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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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Winter 2015
*This adult education class is free for Individual, Couple and Seasonal Mandel JCC members


Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock is widely considered to be one of the most challenging and influential American painters of the 20th century. The all over composition, paint handling, and abstraction of his classic paintings of 1947-1950 announced the emergence of Abstract Expressionism. Dripping paint from a brush or stick held above the canvas, he wove webs of interlacing complexity.

Instructor: Helane Hertz is on the Board of the Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, and a member of their screening committee. She is also on the Advisory Board of Art in Public Places for Palm Beach Gardens. A senior docent (21 years) at the Norton Museum, Helene is also the founder and leader of the Cultural Salon.

> Monday; Jan 5; 10:00-11:30 AM
   $8/Member*; $12/Guest

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Genre Differentiation, Music Appreciation CLOSED
This fun-filled class is designed to help us better understand and appreciate the powerful and exciting world of music from its basic origin, geography, people, language and structure, to its expression and dynamic. To do so we’ll explore the different genres of music from Classical, Jazz, Rock, Rhythm & Blues, to Country, Reggae, Latin, Rap and Soul.

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; Jan 6-27; 10:00-11:00 AM
   $32/Member*; $48/Guest; $15/Class


Painting with Acrylics or Oil Paints
This painting course is for artists of all levels working in acrylics or oil paints. The course is approached as a workshop which is a less structured method, and where each artist works on what interests them. Everyone will learn from one another about composition, color, painting styles, and other elements of design. Deborah also introduces some exciting and fun hands-on methods for learning color theory. A materials list will be supplied upon registration.

Instructor: Deborah Bigeleisen, after leaving her former career as the founder and Design Director of a global textile print design company in New York City, moved to West Palm Beach and embarked upon her second career as a fine art painter. Her paintings have been featured in publications including Michael K. Corbin’s three part series A Collector’s Journal, Science Creative Quarterly, and New Art International. Her paintings have received awards in international competitions, and have been featured in numerous museum exhibitions.

> Wednesdays: Jan 7-Jan 28; 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
> Wednesdays: Feb 4-Feb 25; 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
   4-week sessions: $135/Member; $150/Guest

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At Last: Women Artists Across the Centuries
Our first talk recognizes accomplished women artists from the Renaissance through the 17th centuries. Next come the women artist of the 18th and 19th century whom you will certainly applaud. Finally, there will be three talks about top females painting in the 20th and some even today.

Instructor: Joan Lipton, Ph.D. is an experienced art historian, lecturer and 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. Dr. Lipton has taught art history at several colleges in New Jersey, and given lectures on the subject at libraries, retired adult communities, alumni associations, the Monmouth Arts Guild, Brandeis Women’s Group, and The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach.

> Thursdays; Jan 8-Feb 5; 1:00-3:00 PM
   $40/Member*; $60/Guest; $15/Class

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21st Century Digital Photography!
Designed for beginning to intermediated levels, this class is aimed at those photographers that 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 days 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
> Mondays; Feb 16-Mar 9; 6:30-8:30 PM
  4 week session: $100/Member; $125/Guest

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Koskoff Art Workshop: Master Artist Louise Nevelson Assemblage
In this 2 session Mixed Media Collage workshop, using upcycled materials supplied by the instructor, you will create your own Louise Nevelson 3-D Art Masterpiece!

Louise Nevelson (1899–1988) is believed by many to be one of the most important figures in 20th-century American sculpture. Usually created out of wood, her sculptures appear puzzle-like, with multiple intricately cut pieces placed into wall sculptures or independently standing pieces, often 3-D.

Instructor: Sharon Koskoff is a full time professional artist known for her Deco-metric murals, conceptual installations, giant puppets, environmental designs, children’s programming and love of architecture. As fine arts major of sculpture and photography, she received a cum laude Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College, and a second degree in Color Theory from the New York School of Interior Design. Koskoff taught at the Armory Art Center for fifteen years and is currently teaching at Old School Square. She is also a well-known lecturer on the architectural styling’s of Twentieth Century design.

> Mondays: Jan 12, 19; 11:30-2:30 PM
   2-week session $100/Member; $110/Guest
   Price includes all materials

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The Life and Comedy of Danny Kaye
This course will discuss the life and work of the multi-talented Danny Kaye: comedian, singer, dancer, entertainer, master of mimicry, gourmet chef, pilot, symphony conductor, UNICEF ambassador, and even once, a serious dramatic actor. Of his life, Kaye once said, “I wasn’t born a fool; it took work to get this way.”

Instructor: Amy Lezberg, Ph.D. is a consultant in Higher Education for the U.S. Department of State and 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 American Ethnic Literature at universities in the Boston area.

> Wednesday, Jan 14, 21; 1:00-2:30 PM
   $16/Member*; $24/Guest; $15/Class

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Brahms: His Life and Music
A composer whose works are full of warmth, eloquence and technical mastery, Johannes Brahms was dedicated to the style of Beethoven - pure classical music. Not only did he master the architecture of absolute music, he incorporated German folk songs and Hungarian gypsy music in his compositions. We’ll see Brahms alongside his contemporaries and why it took him forty years to write his first symphony.

Instructor: Barbara Reis earned degrees in music from Columbia University, New York University and the University of Michigan. She has taught at Tanglewood, Housatonic Community College, The Stuyvesant Adult Education Center, and presently at The Lifetime Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College, in Norwalk, Connecticut.

> Mondays; Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9; 1:00-2:00 PM
   $32/Member*; $48/Guest; $15/Class

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ACE Presents: Inside the Public Sculpture Garden: A Journey Through “Lost-Wax” Bronze Sculpture Casting Processes
Across the centuries the public art sculpture gardens are rooted in the understanding that monuments created for public spaces evolve through an extensive process of refinement, from early design phases to final full scale sculptures. A Power Point illustrated lecture highlighted by Greg Wyatt’s forty plus year career will reveal creative studio model to monument design development, bronze foundry casting materials and methods, each contributing to the realization of site-specific landscape gardens. Participants will be able to meet Mr. Wyatt at a reception before his talk.

Instructor: Greg Wyatt, upon the completion of his B. A. degree in art history at Columbia College in 1971, studied classical sculpture for three years at the National Academy of Design’s School of Fine Arts. His works include a twelve-foot high bronze World War II memorial, “The Price of Freedom” (2010) at the Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center.

> Thursday; Jan 29; 4:30-6:00 PM
   $8/Member*; $12/Guest

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Film Talk: From Brooklyn with Love and Humor: The Films of Woody Allen and Mel Brooks, Part II
This course continues our examination of the evolution of the films of Woody Allen and Mel Brooks. We will observe the different types of humor used, from jokes only New Yorkers will get, to Jewish humor, to more gentle non-ethnic humor. We will look at films that create situations of political absurdity, i.e. Bananas, to make a statement. Finally, we will look at the examples of scenes in which these two directors paid homage to great directors who came before them. Films to be shown are Woody Allen’s Play It Again Sam, Sleeper, and Love and Death and Mel Brook’s The Producers, and Young Frankenstein. All film selections are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

Instructor: Roberta Presser is an experienced film lecturer, drama teacher, and comes to us with a wealth of film experience. She earned a Master in Arts degree from Columbia University and attended Columbia’s Graduate Film School. She 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. Currently, Ms. Presser designs and presents film courses for the United Federation of Teachers Retiree Programs.

> Tuesdays; Feb 10, 17, 23, Mar 3, 10; 12:30-3:00 PM
   $40/Member*; $60/Guest; $15/Class

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The Bible, Opera, and the Jewish Experience
The biggest single source of subject matter for Western music (and Hollywood) is beyond question The Bible. Opera, particularly, loves the bloodthirsty narratives of the Old Testament. Three of the greatest adaptations deal with episodes involving Jewish history. A fourth deals with the high cost of intolerance and revenge. Highlights from each production, which are from the world’s greatest opera houses and feature all-star casts, orchestras, and conductors, will be shown. Each is sung in the original language with English subtitles. Maestro Albanese will provide interesting background and commentary with a question and answer period to follow.
Week 1 - Moise ET Pharaon
by G. Rossini - A La Scala Production
Week 2 - Nabucco
by G. Verdi - A Metropolitan Opera Production
Week 3 - Samson ET Delila
by Saint-Sans - A San Francisco Opera Production
Week 4 - La Juive
by F. Halevy - A Vienna State Opera Production

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. 

> Thursdays; Feb 12-Mar 5; 1:00-2:30 PM
   $32/Member*; $48/Guest; $15/Class

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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; Feb 17, Mar 17; 7:00 PM
   Free and open to the community. RSVP required.

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ACE Presents in association with The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival-25th Anniversary Season presented by Howard Kaye Insurance Agency, LLC. The Shop On Main Street
Directed by Ján Kadár & Elmar Klos; Czechoslovakia; 1965; 125 minutes; Black and White; Czech with English subtitles
An inept Czech peasant is torn between greed and guilt when the Nazi-backed bosses of his town appoint him “Aryan controller” of an old Jewish widow’s (Idá Kaminská) button shop. Humor and tragedy fuse in this exploration of one cowardly man’s complicity in the horrors of a totalitarian regime. Made near the height of Soviet oppression in Czechoslovakia, The Shop on Main Street won the Academy Award™ for Best Foreign Film in 1965.

Special Guest: Victor Melman, Idá Kaminská’s son who will lead an after film discussion about this legendary actress of Yiddish & Jewish stage and screen. 

> Thursday; Mar 5; 6:30-9:00 PM
   Film Society, Cinema Circle & Festival partners complimentary
   $8/Member; $10/Guest

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Rock and Roll’s Jewish Heritage
Looking back over more than 60 years of this music genre shows that the influence of Jewish talent was significant. Bob Dylan, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, David Lee Roth of Van Halen, Neil Diamond, and Billy Joel are only some of the names on an impressive roster. Come along and celebrate Rock’s Jewish heritage. Class participants will receive Jews Rock, a book of photographs of Jewish rock and roll stars from the archives of photojournalist, Janet Macoska.

Instructor: Jerry Mink is a photographer and an aficionado of rock and roll. He became involved in Jews Rock: A Celebration of Rock and Roll’s Jewish Heritage and was responsible for getting the book out to the Jewish community.

> Thursday; March 5; 4:30-6:00 PM
   $8/Member*; $12/Guest

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Art Across the Centuries: Part II
The first class in this 5 part series will introduce you to artists from Germany, Spain, England and Italy. The second class will discuss the Impressionists from America. Then, we will celebrate “New York City through Art” as we consider the work of the Ashcan School painters and other important realists. The fourth class, Spanish Art of the Golden Age is an exciting survey from El Greco to Velazquez, adding Goya, who speaks more to modernity than to his own 18th century. Finally, follow Henry Matisse and his contribution to modern art as well as his friendship and rivalry with Pablo Picasso, which resulted in a fascinating and often productive engagement.

Instructor: Joan Lipton, Ph.D is an experienced art historian, lecturer and 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. Dr. Lipton has taught art history at several colleges in New Jersey, and given lectures on the subject at different venues including the Monmouth Arts Guild, and The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. 

> Thursdays; Mar 19-Apr 30; (no class Apr 9 & 12); 1:00-3:00 PM
   $40/Member*; $60/Guest; $15/Class

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Film Talk: The Legacy of Ernst Lubitsch and Preston Sturges
With the advent of “talkies” the need for dialogue grew, and Ernst Lubitsch filled it with his witty, urbane comedies of the 30s and 40s. He influenced generations of screenwriter/directors from Preston Sturges to Billy Wilder to Nora Ephron. We will learn what constitutes “the Lubitsch touch” and see how Preston Sturges implemented it in his own filmmaking. The films for this course are Lubitsch’s Ninotchka, The Shop around the Corner, To Be or not To Be, and Sturges’s Sullivan’s Travels and The Lady Eve. All film selections are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

Instructor: Roberta Presser is an experienced film lecturer, drama teacher, and comes to us with a wealth of film experience. She earned a Master in Arts degree from Columbia University and attended Columbia’s Graduate Film School. She 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. Currently, Ms. Presser designs and presents film courses for the United Federation of Teachers Retiree Programs.

> Tuesdays; Apr 14-May 12; 12:30-3:00 PM
   $40/Member*; $60/Guest; $15/Class

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Fine Jewelry With Beads – Beginners
Discover and awaken your creative side in this six session course. Learn how to make your own fine jewelry with beads in a friendly relaxed environment. Ingrid will guide you through the process step by step, and you’ll walk away with a finished piece after each lesson. For the first class, you will receive a small starter kit to complete one item, and a supply list for the materials you will need to purchase for the other classes.

Instructor: Ingrid Webster started stringing beads as a hobby twenty six years ago. Her avocation quickly grew into a profession. She is known in Palm Beach County as a pearl and bead expert, having served several dozens of jewelers by designing and repairing their pearl jewelry. Ingrid has taught classes in fine jewelry making with beads at our JCC, Michaels, Beads on the Avenue, Crystal Creations, The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, various country clubs, and senior living establishments such as The Classic.

> Thursdays; Mar 5-Apr 16 (no class April 2); 10:00 AM-12:00 PM 
   $94/Member; $108/Guest; $20/ClassPre-registration required.

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