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Academy of
Continuing Education

Winter 2015

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Faculty Biographies

Lorraine Bauman….Lorraine a seasoned
ACE lecturer has amassed a vast collection
of TV episodes. Prior experience started at
age 5 started picking out songs on the piano.
It soon became apparent that she would
make music a major part of her life. 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.

Fred Behrend….After surviving the
Holocaust, Fred arrived in the United
States at age 14, and eventually made
the “American Dream” a reality, opening a
flourishing business in New York. He is an
authority on Holocaust studies and survivor
memories. Recently he has traced his
ancestry back to the 15th Century
in Germany.

Alan Bergstein….Alan retired from the New
York City School System, where he served as
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 and
speaker on Israel and Zionist issues.

Brian Brinson….Brian is currently a Branch
Manager at Amtrust Bank., A Division of New
York Community Bank. Brian has been in
the banking and financial services industry
with extensive experience in lending, credit
recovery, market development and training.
He is a native Floridian and graduate of the
University of Central Florida with degrees in
Pre-Law and Business Administration. Brian
resides in Palm Beach County with his wife
and three children.

Kurt Bomze….Dr. Bomze, a Pediatric
Dentist from New Jersey, is the President of
Janusz Korczak Society of the U.S. He has
written and lectured on this topic at
various lifelong learning centers as well
as other venues. He has volunteered to
assist the Komen Race for the Cure,
Child Bereavement Center in Miami and
other charitable pursuits. His photographic
journey essays are presented in ACE yearly.

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. He immigrated to the United
States in 1950. 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.

John Chase…..John is a certified personal
trainer and fitness instructor. He has been
on the staff of the Mandel JCC Wellness
& Fitness Center. His current ongoing
training focuses on nutrition and health
as he continues to stay current on trends
and new information to improve and fitness
to his clients and JCC members. He also
performs over 100 concerts every year for
various audiences.

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.

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 is currently
scheduling gigs at various venues and
parties. He has developed a highly skilled
level of entertainment for all age groups.
He claims to own “every song you ever
heard on the radio”!

Bonnie Dropkin….Bonnie earned a B.A. in
Speech & Theater Arts and has taught high
school AP English Lit and Composition,
creative writing, drama speech and debate.
She has previously performed in Community

Rabbi Abraham Eckstein….Rabbi
Eckstein was ordained at Yeshiva University
and earned a Doctorate at the Jewish
Theological Seminary. He is the Rabbi
Emeritus at the Little Neck Jewish
Center in N.Y. He has taught at various
universities in the New York area. He has
served as Scholar in Residence at Block &
Hexter. He is also a Life member of the N.Y.
Board of Rabbis.

Ken Emmer….Ken has had an interest in
wines of the world for most of his adult life.
In his early 20s he made wine in his parent’s
basement. He completed the California Wine
Institute course of study in 1960. Ken has
traveled through the world’s wine growing
regions. He has sampled and compared
wines for more than 40 years. He continues
to learn more every day. Ken has always
believed that a good meal without a glass of
wine is like a day without sunshine.

Vicki Farer….Vicki is a graduate of
Keene State College in New Hampshire. Her
Master’s degree is in the areas of Curriculum
and instruction. She served on the faculty for
18 years in the Safety Studies Program and
served as an OSHA Educator and Trainer.

Dr. Rose Feinberg….Dr. Feinberg has been
a presenter at programs for organizations
and groups during the last 30 years. Rose
earned her Doctorate at Boston University
and was a well-known consultant in New
England. She was an adjunct professor at
many New England universities and F.A.U in
Florida. Prior work experiences in education,
business and educational publishing,
as well as a professional trainer have
enhanced her understanding of people
and audiences.

Arthur Feingold….Art has a BS Degree
in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester
Institute of Technology. After graduation he
joined the IBM Corporation, working as a
program manager in both development
and marketing positions. In his role as an
executive at IBM, he has traveled and worked
all over the U.S. and the world assisting both
IBM employees and their leading edge clients
in the most effective use of IBM’s latest
Information Technology deliverables.

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 this knowledge with
various community groups and educational
venues. He has been an Adjunct Lecturer
at Lynn University and Palm Beach
State College.

Vera Fried….Vera is a humorist and a 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 Colleges in New York and Wesleyan
University in Connecticut. Vera taught in the
New York City schools for 25 years and
retired to Florida where she is a member of
the Florida Storytellers Association and
Toastmasters. She works for Brandeis
University in Delray Beach as well.

Carol Geller….Carol is current a volunteer
member of the Mandel JCC Arts, Cultural
Enrichment and Education Committee. She
attended Rutgers University as an honors
student majoring in Art History and Museum
Studies. Her B.A. was completes at F.A.U.

Andrea Gellert….Andrea has been in the
insurance and financial services industry for
13 years. She owns a firm called Wealth
Strategies, a financial services boutique.
She is a Registered Representative and is
licensed in insurance sales for over a decade.
She is the two time Past president of Women
in Insurance and Financial Services in
South Florida and serves on the Board of
Directors of Kids-4-Kids in Miami, and The
Plaza Theater in Manalapan. She runs her
business with the strategy of taking a holistic
and all inclusive approach to insurance and
income planning. Andrea believes delivering
education and understanding takes
precedence over everything else.

Charlotte Glass….Charlotte completed
extensive graduate work earning an M.S.
in Education at National-Louis University in
Illinois. This followed an M.A. in Judaic
Studies at Spertus College of Judaic in
Chicago. She has culminated her educational
resume with a Doctorate of Pedagogy
(Honors) at the Jewish Theological
Seminary. She is Head of School
Emeritus at the Solomon Schechter
School of Metropolitan Chicago.

Lillian Goren….Lillian is a local Boynton
Beach resident who was featured in news
stories in the Palm Beach Post and local
television who became victimized by
telephone scams by unscrupulous criminals.
Lillian has been gracious enough to share
her story with the ACE members and guests,
hoping to prevent others from falling for these
individuals who prey on seniors.

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 knucklers overcome
travel related fears. She is currently working
on a memoir about self-help, “My Fright is
Now Boarding”.

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.

Evelyn Halper….Evelyn is a lecturer who has
appeared on network and cable TV and most
impressively the Bruno Walter auditorium
at Lincoln Center. She has performed with
the “International Holiday Trio” and “Magic
Carpet Players”. She has produced an audio
tape: “Are Jews Dancing People?” which is
in the permanent collection of the Museum
of the City of N.Y. Her video: “Many Faces of
Dance Traditions” is in addition to a six-part
serialization in Israel “The Jewish Dance
Mystique”. She also lectured at Palm Beach
State College.

Ethel Hofman….Ethel is a food and
cookbook author in addition to being a
fiction writer. She is Past-President of the
International Association of Culinary
Professionals. She has completed advanced
classes at London’s renowned Cordon Bleu
School of Cooking. She served as a
nutritionist at the Harvard School of
Public Health, contributing articles to
major magazines. She received an
Honorary Doctorate at Caledonian
University in Scotland.

Susan Jaffe….Susan earned her B.S.
degree from Hebrew Union College in Jewish
Education. She also attended the Reform
Rabbinical Seminary. Her studies included a
time with Harold Schulweiss at the University
of Judaism. She has served on the staffs of
various Temples in Florida and Los Angeles.

Kahn, Andrew….Andrew Kahn is a retired
professor of Political Science, has studied
international politics at several universities,
including the New School University in New
York City where he pursued his doctorate. He
is currently an Adjunct Professor at Florida
Atlantic University in Boca Raton and lectures
privately at various venues in Palm Beach
County including the ACE program.
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 Senior Softball, mentor at the
Jewish Family Services, and newly found
passion for teaching.

Lillian Karp….Lillian is a former English
teacher who has specialized in literature
and poetry. Earning her BA and Masters at
Brooklyn College, she continued her
studies in administration and supervision
in post graduate work.

Rachel Keats-Rubel….Rachel has been a
practicing psychotherapist for 35 years and is
a Licensed Clinical social worker. She has two
Masters Degrees from Boston University in
Social Work and Counseling. She is a certified
Level 5 “Pairs” Instructor. Her professional
passion is working with couples and speaking
to community groups about relationships.
Peggy Kelleher….Peggy is a seasoned
financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. She is a
Certified Retirement Planning Counselor and
a graduate of SUNY Buffalo. She has over 10
years in the financial industry and 25 years
in the business. She loves to teach and help
people better understand investments.

Arny Landy….Arny’s lifelong interest in
nature started at a young age becoming an
Eagle Scout at 13. A summer job in college
led him to develop a Nature Craft program at
Pittsburgh’s JCC Emma Kaufman Camp. He
served as a Boy Scout’s leader for 40 years.
He is currently a docent at the Green Cay
Nature Center conducting free tours
and does extensive photography of the
inhabitants, and native plants of
our wetlands.

Richard Lavine….Richard has spent over 50
years in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical
industries. He is a retired Major in the U.S.
Air Force reserve. His lifelong interest in U.S.
History and the Presidents has made him
a recognized speaker on these topics. His
special interest is Lyndon Johnson’s efforts
on behalf of the Jewish people.

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.

Frederick Lehrer….Fred’s lifelong
passion for history began 50 years ago,
when he earned a Master’s Degree at the
University of Chicago. He has been an officer
in the Lincoln Group of NY, two Civil War
Roundtables, and his local historical society;
He is a lecturer and has authored a book on
the historical regions of Pennsylvania.
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

Gerald Levine….Gerald is a graduate
from Brooklyn Technical High School,
CCNY (Mechanical Engineering, B.S.),
and University of Maryland (Mechanical
Engineering M.S.). His career included
work in the Applied Physics Laboratory
at Johns Hopkins University, Director of
Bio-Technology and President of a joint
corporate project between Corning,
Kroger and Kodak. He has taught
Engineering Economics and New
Business Development.

Ted Levine….Ted is the founder of
Development Counsellors International (DCI).
This is a firm that uniquely markets places
(countries, states, cities, etc.) to attract
investors and tourists. A graduate of Cornell
University (M.A.), Ted also served as an
instructor in Pop Culture at the New School
in N.Y.C. and N. Y. U. For the last fifteen
years, he has taught at Palm Beach State
College and in the ACE program (where he is
a charter faculty member since its inception).

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.
Stanley Light….Stanley is a graduate
of the City College of New York. His
advanced degree is from Queens College in
Economics. He spent a number of years on
the faculty of the Center for Lifetime Learning
at Palm Beach State College, where he also
served on the Board of Directors.

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.

Angela Margolis….Angela received her
B.A. degree from Smith College and M.A.
in Theater from Northwestern University.
She has taught at the prestigious Fieldston
School in N.Y. Angela has acted in many
off-off Broadway plays during her years in
New York. She has taught meditation and
philosophy in the Boston area as well.
Ann Meyerson….Ann is a Transition
Counselor and Realtor 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)

Maurice Murad….Maurice majored in
Film Production at NYU. He began his
professional career at CBS News as a film
editor for “The Twentieth Century”. It was
there he began working with the man who
invented television news. He has produced
dozens of documentaries with Bill Moyers
and on 60 Minutes. He has won 6 Emmys
and several Journalism awards for film
editing, writing, directing, production and
investigative journalism.

Joseph Mittleman….Joe has become an
authority on old-time radio, its performers,
programming and writings. He has a large
collection of items and performances from
artists of “days gone by”, and is an authority
on preserving artifacts for future generations.
He is involved with forming a society for their

Dr. David Nash….Dr. Nash is a Clinical
Professor of Medicine who has published
255 articles and 3 books. He has worked as
an M. D. for 61 years. He is a peer reviewer
for JAMA, AJC, JACC, and others. He has
been asked to speak at the annual meetings
of the American Heart Association, ACC, and
other national and local associations and
societies. He has lectured on 5 continents
on medical research.

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

Fern Pearl….After more than 50 years
in the medical field in New York, South
Florida and Colorado, in hospitals and
private practices, Fern came back to Florida
for a quiet retirement. However, the healing
arts kept calling her, so having learned of
Reiki, it became her calling. After studying
the techniques, she became a Reiki Master
in 2007. For four years she practiced Reiki
healing at the Crystal Garden and earlier this
year, she formed her own Reiki Circle.
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

Carl Pivor….Carl is a local resident in the
Boynton Beach area who is an avid ACE
member. He retired from a career as a sales
representative and began to follow his
hobbies and interests. His love for the
cinema guided him to study film and his
passion is the foreign film genre.

Manuel Plavin….Manuel earned his
B.S. in Economics from the Wharton
School (University of PA). He spent his
years as a musician, playing the saxophone
and clarinet. During his college years he
performed with dance bands. An avid record
collector since 1939, Manuel he has met and
had associations with notable famed
musicians which led to lecturing and
critiquing of performance recordings.

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 is a
graduate of Northwestern U., Roosevelt U.
and holds a teachers’ certificate from what
is now Spertus Institute in Chicago. She has
organized Jewish Heritage Tours to many
interesting and exotic countries and is a
frequent traveler to Israel.

Stanton Polin….Stan is a native
Chicagoan and has the accent to prove
it. He is a recently retired cardiovascular
surgeon. But not allowing grass to grow
under his feet, he was an associate
professor at Rosalind Franklin Medical
School, a frequent lecturer to local, national,
and international audiences and received an
MHA (MBA) degree. He started the Center
for Vascular Studies, a cardiovascular
monitoring service, which has been
expanded to over 200 facilities. He is a
Viet Nam War Veteran, served on hospital
ships, battleships and an aircraft carrier. He
achieved the rank of Commander.

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).
Leonard Rosendahl….For the past 40 years
Len has been an appreciator, collector, and
speaker about Modern Art, especially the art
of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Until
7 years ago, Len lived in or near Manhattan
and led private modern art tours through The
Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim,
The Whitney and especially the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York City.

Saundra Rothenberg-Lurie….Saundra
has been a frequent lecturer around the
U.S., Israel, Mexico and 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 “Who’s Who of American Women,
Professional and Business Women, 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 at 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.

Joyce Saltman....Joyce is a Professor of
Special Education at Southern Connecticut
State University. There, she teaches “The
Enhancement of Learning through Humor”
and directs a summer institute on “Healing,
Education, Laughter, and Play.” An author
and noted lecturer, she donates her
speaking fees to Paul Newman’s Hole in
the Wall Camp and various other charities.
Joyce received the first annual ACE Faculty
Member of the year Award for 2011. Her
timely humor lectures and presentations
have afforded her numerous awards and
recognition from community and professional
groups and conferences worldwide. Her
support of the ACE program through
recommendations and enthusiastic support
has helped ACE become a leader in South
Florida adult education.

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 had a position as an Adjunct Lecturer at
Kingsborough Community College and as an
Adult Education Facilitator.

Buddy Schreiber….Buddy earned a B.A.
and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. In
addition to a successful career in business,
he has taught Hebrew and Jewish Studies
for 58 years.

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

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.

Leonard Selk….Len has been
teaching material on Jazz and its
performers for more than 15 years in total.
He is the co-author of two books, one of
which is a bio-discography of Lee Wiley, a
major singer of the Big Band Era. He has
appeared on radio broadcasts on WNYC,
New York City’s station and WFUV, the voice
of Fordham University.

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 a
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 Citizens’
Association of Palm Beach and serves as the
organization’s seminar and education chair.
Fred Singer….Fred has spent over 20 years
as an event and documentary videographer.
His goal is to make permanent the stories of
those who were affected by the holocaust.
His current project centers on World War II
Veterans and their lives during and post war.

Scott Solkoff….Scott is a Florida Bar
Board Certified Specialist in Elder Law
practicing in Delray Beach. Scott is the
co-author, with his father, of the leading
state and national books on Elder Law. He
is a practicing attorney in Delray Beach,
certified as a specialist by the Florida Bar.
Scott has served as the President of the
Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys and
Director of the National Academy of Elder
Law Attorneys amongst others. He serves
on the Board for the Mandel JCC and Alpert
Jewish Family & Children’s Services. His
work has been referenced by many
publications including The Wall Street
Journal, Washington Post, NPR, and all
major Florida newspapers. He is a supporter
of numerous community organizations, and
also volunteers to teach at his synagogue.
Scott graciously is the ACE Presenting
Program sponsor, lending support to
the growth of the JCC’s adult education

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 as 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.

Linda Spitzer….A native Floridian, Linda
considered being a stand-up comic when
she grew up. Instead, she became an
accomplished professional storyteller
who schlepped around for the last 25
years delighting audiences at folk festivals,
museums, national parks, & schools in the
southeast and ten years as story lady and
historian at the Historic Biltmore Hotel,
producer/performer of 26 storytelling shows
for Cable TV, performer in many Bellaggio
and Community Theater productions.

Carren Strock….Carren is a writer,
painter and photographer whose work has
appeared in numerous publications in the
United States and abroad. She is also the
author of “In the Shadow of the Wonder
Wheel”, “A Writer’s Journey; What to Know
Before, during and after writing a Book” and
“Married women Who Love Women”.

Paul Tiberian….Paul has more than 40
years of experience in sales, management
and marketing. He began his career
selling office machines business to
business, and over the course of his
career gained experience selling consumer
audio products, medical supplies, banking
products and legal publishing information.
He has consulted various corporations on
improving sales strategies and motivating
sales teams.

Elissa S. Vessal….Elissa is a native
Floridian and an attorney member of
Florida Bar with 20 years of legal
experience in Pennsylvania, New Jersey
and Florida. After beginning her litigation
and transactional career in a medium size
law firm in Philadelphia, she opened her
own law office in 1999 and since 2004
practices in Boynton Beach, Florida. The
firm concentrates in estate planning, probate
real property law and business counseling.
Elissa’s skills and knowledge have been put
to good use as a former adjunct professor
as a guest speaker at many engagements.
Elissa is the current Mandel JCC Boynton
Beach Advisory Committee Chairperson and
member of the Mandel JCC Board
of Directors.

Sam Waingarten….Sam retired from the
New York City school system where he
taught for 37 years. He was an adjunct
lecturer at Queensborough Community
College in New York for 20 years. His
undergraduate degrees in economics
and finance are from New York University.
He currently runs various current events for
local communities in Boynton Beach.
Sanford Wainer….Sanford was born, raised,
and educated in China. His lectures cover
personal experiences of living throughout
China. His private collection of books on this
subject have been displayed and exhibited at
various libraries.

Neil Waldman….Neil Waldman grew up
in Brooklyn as a “baby boomer”. His older
brother introduced him to the “oldies” in
1956. He has been in love with the music
ever since. He is a collector of “oldies” music
and has numerous publications detailing the
history and the business of music in that
era. Neil has a B.A. and M.A. from Brooklyn
College. Professionally, he was a teacher in
the New York City school system for 39 years
until his retirement and relocation to Florida.

Ingrid Webster….Ingrid has worked
as a pearl and bead professional since
1988. She has serviced several dozens of
jewelers in Palm Beach County in both the
repair and design of pearl jewelry. Ingrid has
taught hundreds of students from 5 to 95
years young from all walks of life. She lives
in South Florida and is the creator of the
“World’s Longest Necklace”.

Ellen Wedner….Ellen is the Executive
Producer of the Donald M. Ephraim Palm
Beach Jewish Film Festival. In addition,
she is the Director of year-round film
programming at the Mandel JCC. Previously
her credits include the Directorship of the
Miami Jewish Film Festival. She is a
producer of shows, a performer and
lectures on film around the county.

Marjorie Wolfe….Marjorie is a retired
business educator. She is the author of
two books: “Yiddish for Dog & Cat Lovers”,
and “Are Yentas Kibitzers & Tummlers
Weapons of Mass Instruction?
Yiddish Trivia”.






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