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Social, Political & Historical Issues at the JCC

Islam 101: Origins and Evolution As It Informs Believers Today 

This four-part series on the history of Islam will enableattendees to obtain a better understanding of theculture. Topics include:• The Origins of Islam Life of Mohammad as aModel for Islam• Foundational Texts: the Qur’an, the Hadith, the Sira• Development of the Umma (Muslim community);Shari’a (laws); Expansion of Islam Around the World• Islam in the Modern World from the Crusadesto Today

Instructor: Dr. Stephen Gerzof | Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Changing American Foreign Policy: The Trump Team Takes Over 

This series examines the Trump administration’s foreign policy with regard to the Syrian civil war, China’s island grabbing, North Korea’s unrestrained missile and bomb development as well as Israeli and Palestinian reactions to the “two-state” solution.

Instructor: Andrew Kahn | Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Narcotics And Other Federal Crime Cases 

Former undercover federal officer Jay Siegel discusses the behind the scenes preparations and details of major cases from headlines on TV and 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 not previously disclosed publicly.

Instructor: Jay Siegel | Mondays, March 19, 26 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Finding the Titanic 

This series focuses on the contribution of Dr. Robert Ballard, most noted for his work in archaeology of shipwrecks. Where did the Titanic actually sink? How deep was the ocean floor at this point and what technology was required to find it? The movie re-creation brought the Titanic disaster back to the public’s eye. This series will serve to show the research and historical background for the true story of the sunken ocean liner.

Instructor: Gerald Levine | Tuesdays, March 20, 27 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Zero Hour or Zero- Sum Game: The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement on College Campuses 

We will explore the definitions of ‘anti-Semitism’ and ‘anti-Israel’, and their presence on college campuses, as well as whether proponents of the BDS Movement have a winning strategy or a self-defeating ideology. (ADL Lecture Series)

Instructor: Lonny Wilk | Wednesday, March 21 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Beate Sirota Gordon: The Only Woman in the Room 

A fascinating historical story of the young Jewish woman who wrote women’s rights into the Japanese Constitution after World War II.

Instructor: Charlotte Glass | Thursday, March 22 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Senior Insights: The Old School Square

In 2012, Delray Beach was voted the best fun small town in the USA, but do you know what its original name was? Did you know how much an acre of land cost back in the “good old days?” Do you know the surprising history about who  founded  the first library or built the original town hall? Expert speakers from the Old School Square will teach us the history of our seaside town including the origin of the first settlers and how the Old School Square led to the revitalization of Delray Beach.

Moderator: Jewel Littenberg | Mon., May 21 | 1:30pm (at the Mandel JCC) 
Free Member ● $15 Guest 

Katherine Graham: The Post Pulitzer Prize  Winner 

During Watergate & The Pentagon Papers, Graham was the first female publisher of a major newspaper, The Post. Learn about her difficult early life, her marriage, how she became a powerful woman in publishing and her Pulitzer prize.  Pictures and video clips via PowerPoint enhance this presentation.

Instructor: Rose Feinberg | Tues., May 22 | 12:00pm (at the Mandel JCC) 
Free Member ● $15 Guest 

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. Whether its topics of interest, opinions or debates, its your choice in this

present– day happenings series.

Instructor: Sharon Segal 
Wed., May 23 | 1:30pm &
Wed., May 30 | 1:30pm (at the Mandel JCC) 
Free Member ● $15 Guest 

Gun Control According to the Jewish Point of View 

Who would have thought that today’s debates have their roots in the Torah and Talmud?  Both sides of the discussion can draw from these ancient texts and be correct! This session will NOT attempt to push any agendas. It is thought provoking, interactive and timely!

Instructor: Andy Greenberg | Thurs., May 31 | 12:00pm (at the Mandel JCC) 
Free Member ● $15 Guest 

Politics from a Woman’s Point of View 

Discussion on a current topic and if/how/why women and men may differ in their viewpoints will be the focus of the class. Audience members will be invited to add topics of interest to the agenda and all points of view will be encouraged and

Instructor: Bobbi Benson | Tues., Jul. 10 | 1:30pm (at Vi at Lakeside Village) 
Free Member ● $15 Guest 













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