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Fall 2014

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Faculty Biographies

Marvin Anter….After being interested in history and Benjamin Franklin, Marvin decided to put his learned interest into a presentation and impersonation skit. He has performed the Ben Franklin Interview for audiences of seniors and children in the
Palm Beach County area for over 20 years.

James Bandler….Jim has been practicing meditation for over 30 years. He attended the School of Practical Philosophy at Columbia Presbyterian for 15 years. At that time he spent eight years teaching with Dr. Mehmet Oz at that program. Currently, he teaches ‘Mindfulness’ as taught by Jon Kabat Zihn. He has taught at the Greenwich Public Library, Boca Raton, Hagen Ranch and other local libraries and the Ruth Rales Jewish Family Services.

Lorraine Bauman…. Lorraine a seasoned 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 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.

Toby Brandt…. As a graduate of Temple University, Ms. Brandt has worked for more than twenty years in private practice and government. As a counselor and psychotherapist, she became an expert in helping adults get through life transitions and changes. She has had a progressive career in Human Services. She is also certified as a life coach.

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 Cultural 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. He also performs over 100 concerts every year for various audiences.

Arthur Cohen….Professor Arthur Cohen aka “The Streetwise Professor” is a nationally and internationally known school and personal safety expert. With over 40 years of study and research in the field of survival skills, he has become a pioneer in
psychological, physical and non-physical personal safety tactics. Because he is a graduate of “Stand Up University” at the Governor’s Club on L.I., we can now add that he is a very funny fella.

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. His passion is to make a difference. 

Kay Cosgriff.... Kay was awarded her degrees from Kent State University. Her secondary studies focused on directing and playwriting, after which, she became a SDC stage director. Some of Kay’s regional directorial credits include The Cleveland
Playhouse, Porthouse Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Her plays have been produced at The Royal George Theatre; Wright Curtis Theatre and The Organic Theatre in Chicago.

Ted Cott.... Ted has spent 35 years as a business and education management consultant to political candidates on issues ranging from housing, water management, public safety, ethics, and the environment. He has been an adjunct lecturer at Iona College and lecturer at NYU, U.S.C., C.W. Post, and Barry Universities in public speaking, business, and marketing strategy.

Charlie Deitch (CD the DeeJay)…. Charlie is the voice and emcee of Charlie D Disc Jockey, a mobile deejay service located in Palm Beach County. He has served the South Jersey and Philadelphia areas for 25 years, before he relocated to Florida. Since 1988, he has performed at over 2000 events. He has a knack for entertaining varied age groups. He claims to “own every song that you’ve ever heard on the radio”.

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 Broadway & 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….. 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.

Carol Fishetti & Marina Ramirez….. Carol is a Senior Mortgage Banker and Reverse Mortgage Specialist. She has a Business Administration Degree and worked in the Human Resources Department at Exxon Corporation for over 20 years. She takes pride in her trustworthy relationships and prefers to work mainly with seniors. Marina is the owner and President of Assisting Hands Palm Beach, a private duty home care agency. She has over 20 years of experience in Finance, Marketing and Customer Service. Her personal experience with the difficulties of an aging parent made her realize the need for quality in-home care and moved her to start Assisting Hands.

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.

Dr. Jerry Goodman….Dr. Goodman completed 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. Jerry has been 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.

Lee Goodman….Lee is an award winning artist. He is a N.J. native and a retired corporate executive. He has exhibited his works in the Boca Raton and Coral Springs Museums. He has memberships in the Delray Art League, Boca Raton
Art Guild, Coral Springs and Edison Art clubs.

Kenneth Green….Ken has a B.S. from Columbia, a Masters from N.Y.U. and PhD. from Sedona University. He has taught at N.Y. Institute of Technology, Pilgrim State Hospital, Cutler Hammer Industries, Lynn University, the FAU Life-long Learning Center as well as the Palm Beach County School District

Malcom Gropper….Malcom D. Gropper is a retired developer and builder of residential communities. He was also an Adjunct Professor of real estate, and Executive in Residence at Florida Atlantic University. He has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University, Palm Beach State College Life-long Learning Center, the National Homebuilders Convention and Urban Land Institute.

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.

Louise Hallam….Louise studied music at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore Maryland. She has taught music at the Boynton Beach Civic Center in the local communities as well as privately for the past seven years. She is currently on the staff of Marathon Music.

Rosemond Hammond….Rosemond studied art and did post-graduate work at the University of Miami. Her work has been shown at numerous Florida galleries, including Lowe Art Gallery, Society of the Four Arts, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Pageant Gallery of the Arts and the Plaza Hotel in New York.

Dorothy Herman…. Dorothy is a former Director of Jewish Education who now serves as a religious school teacher, consultant, curriculum writer and mentor for Jewish Educators. She received her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Florida and Master’s Degree from Florida International University. She is the author of three books: Planning for Success, Teaching for Success and Creating Successful Curriculum Enhancers.

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.

Jessica Jeans…. Jessica is the Clinical Director of The Therapy Place, and is dedicated to coach, intervene, educate, guide, and support every family or individual who come for services using his or her own goals. She has confidence in the power of effective, clinical and professional therapy as it can provide lasting change. She uses an empathetic, emotionally focused perspective, to help people identify their goals (wants), and what is in the way (obstacles) and works as a facilitator offering clinical guidance, unconditional support and therapeutic change.

Andrew Kahn ….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.

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 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.

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.

Deborah Klapper….Deborah is a speech-language pathologist and a former adjunct professor at Dominican College and Bergen Community College where she taught speech classes. She received both her Bachelor Master Degrees from Adelphi University. She retired from the Westchester School District after 27 years, but maintains a private practice in New York. Deborah is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association.

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 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.

Donald Lapinsohn…. Don has been an invited speaker at professional seminars, business and professional consortiums, community groups, and on college campuses. His 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.

Joan Lavine….Joan is a retired speech/language specialist, Adjunct Professor of speech and writer. She has worked with diverse groups of people who share common goals to improve their interpersonal communication skills. Her publications
include many business and professional writings. She holds a B.A. in Speech, a Masters in Counseling and numerous professional certifications.

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.

Anny Lerman….Anny is a pioneer in Israel life was married to Jonah Lerman for 67 years. Anny Lerman’s story about her escape from Czechoslovakia aboard the Nicolas is now part of Steven Spielberg’s filmed archives at the Jewish Holocaust

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.

Gerald Levine….Gerald is a graduate from Brooklyn Technical High School, CCNY and University of Maryland. 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.

Dr. Amy Lezberg….. Dr. Lezberg is a Consultant in Higher Education for the U.S. Department of State and retired Association Director of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. She is an international consultant on higher education and accreditation. She received her Ph.D. in English from Boston University and has served as professor of English and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences. She is the author of Interpersonal Communication in the Health Professions. She has taught American Ethnic Literature for over a decade and she is a contributor to two encyclopedias: American Women Writers and Jewish Women in America.

Angela Margolis….Angela grew up in a tiny farming village in North Dakota, near the Canadian border. She went to Smith College, where she majored in English Literature and Northwestern University where her Masters was in Theater. She taught theater and English at the Fieldston School in New York City for several years. She also taught meditation and has acted in small theater companies in New York City and Boston.

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. She has recently retired and is a part the ACE faculty after being a regular attending member.

Irvin Moskowitz….Irv has been a General Management Executive with 40 years of international expertise in Soft Goods Marketing and Operations. Previously, he has served as the manager of Global Sourcing International at the Playtex Div. Beatrice Foods Inc. He was also a Vice President at Danskin Inc. Currently he moderates discussions on Current Events in community group settings in Palm Beach County.

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.

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.

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.

Leah Polin…. Leah is a frequent lecturer in the Chicago and Boynton Beach Florida areas 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
Vietnam 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 went on to produce TV programs for the Dumont network in politics (Political Roundtable) and women’s issues (the Wendy Barrie Show).

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.

Gerald Schackler….Gerald earned his B.A. while attending Hunter College in New York City, followed by his Master’s degree at Brooklyn College. He has been a teacher and Administrative Supervisor as well as an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College and lectured at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth.

David Schoenfeld….. David obtained 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.

Alvin Schwartz….. Alvin received 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.

Charles Schwartz….. Charles is a licensed Pre-Need Counselor at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel and Eternal Light for over 16 years. He is experienced and knowledgeable in the pre-need business and handles every family’s situation with
compassion and understanding. After a successful career in New York as a National Sales Manager in the garment center, and a retail store owner, he moved to the Boynton Beach area where he continued his career in sales and management for two local newspapers, one of which was the Jewish Journal.

Sharon Segal….Sharon’s interest in current events led her to present for discussion groups in Boca Raton. News, magazines, and internet background research are the basis for the weekly interactive groups. Her focus on human interest stories motivates her discussions and sharing with audiences to encourage their input.

Terry Seitz…..Terry has been the creative director of her own firm in decorating as Terry Seitz Interior Designs LLC for over 35 years, 13 years in Boynton Beach, after 22 years in New York City. She majored in Art at Hunter College where she received a B.A. and M.A. She taught in Merrick, NY before starting her business. Currently, she lectures to charitable organizations in Florida.

Dr. Craig Selenger….Dr. Selenger practices chiropractic, acupuncture and functional wellness in South Florida. He incorporates nutrition, hormone balance, chiropractic, fitness and weight control. His doctorate is in Chiropractic and post graduate work in functional medicine and acupuncture.

Dr. Jesse Selkin…. Dr. Selkin obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Los Angeles campus. His previous clinical experiences include working in community mental health centers, substance abuse residential programs, and a group outpatient practice. He has presented at the Los Angeles County Psychological Association about couples with Online Affair and Intimacy Issues. He has also presented at the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, California on Cyber-Bullying for Students and at the Crisis Intervention Training in Los Angeles on Leader with Power, and Self-Motivation. His recent relocation to South Florida motivates him to form a new practice locally.

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.

Dr. Judiann Simon….Dr. Simon has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate Degree from The Institute for Advanced Studies of Human Sexuality. She has taught all aspect of human sexuality at colleges, universities and hospitals. She recently relocated from California and she has fulfilled her requirements for Florida certification. As one leading most authorities and disability, she educates health care professionals world-wide. She has a private practice in Palm Beach.

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.

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 and 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. She spent ten years as story lady and historian at the Historic Biltmore Hotel, producer/performer of 26 storytelling shows for Cable TV, performer in many community theater productions --- yada yada yada. Linda has a Master’s Degree in storytelling from East Tennessee State University and has three of her stories published in award winning Sandspun and one of her stories has just been included as the introduction of the book
Peaceful Places: Boston.

Janet Eskolsky Taubin….Janet is a retired New York City High School Math teacher, Dean and Mediation Coordinator. She is known for her facilitating of book discussions at various communities in Palm Beach County. 

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. Currently, Paul is focusing on motivational speaking and personal,
business and sales coaching.

Paul Tress…. Paul Tress received a PhD from Michigan State University in Mathematical Sociology with a concentration in economic sociology. He was a professor at Purdue University Calumet before entering a decades-long career as a systems engineer in complex information systems. He also was an adjunct professor in Computer Science at University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He retired from a career as an Information Technology consultant, concentrating on the effects of automated medical systems.

Elissa S. Vessal…. Elissa is a native Floridian and an attorney member of the 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. 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 and as a guest speaker at many engagements. Elissa is the current Mandel JCC Boynton 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. 

Neil Waldman….Neil Waldman grew up in Brooklyn as a baby boomer. His older brother introduced him to the oldies in 1956 and 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.

Robert Weber….Bob Weber grew up in Brooklyn N.Y. where he studied music theory and harmony. He became a fan of rock ’n’ roll at a young age and has continued his interest in music through the years. He has been giving presentations of the history and roots of rock ’n’ roll for the past 12 years in upstate New York and in South Florida. He is presently studying voice and singing with the Boca Raton Singers.

Barbara Weisberger….Barbara is an actor, singer and dancer who has performed in many different venues in Florida for over fifteen years. She has always been an integral part of the entire theatrical scene including designing costumes and
co-directing many of the productions she works on. Along with all she does, Barbara also helped create Theater Lab of the Mandel JCC.

Philip Wishna….. Phil has been in the funeral industry since 1983 when he was named the Pre-Need Director at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel. He has given lectures to many local organizations on the topic of Jewish funeral customs and the benefits of pre-planning. Phil has also served on the director boards of the Free Sons of Israel, B’nai B’rith, ARMDI, the Levis JCC, and his local synagogue.

Bronya Zeitlin…..Bronya is a wellness coach. She specializes in Heart & Emotional Intelligence. Bronya is a meditation teacher, life coach and a graduate of Dr. Seligman from the University of Pennsylvania Authentic Happiness program. She has led numerous groups creating a space of amplified field where healing, growth and joy can occur.

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