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Social, Political & Historical Issues at the JCC


The ACE Open House: State Senator Jeff Clemens

Rigging the electoral system by gerrymandering is the dirty little secret of politics. Have you ever wondered how we can have a true representative government when elected officials are tasked at drawing their own legislative maps? In 2015 the Florida Supreme Court ruled that both the US Congressional and Florida Senate districts were drawn in violation of the “Fair Districts” amendments to the state constitution. Senator Jeff Clemens, who played an active role in Florida’s latest redistricting process, will discuss how and why legislative maps are constantly changing.Guest Speaker: State Senator Jeff Clemens

Thursday, October 6 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Politics Today: What's Going On? 

Are your friends and relatives cynical about the state of American politics? In this Presidential election year mudslinging and dodging issues is common. In this weekly series, the discussions are posed by George Feirstein who moderates the dialogues between audience members. Share your points of view and get involved! Instructor: George Feirstein

Thursdays, October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15, 22 | 2:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Sizzling Topics in the News

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 a dialogue with class members and guests. Current events, topics of interest, opinions, debate your choice in this
present-day happenings series. Instructor: Sharon Segal

Wednesdays, October 26, November 2, 9, 16 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


The Election and Its Impact On Senior Issues

Before casting your vote in the upcoming election, this discussion will provide the opportunity to ask representatives from both parties their views on the future of Social Security, Medicare, in-home care and other issues paramount to the welfare of many seniors. Moderator: Jewel Littenberg

Thursday, October 27 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


When World's Collided Christopher Columbus: A Tragedy 

This is the story of the man behind the most epochal trip of all history. But, contrary to what we learned in school, this is NOT the story of an inspired hero, but how one man’s obsessions coincided with the times to create the “perfect storm.” While that “perfect storm” resulted in the colonization of the Americas, it is also a story of massive tragedies, including industrialized slavery involving three continents and pandemics on five continents. Instructor: Geoff Kashdan

Thursday, October 27 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Current Events

Rabbi Silver’s goal is to provide a monthly discussion forum open to the ACE members and guests with a friendly and global community environment covering a wide variety of general interest topics and information. Current events, news, politics, history, literature, religion, science, Jewish issues and world
affairs are just a few of our major topic areas. Instructor: Rabbi Barry Silver

Thursdays, October 27, December 22 | 2:00 pm 
Tuesday, November 22 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


How Does Our Constitution Impact On This Year's Elections? 

How are the President and Vice President elected? What role will Florida and other states play? How are our legislators elected (national, state and local)? What is the influence of political parties on all levels? Will you participate? Are you planning on voting? Your voice will be heard here and in the polling booth.
Instructor: Donald Singer 

Tuesday, November 1 & Wednesday, November 2 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


All of the President's Women 

Two centuries of Presidential sex scandals! Bill Clinton wasn’t the first nor the worst! Who gets the title of the most outrageous philanderer among the U.S. Presidents? This is a session not to be missed. Good information and history, not widely known, is shared. Instructor: Eric Soroka

Tuesday, November 1 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Politics: Facts and Banking Accountability 

This class recounts the dynamics of how politics create strange bedfellows, which in turn affects your financial and economic security. These matters of “trust” in which our government supposedly protects us demonstrates a not-so-safe comfort level as well as lapses in our future. Topics to be discussed: social security, Wall Street and governmental financial regulation (Dodd Frank Act), new standards on advising financial products to seniors, FINRA and of course the election. Instructor: Don Lapinsohn

Thursday, November 3 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Havana: Capitalist Reforms In A Socialist State 

This is a lecture about today’s Cuba. The presentation includes the history of the island, the Batista Regime, the Communist Revolution, the Cuban way of life, economic reforms and the ‘thaw’ in relations with the United States under the Obama administration. Instructor: Andrew Kahn

Tuesday, November 8 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


The World Turned Upside Down, Can it Be Fixed? 

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. What makes you angry? Share your opinion, open a dialogue and let’s see if we can fix the world. Instructor: David Schoenfeld

Wednesday, November 9, 16, 23, December 7, 14, 21 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Pathaways to the Past 

As time goes by, one may think often of parents and grandparents. What about other ancestors of one, two or even three centuries past? The presentation focuses on one man’s efforts to research his ancestry, and the startling results he obtained! This is the story of his research and discoveries. He presents this through words and photos, as he explains how he consequently traveled to Eastern Europe and walked on the “pathways of the past.” Instructor: Lowell Halpern

Tuesday, November 15 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Narendra Modi and the Rise of Hindu Nationalism 

This lecture centers on the current Prime Minister of Indiahis goals to strengthen India’s economy, reduce corruption, slow environmental pollution, build modern infrastructure and improve India’s relations with the U.S.A. and other nations. Modi has been a polarizing figure due to his support of Hindu
Nationalism. Instructor: Andrew Kahn

Tuesday, November 15 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


The First Modern War: The American Civil War 

Innovative military and medical technology made this war a game-changer in the history of warfare. This presentation, supported by Civil War photos, shows submarine experimentation, early “machine” guns, and the transformation of the wooden man-of-war into iron-clad warships powered by1000 horse power engines. The American Civil war saw the first use of aerial spy operations and heavy artillery capable of hurling a 200 pound shell into enemy territories. Lincoln was the first national leader in history able to communicate with his generals in real time. The Civil War was the precursor to the WWI European fighting machines. Child soldiers were used by both sides. See why this was the most tragic, but transformational war in American history.
Instructor: Geoff Kashdan

Thursday, November 17 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Israel, The Middle East, American Jewry and the History of Islam 

The class will present a discussion of the news dealing with the areas of concerns of the Jewish/American community. You will also learn about the foundations of Islam, the history of Israel and the Jews of America. The effects of Islam on the world today and the Jews of America will be a recurring theme. Instructor: Alan Bergstein

Tuesdays, November 29, December 6, 13, 20 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Excerpts from World History 

The 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

Tuesdays, November 29, December 6, 13, 20 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


From Sunny South Africa to Sunny South Florida: Change and Adaption 

We are all dealing with changes every day of our lives. Romaine will share how she changed her life in a journey from South Africa via New York to Florida. This voyage includes some fascinating stories and background about the life of a native of South Africa on her transition to the United States. Instructor: Romaine Stanger

Thursday, December 1 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


ACE at Night Lecture Series: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor: Demonized and Deified

Historian Richard René Silvin will talk about the fascinating lives of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. This includes the details of their love affair which caused the young, handsome King of England to abdicate the throne and, in his words “marry the woman I love.” Given that René was the widowed Duchess’ escort in Paris during the 1970s, he will reveal details about the many scurrilous rumors which circulated about the Duchess. Not to be missed.

Tuesday, December 13 | 7:00 pm
ACE and JCC Member $10 ● Guest $15
(register in advance for tickets)


Anatomy of High Achieving Women in Today's World 

This class focuses on the traits that high-achieving women have in common, as well as a look at the author’s life as she copes with MS and the challenges of maintaining a career as an award-winning author and international journalist now that social media and the digital world has transformed the way we communicate. Instructor: Marilyn Murray Wilison

Wednesday, December 21 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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