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The Nazi Officer's Wife

The Nazi Officer's Wife is the story of a Jewish woman in 1930's Vienna, who with the help of friends, moved to Munich, hid her identity and married Nazi Party member, thus saving her life. In this fascinating story, Angela Schluter tells the story of her mother's life as the Nazi Officer's Wife and her own story of her upbringing as arguably the only Jew born in an Aryan hospital during the war. 

>Thursday, Dec 3, 6:30pm at the Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens 
 $10/Member; $15/ Guest (Includes dessert and coffee) 
Registration Requested 

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 ACE Presents: "Paradise in Peril"

Florida with its warm weather, sandy beaches and blue green water is often referred to as a "Paradise". In recent history however, "Paradise" has been in peril. During WWII, thousands of soldiers passed through, trained, or recuperated from wounds here. This program spotlights Palm Beach County and its residents, including the "Puddle Jumpers" of Lantana, men and women who risked their lives flying small, civilian land-based planes to hunt German U-boats off the Florida coast, and played an important role in the war effort.

Speaker: Richard A. Marconi, is the Curator of Education at the Palm Beach Historical Society. He is the author of the book, Palm Beach, Then and Now, a pictorial book which illustrates the shifts in Palm Beach's architectural landscape over the decades. He also coauthored the book Palm Beach for the images of America series.

> Tuesday, Dec. 8, 7:00-8:30pm
   $10/Member; $15/Guest

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Saving Lives During the Holocaust: Diplomats Who Cared Adult Education Open House

Learn about our adult education program and sample one of our special events at our Adult Education Open House. During the Holocaust, most diplomats followed their countries’ immigration laws strictly. In spite of the massive numbers of refugees who sought safe haven to escape
persecution, deportation, slave labor, or death from the Nazis or their collaborating allies, few diplomats granted life-saving visas. This presentation focuses on those unsung heroes who took a stand and gave visas thereby, saving the lives of thousands of desperate people.

Speaker: Arthur Berger is the Senior Advisor International Programs at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 

>Wednesday, Jan. 6; 12:30-2:30pm 
  Free & open to the community (Refreshments included) 

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ACE Presents: The Holocaust, The Church, and The Law of Unintended Consequences 

Anthony J. Sciolino cuts into the heart of why the Catholic Church and Christianity as a whole failed to stop the Holocaust. He demonstrates that Nazism’s racial anti-Semitism was rooted in Christian anti-Judaism, and suggests that Christian tradition and teaching, which systematically excluded Jews from “the circle of Christian concern”, led to the tragedy of the Holocaust. Even though thousands of Christians risked their lives to save Jews,
many more aided Hitler’s campaign with their silence or their participation.

From the origins of anti-Judaism, anti-Semitism, the controversial position of Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church’s current endeavors to hold itself accountable for their role, this special presentation offers a vital examination of one of history’s most disturbing issues.

Anthony J. Sciolino is a retired New York State Family Court Judge. He graduated from Columbia University and Cornell Law School. He also holds a master’s degree in theology from St. Bernard’s School of Theology & Ministry, and is an ordained Roman Catholic permanent deacon.

>Sunday, Jan. 10; 11:00-1:00pm
  $12/Member; $16/Guest; Brunch Included 

  Registration required by Jan. 4

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ACE Presents: Dr. Robert Watson on the Presidential Election 2016

With the race for the presidency about to move into high gear, Dr. Watson will look at the campaign cycle including key primaries and caucuses leading up to the national nominating conventions. The candidates and key issues will be examined, as well as lessons learned from some of the
more intriguing presidential elections in our history. It will be interesting to see if predictions made in January are realized in November 2016.

Speaker: Dr. Robert P. Watson is a professor of American Studies at Lynn University and Senior Fellow at the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship. He has co-convened national conferences on the presidency, and serves on the boards of several scholarly journals, presidential foundations, and
community and professional associations. As a frequent media commentator, he has given interviews to local, national, and international print, radio, and television outlets, including CNN, BBC, USA Today, and others.

>Thursday, Jan. 14; 7:00-8:30pm
  $10/Member; $15/Guest 

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The Oracles of Antiquity

Travel along with Daphne Nikolopoulos as she examines the oracular sites of ancient Greece, including the famed Oracle of Delphi. The ancient people of the Mediterranean had such faith in Pythia’s view of the future, that no major decision was made without consulting the Oracle of Delphi first.

Speaker: Daphne Nikolopoulos is an award-winning journalist, author, editor, and lecturer. Under the pen name D.J. Niko, she has written three novels in an archaeological thriller series titled The Sarah Weston Chronicles. In addition to writing fiction, Daphne is editor-in-chief of Palm Beach Illustrated magazine and editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group. She also lectures about her research on the ancient world at FAU’s Life Long Learning Center.

>Tuesday, Jan. 19; 1:00-2:30pm
  $8/Member; $12/Guest
  Free to those with individual, couple, or seasonal memberships 

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Drama in Constitution Hall: Is the Constitution Viable Today?

In Philadelphia, during the hot summer of 1787, a group of dedicated men met in what is now known as Constitution Hall to begin a process that would end with the
creation of a document that changed the way the new nation was to be governed. In the first part of this course, you will look at the mixture of high drama and mundane tedium, and of confrontation and compromise that transpired in that room. In the second part, you will each be challenged to imagine you are in that room, but you will be magically gifted with the knowledge of what the United States and the world will be like in 2015. Now, with that knowledge, what parts of the Constitution would you have not agreed to and changed?

Instructor: David Hershberg is a graduate of New York University and of Harvard Law School. He also has an Advanced Management Degree from Columbia Business School. In addition to having worked at American Express as Deputy General Counsel and as V.P., he was also General Counsel at IBM. He has done in depth studies on American history with emphasis on the period before, during, and after the Constitutional Convention

>Wednesdays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3; 12:30-2:00pm*

   $16/Member; $24/Guest; $15/Class
   Free to those with individual, couple, or seasonal memberships 

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The Unbreakable Miss Lovely The Girl The Nazi's Couldn't Kill; The Woman the Scientologists Couldn't Break

Paulette Cooper Noble will be speaking about her experiences with Scientologists and their subsequent endless campaign to break her and ruin her life. Her story
is an incredible one that should be heard. From being a holocaust survivor, to exposing the Scientologists and handling its aftermath, to having the strength to go on, Paulette is truly an inspiration. There will be a Q&A session after the presentation.

Speaker: Paulette Cooper Noble is a Brandeis graduate, a Holocaust survivor and the winner of 7 writing awards. She 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.

>Wednesday, Feb. 24; 7:00-8:00pm

   $8/Member; $12/Guest 
   Free to those with individual, couple, or seasonal memberships 

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“The J Street Challenge” The Seductive Allure of Peace in Our Time

This documentary screening examines the rise of J Street, a well funded activist liberal advocacy organization with a seemingly idealistic message (pro-Israel and pro-peace) that appeals to many frustrated by the ongoing middle east conflict. You decide if J Street is really a pro-Israel
organization. This film includes commentary from J Street founders, Jeremy Ben-Ami and Daniel Levy, as well as Alan Dershowitz (attorney and Harvard professor), Caroline Glick (Deputy Managing Editor of the Jerusalem Post) and Bret Stephens (Pulitzer Prize winning columnist
at the Wall Street Journal).

>Sunday, Mar. 6; 11:00-1:00pm 
  $10/Member; $15/Guest; Brunch will be served 
  Registration Requested by Mar. 1

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ACE Presents: Jewish Nobel Lectures: Their Lives and Contributions 

In the six fields for which it is given, the Nobel Prize has been disproportionately awarded to Jews. In his presentation, Dr. David Dalin will discuss the lives and contributions of, among others, the following American Jewish Nobel Prize laureates:

• Rosalyn Yalow, the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Medicine

• Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize recipients in Economics
• Saul Bellow, the first American Jew to receive the Nobel Prize in literature
• Henry Kissinger and Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureates, and Albert A. Michelson, acclaimed by many as the “Einstein of America,” the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1907 and the first American Jewish Nobel Prize Laureate.

Speaker: Dr. David Dalin is an ordained rabbi and a widely-published scholar of American Jewish history. He has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary, George Washington University and Smith College, and has been the Taube Research Fellow in American History at Stanford University. Rabbi Dalin is the author, co-author, or editor of eleven books.

>Thursday, Mar. 17; 7:00-8:30pm 
   $10/Member; $15/Guest 

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Some Were Wives, Some Were Mothers: Female Perpetrators During the Holocaust: A United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Program

Former Museum Fellow Wendy Lower challenges the traditional picture of Germany’s women holding down the home front with new evidence that places them directly in the maelstrom of war: looting, plundering, and even killing. Learn about a generation of young women swept up in the feverish nationalism of the Nazi party, many of whom traveled east with the expanding “frontier” where they witnessed and participated in exploitation, persecution, and murder.

>Thursday, Mar. 31; 7:00-9:00pm 
  Free & open to the community
  Registration requested by Mar. 28

To register, call 561-995-6773;

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ACE Presents: The Scattered Tribe

Jewish travelers have combed distant lands in search of fragments of The Scattered Tribe. Ben Frank is one of these travelers, who has ventured to far flung Jewish communities and wrote about his observations and experiences. He has found members of “the tribe” in some surprising places. Join Ben as he talks about modern Jewish life across the globe.

Speaker: Ben Frank, author and journalist, is one of America’s most distinguished travel writers and commentators on Jewish communities around the world. Mr. Frank is also the President of The Frank Promotion Corp, a public relations firm specializing in radio and TV talk-shows.

>Tuesday, Apr. 12; 7:00-8:30pm

   $10/Member; $15/Guest 

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