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Lorraine Bauman...Lorraine a season ACE lecturer, has amassed a vast collection of TV episodes. After graduating Brooklyn College with a degree in speech and theater, she worked for many years at the Stratford Center for the Arts where she had the great fortune to meet and work with many luminaries of the Broadway Theater. She got "the bug" and began to attend almost all of the musicals in Broadway every season. 

Alan Bergstein...Alan retired from the New York City School System, where he served an Administrator and Supervisor. Currently, he is the Chair of the South Florida Zionist Organization of America. His studies and research aid him as a journalist, lecturer, speaker on Israel and Zionist issues. 

Ron Browne...Ron is a seasoned group leader, teacher, and speaker in the areas of life- long learning, creativity, wellness, and spirituality. He has been active for many years in promoting meaningful personal change and his experience leading men's discussion groups has opened new possibilities for men in the second half of life. Ron is the former director for the Cleveland Foundation, a funded life- long learning project "What's Next!" and formally Vice President for smart living for Judson at University Circle.

Eileen Budwig...Eileen has had a very successful career in the real estate industry. Since 1963, she has been involved in commercial real estate sales and marketing. In addition, she has been involved in the coordination of public art exhibits. Her interest in cultural arts and film has led her to be a co- presenter of Film Fridays. She is a member of the ACE Advisory Board. 

Pierre Chanover...Dr. Chanover is a Parisian- born author, poet, lecturer, and FAU professor. His credentials are listed in the Directory of American Scholars. The French Ministry of Education bestowed upon him the prestigious award, Chevalier Dans L'Ordere Des Palmes the Academiques. He earned inclusion in Contemporary Authors, Who's Who in North America and POESI-USA, a French language poetry magazine. Pierre is the founder and President of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Hidden Children/Child Survivors of the Holocaust.  

Irene Cohen...Irene is a graduate of the School of Industrial Arts (now School of Art and Design) and Hunter College- CUNY with a degree in Art Education and Psychology (Chicago). Irene was a docent at the Museum of Contemporary Art until retiring to South Florida. Her deep interest in the visual arts brought her to the Norton Museum of Art and the Boca Museum of Art where she currently serves as a gallery expert and docent. 

Marshall Cohen...Marshall earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Monmouth College in New Jersey and Master of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in curriculum and instruction. He is a retired award winning drama director and speech teacher from Miami, Florida. 

Charlie Deitch...Charlie is the emcee and the voice of Charlie D Disc Jockey, a mobile deejay service in Palm Beach County. He has served the South New Jersey and Philadelphia areas for 25 years. Now, relocated to South Florida, he has developed a highly skilled level of entertainment for all age groups. He claims to own "ever song you ever heard on the radio!"  

Linda Eisen…Linda has formerly taught ballroom and other dance at Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire studios in New York. She enjoys sharing her love of dancing with people with all levels of interest.

Janet Eskolsy- Taubin…Janet is a retired high school math teacher who happens to enjoy a discussion on almost any topic- especially about a book. The variety of thoughts and insights one encounters, provides the opportunity for more to share, enjoy and discuss.

Raymond Fass…Ray has an extensive background in television. After completing his BS degree at CCNY and MFA at Fordham University, he worked as a stage manager Off Broad & Equity Library in New York City. Following those roles, he moved on to television production work and supervisory direction at WJAR-TV and WSBE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island. His lifetime hobby and passion for TV and sports led him to share his knowledge through lectures at Palm Beach College and various community groups.

Dr. Rose Feinberg…Rose earned her Doctorate at Boston University and was a school administrator in Massachusetts for many years. She was an adjunct professor at many New England universities and F.A.U. in Florida. Her prior careers in education, business and educational publishing, as well as a professional training as a presenter, have enabled her to create a variety of dynamic, informative and entertaining programs.

George Feirstein…George is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is a respected and noted lecturer on the American Musical Theater. He has been an actor and performer on stage and in movies. This experience and love of the theater led him to share his knowledge with various community groups and educational venues.

Ben G. Frank…Ben is an author, lecturer, journalist, who is considered one of the country’s most distinguished travel writers and commentators on Jewish communities around the world. At last count, he has traveled to 89 countries and written about each of these nations. .He currently writes travel articles for the Jerusalem Post. He is a B.A., cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. graduate from the Center of Israel & Jewish Studies at Columbia University.

Lois Frankel…After serving 14 years in the Florida state legislature, including becoming the first woman Democratic minority leader, Lois became mayor of West Palm Beach in 2003. Lois was first elected November 6, 2012 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 2nd congressional district. Lois serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure and Foreign Affairs committees. As Congresswoman for Florida’s 22nd 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.

Vera Fried…Vera is a humorist and story teller in the tradition of Sam Levenson. She uses her life as a focal point for the stories she tells about her family, friends and the adventures of a single woman in South Florida. She was educated at Hunter and Brooklyn College in New York and Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Vera taught in the New York City schools for 26 years and retired to Florida where a member of the Florida Storytellers Association and Toastmasters is. She works for Brandeis University in Delray Beach as well.

Jerry Goodman…Jerry Goodman completed Bachelors at Champlain College (SUNY), his Masters at Columbia University and PhD. at St. John’s University. He has been the Director of Psychology at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. a Professor at SUNY New Paltz and has maintained a private practice. Presently, he volunteers at Peer Place and received a past Presidential Volunteer Award for dedication to Veterans, seniors and those living with mental illness.

Kenneth Green…Ken has a B.S. from Columbia, a Masters from N.Y.U. and a PhD. from Sedona University. He has taught at N.Y. Institute of Technology, Pilgrim State Hospital, Cutler Hammer Industries, Lynn University, the FAU Lifelong Learning Center, as well as the Palm Beach County Schools. He’s had an affiliation with the Huntington (LI NY) Art League and Art Students League (NYC). Ken is an author of “Shochet,” which currently is on the Amazon Kindle.

 Andy Greenberg…is a national radio personality. He also hosted his own TV show and has been Jewish educator for over 25 years. He is best known for his interactive and entertaining approach to his teaching and seminars. He has lead High Holiday services, community Seders, reads Torah, taught B’nai Mitzvah Students the art of delivering a great speech and has delivered many Dvars.

Scott Greenberg…Scott is currently President and CEO of ComForecare Senior Services, a private duty home health care agency serving Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. Scott serves on the board of the National Guardianship Association as well as Past President and current board member of the Florida State Guardianship Association. He is also on the Advisory Council for the Area Agency on Aging. He has served on Alzheimer’s Community Care’s special goodwill task force, and is a former AmeriCorp volunteer. He also developed and is part of the Lifespan Education and Resource Network speaker series and developed a second speaker series dedicated to family caregivers. Scott has written an award winning book entitled “Oh My God, I’m Getting Older and So is My Mom” and hosts a weekly radio show on 900AM The Talk with the same title. Scott received his National Certified Alzheimer’s Educator designation from the National Certification Board for Alzheimer care in July 2014.

Carol Cott- Gross…Carol is a popular lecturer/ writer in Jewish Folklore and lifestyles. She has written for the N.Y. Times, The Sun Sentinel, The Miami Herald among others. Carol has taught a series at FAU Lifelong Learning and the Delray Library on Multi-Cultural Superstitions and Fears. For 35 years, she directed ‘Fly Without Fear’ at NY City airports, appearing on television and radio, to help white knuckles overcome travel related fears. She is currently working on a memoir about self- help, “My Fright is Now Boarding.”

Mindle Gross…Mindy is a graduate of the Shalom Aleykhem school, a bilingual secretary for Workers Circle and Farband, L.Z.O. She has taught Yiddish at many venues in New York and Florida for over 25 years. Mindy is also a Yiddish to English translator for Yizkor books, letters, memoirs, diaries and newspaper articles worldwide.

Elaine Grossman…Elaine is a graduate of the Cleveland College of Jewish Education in Beachwood, Ohio. She has taught Hebrew to various ages and groups for over 50 years. Her professional tenure at temples and synagogues stretches through Ohio, New Jersey and Florida. She was past- president of her residential Hadassah Chapter and periodically assists in Florida Atlantic Region’s Department in education.

Dorothy Herman…Dorothy is a former Director of Education at two large religious schools. She presently serves as an educational consultant, workshop facilitator, mentor for Jewish Educators and teacher. She is an author of three books: “Planning for Success,” “Teaching for Success,” and “Creating Successful Curriculum Enhancers.”

Judy Herman…Judy is a former “Jeopardy” Champion who delights in setting mental challenges for her audiences. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin. She developed and has been successfully conducting “All Aboard The Brain Train” for many years in various venues in Florida, New York and New Jersey. The new program “Braintertainment” has been a successful addition at many local communities and organizations. Recently, she has created “Cruisin’ the Brain Waves” as an at sea lecturer on voyages to various destinations.

Bruce Kalner…Bruce is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State College, earning his degree in history and Speech Communication. He continued his education with post graduate work M.A. in Media Ecology from New York University. After working as an advertising account executive in N.Y. for 34 years, he retired to South Florida and now enjoys a full schedule of activities including a newly found passion for teaching.

Tali Kentof…Tali is a Jewish Community Liaison with Vitas Healthcare. Tali is an author, lecturer and authority on relationships. Tali who also gives classes on caregiving and how to have a conversation on planning for end of life care, said she was motivated to create the class after meeting a senior who asked her for help with online dating.

Lorie Kiviat…Lori is an author, Yoga Therapist, Reflexology, Shiatsu and meditation coach. She has worked at Hofstra University (L.I.N.Y.), Roslyn (N.Y.) schools on various cruise ships, libraries as well as in private practice. She has authored the book “Straighten UP.” Since relocating to Florida after a successful interior design business, Lorie has decided to share her love and knowledge in holistic health practices.

Lesley B. Klein M.S., RD, CSO, LD/N…Lesley Klein is a Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at The University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She holds a B.S. degree in Nutrition from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Dietetics from Florida International University. She has over 25 years of experience working in the field of oncology nutrition and is currently one of 22 registered dieticians in the state of Florida recognized as a Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. She has developed a nutritional program that uses food as medicine and consists of individualized meal plans and healing foods.

Arny Landy…Arny is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh earning a B.B.A. He tired after 45 years as an independent Manufacturers Representative moving to Boynton Beach 8 years ago. A lifelong love of nature prompted him to join the Green Cay Nature Center as a volunteer. As a docent he conducts guided tours for visitors, summer camps, schools and outreach programs. Currently, he is a board member and Vice President of the Friends of Green Cay.

Donald Lapinsohn…Don’s background includes degrees in Business from Villanova University and American College at Bryn Mawr. He has certification as a CLU/CHFC and is an associate member of the American Association of Pension Actuaries. His interests include voracious reading of historical non- fiction, the Civil War, and advocate for Jewish education and involvement in the future of its United States population.

Terryl Lawrence…Dr. Lawrence earned her doctoral degree from Columbia University in the Arts. She studied at the National Academy in New York, and has numerous exhibitions of her painting and photographs in New York and Florida. She is a recipient of many awards including a national grant in the Humanities. She wrote the preface to Chaim Potok’s “Artist in Exile” and taught at Palm Beach State College, C.W. Post and FAU and has lectured at other public and private institutions.

Joel Lerner…Joel is a retired Professor of Business from S.U.N.Y and has authored seven books and a nationwide newsletter in addition to his own radio and television programs. He has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, as well as over 200 TV and radio events, yet his great love is magic and the entertainment it affords. This past year he has taught on Princess Cruise Line’s vacation centers, Villa Roma Country Club and various community centers and country clubs.

Bea Lewis...Formerly a journalist for Newsday in New York, Bea was featured as a columnist in the Palm Beach Post writing exclusively on the issues and challenges that today's parents face with their adult children. She is currently a popular presenter on the South Florida lecturer circuit and an author. 

Rabbi Jay Lyons…Rabbi Lyons is the Florida Regional Director of Peaceful Return, and in this capacity provides educational opportunities on a broad range of end- of- life issues from a Jewish perspective. Ordained by the Rabbinical Seminary of America in 2008, he is an active member of multiple Jewish burial societies in New York and Florida, and provides practical and supportive guidance to bereaved families and community members dealing with the deceased.

Roberta Martel…Originally from New York and Westport, CT, Roberta studied interior design and was a business owner in the jewelry, accessory and clothing retail lines. Once she relocated to Florida, she owned three retail boutiques, one in the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach and two in Coconut Grove.

Ann Meyerson…Ann is a Transition Counselor and Realtor (Keyes Real Estate) since 1985, specializing in assisting seniors and their families with all aspects of the transition process. She earned an M. Ed. in Counseling from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. She is a frequent presenter on Channel 12, Cablevision in CT. She is a designated Senior Real Estate Specialist (A Place for Mom).

Joanne Mindes…Joanne earned her MSW degree from Fordham University in New York City. She worked at Fountain House as a psychiatric social worker and was a Director of a half-way house for the mentally ill in New York City. In addition, she collaborated with Dr. Ruth Westheimer in a community conference for the elderly. She worked for Federation and initiated the community geriatric program in Rockland County, N.Y. Upon moving to Florida she became the Facilitator at the Center for Group Counseling in Boca Raton for the past ten years leading both support and therapy groups.

Jerry Oltchick…Jerry had a distinguished career for over 32 years as a teacher for the New York City Department of Education. He taught Social Studies on the high school and middle school levels with the final 24 years at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Queens, NY.

Donald Pasternak…Donald has advanced degrees in both Engineering and Business. He has been involved in lifelong studies of musical forms including classical, ballet, and opera.

Sherry Picker…Sherry (MSW) is a Social Worker with Paradise Home Health Care. She is a native Floridian who earned her B.A. at Stern College, Yeshiva University and Master of Social Work from Hunter College in NYC. She works in Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

Leah Polin…Leah is a frequent lecturer in the Chicago and Boynton Beach, Florida area on subjects involving Jewish women, Jewish history, Israel and current events. For nearly 25 years she was the founder and director of the Dawn Schuman Institute for Jewish Learning, which provided people in the metropolitan Chicago area an arena in which to learn a variety of Jewish subjects in a comfortable, informal setting. She has organized Jewish Heritage Tours to many interesting and exotic countries and is a frequent traveler to Israel.

Wally Reed…Wally was an advertising executive, TV & radio producer and radio personality (known as “Sy the Guy” ) in the 60s & 70s in Miami, New York City, and Atlantic City. His programs featured Rhythm n’ Blues and Jazz. He then went on to producing TV programs for the Dumont network in politics (Political Roundtable) and women’s issues (the Wendy Barrie Show).

Saundra Rothenberg- Lurie…Saundra has been a frequent lecturer around the U.S., Israel, Mexico & Gibraltor. Her professional career was highlighted as the National Director of Foundations for AMIT. She is a noted story- teller and presents book reviews. She has been a guest speaker at many hotel events. She has been listed in the Who’s Who of American Women, Professional and Business Woman, 2000 Notable American Women. She has won numerous community service awards and is currently in the process of authoring a series of books about special needs children.

Dr. Nicole Rothman…Dr. Nicole as she’s known, earned a B.S. in Biology at the University of Albany, and her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Life College in Marietta, Georgia. She established Rothman Family Chiropractic in 1998. Since 2002, she has hosted ‘Kids Day America’ in Boynton Beach at which hundreds of children have their spines checked, and thousands of dollars are raised for charity.

David Schoenfeld...David earned his Bachelor’s Degree from New York University. He spent his 30 year career as an Economics and History teacher at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York. He has a position as an Adjunct Lecturer at Kingsborough Community College and as an Adult Education Charter Facilitator for the ACE program from its inception.

Alvin Schwartz…Alvin includes a B.A. in History, Masters in History and Education and a Law Degree in his background. He taught in the N.Y. City schools and was an Adjunct Lecturer at various colleges. He was a candidate for State Assembly in 1982 and has practiced law for five years.

Sharon Segal…Sharon’s interest in current events led her to present for discussion groups in Boca Raton. Her focus on human interest stories motivates her discussions and sharing with audiences to encourage their input.

Rabbi Barry Silver…Rabbi Silver currently serves the Congregation L’Dor V’Dor as their spiritual leader in Palm Beach County. In his past days, Barry served as Florida State Legislator and was active there as a consumer champion. He is the founder of The Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition. In addition, Barry is a practicing attorney concentrating on Public Interest Law, women’s rights, the environment, humanitarian issues, and Jewish rights.

Donald Singer…Don Singer is an award winning educator and public speaker and is currently the liaison to the NYC Central Labor Council from the NYC Alliance for Retired Americans. He is also active with the Florida and National Alliance for Retired Americans. He is currently a Vice Chair of the Citizen’s Association of Palm beach and serves as the organization’s seminar and education chair.

Eric Soroka…Eric returned to Columbia University to obtain his advanced degree after service in the U.S. Army during the Korean period. He has served a political committeeman in New York, a Chaplain for Jewish Veterans, a speaker in local communities and has taught at Queensborough Community College and Palm Beach State College.

Joann Summerfield…Joanne was a former radio talk show host in New York City on WMCA as well as NBC Radio Talknet. She is an author of books, poetry and lyrics. She has worked for the Museum of Television and Radio in N.Y. Some of her radio shows were honored by being placed in the permanent collection of the museum.

Paul Tress…Paul retired from working on complex systems problems and program management on military, economic and computer systems. Originally from Brooklyn, he has lived in the Midwest and Northeast before settling in Southeast Florida. He is an avid music lover, especially jazz in the 60’s.

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