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Jewish Jokes for Jewish Folks: Deflating Exaggerated Expectations
Throughout history, a wry sense of humor has helped Jewish folks respond to, and deal with, the exaggerated expectations of both their surrounding societies and internal relationships with family and friends. This presentation reviews and shares some of the jokes and stories, they have used to deflate those expectations as well as reminding us of the values inherent in those stories.

Instructor: Amy Lezberg, Ph.D. is a consultant in Higher Education for the U.S. Department of State, and a retired Association Director of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. A contributor to two encyclopedias: American Women Writers and Jewish Women in America, she received her Ph.D. in English from Boston University and has taught English and American Ethnic Literature at universities in the Boston area.

> Wednesday; Oct 29; 1:00-2:00 pm
   Free/Member; $12/Guest

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Nostalgia: A Musical Journey
Pack your bags and come with us as we take a nostalgic journey down memory lane, and reminisce about the songs that evoked our every emotion, and talk about the artists who shared them with us. Every decade had its special music. This course will look at the popular songs, including your favorite one, from the 40’s to present day.

Instructor: Vivia Taylor is a national and international vocalist, musician, actress, radio personality, and the founder/director of The Vivia Taylor Music Program, LLC. Ms. Taylor attended the Westchester Conservatory of Music in New York where she was awarded both classical piano and vocal scholarships. She has performed locally at various venues, and teaches voice and piano.

> Tuesdays; Nov 4-25; 10:00-11:00 am
   4-week session: Free/Member; $48/Guest; $15/Class

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Art Across the Centuries, Part I:
This five-part course begins with a selection of art masterpieces in various media, contrasting old master as well as modern examples. Next, Pablo Picasso’s Muses shows you the many women who inspired him throughout his life. The German and Austrian Expressionists will prove provocative as you meet Ernst Kirchner and his group, along with Gustav Klimt and his cohorts. Jan Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age, followed by Bible Stories from the Renaissance, from Giotto to Michelangelo, will round out this varied series.

Instructor: Joan Lipton, Ph.D. is an experienced art historian lecturer and a dedicated scholar with the desire to promote the study of art and culture in her audiences. She earned a Master’s degree in art history from Hunter College, and a PhD in art history, from the City University of New York Graduate Center.

>Thursdays; Nov 6-Dec 18; 1:00-3:00 pm (no class Nov 27 and Dec 4)
   5-week session: Free/Member; $60/Guest; $15/Class

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Paint What You Like!
This is an oil painting class that will allow students to work with any subject matter. Whether they choose to paint landscapes, seascapes or portraits, Barbara will advise, critique and help solve problems by working with students individually. Recommended materials list is available at the Mandel JCC.

Instructor: Barbara Danenberg has taught oil painting for over seventeen years at the Rockland Community College for the Life Long Learning Program. Her beautiful portrait paintings have been displayed in numerous shows and Barbara has won several awards, including 1st Place Portrait Painting at the Lighthouse Gallery.

> Fridays: Nov 7-Dec 19 (no class 11/28)
   9:30 am-12:30 pm
   6-week session: $125/Member; $160/Guest

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Inside the Music: New World Symphony Simulcast Series
The New World Symphony’s Inside the Music programs provide an intimate and interactive view into the world of classical music and symphonic musicians. Throughout the concert season, NWS musicians prepare and host a series of hour long, mini-seminars exploring an array of topics of their choosing such as orchestral music history, professional instrumental auditions, and classical music appreciation, to list a few.

The Mandel JCC and the NWS are bringing this popular interactive one hour program to you via simulcast. The incredible camera close-ups of the musicians as they play make viewing by simulcast better than being there.

> Tuesdays; Nov 11, 2014; Feb 17, 2015, Mar 17, 2015; 7:00 pm
   Free and open to the community.
   Please call 561-712-5253 to reserve a seat.

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Opera 101-The Joy of Opera: A Basic Introduction
This course is a very basic approach designed to introduce the student to the world of opera. All lectures are lavishly illustrated with exciting video excerpts from some of the world’s best loved opera. The course is designed to banish those factors that might prevent an individual from the enjoyment and appreciations of what Ted Koppel called, “the hottest ticket in show business.”

Instructor: Giuseppe Albanese attended the University of Vermont and received his degree in history in 1966. In 1989, after five years of intensive study, he developed a dynamic education program entitled the Joy of Opera. A recipient of the Lifelong Learning Society’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Mr. Albanese currently presents opera courses at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, as well as lecturing to many organizations such as Brandeis Women.

> Thursdays; Nov 13-Dec 11; 4:30-6:00 pm (no class Nov 27)
   4-week session: Free/Member; $48/Guest; $15/Class

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Examine the Music
Prepare to be informed and entertained by a group of the finest young musicians in the world as the Fellows from the New World Symphony first examine and then play the music they have selected for you.

Instructor: The New World Symphony Fellows are an elite group of young musicians who have received a fellowship to train with the prestigious orchestra.

> Tuesday; Nov 18; 1:00-2:00 pm
   Free/Member; $5/Guest

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Film Talk- The Films of Woody Allen and Mel Brooks: From Brooklyn with Love (and Humor)
This course will examine the evolution of two of America’s funniest film makers. By studying some of Allen’s early films, we will see how his use of one-liners and gags developed into complex stories. An examination of Mel Brooks’s work will show how through his use of verbal and visual humor, he used the medium of film to overcome adversity and champion the little guy.

Instructor: Roberta Presser, an experienced film lecturer and drama teacher, has worked as an assistant director, assistant to the producer, production assistant, and unit location manager on such films as The Blues Brothers, Friday the 13th Part II, Princess Daisy, He Knows You’re Alone, and Circle of Two.

> Tuesdays; Dec 2-16; 12:30-3:00 pm
   3-week session: Free/Member; $36/Guest; $15/Class

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Preview: 2015 Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
Is a film Jewish because the director or star is? What constitutes a Jewish themed film? For a film to be shown in the Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, it has to go through a selection process. Out of the dozens of films viewed, only a few are chosen. Why these films and not others? Find out the answers to these questions and preview the films before tickets go on sale on December 18.

Presenter: Ellen Wedner is the Executive Producer of the Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival. She has been a fixture in the South Florida arts community. Her previous film experience includes the Miami Jewish Film Festival, where she was the director for ten years. Ellen also was the director of the Miami International Film Festival.

> Wednesday; Dec 17; 7:00-9:00 pm
   Free/Member; $10/Guest

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The Latest in Digital Photography!
Designed for beginning to intermediate levels, this class is aimed at those photographers who want to take control of their cameras and capture the image they see through the viewfinder. Composition and lighting will be taught through hands-on lessons in studio and on location. Students are required to bring their own digital camera; advanced point & shoot, Super Zooms or SLR cameras are preferred. *See Cultural Tours–Day Trips; 2 Photo Excursions Planned.

Instructor: David R. Randell studied photography at California Institute of the Arts and became a freelance commercial photographer, shooting the glitz of Beverly Hills lifestyles, images of the corporate world and the products marketed to all. In 1998, he relocated to Northern Palm Beach County, introducing David R. Randell Photographics; offering a full range of traditional and digital services.

> Mondays; Jan 12-Feb 2; 6:30-8:30 pm
   4 week session: $100/Member; $125/Guest

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Armory Art Center Art Classes & Workshops
We are pleased to present Armory Art Center Art Classes held at the Mandel JCC! Providing the finest faculty and class selections for northern Palm Beach County. For more information and to register for Armory Art Classes held at the Mandel JCC, please call 561-712-5232.
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Painting Existentially
Try painting without a plan. Creativity is about process and not necessarily about the product. It’s appropriate and reasonable to recognize that innovation, invention and creativity apply to things and ideas that are unknown to us up to their discovery. Our minds, filled with doubts and thoughts, will not get us to creativity.

Instructor: Harlan Hoffman graduated from Brooklyn College and attended the Graduate Center of the City University of NY. He established his own silk screen printing business, HGH Design Group, in 1975. Several examples of his fabrics and wall covering designs are in the Smithsonian Institute. Harlan has shown his paintings and taught classes nationally.

> Wednesday; Oct 8; 11:30 am-2:30 pm
   Workshop: $40/Member; $50/Guest
> Wednesdays; Oct 15-Nov 5; 11:30 am-2:30 pm
   4-week session: $135/Member; $150/Guest
> Wednesday; Nov 19; 11:30 am-2:30 pm
   Workshop: $40/Member; $50/Guest
> Wednesdays; Dec 3-24; 11:30 am-2:30 pm
   4-week session: $135/Member; $150/Guest
   (no class Nov 26)

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Pouring Paint
Learn to paint like Helen Frankenthaler and Jackson Pollock. Learn the technique of pouring paint. Using acrylic paint, explore different ways of mark making. Build up your image with transparent washes and glazing techniques. The painting experience suggests ideas that create the final concept.

Instructor: Roxene Sloate, PSA holds a BA in Art History from Smith College and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, the New York Art Students League. She has exhibited in both solo and group shows nationwide. Exploring the possibilities of color is the main theme of her work. Sloate is also a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America.

> Monday; Oct 20; 11:30 am-2:30 pm
   Workshop: $40/Member; $50/Guest
> Mondays; Nov 3-Dec 15; 11:30 am-2:30 pm
   4-week session: $135/Member; $150/Guest
   (no class Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 1)
> Tuesday; Jan 6; 11:30 am-2:30 pm
   Workshop: $40/Member; $50/Guest
> Tuesdays; Jan 20-Feb 10; 11:30 am-2:30 pm
   4-week session: $135/Member; $150/Guest

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Watercolor and Pastel Painting
Explore using watercolor with pastel to finish your artwork and develop the ability to utilize multimedia techniques. Learn basic skills of watercolor and how to approach the subject matter of your choice with this media. Experienced painters will develop their own style or try new techniques.

Instructor: Hiromi Katayama, a native of Ibarki, Japan, received a MFA in the painting program at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and BFA in Japanese Traditional Painting at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo, Japan. Hiromi’s work is created using traditional Japanese pigments and techniques; through traditional methods and materials, and her belief in cultural foundations in nature. Through her work, Hiromi hopes to share her culture and a little bit of herself with her audience.

> Friday; Oct 24; 9:30 am-12:30 pm
   Workshop: $40/Member; $50/Guest
> Fridays; Nov 7-Dec 5; 9:30 am-12:30 pm
   4-week session: $135/Member; $150/Guest
   (no class Nov 28)
> Friday; Jan 9; 9:30 am-12:30 pm
   Workshop: $40/Member; $50/Guest
> Fridays; Jan 16-Feb 6; 9:30 am-12:30 pm
   4-week session: $135/Member; $150/Guest

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The Art of Chinese Brush Painting
Learn basic elements of Chinese brush painting and master stroke techniques, such as flower, bird and landscape. You will experiment with line and elaborate style on Chinese paper and silk.

Instructor: Susan Wilders received her BA from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She studied Chinese art with masters Chow Chian-Chiu and Chow Lueng Chen Ying. She has exhibited at the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach and the Charles Sumner Museum in Washington D.C., and gives demonstrations and lectures at the Norton Museum of Art.

> Friday; Nov 21; 10:30 am-1:30 pm
   Workshop: $40/Member; $50/Guest
> Friday; Dec 12; 10:30 am-1:30 pm
   Workshop: $40/Member; $50/Guest
> Monday; Jan 5; 10:30 am-1:30 pm
   Workshop: $40/Member; $50/Guest

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Creativity Without Limits
Learn the three barriers to creativity and spontaneous self-expression, and your instructor Harlan will show you how to get past them. The tools are provided and include paints, brushes, and canvases. You are encouraged to bring your own as well if possible. All levels welcome!

Instructor: Harlan Hoffman graduated from Brooklyn College and attended the Graduate center of the City University of NY. He established his own silk screen printing business, HGH Design Group, in 1975. Several examples of his fabrics and wall covering designs are in the Smithsonian Institute.

> Wednesday; Jan 7; 11:30 am-2:30 pm
   Workshop: $40/Member; $50/Guest
> Wednesdays; Jan 14-Feb 4; 11:30 am-2:30 pm
   4-week session: $135/Member; $150/Guest
  (no class Nov 28)

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