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


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; Feb 16-Mar 9; 6:30-8:30 PM
  4 week session: $100/Member; $125/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.

 


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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