Fall & Winter 2014
|Classes by Category
Judaic & Israel
Literature, Social, Political & Historical Issues
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A Call to Serve: Florida Jews and the U.S. Military
Special Presentation: In Collaboration with the Alpert JFCS
Introduction: Ellie Hart
View the new documentary, an hour long film which highlights figures such as: Mack Katz, who served in the U.S. marine corps during World War I before launching Fort Lauderdale’s first women’s clothing shop, Mack’s; famed Miami Beach architect Morris Lapidus, who designed the signal search light used by the military to send codes during World War II; and Miami Beach Mayor Mitchell Wolfson, who resigned from office to fight the Nazis.
> Monday; Dec 8; 7:00-8:30 pm
This event is free and open to the public.
Please call 561-712-5253 to reserve a seat.
Tell Your Life Story in Words and Pictures
Learn how to develop your narrative, find the most important and colorful points and how to choose a storytelling form.
Instructor: Myles Ludwig is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles. He has taught writing at Lynn University in Boca Raton, the City College of the City University of New York, the Westwinds Learning Center in New York and special classes on Kauai, Hawaii.
> Wednesdays; Nov 5-Dec 3 (no class Nov 26); 12:45-1:45 pm
4-week session: Free/Member; $48/Guest; $15/Class
Life in Israel before Independence
The modern history of Israel begins after World War I with the British taking control of the area which had been ruled by the Ottoman Empire for 400 years. In this class, Fedora Horowitz will tell about life in Palestine against the background of events between 1917 and 1948.
Instructor: Fedora Horowitz was born in Romania and a professional musician who continued her musical career in Israel and the United States. Living in Israel amongst Arabs and Jews inspired her to write Jaffa Beach, a historical novel about life in Palestine before Statehood.
> Wednesday; Dec 3; 2:00-3:00 pm
The Magnolia Trail Memoirs of a Jewish Southern Belle: Part II - New York
You will be treated to the next chapter in the memoirs of that incredible Jewish southern belle, Marjorie Meyer Goldner. Growing up born and bred in the South in the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s, and being Jewish in a small town in Mississippi, after graduating from the University of Alabama, she went to The Big Apple and got a job at the U.N. Told as only Marjorie can, with much humor and insight, this second chapter is as fascinating as the first.
Instructor: Marjorie Meyer Goldner, a fifth generation American, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Alabama and earned a Master’s Degree from Long Island University, and certification from St. Anne’s College at Oxford University. She is a frequent and popular lecturer for Brandeis, Hadassah, and the National Council of Jewish Women.
> Wednesday; Dec 10; 1:00-2:30 pm
Famous Late Bloomers
As the late blooming author of four novels, Lisa has made a study of those who achieved enviable late success, which she will share with you by divulging details and allowing the class to guess the individual’s identity. This class promises to be enlightening, inspiring, and fun.
Instructor: Lisa April Smith is the author of four novels, Dangerous Lies, Exceeding Expectations, Paradise Misplaced, and Forgotten Tales of China, and currently working on her fifth book.
> Wednesday; Dec 17; 1:00-2:15 pm
*This adult education class is free for Individual, Couple and Seasonal Mandel JCC members
Bits and Pieces of Your Life: Your Memoir
Everyone has a story to tell, but many have writer’s block. In this workshop, Marjorie Most, facilitator, makes writing a fun experience by showing you how to write about the ‘bits and pieces of your life’. Once you have the pieces, like a puzzle, you can put them together and get the whole picture (your memoir). For the first session please write a detailed description of where you grew up.
Instructor: Marjorie Most is currently a creative writing facilitator at the Palm Beach Gardens Library, a published poet and artist. She has produced and hosted a series of radio and television shows and reviewed books for the radio show, Florida Forum.
> Tuesdays, Jan 6, 20, Feb 3; 1:00-3:00 PM
$24/Member*; $36/Guest; $15/Class
ACE Presents: A German Life
The son of a decorated German officer, Dr. Wollschlaeger was forced at a young age to confront his father’s unbroken allegiance to the Nazis. His journey ultimately led him to convert to Judaism and serve in the Israel Defense Forces, but for years he kept silent about his family. When his children started asking questions about their grandparents, he decided to break that wall of silence and tell them the truth about himself. Needing to express what compelled him to dramatically change his life, he wrote A German Life.
Instructor: Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, MD, FAAFP, FASAM was born, and raised, in Germany, emigrated to Israel, and served in the Israel Defense Forces. He received his medical education in Germany and Israel and completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
> Thursday, Jan 8; 7:00-8:30 PM
Cultural, Historical, and Spiritual Sites in Ethiopia
Novelist and journalist Daphne Nikolopoulos researches world cultures, and their impact on religion and spirituality, for her archaeological thrillers and historical fiction. Travel along with Daphne as she explores the ancient land of Ethiopia and visit sites rich in history and spiritualism. The lecture will be followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase. The author has generously donated a percentage of the proceeds from the sales to Mandel JCC Palm Beaches
Instructor: Daphne Nikolopoulos is the Editor in Chief of Palm Beach Illustrated and Editorial Director of Palm Beach Media Group, overseeing the titles Naples Illustrated, Weddings Illustrated, Palm Beach Charity Register, and Naples Charity Register, as well as palmbeachillustrated.com. Daphne also is the author of Storm Gourmet: A Guide to Creating Extraordinary Meals Without Electricity, a popular hurricane readiness guide and cookbook. She has written two archaelological thrillers, The Tenth Saint, and The Riddle of Solomon under the nom de plume, DJ Niko.
> Tuesday, Jan 13; 1:30-3:00 PM
Jewish Looted Art: Where is it Now?
What happened to the art stolen from the Jewish people by the Nazis? Over the years, this topic has been the subject of the film The Monument Men, books, television documentaries, and court cases. This class will first look at the Jewish settlements in Europe and the growth of their private art collections; then the rise of Adolf Hitler and the full scale looting of art by the Nazis; next the aftermath of WWII and what happened to the art the Allies recovered; and concludes with the museums and countries who are unwilling to return these stolen possessions to their rightful heirs.
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.
> Thursday; Feb 5; 4:30-6:00 PM
ACE Presents: Three Minutes in Poland
In 1938, David Kurtz captured on 16mm color film three minutes of life in a mostly Jewish town in Poland. Three Minutes in Poland by Glenn Kurtz, traces the author’s remarkable four-year journey to identify the people in his grandfather’s haunting images. The original footage will be shown, and Mr. Kurtz will share with us the extraordinary discoveries he made when he teamed up with the United States Holocaust memorial Museum to unlock the secrets of this home movie.
Instructor: Glen Kurtz, the author of Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Home Movie, is a graduate of the New England Conservatory-Tufts University double degree program and holds a PhD from Stanford University in German Studies and Comparative Literature. His first book Practicing: A Musician’s Return to Music, Newsday hailed as “the book of a lifetime.”
> Thursday, Feb 19; 7:00-8:30 PM
ACE Presents: An Assessment of the Obama Presidency after Six Years
Professor Stephen Sussman, presents an assessment of the Obama Presidency after six years. The presentation will provide listeners the opportunity to begin an objective evaluation of the President’s administration compared to other modern presidents from Roosevelt to Bush.
Speaker: Stephen Sussman, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Public Administration in the School of Professional and Career Education where he teaches in the Master of Public Administration and the Bachelor Public Administration program. He earned his MPA and PhD in Political Science from Georgia State University, and has authored and coauthored numerous articles and conference papers. His teaching and research interests include public policy analysis and program/policy evaluation. He has lectured throughout the United States and in Israel.
> Tuesday; Feb 24; 4:30-6:00 PM
People Who Inspired My Fictional Characters
People an author has known personally have inspired countless characters in countless novels. Sometimes it is people or an event in the news that stir the writer’s imagination. For Lisa April Smith, it is an adaptation of the second situation that creates the characters that reviewers of her books have said are “fascinating” and “unforgettable”.
Instructor: Lisa April Smith is the late blooming author of four novels, Dangerous Lies, Exceeding Expectations, Paradise Misplaced, and Forgotten Tales of China.
> Wednesday, Feb 25; 1:00-2:15 PM
Preserving Your History
What will your legacy be? Everyone has a story to tell….and oral history allows you to tell yours. It is a legacy you can leave your children and grandchildren. This seminar will explain the process and will help you begin planning how to tell your story.
Instructor: Patricia Williamson, who has a degree in English Literature, has worked in film production and event management. Involved in oral history since college, Patricia delights in helping people tell their stories in their own words.
> Thursday; Feb 26; 10:00-11:00 AM
Was Elvis Jewish? Hundreds of Fascinating Facts and Amazing Anecdotes Your Rabbi Never Told You
Paulette Noble Cooper shares with you many of the offbeat, interesting, entertaining, and educational stories, all of which relate to Jews and Judaism, that make up her latest book. The lecture includes behind-the-scenes stories of people like Steven Spielberg and Jon Stewart, and shows such as Fiddler and Seinfeld.
Instructor: Paulette Cooper Noble is the author of 22 books, including a popular series on shopping titled Bargain Shopping in Palm Beach & Broward Counties-2015: 200+ Consignment & Thrift Shops.
> Wednesday, Mar 25; 1:00-2:30 PM
A Prerequisite for a Story Teller, My Life and Other Aggravations
From a bellhop who ran five-card stud games; to the Washington Bureau of The New York Times, and then 29 years at Newsweek; to 15 years as a tour director, Ted Slate’s life has been a tapestry of humorous experiences which he will share with you.
Instructor: Ted Slate, author of My Life and Other Aggravations, was educated at Rutgers and the University of Michigan, and has two Masters’ degrees. He worked in the Washington Bureau of The New York Times during the Kennedy administration and early LBJ years. During 29 years at Newsweek, he was in charge of five departments responsible for the factual accuracy of the magazine.
> Wednesday; Apr 1; 1:00-2:00 PM