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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


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


1968

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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