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For Women Only: Special Conversations 

In a series of not to be missed discussions facilitated by Life Skills Program and ARISE Foundation co-founder, Susan Benson, women explore constructive aging and turn 60 and older into the best of times, Each discussion is a separate unit. Come to one, two, three or all four. 

November: 1: Happiness & The Power Of A Smile
November 8: A Positive Attitude= Optimism & Longevity 
November 15: Happiness Through Gratitude 
November 29: Why Worry

Tuesday, November 1, 8, 15, 29 | 1:00-2:30pm 
Cost Per Session: Free Member ● $7 Guest 

Guests: Click Here to Register>> 

Men Let’s Talk

Our work is winding down or changing and our children have moved on. Our thoughts now center on the options associated 
with growing older. Transitions challenge us, and grappling with them becomes the “inner work” of life. 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 learn, and a time to continue to grow as we look at the years ahead.

Instructor 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; November 30 | December 7, 14, 21 | 2:00-3:15 pm
4 Classes; $40 Member* ● $56 Guest
1 Class; $12 Member* ● $16 Guest

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Winter Sessions: 

Session 1: January 18, 25, February 1, 8
Session 2: February 15, 22, March 1, 8
Session 3: March 15, 22, 29, April 5 

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Inverting Truth: Recognizing Media Bias Against Israel

Generously Sponsored By The Gross Family Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. An alien studying the news to learn about our planet would probably draw the conclusion that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the worst war on earth. Yet the Israel-Palestinian conflict is not even in the top ten of the world’s deadliest conflicts. Such is the power of media bias. Join Sarit Catz, the International Letter-Writing Director for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), to learn how to identify media bias about Israel and to recognize how and why the media continually gets the news backwards — inverting who did what to whom. Sarit Catz monitors and writes about the media and facilitates letter-writing campaigns in her role at CAMERA. During her career in radio and television, Sarit won three Writers Guild of America awards and, more recently, numerous awards for the short films she has written and produced. Sarit earned a degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and in International Business from the Wharton School. CAMERA pioneered the monitoring of Middle East media coverage and has been “setting the record straight about Israel and the Middle East” since 1982.

Tuesday, December 6 | 7:00-8:30 pm
Refreshments served at 6:30 pm
Free & Open to the Community
Advance Registration Requested to Reserve Seat

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For Women Only: Special Conversations

In a series of not to be missed discussions, women explore “constructive aging” and turn 60 and older into the best of times. Each discussion is a separate unit. 

Session 1: I Forgive You Because It’s Good for Me
Session 2: Conquering Fear Once and For All
Session 3: Dealing with Sleep 

Facilitator: Susan Benson is Life Skills Program and ARISE Foundation co-founder.

Tuesdays, January 17, 24, 31 | 1:00-2:30 pm
Per Conversation: Free Member ● $7 Guest

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Planning Ahead – Part of our Jewish Culture

Throughout our history, our people have always had the wisdom and forethought to plan for the future. You’ve planned for your family and protected them your whole life. Why stop now? Please join us as we explain the many emotional and financial benefits of pre-need planning, and will answer your questions while enjoying a delicious brunch. Brunch Included. Philip Wishna of Beth Israel Memorial Chapels & Eternal Light Memorial Gardens has been the director of Pre-Need Planning since 1983.

Thursday, February 9, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Free and Open to the Community
Reservations Required by February 6

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Jewish Learning Institute Courses 

Non Partisan Torah Views on Election Issues 

Join us in exploring nonpartisan Torah views on hot button election issues such as Gun Control and Immigration. This is an A CLE Accredited Course 

Instructor: Rabbi David Vigler

Thursdays, October 27 | November 3 | 4:30-6:00 pm 
$50 (includes textbook)

For more information and to register, call 561-624-2223 or go online to

How Success Thinks

Whether it’s at home, in our careers or personal life, everyone craves success. The question is, how do we get there? There is no one magic pill or secret formula to become an overnight sensation. Success is a product of who you are, what you believe, how you behave, and lots of hard work. Nobody can do the work for you, but Jewish wisdom and positive psychology has much to offer to set you on the road to becoming the effective person you crave to be. This course provides uniquely Jewish ways of thinking to help you develop a growth mindset, identify and cultivate your signature strengths, deal with your weaknesses, and overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of your success. This Course is Accredited for Medical and Mental Health Professionals

Instructor: Rabbi Dovid Vigler 

Tuesdays, November 15**, 22, 29, | December 6, 13, 20 | 4:30-6:00 pm 
(November 15's class will be held at PBG Chabad)
$89 (includes textbook) 

For more information and to register, call 561-624-2223 or go online to

 Talmud Interactive: Ethical Conundrums. Ancient Debates. Your Solutions.

This Course is Accredited for Continuing Legal Education You’re programming the safety features of a self-driving car. Should you favor the life of the driver over that of a pedestrian? You stole and crashed a car, and, in the process, saved the life of the owner’s child. Are you liable to pay for damages? At a party you find a car-winning bottle top. Does the prize belong to you, or to the guy whose party you’re attending? In this course, you’re in the driver’s seat! Discuss and debate original Talmudic texts and formulate convincing arguments to solve these and other fascinating intellectual puzzles.

Mondays | 4:30-6:00 pm
January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6
$89 (includes textbook)

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Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel through the Lens of the Six-Day War

Why must Israel exist? Does a religion need a land? When facing annihilation, how should we respond? And when, if ever, is collateral damage warranted? Commemorating the fifty-year anniversary of the Six-Day War, this course provides a historic opportunity to discover what Israel means to us today. More than a history, it is a course about connection: understanding our connection to our land, to our people, and to our heritage through the prism of the events and themes of the Six-Day War.

Tuesdays, May 9, 16, 23, June 6, 13, 20 | 4:30-6:00 pm
$89 (includes textbook)

For more information and to register, call 561-624-2223 or go online to


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