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Men Let's Talk

Careers are winding down or changing and children have moved on. Our thoughts now center on the options associated with growing older. All of a sudden our world looks different. Transitions challenge us. They reveal where we are stuck and where we need to grow. Grappling with transitions becomes the "inner work" of life and it has been said that women do it better than men. This five-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. Ron is the former director for the Cleveland Foundation funded lifelong learning project What's Next!, and former VP of Smart Living for Judson at University Circle.

> Wednesdays, Jan. 13- Feb 10; 2:00-3:15pm
     Feb. 17-Mar. 23
     Mar. 30-Apr. 27 (No class Mar. 9) 

   40/Member; $60/Guest; $15/Class 

Register for Men, Let's Talk>>


The SS Normandie: The Tragic Story of the Greatest Liner Ever Built 

The JCC’S “Distinguished Speaker Series" presents Richard Rene Silvin- author, historian and former CEO. Join us as he explains why he considers the Normandie the ultimate liner ever built, using pictures the spectacular interiors and rarely seen glimpses of life aboard the short-lived floating palace. The glamorous story will lead up to the ship’s premature and heartbreaking end. Her brief, four year working life was tragically aborted in 1942 by a perfect storm of accidents while she was being converted into a troop ship.

>Sunday, February 14th, 11:00am
  $10/Member; $15/Guest (includes light brunch)

Register for The SS Normandie: The Tragic Story of the Greatest Liner Ever Built>>


Designing Your Child's Room To Transition Into Adulthood 

In this day and age of creating “fun spaces” for our children, families and designers alike are challenged to create bedrooms that will make a 5-year-old happy and then transition into a space a teenager will love. As our children mature, they will want to surround themselves with memories they have created and display space to showcase their prized possessions. The key is to begin with basic furnishings that will last through the years. With a few
changes in color and accessories, your 5-year-old’s favorite room can transition into your teenager’s haven. Interior Designer, Lynn Messick will show you how this can happen in your home!

Speaker: Lynn Messick has extensive experience in many aspects of interior design. She has earned the Certified Interior Decorator (CID) distinction. Lynn has spent the last five years working for Ethan Allen. Before that she owned her own business and divided her time between Jupiter and Chester
County, PA. She is passionate about providing her clients with an environment that they find warm and inviting, 
and considers this her ultimate design focus

>Tuesday, Mar. 15; 1:30-2:30pm 
  $5/Member; $10/Guest 
  *Our thanks to Janet Nebel for her creative talents*

Register for Designing Your Child's Room to Transition Into Adulthood>>


The Duke and Duchess of Windsor: Demonized & Defied 

The JCC’S “Distinguished Speaker Series" presents Richard Rene Silvin- author, historian and former CEO. Join us as he talks about the fascinating lives of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. This includes details of their love affair which caused the young, handsome King of England to abdicate the throne and, in his words, “marry the woman I love.” Given that René was the widowed Duchess’ escort in Paris during the 1970’s, he will reveal details about the many scurrilous rumors, which circulated about the Duchess.

>Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30pm: (dessert reception included)
  $10/Member; $15
/Guest

Register for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor: Demonized & Defied>>


The Life and Work of Society Architect Addison Mizner 

The JCC’S “Distinguished Speaker Series" presents Richard Rene Silvin- author, historian and former CEO. Join us as he presents “The Life and Work of Addison Mizner”, the flamboyant, socialite architect of the roaring 1920s who created the Palm Beach look, known as Mediterranean Revival, which has evolved into a style emulated all over South Florida. After Mizner’s success in Palm Beach, he created the model-city of Boca Raton in 1925 in the Venetian style. Sadly the Mizner Development Corporation went bankrupt, and he died bankrupt several years later.

>Sunday April 10 at 11:00am (light brunch included) 
   $10/Member; $15/Guest

 Register for The Life and Work of Society Architect Addison Mizner>>


Nova Southeastern University Lecture Series at the JCC


Conflict Analysis and Resolution Between Family Members

It seems the whole world is in conflict. Can it be resolved before it escalates? If we can't resolve our personal relationship problems within our family, how can we cope with global problems. Let's start small, in our own backyard and see if we can develop some conflict resolution skills that will work for us.

Speaker: Dr. Judith McKay is Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution and Community Studies, the Chair of the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies (DMS) and the Director of Community Resolution Services (CRS) at NSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS). For over 30 years, she has been involved in conflict resolution as a mediator, arbitrator, negotiator, facilitator, trainer, executive and conflict coach, dispute systems designer, researcher, and professor.

> Thursday, Jan 21; 4:30-6:30pm
   Free and open to the community
   Call 561-712-5253 to reserve a seat.

Register for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Between Family Members>>


Growing Old is Mandatory, Being Old is Optional, Part II

Dr. Browne continues her discussion of the biological and sociological phenomenon of aging. Aging is a fact present in all human lives, but what is aging, and how do we age? What is the effect of society on aging, when purpose and meaning are formed and challenged as human beings grow older? What has to be overcome so that "Being Old is Optional"?

Speaker: Dr. Jacquelyn Browne, Ph.D., LCSW directs Nova Southeastern University's Master of Arts in Gerontology and Certificate programs, which she developed.  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. Dr. Browne maintains a private psychotherapy practice, specializing in working with older adults in Palm Beach Gardens.


> Thursday, Feb 11; 4:30-6:00pm
   Free and open to the community
  Call 561-712-5253 to reserve a seat.

Register for Growing Old is Mandatory, Being Old is Optional, Part II>>


Identity in Crises: Do You Know Who You Are?

By definition, an identity crisis is a period or episode of distress, when a person seeks a clearer sense of self and an acceptable role in society. Many think of it in connection with adolescence adn the teenage years, however this "crisis" may occur at any time in your adult years. Retirement, politics, religion, career changes and gender roles can pose challenges to your sense of self. Do you really know who you are?

Speaker: Dr. Rhonda Schaffer Schuval has been with Nova Southeatern University for 15 years. Currently an advisor for students in the Doctor of Education degree program, she previously served as the Director of the Jewish Educators program. She holds a Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership, and is trained in Family Mediation.
 
> Thursday, March 10; 4:30-6:30pm
   Free and open to the community
  Call 561-712-5253 to reserve a seat.

Register for Identity in Crises: Do You Know Who You Are?>>


Scripps Research Institute: "What If" Discovery Series at the JCC and Scripps 


The Scripps Research Institute Lecture Series: Conquering Cancer Together: The Scripps- Israel Partnership

Israel's Technion and the Scripps Research Institute are working together to stop cancer in its tracks. Join us to hear about a new breakthrough in the treatment of this dreaded disease.

Project Professors: Joseph Kissil,
Ph.D, Associate Professor, Scripps Florida and Yehuda G. Assaraf, Professor, Dean of Faculty, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology


> Wednesday, Dec 16; 7:00-8:30pm This Event Has Been Postponed to February 17, 2016 at 7:00pm
  Free and open to the community
  Call 561-712-5253 to reserve a seat.

Register for The Scripps Research Institute Lecture Series>>


What if You Didn’t Have to Feel Old as You Age?

Age is the number one risk factor for most chronic degenerative diseases as well as cancer. These diseases rob us of quality of life and independence when we get older. The scientists at Scripps Florida Department of Metabolism and Aging are working on the discovery of ways to treat aging itself rather than individual diseases that goes along with old age. The goal is to develop one drug that prevents all age-related diseases and thereby shortens the period of physical and mental decline.

Speaker: Laura Niedernhofer, MD/PhD, received her B.S. in Chemistry at Duke University, her M.S. in Physiology from Georgetown University School of Medicine, her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and her M.D at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. An Associate Professor of Metabolism and Aging at
the Scripps Research Institute, Florida, the main focus of Dr. Niedernhofer’s research is discovering why we age and novel strategies to treat aging itself in hopes of extending the period of health and optimal function in old age.

>Tuesday, Jan 5; 4:30pm (Light refreshments & reception immediately following speaker) 
  Location: Fink Auditorium, Scripps Research Institute  
  Free & open to the community

Register for The Scripps Research Institute Lecture Series>>


 Conquering Cancer Together: The Scripps-Israel Partnership

Israel’s Technicon and the Scripps Research Institute are joining forces for the first time in an effort to conquer a leading issue in cancer treatment. Their
collaboration focuses on Multidrug Resistance (MDR), which is the uncanny ability of cancer cells to survive the toxic chemicals used to destroy them. MDR contributes significantly to suffering and death from many cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma, pancreatic and breast cancers. Join Professor Joe Kissil and hear how this new approach to understanding and treating MDR will reduce
its catastrophic effects.

Speaker: Joe Kissil, Ph.D. was born in Connecticut, but grew up in Eilat, Israel after his parents made Aliyah in 1969. He received his B.Sc. in Life Sciences at Ben Gurion University and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Dr. Kissil did his postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts institute of Technology. He is an Associate Professor of Cancer Biology and a member of the Scripps Florida Graduate School.

>Wednesday, Feb. 17; 7:00pm
  Free & open to the community

Register for The Scripps Research Institute Lecture Series>>


 What if We Could Cure Diabetes? 

Almost 1 in 10 Americans have Diabetes, including 25% of all seniors and the incidence in children is growing at an alarming rate. Diabetes is an insidious and wide spread disease that left uncontrolled contributes to premature death from heart disease and kidney failure. Please join Dr. Patricia McDonald, Assistant Professor/Associate Scientific Director of the Department of Molecular Therapeutics at Scripps Florida, to hear about new drug discoveries to prevent and potentially cure Diabetes.

Speaker: Patricia McDonald, Ph.D. received her B.S. from the University of North London and her Ph.D. from University of Dundee, both in the United Kingdom. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Glasgow University and a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University. In addition, Professor McDonald worked in the pharmaceutical industry. Her work has been widely cited in scientific journals. She is also Associate Professor at the Scripps Florida Graduate School.

>Wednesday, Mar. 16; 4:40pm
  Free & open to the community 

Register for The Scripps Research Institute Lecture Series>>


 

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