focuses on tight, swirling harmonies, folk punk-like musical backing, ragged Neil Young influences and tenor vocals. Initially they drew comparisons to fellow South-based indie folk rockers Shovel & Rope. Part-time band bassist, Dr. Robert Watson is also well-known in the Palm Beach community as an exquisite speaker, award- winning author, and Professor of American Studies at Lynn University and Senior Fellow at the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship. He has appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Daily Show with John Stewart, C-Span’s Book TV, The Washington Journal and the Voice of America. Audience members will definitely enjoy seeing the musical side to this professional and political guru.

Thursday, February 11 | 7:00-9:00pm
$12 Member ● $18 Guest 

Register for 33 Years Band>>>


Women of Inspiration | February 18 

Mehri Danielpour is an internationally known sculptor living in West Palm Beach. The many commissioned portrait busts she has created over the years include the Shah of Iran, Empress Farah, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and baseball Hall of Famer, Henry “Hank’’ Aaron. More recently she was commissioned to make bronze busts for designer and clothing manufacturer Tommy Hilfiger’s wife and their son. Born in Iran, Mehri came to the United States as a young child when her Jewish family had to flee amid rumors of a Nazi invasion there. Her love for sculpture began years ago as a hobby, butturned into a full-fledged career after the death of her husband and the need to support her two young children. “I worked my tail off,’’ she said. Approaching her 80th birthday, Mehri is still at work in her home studio. Her Year of the Child bronze sculpture, stands seven feet high and is on display in West Palm Beach. She says, “When your work is your passion, it’s really not work at all.’’

Sunday, 9:30am-12:00pm 
$7 Per Member Lecture ● $10 Per Guest Lecture (Includes continental bagel breakfast included) 

Register for Women of Inspiration>>>

Women of Inspiration | March 11

Jeanette Jennings is the mother of four children. Her youngest child, Jazz Jennings – now 16 - was assigned male at birth, but was diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria at age 3 and transitioned to a girl at age 5. With so little information regarding transgender issues years ago, Jeanette and her husband Greg, agreed to share Jazz’s story with Barbara Walters on 20/20 when Jazz was 6. Since then Jeanette has been a fierce advocate for transgender youth and she and her family continue to share Jazz’s story through numerous TV appearances and with other media outlets. In 2011, she and her family were filmed for a documentary for Oprah’s OWN network titled I am Jazz: A Family in Transition. Besides helping to educate the public about transgender issues, her underlying message is the importance of unconditional love, tolerance and acceptance. Jeanette is the recipient of many honors for her advocacy work, including the Ackerman Institute’s Family award. For the past few seasons, Jeanette and her family have been the subjects of the award - winning television reality series titled I Am Jazz,’ aired on TLC.

Sunday, 9:30am-12:00pm 

$7 Per Member Lecture ● $10 Per Guest Lecture (Includes continental bagel breakfast included) 

Register for Women of Inspiration>>>

John Chase Sings Broadway

John Chase has appeared in many musicals both up north and in Florida, including Fantasticks, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler On The Roof and many more. In recent years , he has been entertaining for clubs and organizations throughout South Florida. He is known as “The Robert Goulet of Florida”. His song repertoire includes That’s Life, I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Mac The Knife, New York, New York and many more.

Thursday, March 15 | 7:00-9:00pm
$12 Member ● $18 Guest 

Register for John Chase Sings Broadway>>>

Altered Roots

The acoustically-driven Americana band, Altered Roots will be bringing their unique style this spring. Their music blends a variety of genres including Folk, Pop, Rock, Blues and Originals. Having their own individual roots and backgrounds in various styles of music and life, they have infused their own altered roots style and arrangements into each song setting them apart from other typical cover bands.

Thursday, May 10 | 7:00-9:00pm
$12 Member ● $18 Guest 

Register for Altered Roots>>>

 Networking Groups

 JBiz Networking Breakfasts 

JBiz is a business networking group within the JCC. The purpose of JBiz is to create business networking relationships between the members and within the local community. Our free monthly breakfast is open to everyone interested in making new business connections. Come hungry and bring plenty of business cards! Also, please feel free to invite your business colleagues!

Thursdays, | 8:00am 
Aug. 10 
Sept. 14
Oct. 12 
Nov. 9
Dec. 14 
Free & Open to the community 

For questions, RSVP or more information, contact:  
Andres Alminana, JBIZ Chairperson • [email protected] • 561-650-7341

JBiz Leads Group 

In addition to the monthly events, which are always held on the 2nd Thursday of the month, JBIZ also has two category-exclusive leads groups which meet on certain Tuesdays or Thursdays, depending on the group.  The Thursday group is headed by Mark Agnelli, and meets at the JCC on the 4th Thursday of each month.  The Tuesday group is headed by Andres Alminana, and meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  Meetings are held at the JCC beginning at 7:45 a.m. until 9.  Membership is limited to one member per profession/category, and membership fees are only $100/year, guests are welcome to attend two meetings with no charge. 

For further inquiry, please contact Mark Agnelli (Thursday Group) at [email protected]; or Andres Alminana (Tuesday Group) at [email protected].

Thursdays | 7:45-9:00am 
$100 Year 

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