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Social, Political & Historical Issues at the JCC


Sizzling Topics in the News

Tonight, be a more interesting person with friends and family!  Discussions range from International, National, human interest, culture, trends and other issues that transform a curiosity or an opinion into dialogue with class members and guests. Current events, topics of interest, opinions, or debates are your choice in this present-day happenings series.
Instructor: Sharon Segal   

Mondays, October 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


 

 That Was the Week That Was

Bruce Kalner details and provides perspectives of the week's news and editorial commentary from global media to provide the audience with multiple political viewpoints. In addition to news and opinion, Bruce also covers entertainment, business and the arts. These weekly news and topical discussions are designed for a wide focus that incorporates current events, news, health, media, science, arts and more into an easily digestible audience give and take with Bruce as the moderator.
Instructor: Bruce Kalner       

Mondays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13 | 12:00 pm 
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Law Enforcement Techniques

This seminar highlights actual cases including evidence, surveillance techniques, stakeouts, search and seizure as well as many other procedures utilized by law enforcement agencies used in apprehending criminal activity. Through the eyes and experiences of a former federal agent, you will learn how the justice system relied on various methods and tools to catch wanted criminals. Every case has its unique twists and turns. This is a fascinating insight into our federal investigative systems.
Instructor: Jay Siegel                                                

Thursday, October 26 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Politics: A Women’s Point of View

Discuss the if, how, and why women and men may differ in their viewpoints. Audience members will be invited to add topics of interest to the agenda and all points of view will be encouraged and respected. Have fun and be a part of the she thinks/ he thinks in relation to the latest news.
Instructors: Judith Kohler and Bobbi Benson   

Tuesday, October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


The World Turned Upside Down

Oh what a world we live in! This series involves the class in discussions on how to fix the world since its state of being is questionable. The topics which are shared are chosen by class participants. Bring your ire, your concern, your disbeliefs and perhaps the class can solve a few of these challenges we all face. Share your opinion, open a dialogue and let’s see if we can fix the world.

Instructor: David Schoenfeld  

Wednesdays, October 18, 25, November 1, 8, & December 14 |1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


As Politics Go By: How Many Months to Go Before….?

Each week current topics in the news will be related to how the politicians, lawmakers and decision makers create news that we hear and watch daily. Bring your thoughts, peeves and solutions to be heard and discussed with others who share or differ from your opinions.
Instructor: George Feirstein          

Thursdays October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14, 21 | 12:00 pm   
Free Member ● $15 Guest


“With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?: Russian-Israeli Relations Since the End of World War II”

This lecture covers events from the Holocaust to Palestine settlement to the emergence of Russian-Jewish Oligarchs to the post-Soviet Union breakup. Discussion includes relationships between Israeli Prime Ministers from Ben Gurion to Putin. There will be special emphasis on the “Refuseniks”.
Instructor: Andrew Kahn                                                    

Thursday, October 19 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Colonial Jewish America 

The colonial times were a rapidly moving era for the founding of the United States. The roles of the Jewish population in the era will be investigated and detailed. Topics: The Revolutionary War Era, Settlements, Synagogues, soldiers, Differences from Eastern European Jewry, The “ Age of Enlightenment” and Early Presidents, and the U.S. Constitution.
Instructor: Eric Soroka                                    

Monday, October 30 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Dangerous Liaisons: China’s Supremacy Policy towards Its Asian Neighbors

This lecture covers the implementation of China’s new silk road-- “one road, one belt”, and China’s attempt to dominate the South China Sea. In addition, discussion will highlight the political, military and economic relations between China and Russia.
Instructor: Andrew Kahn                                        

Thursday, November 2 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Winston Churchill and His Relationship with the Jews

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was an icon in politics and as a world leader. Through extensive research by Don Lapinsohn, explore Churchill’s biography including his brilliance, his rise to power in Great Britain and his relationship with the Jews of Europe due to his respect and admiration for that group. Many considered him to be the most important person of the 20th Century.
Instructor: Donald Lapinsohn                        

Wednesdays, November 8 &15 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Introduction to Islam 101

This class will provide a preview sample of the four-part series to be presented in the Winter 2018 ACE semester. Beginning in ‘late antiquity’ (3-7th Century CE), this course will travel from nomadic tribal Western Arabia through the life of Mohammad and his exploits and companions covering the “Golden Age of Islam” and will end at the height of the Islamic expansion around 750 CE. Learn about the evolution of early beliefs of Islam as well as more recent scientific study and analysis. It will include an explanation of the Qur’an, Hadith, Sira (his biography) and the Sunna (sayings and actions of Muhammad which tradition now considers legally binding). This will be an introduction and education for audience members to learn about Islam in an educational setting.

Instructor: Dr. Stephen Gerzof                                    

Thursday, November 9 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Presidential Trivia: Test Your Knowledge     

This presentation is a fun question and answer journey through the presidencies of the United States. The presenter will enhance the presentation with background material, research and insights.
Instructor: Alvin Schwartz                                    

Monday, November 20 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Senior Insights: A Themed Series on Issues Affecting Seniors and Our Community

This informative series will focus on topics relevant to our local community and issues affecting our population. Moderator Jewel Littenberg invites important community leaders and guests from advocates, agencies and government to discuss these issues and allow audience members to express their points of view. Topics will be announced.

Instructor: Jewel Littenberg            

Mondays November 20, December 4, 11 | 1:30pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Lincoln and the Civil War                                     

On March 4, 1861, a Kentucky-born congressman from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as the 16th president of the United States. The new commander-in-chief inherited a Union that was divided beyond repair--torn asunder by the decades-long debate over slavery and its future in the American republic. One month later, that division erupted into a civil war. Abraham Lincoln was tasked with guiding the country through its darkest days. At the time of his death at the hand of an assassin's bullet, the Civil War was coming to a close and the question of slavery had been settled once and for all. Learn more about the fascinating presidency of Abraham Lincoln.
Instructor: Alvin Schwartz                                 

Monday November 27 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Hate Crimes – Elements, Impact & Offenders

Hate crimes demand priority attention because of their impact.  They intimidate the victim and members of the victim's community, leaving them feeling isolated, vulnerable, and unprotected by the law.  Failure to address this unique type of crime could cause an isolated incident to explode into widespread community tension. Topics covered in this interactive program include an overview of hate crime laws, hate crime statistics, constitutionality hate crime laws, key features of hate crimes, and offender typology.
Instructor: David Barkey                                       

Monday, November 27 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Excerpts from World History

This series features a process where recapturing the events in world history has shaped the events of today. Classes will detail historical events, their causes and protagonists and how they impacted world history then and affect it today.
Instructor: Jerry Oltchick            

Wednesday, November 29, December 6, 13, 20 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Mind Odysseys: The Attack on Pearl Harbor

With simple illustrations including maps, diagrams and photos, this greatest of all military disasters is explored. Find out why it was the Japanese who made the biggest military blunders.
Instructor: Geoff Kashdan                                            

Monday, December 4 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Mind Odysseys: Enigmas- The Strange and Unexplained

Did you know that there are ancient line drawings on the Peruvian desert floor so large that they can only be viewed from 1,000 feet in the air? Or that there are 9ft tall Negroid- like heads carved in monolithic stones weighing up to 55 tons found in the jungles of Central America? Do you know who Rasputin was or how this one debunked monk was able to help bring down the Russian Romanov dynasty? Explore through projected images and diagrams a few of histories strangest stories that will leave you scratching your head in astonishment.
Instructor: Geoff Kashdan                                         

Monday, December 11 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Famous Law Enforcement Cases; Behind the Scenes Revealed

Former undercover federal officer Jay Siegel discusses the behind the scenes preparations and details of major cases that made headlines on TV and in the media. His experience provides an interesting background to support the drama present on these past investigations, apprehensions and convictions. You will be privy to details previously not disclosed publically.
Instructor: Jay Siegel                                       

Thursday, December 14 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Mind Odysseys: How Historic China Created the Modern World

Dr. Joseph Needham is a scientist who devoted decades to a 24 volume study of the Chinese origins of the science and technology which created our modern world. With photos and pictures of the ancient Chinese art work and technological creations we learn that moveable type was not invented by Guttenberg but by the Chinese, 400 years earlier and that the age of the knight in shiny armor in Europe could not have been possible without the invention of the stirrup in China, 300 years prior.  The end of the age of the European knights was also the result of Chinese inventions, gun powder and the gun, invented over 450 years before their appearance in Europe.  According to Dr. Needham, over 50% of the 100 technological advances which changed the world came from one civilization, China.  The final slide shows some Chinese technology which could put modern China in a position to reclaim its historic role and innovators for the world.
Instructor: Geoff Kashdan                                           

Monday, December 18 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


How Does Our Constitution and Current Events Affect One Another

Our Constitution is a “living document” and so are current events. Daily events in the news such as checks and balances, treaties, amendments etc, affect our lives and the nation. These effects can be modifying life in the United States and the world. Can the Constitution protect us anymore? More questions like these need to be answered. What is your opinion?
Instructor: Donald Singer                                  

Wednesday, December 20 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

 

 

 

 

 

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