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Fall & Winter 2014
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The Arts
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Judaic & Israel

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Men's and Women's Issues, Travel, Food and Wine

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Men Let’s Talk
This four week men’s discussion group is a time to talk, to listen, and to share stories and experiences in a safe, no obligation environment. It’s a time to dig a little deeper into who we are and what we have in common. It’s a time to learn, and a time to continue to grow as we look at the years ahead.

Facilitator: Ron Browne is a seasoned group leader, teacher and speaker in the areas of lifelong learning, creativity, wellness and spirituality. He has been active for many years in promoting meaningful personal change and his experience leading men’s discussion groups has opened new possibilities for men in the second half of life. Ron is the former director for the Cleveland Foundation funded lifelong learning project What’s Next!, and former Vice President of Smart Living for Judson at University Circle.

> Wednesdays; Nov 5-26; 2:00-3:15 pm
   4-week session: Free/Member; $48/Guest; $15/Class

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Genealogy Workshop for Beginners
Genealogy is an exciting way to connect with family members, and to ensure that traditions are passed down despite the Americanization of our heritage. This workshop will include lectures on how to organize and format your information, and will emphasize using the internet for census, vital records, and manifests. Participants should feel comfortable browsing the internet and downloading files. Please come prepared with information about one immigrant branch to pursue during the workshop.

Instructor: Phyllis Kramer is a practicing genealogist, with primary interest in Eastern European Jewish research. She is Vice President of Education for, and has taught genealogy to over 2500 students both online and in person at Genealogy Societies (Palm Beach, New York, Long Island, Miami, Washington, D.C.) and colleges (FAU, Norwalk). She is an active board member of the Pam Beach County Jewish Genealogy Society.

> Mondays; Nov 10-Dec 8; 4:30-6:00 pm
   5-week session: Free/Member; $60/Guest; $15/Class

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Nova Southeastern University Lecture Series
These lectures are fee and open to the community.  Please call 561-712-5253 to reserve your seat.

We Didn’t See the Signs
There is a strong link between bullying and suicide, as suggested by recent bullying-related suicides in the US and other countries. This lecture addresses the topic that is more and more in the news. We hear the parents and grandparents of a child who has committed suicide say, “We didn’t know something was wrong.” Not only they, but friends and teachers may not have recognized the signs. In his presentation, Dr. Poland will discuss those signs and how to help a child that is a victim of bullying before it becomes “bullycide”.

Speaker: Scott Poland, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized expert on school crisis, youth violence, suicide intervention, self-injury, school safety, threat assessment, parenting and the delivery of psychological services in schools. He has lectured and written extensively on these subjects, appeared on all major television network news programs, and has presented over 1,000 workshops in every state and numerous foreign countries. He served on the President’s Roundtable on Youth Violence and has testified about the needs of children before the U. S. Congress on four occasions.

> Tuesday; Nov 18; 7:00-8:30 pm

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Seventy is the New Fifty
With the advances in medicine, people are living longer. Yet age is a matter of attitude. Those that view themselves as old tend to be. Perhaps you can’t do the things that you did when you were thirty, but there are other things you can do and do better than you did before. You may not be able to play singles on the tennis court, but your doubles game is great.

Speaker: Jacquelyn Browne, PhD, LCSW is Program Professor of Gerontology Initiatives at Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education and Human Services in South Florida. Dr. Browne is the recipient of several university and community grants to explore experience and potential in the second half of life. Dr. Browne holds degrees from Barnard College, New York University and The Union Institute and University. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Browne maintains a private psychotherapy practice, specializing in working with older adults.

> Thursday; Dec 18; 4:30-6:00 pm

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

TED Talks
TED Talks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at the Technology Entertainment Design Conference with the world. Under the slogan “ideas worth spreading,” talks were released online beginning in June 2006. They rapidly attracted a global audience in the millions. As of November 2012, TED Talks have been viewed one billion times. TED topics include technology, entertainment, design, business, science, and global issues. This course will provide you with a viewing of videos of the most watched TED Talks. Class time will offer the opportunity for discussion of the topic with a facilitator.

Facilitator: Robert Maurer is President and founder of the American Corporation for Education and Training (ACET), former President and CEO of the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation and COO of the NYS Board of Regents/Department of Education. He has led curriculum, accreditation and internet-based student career and higher education counseling projects in the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Spain, and as a Fulbright in 1980, in the former Yugoslavia. He has hosted and facilitated many television shows, conference workshops and forums.

Jan 7; Chris Anderson – What Makes A Great Talk Great
Mar 11; TED Talks About Love
Apr 15; Edward Snowden- Taking Back the Internet

> Wednesdays; Jan 7, Mar 11, Apr 15; 1:00-2:30 PM
   $24/Member*; $36/Guest; $15/Class

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Genealogy Workshop - Intermediate
Join us for a walk into your family’s history, culture, and geography. This intermediate workshop assumes you have researched the basic census and vital records and manifests (using Ancestry and Familysearch), and have a family tree, but wish to go further to uncover the Hebrew name, birth year and place for your U.S. immigrant ancestors. To do this we will focus on the more complex documents our ancestors generated. We use the internet for research, so participants should be able to browse the web and download files. Please come prepared with information about one immigrant branch you will pursue during the workshop.

Instructor: Phyllis Kramer is a practicing genealogist, with primary interest in Eastern European Jewish research. She is Vice President of Education for, and has taught genealogy to over 2500 students both online and in person at Genealogy Societies (Palm Beach, New York, Long Island, Miami, Washington, D.C.) and colleges (FAU, Norwalk). She is an active board member of the Palm Beach County Jewish Genealogy Society.

> Mondays; Jan 12 - Feb 9; 4:30-6:00 PM
   $40/Member*; $60/Guest; $15/Class

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Secrets of Consignment, Thrift, and Vintage Store Shopping
Where are the best bargains? What are the 18 most upscale shops? What street has the most consignment, thrift, home décor and antique shops? How can you tell if a designer bag is real? How do you save money at resale shops? Should you sell on eBay? These and many questions are answered by Paulette Cooper Noble who has visited literally hundreds of shops and reviewed them for her popular local shopping series: Bargain Shopping in Palm Beach & Broward Counties: 200+ Consignment & Thrift Shops.

Instructor: Paulette Cooper Noble is the author of 22 books, including a popular series on shopping titled Bargain Shopping in Palm Beach & Broward Counties: 200+ Consignment & Thrift Shops. A Brandeis graduate, and a Holocaust survivor, she is the winner of 7 writing awards, and is best known for her groundbreaking expose, The Scandal of Scientology. Paulette, who lives in Palm Beach with her husband, also writes a regular pet column for The Palm Beach Daily News.

> Tuesday; Jan 27; 1:00-2:00 PM
   $8/Member*; $12/Guest

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Botox For The Soul
Look good, smile more, recharge, and connect. No needles are necessary for this uplift.

Instructor: Shirley Arffa received her undergraduate degree from The City College of New York, and earned her Masters in Social Psychology at Southern CT. State College. She was a tutor in psychology at Yale University, a school psychologist for a Connecticut school district, and a therapist in private practice.

> Wednesdays; Feb 25, Mar 4; 10:30-11:30 AM
   $16/Member*; $24/Guest; $15/Class

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Special Hot Topic Presentation: Quarterly Economic & Tax Update
Bob Lewis of Capital Group and Adi Rappoport from the Gunster Law Firm continue their popular series of economic and tax quarterly updates. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Featured Speakers
Robert B. Lewis is a Senior Vice President and Investment Counselor for Capital Group Private Client Services. Prior to joining the organization, he spent five years serving high-net-worth families, endowments, and foundations as vice president and financial advisor for Bernstein Global Wealth Management in their Tampa and West Palm Beach offices. Bob earned an MBA from Northeastern University and a BS from Colby College.

Adi Rappoport is a shareholder with the Gunster Law Firm.  Adi is a Board Certified Tax Attorney. He resides in Gunster’s West Palm Beach office. His practice includes all areas of federal and state taxation, estate planning, tax exempt organizations, tax controversies, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law. He received his LL.M. degree in Taxation, his Juris Doctor degree with honors and his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with highest honors all from the University of Florida. Adi has also written and lectured on various tax topics relating to estate planning and business taxation.

> Thursday; February 26; 4:30-5:45 PM
   Free and open to the community. RSVP required.

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Inside the Issues
Medical marijuana, the rules for political combat, homeland security, and term limits for members of Congress and the Supreme Court are issues that this course takes on. Instructor Ted Cott will interview public officials and others with firsthand knowledge of these topics, and give class participants an opportunity to ask questions.

Instructor: Ted Cott has spent 35 years as a business and education management consultant to political candidates on issues ranging from housing, water management, public safety, ethics, and the environment. He has been an adjunct lecturer at Iona College and lecturer at NYU, U.S.C., C.W. Post, and Barry Universities in public speaking, business, and marketing strategy.

> Mondays; Mar 9, 23; 1:30-3:00 PM 
> Wednesdays: Apr 8, 22; 1:30-3:00 PM
   $32/Member*; $48/Guest; $15/Class

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The Art of Buying Art
When purchasing art there are so many questions to be asked to better understand what you are buying. This class discusses these questions and how to evaluate answers when buying original works of art or reproductions from a street vendor or gallery.

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.

> Thursday; Mar 19; 7:00-8:30 PM
   $8/Member*; $12/Guest

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The Rising Values of Chinese Art: From Rags to Riches
The popularity of Chinese art is on the rise and so are its values. Is this a case of demand driving up price or are there other factors? Mr. Langer will discuss the reasons behind this surging market. In addition, a 15 minute film on Chinese art values at auction and a film with the curator of Chinese Art at the Norton Museum will be shown. Each participant is invited to bring two oriental items for a free appraisal. 

Instructor: R. D.(Bob) Langer has been a collector and appraiser of art, antiques, and collectibles for over 40 years. He works with auction houses, dealers, and collectors. His views on the world of art and history have appeared in a number of antique publications and newspapers including the New York Times. This is a Lunch and Learn Lecture. Pre-registration is required by Mar 19

> Tuesday; Mar 24; 12:45-2:15 PM
   $8/Member; $12/Guest

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