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clientuploads/2013/palmbeachgardens/icon_ac.gif Arts & Culture:
21st Annual
JCC Book Festival
Academy of Continuing Education
Bridge, Mah Jongg & Canasta
Classes, Programs & Groups

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

Special Events

ACE: Open House

As radio host and autho of Oh My God I'm Getting older and So Is My Mom, Scott Greenberg presents a humorous look at aging coupled with practical advice. The later- years road is often believed to look like midnight rides on a sailboat with a glass of wine in our hand. All too often, Scott has learned, reality gets in the way. Bottom line: getting older can be tougher than we thought. Enjoy, as Scott addresses topics as diverse as dealing with sibling rivalry (mom always loved you more), sex after sixty (yes, it still happens), funeral options (who knew there were so many), the value of volunteerism, along with other situations you never thought you would have to deal with! 

>Wednesday, October 7th
   FREE & Open to the community 
  1:30 PM


Day filled with high energy Zumba instructors and fun music. It is a Party in PINK. Party yourself into shape...enjoy this Latin- inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning, dance fitness party! Feel the music and let loose! Proceeds from this event will benefit the Mandel JCC and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. 

>Sunday, October 11; 9:30 am - 12:00 PM 
   Pre- Registration: $10/ Member; $15/Guest
   Same Day Registration: $15/Member; $20/ Guest 
   For more information, contact Ashley at 561-736-4759 or [email protected].

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A Visit w/ Congresswoman Lois Frankel 

Representative Lois Frankel is an experienced public servant with a strong record of bringing jobs and opportunity to South Florida. After serving 14 years in Florida state legislature, including being the first woman Democratic minority leader, Lois became mayor of West Palm Beach in 2003. Lois was first elected November 6, 2014 to represent Florida's 22nd Congressional District, which stretches from Riviera Beach in Palm Beach County to Ft. Lauderdale and Plantation in Broward County. She is the first woman to represent Florida's 22nd congressional district, Lois has continued her record as a champion for seniors, families, veterans, and small businesses. Additionally, she remains staunchly committed to women's equality and access to health care. 

Congresswoman Frankel will speak about current projects, as well as issues important to the ACE audience. 

>Monday, Oct 19
  Free/Members; $15/Guests 

Special Presentation for Veteran's Day: Documentary Film- Veteran's Day 11.11.11

Award winning Director John C.P. Goheen reached out to more than 40 of the country's most accomplished video storytellers, asking them to volunteer their time and talent to produce a series of profiles about the service shared by all veterans, and the ultimate sacrifices made by many.Weaving together these profiles and stories, the result of this collaboration is Veterans Day 11.11.111., a documentary of a nationwide "day in the life" exploration of what it means to be a military veteran in the United States. Every story in the movie contains elements shot on Veteran's Day 2011.

Introduced by: Ellie Hart 

>Wednesday, Nov 4 6:30-8:30 PM
  FREE & open to the community 

Book Festival Signature Luncheon 

In The Debt of Tamar, Selim Osman meets Hannah, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and an artist striving to understand a father she barely knows. Unaware the connection they share goes back centuries, the two feel an immediate pull to one another. But as their story intertwines with that of their ancestors, the heroic, but ultimately tragic decision that bound two families centuries ago ripples into the future, threatening to tear Hannah and Selim apart. 

Nicole Dweck holds a BA in Journalism and a Master's Degree in Global Affairs from NYU. When the Debt of Tamar, her debut novel, was self- published, it was a USA Today bestseller and received honorable mention in Writer's Digest's Self-  Published Book Awards. 

>Wednesday, Nov 11, 11:00 AM
   Locations: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach 
   Co-Chairs: Beryl Schneider & Cynthia Liebman 
   See Registration for pricing 

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 Art Basel 2015- Miami Beach 

Art Basel Miami presents artwork from across the globe. With over 250 of the world's leading galleries participating, it is the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world. Galleries show work from masters of modern and contemporary art as well as pieces by newly emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, instillations, photographs, films, and edition works of the highest quality are displayed in the main exhibition hall. Enjoy exhibits at your leisure. Lunch is on your own. 

>Monday, Nov 30, 11:00AM  (PRE- VISIT ART BASEL LECTURE)
>Friday, Dec 4, 10:15 AM- 5:30 PM 
   $60/ Members; $70/Guest 

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 The Nazi Officer's Wife

The Nazi Officer's Wife is the story of a Jewish woman in 1930's Vienna, who with the help of friends, moved to Munich, hid her identity and married Nazi Party member, thus saving her life. In this fascinating story, Angela Schluter tells the story of her mother's life as the Nazi Officer's Wife and her own story of her upbringing as arguably the only Jew born in an Aryan hospital during the war. 

>Friday, Dec 4, 1:00 PM at the Mandel, JCC Boynton Beach
  $10/Member; $15/ Guest (Includes dessert and coffee) 
  Registration Requested 

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Join us for a Charity Spin-a-Thon! Spin for those who are hungry. Donated bags of groceries will benefit the Caring Kitchen in Boynton Beach. Spinning spaces are limited, so sign up today! 

>Sunday, December 6th; 9:30-12:00 PM 
   Pre-Registration: $10/Member; $15/Guest 
   Same Day Registration: $15/ Member; $20 Guest 
   For more information, contact Ashley at 561-736-4759 or [email protected].

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 Bonnet House and Gardens & the NSU Art Museum 

Spend the morning touring the Bonnet House and Gardens. This historic estate on Fort Lauderdale Beach, was the winter home of artists Frederic Clay Bartlett and Evelyn Fortune Bartlett. A narrated tram tour provides a view of the gardens. After lunch, we will have a docent led tour of the NSU Art Museum. 

The trip is all inclusive. 

> Thursday; Jan 7; Pre- reigstration by Dec 17
    Palm Beach Gardens: 8:00 AM Departure/ 6:00 PM Return 
    Boynton Beach: 8:45 AM Departure / 5:15 PM Return
    $75/ Member; $87/Guest  

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Author Event 

Shulem Deen was raised to believed that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world- only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at eighteen is arranged and several children soon follow. Deen's first transgression- turning on the radio- is small, but his curiosity leads him to the library, and later the Internet. Soon he begins a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his religious beliefs, until, several years later, his faith unravels entirely. 

Shulem Deen is a former Skverer Hasid, and the founding editor of Unpious. His work has appeared in the The Jewish Daily Forward, Tablet, and Salon. 

>Tuesday, January 12; 10:00 AM
  Location: Mandel JCC Boynton Beach
  Chair: Cathy Einhorn

The Elliot Museum, Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge & The Fish House Art Center 

Join us as we travel to beautiful Hutchinson Island to visit the Elliott Museum and the Refuge House at Gilbert's Bar. The museum was built by Harmon Elliot as a tribute to his father, Sterling Elliot, an inventor. Leaving the Elliot, our next stop is the Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge, the only one of ten houses of refuge that still exist. After lunch at the Prawnbroker Grill, we will visit the Fish House Art Center which is "home" to resident artists' studios. You will be able to watch them work and purchase their creations.

This trip is all inclusive. 

>Thursday; Feb 18; Pre-registration by Jan 27
   Boynton Beach: 8:00 AM Departure / 6:00 PM Return 
   Palm Beach Gardens: 8:45 AM/ Departure / 5:15 PM Return 
   Pre- Registration January 27
   $70/ Member; $82/ Guest 

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Boynton Book Festival Luncheon 

In Playing with Fire, violinist Julia Ansdell happens upon a curios piece of music the Incendio waltz- and is immensely entranced by its unusual composition. Julia is determined to master the complex work and make its melody heard. Back home in Boston, from the moment Julia's bow moves across the strings, drawing the waltz's fiery notes into the air, something strange is stirred-and Julia's world comes under threat. The music has a terrifying and inexplicable effect on her young daughter, who seems violently transformed. Convinced that the hypnotic strains of Incendio are weaving a malevolent spell, Julia sets out to discover the man and the meaning behind the score. 

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen has written 3 bestsellers in the United States. Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series "Rizzoli & Isles" starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. 

>Tuesday, Feb 23: 11:00 AM
   Location: Indian Spring Country Club
   11501 El Clair Ranch Road, Boynton Beach
   Chairperson: Claire Sirof 

Author Event

Danny Johnson, a writer who career never materialized, moves with his wife and children to Cascade Falls, a water- filled, golf community in the bone-dry desert outside of Phoenix. Grudgingly going to work for his father Ted, the Elmer Gantry of home development, Danny's quest for stability ultimately comes up short.

Bruce Ferber, before publishing his debut novel Elevating Overman, built a long and successful career as a television comedy writer and producer. A multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, Globes, his credits include "Bosom Buddies," "Growing Pains," "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," "Coach," and "Home Improvement," where he served as Executive Producer and show runner. 

>Tuesday March 22; 10:00 AM
   Location: Mandel, JCC Boynton Beach 
   Chairperson: Cathy Einhorn



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