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ACE Lifelong Learning  Center 
Fall 2017

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Social, Political & Historical Issues at the JCC

ACE Open House

Kick off the winter session of ACE with our open house. Preview the upcoming season, meet faculty, mingle and enjoy refreshments. This season's guest speaker is President & CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Rena Blades. 

Thurs., Jan. 11 | 1:00pm
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.

Instructor: Sharon Segal | Mondays, January 15, 22 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

That Was Then, This Is Now

This class encourages lively and constructive participation asit examines how life has changed leading up to the present.Included, but not limited to, discussions pertaining to social and cultural issues, the media, entertainment, politics and sports. The broad range of topics will raise questions whether we are better today than in the past.

Instructor: Bruce Kalner | Mondays, January 15, 22, 29, February 5 & 19 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Current Events and Politics Today: What's Going On? 

In this discussion class, dealing with the current situation andevents in the political world, a special focus will be placed onthe new President, the inauguration and the coming years ofthe term. Your opinions are welcome.

Instructor: George Feirstein | Thursdays, January 18, 25, February 1, 8 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

The Steve Jobs of the Auto World: How Harley Earl Shaped General Motors to Be the Apple of His Day 

As the initial head of General Motors Design from 1926 to 1958, Harley Earl is the father of the Corvette and has been compared to Steve Jobs for his astounding contribution to the design, technology, business and culture of the auto industry around the world. This talk will focus on the revolutionary innovations, vision and modern marketing techniques that Harley brought to GM, enabling it to surpass Ford and every other car company in much of the same way that Steve Jobs did with Apple generations later.

Instructor: Richard Earl | Thursday, January 18 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

The World Turned Upside Down 

Oh what a world we live in! This series involves class discussions on how to fix the world since its state of being is questionable. The topics 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 | Mondays, January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Current Events 

This class is a commentary on our political landscape as it concerns domestic and international issues affecting our lives. Please be advised that this is an interactive forum encouraging audience participation on our domestic affairs concerning the U.S. relations on the world stage.

Instructor: Irv Moskowitz | Monday, January 29 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

How Will Our Constitution Adapt To Our Nations Political Climate? 

Our Constitution is a “living document,” as are current events. Daily events in the news such as checks and balances, treaties, amendments etc, affect our lives and the nation. These affects 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 | Monday, January 29 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

The Year Ahead in Politics, From Palm Beach County to Washington 

Former Palm Beach Post Editorial writer and director, Randy Schultz, will make a special guest presentation regarding the political scene both locally and nationally. Mr. Schultz has appeared on many forums and his written essays have focused on the political scene over the years. Hear it straight from a polished, professional political reporter.

Instructor: Randy Schultz | Thursday, February 1 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

The History & Mystery of the Two- State Solution 

All of the events within the last century that are all relevant to resolving the Arab Israeli conflict should not be ignored. Learn the historical events, current protests, and pros and cons from both sides.

Instructor: Ellen Rubin | Monday, February 5 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Presidential Trivia: Test Your Knowledge (Part II)

This presentation is a fun question and answer journey through the presidencies of the United States. It is a visual presentation that asks the questions and supplies the answers. The presenter will enhance the presentation with background material, research and insights.

Instructor: Alvin Schwartz | Tuesday, February 6 | 12:00 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 | Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Politics: A Women's Point of View 

Discussion on a specific topic each week 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 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 | Thursdays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Eternal Life: Mummification World- Wide 

Do you think the Egyptians had a monopoly on mummies? Think again. Learn about the Incas, Scandinavians and best of all, the modern plastination mummies (human bodies turned into plastic). See what some iconic world leaders look like in their mummified after-life. This is a worldwide exploration of mummification presented in vivid color.

Instructor: Geoff Kashdan | Tuesday, February 13 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

F.D.R. and The Holocaust 

Where did Roosevelt stand? Revered by American Jews in the 1930s and 1940s, what role did F.D.R. play in the destruction of European Jewry? Was it good, bad or indifferent? Hear the historical facts, and then you can decide!

Instructor: Eric Soroka | Tuesday, February 13 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Hurricanes & Climate Change 

Our hurricane season typically lasts from June 1 to November 30. We are moving from hurricanes being a non-issue to being almost a daily event, with increased frequency and ferocity. Why? Is climate change a factor? This presentation will address this subject, as well as discuss the science and politics driving the climate change debate.

Instructor: Arthur Feingold | Wednesday, February 1 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Ben Franklin

Class I: This class will detail numerous important inventions and discover how his position as an important founding father of the United States helped shape American Democracy. Class II: Ben Franklin along with George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison are the main persons involved in the founding structure of Government of this great Country. Ben Franklin’s contribution will be discussed in relation to these other people.

Instructor: Donald Lapinsohn | Wednesdays, February 14, 28 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

George Washington and the Founding of Our Nation

The life of George Washington and the integral part he played in the Revolutionary War is analyzed in this historical perspective of our First President.

Instructor: Alvin Schwartz | Wednesday, February 14 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Harry Truman- The Man of Independence and His Odyssey 

We will trace the career of Harry S. Truman from his early years in politics to his rise as the 33rd President of the United States. We will discuss the momentous decisions Harry Truman made during his presidency. We will also discuss his life after the presidency. This is a 2-part series featuring a PowerPoint presentation with numerous photographs of Truman.

Instructor: Malcom Gropper | Mondays, February 19, 26 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Pioneers in Aviation Development 

Historical contributions of the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtis will be discussed. The Wright brothers discovered the secret of controlled flying. Glenn Curtis added engineering developments that solved practical problems and then demonstrated these improvements in utility to the World. The use of PowerPoint and DVD video tapes will enhance this class experience.

Instructor: Gerald Levine | Mondays, February 19, 26 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

The War Against (Teaching) Eveolution in the Public Schools 

When Darwin first developed his theory of evolution specifically the descent of man from one celled organisms he knew that it would be a “hard sell”. He did not know just how hard a sell it would be! After 150 years, thebattle continues. What is it about the theory of evolution that drives some people crazy? It is, of course, the implication that humans are not God’s special creation. During the 20th century, impressive Supreme Court battles have been waged to keep the theory of evolution, the very spine of biological science, in public education and to keep that scientific principal free of “religious” challenges, as is represented by “creation science” and “intelligent design”. This PowerPoint presentation is the story of those Supreme Court cases, specifically two cases, one from the beginning and the other at the end of the 20th century. The landmark Scopes Trial, made into the book and movie, Inherit The Wind, is the first trial and the last is the Dover, PA. case, made into a book, The Devil In Dover; Dogma Vs. Darwin. And then there were trials in between, but none have terminated the war but all have clarified the issues.

Instructor: Geoff Kashdan | Tuesday, February 20 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

The Invisible Unelected Fourth Branch of Government 

There are three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. Now, a small group of powerful and wealthy individuals and corporations have created a fourth branch that has achieved remarkable power and influence in our country. It affects every citizen. America must wake up, rise up and curtail this threat to Democracy.

Instructor: Laurence Stern | Wednesday, February 21 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Understanding Gun Carnage In America 

On average, 90 Americans die each day by firearms. Many, many more are shot, but survive, changed forever. No other country in the industrialized world comes even close to this form of American exceptionalism. Learn about some of the laws which account for this carnage and some ideas for at least reducing the scope of this tragedy.

Instructor: Geoff Kashdan | Tuesday, February 27 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Why Hillary Lost- A Different Perspective 

America is still reeling from the 2016 election, the mostnegative and divisive election in history. Many thought thiselection would shatter the glass ceiling, installing the firstwoman into the presidency. Instead, an election night shockgave the electoral vote to someone the press, the mediaand the pollsters had counted out. There are many peopleanalyzing what happened and everyone has an opinion.This seminar is designed to give a different perspective tothe results while demonstrating the competency versuslikability trap that women seeking power face.

Instructor: Renee Weisman | Wednesday, February 28 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

Putin Vs. Trump: Who's Winning, Who's Losing? 

This lecture examines the new “cold war” between the Russian Federation and the United States in terms of which country seems to be doing better on the world stage. The focus will be President Trump and Russian President Putin and the involvement of Eastern Europe, Syria, Iran and Israel.

Instructor: Andrew Kahn | Thursday, March 1 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

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

Trump One Year After: The Economy 

Trump proselytizes to ‘Make America Great Again’ by economic reform. What is the reality of his promises compared to current economic indices and legislation? Bring your own opinion and thoughts on the economic future.

Instructor: Paul Tress | Tuesday, March 6 | 12:00 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


2018 is the golden anniversary of a year of violence, war, killings, political divisions and social future shock. What roots of current issues are found in 1968?

Instructor: Paul Tress | Tuesday, March 13 | 12:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

The Catskills Then And Now 

Many of us remember our trips to the Catskill hotels when we were younger. The class will offer a review of the history of the Borscht Belt from its heyday until its demise. Learn when it started and the how and why it became such a successful destination for east coast vacationers. As time progressed huge change and turnover occurred. What happened then and what is the current status now?

Instructor: Joanne Mindes | Wednesday, March 14 | 1:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

ADL & Law Enforcement: Combating Hate Together 

ADL is the nation’s top governmental law enforcement training organization. Every year ADL trains more than 14,000 law enforcement professionals on extremism, terrorism, hate crimes and building trust with the people they serve. With the rise of extreme ideologies, ADL’s expertise on these topics is more relevant than ever.

Instructor: Yael Hershfield | Wednesday, March 14 | 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







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