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Social, Political & Historical Issues at the JCC


 The 1970's: After the Storm 

The 1970s were a tumultuous time. In some ways, the decade was a continuation of the 1960s. Women, African Americans, Native Americans, gays and lesbians and other marginalized people continued their fight for equality and many Americans joined the protest against the ongoing war in Vietnam. In other ways, however, the decade was a repudiation of the 1960s. A “New Right” mobilized in defense of political conservatism and traditional family roles, and the behavior of President Richard Nixon undermined many people’s faith in the good intentions of the federal government. By the end of the decade, these divisions and disappointments had set a tone for public life that many would argue is still with us today. Come relive the events and culture of this decade.

Instructor: Bruce Kalner 

>Mondays, Jan 11-Feb 15
  Free/Member; $15/Guest 
  2:00pm


Politics Today: What's Going On? 

Are your friends and relatives cynical about the state of American politics? In this presidential election year mud-slinging and dodging issues are common. In this
weekly series, the discussions are posed by George Feirstein who moderates the dialogues between audience members. Share you points of view and
get involved; be a part of this lively repartee.

Instructor: George Feirstein 

>Thursdays, Jan 14-Feb 25 
  Free/Member; $15/Guest 
  12:30pm


Jewish Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Focusing on just 2 areas, you will be introduced to some of the greatest minds and significant contributions to humanity.
         Jan 27:
Jews in Medicine
           Feb 3:  
Dominating in the field of Economics
           Feb 10:
Great contributors, but no prize, yet

Instructor: Leah Polin 

>Wednesdays, Feb 3 & 10
  Free/Member; $15/Guest 
  12:30pm 


 Excerpts from World History

This series features a process where recapturing the events in world history have 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 

>Wednesdays, Feb 3-24
  Free/Member; $15/Guest 
  2:00pm


Russia & the Jews: Anti-Semitism, Communism and the Rise of the Oligarchs

Russian Jews under the Czars were discriminated against and treated as second class subjects. Some Jews were among the leaders of the Bolshevik Revolution under Lenin. Stalin, on the other hand, murdered many Jewish Bolsheviks, and purged Jewish doctors and ”intellectuals”. Once the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, some Jews gained great wealth, and others suffered greatly.

Instructor: Andrew Kahn 

>Thursdays, Feb 4-25
  Free/Member; $15/Guest 
  2:00pm


TED Talks

TED Talks is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. ACE will embrace the Ted Talks program by featuring special presentations and discussions hosted by our ACE faculty.

Tony Wyss Coray: “How Young Blood Might Reverse Aging”
Jeff Lliff : “One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep”
Moderator: Dennis Fader Thursday, Feb 11, 2:00 PM

>Thursday, Feb 11
  Free/Member; $15/Guest 
  2:00 PM


TED Talks

TED Talks is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. ACE will embrace the Ted Talks program by featuring special presentations and discussions hosted by our ACE faculty.

David Rothkamp: “How Fear Drives American Politics”
Isabel Allende: “How to Live Passionately at any Age”
Moderator: Sharon Segal Monday, Feb 22, 2:00 PM

>Monday, Feb 22
  Free/Member; $15/Guest 
  2:00 PM


“Being Mortal“ by Atul Gawande, Surgeon, Writer & Health Researcher

Our ability to look forward to a long life is our greatest and most underrated privilege, but it is the challenges of the extended life and final call that Gawande describes in detail. Being Mortal has remained on the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller list for over 8 months 

Instructor: Arthur Feingold 

>Monday, Feb 22 
   Free/Member; $15/Guest 
   12:30pm


 

Controversial Issues and Current Events

Rabbi Silver will discuss controversial issues and the latest headlines as well as sharing his views from the perspective of a Progressive Rabbi, former
Democratic State Legislator, and as one who believes that science and reason is sorely lacking in religion and politics. Rabbi Silver welcomes opposing points
of view and a robust discussion.

Instructor: Rabbi Barry Silver 

>Tuesday, Feb 23 
   Free/Member; $15/Guest
   2:00pm


Ratings of The American Presidents

This class is a lively discussion on who were the best and worst of the American Presidents. Topics will include how historians make their choices in rating the best from the worst. Join this class for a dicussion to see if you agree or disagree with America’s top political scientists.

Instructor: Eric Soroka 

>Thursday, Feb 25
  Free/Member; $15/Guest 
  12:30pm


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 a dialogue with class members and guests.

Instructor: Sharon Segal 

>Mondays, Feb 29-Mar 21 
  Free/Member; $15/Guest 
  2:00pm


Little Stories About Big People

Who holds 555 patents but has no degree? Who changed the modern game of baseball? Who came up with the idea of television in the early part of the 20th Century? Who was the longest running New York Times crossword constructor for 61 years? Our lives are enriched by creative people, but not all of them are “household names”. This class focuses on a sampling of some of these inventive individuals.

Instructor: Leah Polin 

>Wednesdays, Mar 2-16 
  Free/Member; $15/Guest 
  12:30pm


 The World is Turned Upside Down

This series involves the class in discussions on how to fix the world since its state of being is questionable. Bring your ire, your concern, your disbeliefs and perhaps the class can solve a few of these challenges that 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 

>Wednesdays, Mar 2-Apr 6
  Free/Member; $15/Guest 
  2:00pm 


Thomas Friedman’s Thoughts: Are They Relevant Today?

In 2008, Thomas Friedman published Hot, Flat & Crowded, Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America. What has actually happened in
those 8 years on the issue of hot and crowded? What does the data show? What do we witness with our own eyes? How will the next presidential election be impacted by this issue? Are we proud of our elected officials or disgusted by their lack of action?

Instructor: Gerald Levine 

>Thursdays, Mar 10-31 

   Free/Member; $15/Guest 
   12:30pm


Lincoln & the Jews

Lincoln’s story is, in part, an authentically Jewish story. Over the course of his tragically foreshortened life, Lincoln interacted with, represented, befriended,
admired, commissioned, trusted, pardoned, took advice from, gave jobs to, extended rights to, and revoked an expulsion of Jews. He even chose a Jew
for his confidential advisor. Learn more about this association and guidance between the President and the Jewish sector.

Instructor: Charlotte Glass

>Tuesday, Mar 15 
   Free/Member; $15/Guest 
   12:30pm


Founders of the U.S. Constitution

These lectures will provide an insight into the forming of the United States Constitution. George Washington, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson and James
Madison were among the founders. The fight to unify each man’s ideas was integral to forming a more perfect union.3

Instructor: Stan Light 

>Tuesdays, Mar 15-29
  Free/Member; $15/Guest 
  2:00pm


The Class of 2000

Television journalism is demonstrated in the making of a TV documentary involving high schoolers. How will our children compete in the 21st Century? Are the Chinese really ahead of the United States in student knowledge? Are these kids different than we were? The answers may surprise you.

Instructor: Charlotte Glass 

>Wednesday, Mar 23 
  Free/Member; $15/Guest 
  2:00pm


 D-Day Remembered

This class features a remembrance of our greatest generation who set the standard for courage in war. This D-Day film was made on the 50th anniversary of
the invasion, while many of the veterans were still alive to talk about it. In addition, coverage by CBS News, the invasion of Normandy as Dan Rather and
General Schwarzkopf led us in to battle and background will be shared.

Instructor: Maurice Murad 

>Wednesday, Apr 6 
  Free/Member; $15/Guest 
  2:00pm


 

 

 

 

 

 

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