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Social, Political & Historical Issues at the JCC


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 23, December 7, 14, 21 | 2:00 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, December 1, 8, 15, 22 | 2:30 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

Tuesday, November 22 | 2:00 pm
Thursdays, December 22 | 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)

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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 


ACE Open House 

Guest Speaker: M.A. Richards During his career as a Cultural Attache’ for the Department of State that spanned over two decades, he served in Baghdad, Jerusalem, Lagos, Moscow, Seoul, Tel Aviv, and Washington D.C. He also served as U.S. Pacific Command in Honolulu as the Special Advisor to the Commander. He speaks multiple languages and is also an award-winning author of an espionage thriller entitled Choice of Enemies.

Wednesday, January 11 | 1:00pm 
Free & open to the community 


Lincoln and the Jews

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

Tuesday, January 17 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Politics Today: What’s Going On? 

In this discussion class dealing with the current situation and events in the political world a special focus will be placed on the new President, the Inauguration and the coming four years of the term. Your opinions are welcome to share with your fellow members and guests as to how you see this Presidency. Instructor: George Feirstein

Thursdays, January 19, 26, February 2 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Economic Development in Palm Beach County

The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is the official public/private economic development organization for Palm Beach County and Enterprise Florida. As a not-for-profit corporation, their primary purpose is to attract and retain new industry, business investment, high-quality jobs, and workforce development through corporate relocations, expansions, international trade, stimulating economic energy, promoting business diversity, and enriching the County’s vitality. Mr. Hines, Sr. Vice President, will discuss the current economics of Palm Beach County. Special Guest: Gary Hines

Monday, January 23 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Sports and Society

This class will discuss prominent athletes, both male and female, and their active/nonactive participation off the playing field. Are they legitimate spokespersons or are they using their preeminent position in sports to further a cause? We’ll take a closer look at today’s athlete and compare their role to athletes’ years ago. Instructor: Bruce Kalner

Mondays, January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


The New Presidential Administration

What will we see as the policies of the new president? The discussion will include background on the presidential transitions and a comparison to the Obama administration. Guest Speaker: Randy Schultz

Tuesday, January 24 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Senior Insights: Issues and Answers with Jewel

Monday, January 30: Does Prejudice Incite Fear & Violence? Monday February 20: The Looming Statistics of Elderly Becoming Homeless Monday March 20: The Line Between Saving Life and Prolonging Dying Instructor: Jewel Littenberg

Mondays, January 30, February 20, March 20 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Current Events and Controversies

Rabbi Silver’s goal is to provide a monthly discussion forum open to 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 the major topic areas. Controversial topics will certainly be included. Instructor: Rabbi Barry Silver

Tuesday, January 31 & Thursdays, February 23, March 23 2:00 PM
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Current Events Highlighting Domestic and International Breaking News

This class provides a collaborative give and take on the major events that shape our daily lives. Economic, business, human interest and world events lead the focus. Our opinions influence us as Americans on how we impact our world view. Share your voice. Instructor: Irv Moskowitz

Wednesday, February 8 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


ACE at Night Lecture Series: The Life & Work of Addison Mizner 

Richard René Silvin will discuss the flamboyant, gay, socialite architect of the roaring 1920s who created the Palm Beach look, known as Mediterranean Revival, which has evolved into a style emulated all over South Florida.  After Mizner’s success in Palm Beach, he created the model city of Boca Raton in 1925 in the Venetian style. Sadly, the Mizner Development Corporation went bankrupt, and he died penniless several years later.


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

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PAPA- The Property Appraiser Public Access System

Have you utilized PAPA for a business research, or home purchase? The website is available with valuable information. This class will assist you in getting more out of the website. Ms. Jacks is the newly elected Property Appraiser of Palm Beach County. Guest Speaker: Dorothy Jacks

Monday, February 13 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Presidential Franklin Roosevelt & The Jews

For decades, since the end of World War II, leaders of American Jewish community questioned US policy related to the Nazi death camps. Was the Roosevelt administration attempting to take action? Was it doing anything? Could they have done more? Historian Laurence Stern researched President Roosevelt, the Jewish leadership, and the military. He studied their goals but also whether they could realistically be accomplished. He uncovered new information on microfilm and diaries that was accepted as “important Holocaust era documents” by the archives division at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. Instructor: Laurence Stern

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


The World Turned Upside Down: Can It Be Fixed?

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

Wednesdays, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Russian Foreign Policy: Search for New National Identity and New International Alliances

Russia, under Putinism used military in Georgia and the Ukraine and threatens NATO members in Eastern Europe. New Russia merges strident nationalism with Orthodox Christian faith. Putin is the “New Tsar” building an empire. Instructor: Andrew Kahn

Thursday, February 16 | 2:00 PM
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 in 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

Tuesday, February 21 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Washington & The Founding of Our Nation

Why did George Washington emerge as the most significant leader in the founding of the United States of America, even to the extent of being called the Father of the Country? This is a question that inevitably arises in the minds of anyone who studies the founding of our nation. Washington lived and worked with brilliant philosophers, thinkers, writers, orators and organizers, such as Franklin, Mason, John and Sam Adams, Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Hamilton, Madison, Dickinson, the Randolphs and the Lees, almost all of whom were far better educated than he. Yet at the three major junctions in the founding of the nation, the Revolution, the Constitutional Convention and the selection of the first President, for each position the leader chosen was George Washington. In his own day he was seen as the indispensable man, the American Moses, The Father of the Country. Instructor: Alvin Schwartz

Wednesday, February 22 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Presenting A United Front Against the BDs Movement

This class will provide an intergenerational approach to diminishing, minimalizing and limiting the BDS on university and college campuses. (The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.) Instructor: Ellen Rubin

Wednesday, February 22 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Einstein, The Scientist & The Jew

Perhaps one of the most recognized geniuses of the twentieth century was Albert Einstein. It is hard to imagine growing up in the twentieth century without hearing a mother comparing her son to the famed physicist. As the Nazi’s began their rise to power, Einstein became a popular figure, being Jewish and a pacifist, and was subjected to Nazi ridicule. A pamphlet was printed up signed by scores of German scientists condemning Einstein’s ideas. Einstein despised the use of people for political purposes. Einstein was a world famous figure; his pacifism and connections with scientists in other countries made him scorned by the Nazis. They published booklets that attacked and made light of his advances. Although his reputation in the scientific world remained intact, the average German began to view him as a Jewish parasite. In this class you’ll be fascinated by the stories and anecdotal documentation found about Einstein’s early life and the scientific findings and involvements later on in his career. Instructor: Donald Lapinsohn

Thursdays, February 23, March 2 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


US President’s Wives Tell All

Each participant will have a script of one of the First Ladies and be interviewed. Who would like to be Jackie Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt and other President’s wives? An active, fun and informative session not to be missed with role playing parts for those who want to be a star. Instructor: Eric Soroka

Monday, February 27 | 2:00 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 dialogue with class members and guests. Instructor: Sharon Segal

Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


The Spread of Radical Islam on College Campuses

A new student group has produced a video shedding light on a troubling issue which has emerged on college campuses: student organizations, inspired by radical Islamic organizations, operating on American college campuses. This is just one example of a troubling trend around the U.S. Instructor: Susan Jaffe

Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


The Jewish Influence in International and Domestic Politics

In this highly charged political season, what role do the Jews play? How do we vote? What Jews led other countries dating back 100’s of years ago? Has the Jewish vote changed? Do we really have an influence? This month’s intriguing discussion will reveal some interesting facts about how and who we choose! Instructor: Andy Greenberg

Monday, March 6 | 2:00pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Excerpts from World History

The 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 our present day. Your participation is encouraged in the discussion. Instructor: Jerry Oltchick

Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


The New Important Government Investor Laws

The Department of Labor proposed a highly anticipated and controversial rule recently that would require brokers working with retirement accounts to act in the best interest of clients. The higher standard for brokers is at the heart of a regulation that seeks to limit conflicts of interest for retirement advice. Learn about Florida State laws regarding investment to seniors. Listen to expert Don Lapinsohn as he explains the affects this will have on your estate and investments. Instructor: Donald Lapinsohn

Thursdays, March 9, 16 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Changing America’s Foreign Policy In The Middle East
(Cooperation with Adversaries Conflict with Allies)

The changing pattern of the former Obama Administration in dealing with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and Iran will be examined in light of terrorism, nuclear weapons and the fallout from the “Arab Spring.” How will the new Trump policies affect the future Middle East prospects? Instructor: Andrew Kahn

Thursday, March 9 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Remembering the Future: What Survivors Teach Us About Life and the Torah

Rosalie Franks, Ed.D. will discuss six lessons she learned from interviewing over ninety survivors for the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. Celebrating the life of survivors in the U.S., Dr. Franks will explain what happened to them once they were liberated from the camps and the terrifying threats of annihilation throughout Europe. She will stress the importance ofeducating young people about the Holocaust and the need to respect different faiths and cultures in our country and around the world. Instructor: Dr. Rosalie Franks. Generously sponsored by The Gross Family Center for the Study of Anti- Semitism and the Holocaust.

Monday, March 13 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 
 

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