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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.

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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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 

 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)

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

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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