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Halina Baumgarten — Halina, who was born in Poland, is a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to the United States. She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and a Masters in ESL/Art Education. She taught elementary school for more than 30 years and taught art to children and seniors.

Fred Behrend — After surviving the Holocaust, Fred arrived in the United States at age 14 and eventually made the “American Dream” a reality, opening a flourishing business in New York. He is an authority on Holocaust studies and survivor memories. Recently he has traced his ancestry back to the 15th Century in Germany. He recently had his book Rebuilt from Broken Glass published, now in its second edition.

Bobbi Benson — Bobbi is the founder of the multi-million dollar Benson Realty Team. She is a former Executive V.P. of a large advertising agency and a consummate professional. Integrity and proficiency sum up her work ethic in professional real estate services. She is an expert negotiator and fully qualified to meet the needs of today’s real estate market.

Alan Bergstein — Alan retired from the New York City School System where he served as an Administrator and Supervisor. This father of four was a Korean War veteran. His background includes roles as a newspaper columnist and editorialist, writer for the New York Jewish Voice as well as a public speaker and Jewish activist.

Caren Besner — Caren is a retired teacher, currently residing in Boynton Beach, who has written articles published by Sun Sentinel, Jerusalem Post, Jewish Journal, IsraPost, The Jewish Voice, Independent Sentinel, San Diego Jewish World and American Thinker.

Kurt Bomze — Dr. Kurt is a retired Pediatric Dentist who is also a semi-professional photographer. Dr. Bomze has been a long-time lecturer in the ACE program. The subject of the presentations is photo essays on Jewish culture in many areas of the world. He was a guest lecturer at Temple University’s Lifelong Learning Institute.

Eileen Budwig — Since 1963, Eileen has been very successful in the areas of real estate sales and marketing. In addition, she coordinates public art exhibits. Her interest in cultural arts and film has led her to be a co-presenter of ACE’s Cultural Fridays at the Movies.

Rabbi Adam Chalom — is a dynamic and illuminating speaker, a clear and inspiring teacher, a warm and welcoming presence at Kol Hadash and a leading voice in the movement of Humanistic Judaism. Rabbi Chalom earned a B.A. cum laude in Judaic Studies from Yale University and a Master’s Degree in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies at the University of Michigan; his rabbinic ordination from the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ), and his PhD at the University of Michigan.

Pierre Chanover — Dr. Chanover is a Parisian-born author, poet, lecturer and FAU professor, who immigrated to the United States in 1950. He is a proud alumnus of Brooklyn College. His credentials are listed in the Directory of American Scholars. The French Ministry of Education bestowed upon him the prestigious award, Chevalier Dans L’Ordere Des Palmes the Academiques. He earned inclusion in Contemporary Authors, “Who’s Who in North America” and POESI-USA, a French language poetry magazine. Pierre is the founder and President of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Hidden Children/Child Survivors of the Holocaust.

Marshall Cohen — Marshall earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Monmouth College in New Jersey and Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from the University of Northern Colorado. He is a retired award-winning drama director and speech teacher from Miami, Florida.

Sandie Cohen — Sandy is a Silva Method graduate with years of experience in meditation, breathing techniques and visualization. She has been presenting her Live and Be Well groups and workshops to small home groups, non-profit organizations, nursing homes, churches, synagogues and hospitals since 1994.

Candy Cohn — Candy is a Certified Senior Advisor and owner of Oasis Senior Advisors South Florida which provides a free service offering expertise to guide seniors and their families through the maze of senior living options. Candy serves as president of Elder Services Resource Network, is on the Advisory Board of the South Florida Arthritis Foundation and is active in the Partnership for the Aging, Boca Chamber of Commerce Health Council and the Broward and Boca walks to end Alzheimers.

Carol Cott Gross — Carol is a popular lecturer/writer in Jewish folklore and lifestyles. She has written for the N.Y. Times, The Sun Sentinel and The Miami Herald among others. Carol has taught a series at FAU Lifelong Learning and the Delray Library on multi-cultural superstitions and fears. For 35 years, she directed Fly Without Fear at NY City airports, appearing on television and radio to help white knucklers overcome travel related fears. She is currently working on a memoir about self-help, My Fright is Now Boarding.

Donna deLevante — Donna deLevante Raphael is a highly-motivated human and social services professional, and gerontologist championing the quality of life for all seniors. She is currently a doctoral student in Human and Social Services, Sociology, Social Gerontology and Alzheimer’s disease. She is also the president of a dementia consulting firm and nonprofit organization. This organization provides professional training to employees working with older adults and dementia and presents community workshop programs to South Florida’s multicultural communities dealing with eldercare issues. She is a member of the Gerontological Society of America, British Gerontological Society, TAU Upsilon Alpha (National Human Services Honor Society) and International Federation on Aging. Donna is also the Program Manager at the Alzheimer’s Association ensuring that the communities have the opportunity to receive education on the disease.

Charlie Deitch — Charlie is the emcee and the voice of Charlie D Disc Jockey, a mobile deejay service in Palm Beach County. He has served the South New Jersey and Philadelphia areas for 25 years. Now, relocated to South Florida, he is currently scheduling gigs at various venues and parties. He has developed a highly skilled level of entertainment for all age groups. He claims to own “every song you ever heard on the radio!”

Rabbi Dr. Abraham B. Eckstein — Rabbi Eckstein was ordained at Yeshiva University and earned a Doctorate at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the Rabbi-Emeritus at the Little Neck Jewish Center in N.Y. He has taught at various universities in the New York area and has served as Scholar in residence at Block & Hexter. He is also a member of the N.Y. Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Eckstein’s keen wit and humor enliven all of his lectures.

Dr. Rose Feinberg — Dr. Feinberg is a popular presenter in South Florida. She earned her Doctor of Education degree from Boston University and was a school principal in Massachusetts. She was an Adjunct Professor at several universities, including Florida Atlantic University. Her prior careers, as well as her theater training, have enabled her to research and create 18 dynamic, informative and entertaining programs using PowerPoint and video clips, with new programs added each year.

Arthur Feingold — Art has a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduation he joined the IBM Corporation, working as a program manager in both development and marketing positions. In his role as an executive at IBM, he has traveled and worked all over the U.S. and the world assisting both IBM employees and their leading edge clients in the most effective use of IBM’s latest Information Technology deliverables.

George Feirstein — George is a featured speaker for current event seminars at local colleges. He is also a respected and noted lecturer on American Musical Theater. He has been an actor and performer on stage and in movies. His experience and love of the theater led him to share this knowledge with various community groups and educational venues. He has been an Adjunct Lecturer at Lynn University and Palm Beach State College.

Gregg B. Fields — Gregg is a Full Professor and the Chair in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Florida Atlantic University and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute/Scripps Florida. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Florida and Florida State University respectively, and was a Postdoctoral Scholar with Professor Ken A. Dill at the University of California at San Francisco. His honors and awards include a University of Minnesota McKnight-Land Grant Professorship, a National Institutes of Health Research Career Development Award, an Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities Excellence Award in Peptide Synthesis Research, a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Imperial College London, a Texas Higher Education Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention Award, a Robert A. Welch Foundation Distinguished University Chair in Chemistry, election as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Channe Fodeman MSW, LCSW — Channe is a licensed clinical social worker. She specializes in life’s transitions and aging issues. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of California at Berkeley. Channe had a highly successful private counseling practice for over 30 years in Westport, Connecticut before moving her practice to Highland Beach, Florida where she makes home visits. She has been a faculty member at the University of Connecticut and the University of Bridgeport. She is a polished lecturer and has appeared on cruise ships as well as for local groups.

Vera Fried — Vera is a humorist and a story teller in the tradition of Sam Levenson. She uses her life as a focal point for the stories she tells about her family, friends and the adventures of a single woman in South Florida. She was educated at Hunter and Brooklyn Colleges in New York and Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Vera taught in the New York City schools for 25 years and retired to Florida where she is a member of the Florida Storytellers Association and Toastmasters. She works for Brandeis University in Delray Beach as well.

James E. Galvin, M.D. — James is a Professor of Integrated Medical Sciences and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University. He is Founding Director of the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health. He is also Professor of Nursing and Medical Director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University. A Board-Certified Neurologist, Dr. Galvin has authored over 200 scientific publications, 25 book chapters, and three textbooks on healthy brain aging, cognitive health, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia and related disorders. Dr. Galvin created and leads the Clinical Translational Research Unit (CTRU), a 7,800 square foot, state-of-the-art research space specifically designed to conduct clinical trials, longitudinal studies, and patient-oriented research projects. Dr. Galvin’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, Florida Department of Health and numerous private and family foundations.

Rorri Geller-Mohamed LCSW — Rorri is a family therapist and relationship coach.  She helps individuals, couples and families navigate challenges, resolve conflicts, and connect across cultural and generational differences in their relationships, family and life. Her expertise and training for this work comes from her graduate education at Columbia University, post-master’s training in family therapy at the Ackerman Institute, and professional experience in a variety of community and clinical settings. Her passion to help strengthen relationships and families comes from her personal experience growing up in a multiracial family and being in a Jewish-Muslim interfaith marriage.

Dr. Stephen Gerzof — Dr. Stephen Gerzof is a retired Professor of Radiology at Tufts and BU School of Medicine in Boston. He is a career VA doctor and researcher. He has turned his academic interests to the foundational texts of Islam taking courses in Arabic and Shari’a Law. His approach to Islam is purely academic; is based both on historic documents and recent research and is both apolitical and non-judgmental. He is a visiting scholar and has an Arabic name Abu Daoud al-Khayyam Aisha.

Keith Gibson — Keith is Director of Program Services of the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Florida Chapter.

Terri Glatzer — Terri is a retired adjunct professor of Early Childhood Education at Suffolk Community College on LI where she directed the Child Care Center for decades. She is now a Rape Crisis Counselor certified by Victim Information Bureau Services (VIBS) on Long Island. She accompanies raped and sexual abused women to hospitals to lend support and she is also certified to speak at schools on anti-bullying. She also gives tips to prevent abuse and tips,  for victims becoming survivors and what parents and grandparents can help too.

Anne Goldberg — Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Anne has a BA from Brooklyn College and spent 23 years as an executive recruiter in the insurance sector. In 2013, with her knowledge of researching on the internet, using computers and an innate ability to teach, Anne founded Savvy Senior Services and the original lecture and conference series, The Art of Living Longer, which offers the latest research on living happier, healthier and longer to create a third act you love.

Dr. Jerry Goodman — Jerry Goodman completed his Bachelors at Champlain College (SUNY), his Masters at Columbia University and PhD. at St. John’s University. He has been the Director of Psychology at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., a Professor at SUNY New Paltz and maintained a private practice. Presently, he volunteers at Peer Place and received a past Presidential Volunteer Award for dedication to veterans, seniors and those living with mental illness.

Mendy Gottesdiener — Mendy (Emanuel) Gottesdiener lived in Connecticut for most of his life before becoming a Florida resident. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a business degree. He operated an apparel manufacturing business until he changed careers at age 50. He earned a Master of Social Work degree and worked for the State of Connecticut while operating a private psychotherapy practice which he continues here in Florida. He operates his “Point of View” programs for participants to hone their thinking skills.

Ed Gray — Exposure to the physical and occupational therapy clinics he worked with was the impetus for Ed’s pursuit of a career in the field.He graduated summa cum laude with Associate and Bachelor Degrees from Lynn and Barry Universities and then spent the next 12 years successfully treating neurological and other disorders. After that, Ed and his wife Jodi opened Avenue Therapy & Wellness, Inc. in Boynton Beach - a clinic that specializes in movement disorders. As demand for their services increased, they opened clinics in Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens and re-branded as Florida Movement Therapy Centers. Ed has become a nationally recognized lecturer and noted expert in the field of movement disorders.

Kenneth Green — Dr. Green earned a B.S. from Columbia University, a Masters Degree from NYU and his Doctorate from the University of Sedona in New Mexico. Dr. Green was affiliated with the Huntington Art League (LINY), Art Students League (NYC) and Lake Worth Art League. He is a member of the American Society of Artists & Association of Art Historians and has lectured at Cutler Hammer Industries, New York Technical Institute, Lynn University, ACE and Florida Atlantic University.

Andy Greenberg — Andy is a sought after speaker and trainer on secular and Jewish topics. He begins his 4th year as an instructor for ACE and loves every minute of it! His presentation style is interactive, entertaining, educational and riveting. Andy draws on his background of executive sales and marketing and 20+ years of leading Jewish classes for all ages and lay leadership from both sides of the pulpit. He hosts a TV show and was a national radio broadcaster for 5+ years heard by millions daily. He is a published author and his book has appeared as a focal point in an award-winning movie.

Elaine Grossman — Elaine is a graduate of the Cleveland College of Jewish Education in Beachwood, Ohio. She has taught Hebrew to various age groups for over 50 years. Her professional tenure at temples and synagogues stretches through Ohio, New Jersey and Florida. She was past president of her residential Hadassah Chapter and periodically assists in Florida Atlantic Region’s Department of education.

Ally Halperin — Ally serves as Director of Development, Florida Region for the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. For the past ten years, she worked in development and admissions for universities including Tulane University, Stony Brook University and Loyola University New Orleans. Ally is a proud graduate of Tulane University.

Lowell Halpern — Lowell has had two careers. First he was a New York City educator, then after moving to Florida, he became an insurance/financial professional. He has presented topics relevant to pre-retirees and seniors. He enthusiastically presents his research results to the enjoyment of his audience, while enabling them to learn the techniques he has used in his ancestral research.

Peter Hardis — Peter is a noted humorist who collects funny stories and anecedotes on laughter and feeling good. He has performed and presented at local venues over the past few years with numerous encore performances requested.

Dorothy Herman — Dorothy is a former Director of Jewish Education and teacher who now serves as a consultant, curriculum writer, workshop facilitator and mentor. She earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Florida and her Master’s Degree from Florida International University. She is the author of Planning for Success, Teaching for Success and Creating Successful Curriculum Enhancers.

Judy Herman — Judy is a former “Jeopardy” Champion who delights in setting mental challenges for her audiences. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin. She spent part of her career transmitting her love of language and literature as a high school English teacher in Evanston IL. She developed and has been successfully conducting All Aboard the Brain Train for many years in various venues in Florida, New York and New Jersey. The new program “Braintertainment” has been a successful addition at many local communities and organizations. Judy has traveled extensively throughout the world. Recently she has created Cruisin’ the Brain Waves as an at sea lecturer on voyages to various destinations.

David Hershberg — David earned his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School after undergraduate degrees at New York University. He has researched over 30 books, attended seminars regarding the Constitution Convention of 1787. He has taught classes at the Scarsdale JCC and an adult education series in Westchester, N.Y. His lecture has been discussed during radio interviews in South Florida.

Dr. Michael Isaacson — Dr. Michael Isaacson has enjoyed a varied and fascinating career as a University educator, Temple Music Director, and Hollywood composer, conductor and music producer. He has also published over 500 works, authored four books, composed much music for Jewish life, and lectured extensively about his adventures. He holds a Ph.D. from The Eastman School of Music and a D.H. L. (honoris causa) from Hebrew Union College. His latest CD Seek No Further is available at his website michaelisaacson.com.

Andrew Kahn — Andrew Kahn is a retired professor of Political Science and has studied international politics at several universities, including the New School University in New York City, where he pursued his doctorate. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and lectures privately at various venues in Palm Beach County including the ACE program. He has taught at St. Cloud University and Western Connecticut University. He is also an adjunct faculty member for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, FAU/Boca since 2006.

Bruce Kalner — Bruce is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State College, earning his degree in History and Speech Communication. He continued his education with post graduate work earning an MA in Media Ecology from New York University. After working as an advertising account executive in N.Y. for 34 years, he retired to South Florida and now enjoys a full schedule of activities including senior softball, mentoring at the Jewish Family Services and a newly found passion for teaching.

Geoff Kashdan — Geoff is a retired educator, college instructor and school administrator. After decades of perfecting the art of classroom learning lecturing, he has created a series of counter-intuitive historical Power Point presentations aimed directly at adult life-long learners.

“Coach” Christopher Klesh — Chris is the President of Lifetime Leisure Experiences. Coach delivers methods of saving money on buying, traveling and leisure time activities. He is a motivation speaker who offers advice on enjoying oneself in retirement.

Judith Kohler — Judith retired from AARP where she was the Midwest manager of program advocacy for a 10 state region, overseeing development and implementation of public policy, advocacy, legislation and services important to seniors at the local, state and federal levels. Previous professional positions included: executive director of the Illinois legislative commission on women, Mayor Richard M. Dailey’s commissioner on women’s issues, manager of several political campaigns and political commentator on a local NPR station.

Donald Lapinsohn — Don’s background includes degrees from Villanova University and American College at Bryn Mawr. He has a certification as a CLU/CHFC and was an associate member of the American Association of Pension Actuaries. His company won the National Quality Award for 25 years successively. Don was a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA). His interests include voracious reading of historical nonfiction, the Civil War advocating for Jewish education and involvement in the future of its United States population.

Joan Lavine, M.A. — Joan Lavine, M.A. has had a diverse career as a speech/language therapist, early childhood examiner, adjunct professor, speech communications workshop leader and public speaker. Her publications included numerous titles in communication and evaluation. Her current interest is researching the lives of women whose contributions have been noteworthy.

Joel Lerner — Joel is a retired Professor Emeritus from State University of New York. He has authored seven books and a nationwide financial newsletter in addition to his own radio and television programs. He has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, as well as over 200 TV and radio events and has been recognized in American Contemporary Authors and Who’s Who in American Education. As a hobby he lectures here on the field of magic.

Bea Lewis — Bea is a retired journalist (Newsday) and former columnist for the Palm Beach Post. Her books My Kids are All Grown Up, So Why are They Driving Me Crazy? and A Widows Journey: How I went from Loss to Learning to Moving ON are sold currently on Amazon.com. A recent widow, Bea has three daughters, five granddaughters and one prince. She lives in Boynton Beach.

Dr. Joshua Light — Dr. Light is a double Board Certified Physician in Otolaryngology. He is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine. His ENT training was located at the New York University Medical Center. Dr. Light specializes in the area of sinus and allergy treatment and is a nationally recognized expert in minimally invasive office techniques for managing chronic sinus problems with balloon dilation. His subspecialty focus includes the medical and surgical treatment of ear disease for which he received fellowship training at the Ear Research Foundation. He is a consultant on new medical devices for sinus surgery and is a research investigator conducting clinical trials ongoing. His practice is located locally in Boynton Beach.

Jewel Littenberg — Jewel’s advocacy for seniors began several years ago when she became involved with her late parent’s caregiving. She is a noted speaker and continues to contribute articles on senior issues for various publications. She has produced and hosted programs for both radio and TV. In 2002, U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings introduced her “home care resolution” which was incorporated into the Affordable Care Act in 2010. She was former Attorney General Janet Reno’s spokesperson when she ran for Governor in 2010.

David Lorber — David is a Financial Advisor with years of experience. His focus is on retirement and legacy planning. In addition his concentration is on income strategies.

Howard Lynne — Howard began his second professional career at IBM as an educator developing and teaching personnel developing while at the same time teaching at his synagogue. He spent ten years training Wall Street brokers and salespeople complicated technologies. All told he taught for 36 years. His background also includes being Executive Director for USCJ, his local JCC and Federation.

Suzi Lynch — Suzi has taught improvisational skills for over 25 years. She began her own acting career at age 5 and has never looked back. She has led two separate improv troops to performances. She recently performed an autobiographical one-woman show at the Palm Beach Theater. She was an acting coach to the young man currently starring in the Book of Mormon on Broadway. She brings fun, laughter and a sense of silly that we all need in today’s world.

Rabbi Jay Lyons — Rabbi Lyons is the Southeast Florida Regional Director of NASCK (National Association of Chevra Kadisha). He provides eye-opening perspectives on Jewish life and end-of-life issues from a Jewish perspective. Ordained by the Rabbinical Seminary of America in 2008, he is an active member of multiple Jewish burial societies in New York and Florida. He provides practical and supportive guidance to bereaved families and community members dealing with the deceased.

Roberta Martel — Originally from New York and Westport, CT, Roberta studied interior design and was a retail business owner focusing on jewelry, accessory and clothing. After relocating to Florida, she opened one retail boutique in Miami Beach and two in Coconut Creek. She has since retired and joined the ACE Faculty after being an attending member.

Dr. Bruce Martin— Bruce started professionally in TV as a page then head page on the Ed Sullivan Show and others at CBS. He rose through the company as he was part of their educational assistance program where he earned a Master’s degree and the PhD. in media studies at N.Y.U. He spent the past 35 years as a freelance TV director at NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and other broadcast centers. He served in the military from the Vietnam era through the U.S. Armed Forces.

Joseph Mittleman — Joseph is an authority on old-time radio, its performers, programming and written word. His personal collection includes many items from artists from “days gone by”. He is a long-time ACE faculty member.

Melissa Morante — As a health and welfare aficionado, Melissa believes that a healthy lifestyle including a diet rich in whole foods and regular exercise is the best medicine one can take. Melissa recently earned her group fitness certification with a specialty in senior fitness. She currently volunteers her time at Rock, Steady, Boxing classes in Palm Beach County and exercise classes in independent living facilities throughout the area.

Jerry Oltchick — Jerry had a distinguished career for over 32 years as a teacher for the New York City Department of Education. He taught social studies on the high school and middle school levels with the final 24 years at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Queens, NY.

Sherry Picker (MSW) — Sherry is a social worker with Paradise Home Health Care. She is a native Floridian who earned her BA at Stern College, Yeshiva University and Master of Social Work from Hunter College in NYC. She works in Palm Beach and Broward Counties counseling, running support groups, facilitating geriatric care management and public speaking.

Michael Pisick — Dr. Michael Pisick is a retired gastroenterologist who grew up in the Bronx and got his BS from CCNY and his medical degree from the University of Buffalo Medical School. He did his medical internship and residency in New York City and his fellowship in Boston. Presently retired, he is enjoying his life traveling and spending his time in Boynton Beach, the Berkshires and Manhattan.

Leah Polin — Leah is a frequent lecturer in Chicago and Boynton Beach, focusing on subjects involving Jewish women, Jewish history and Israel and current events. For nearly 25 years she was the founder and director of the Dawn Schuman Institute for Jewish Learning which provided people in the metropolitan Chicago area an arena in which to learn a variety of Jewish subjects in a comfortable, informal setting. She is a graduate of Northwestern U., Roosevelt U. and holds a teachers’ certificate from what is now Spertus Institute in Chicago. She has organized Jewish Heritage Tours to many interesting and exotic countries and is a frequent traveler to Israel.

Rabbi Richard Polirer — Rabbi Polirer serves a local pulpit and lectures on sundry topics, Jewish and secular. Additionally, he holds an M.A. in History and a B. A. in English. Prior to moving here 22 years ago, he was a temple rabbi and taught social sciences, English, and religion at colleges in New Hampshire. Currently, he regales audiences on a wide range of subjects: history, literature, Judaica, Americana and music — classical, modern, cantorial and Broadway.

Lee Ravine — Lee earned a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Special Education. After retiring from the New York City Board of Education, she volunteered in the Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. She continues her volunteer work with the Faulk Center for Counseling. Lee is the author of two books; Riding Solo, My Journey Through Love and Madness and Villa Paravaiso.

Anita Ross — Anita is the long-term moderator for the W2W: Women to Women, Let’s Talk About Us discussion group. Anita has a background in field training and facilitating groups. She has been in corporate practice for over 40 years.

Saundra Rothenberg-Lurie — Saundra has been a frequent lecturer around the U.S., Israel, Mexico and Gibraltor. Her professional career was highlighted as the National Director of Foundations for AMIT. She is a noted story-teller and presents book reviews. She has been a guest speaker at many hotel events. She has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Professional and Business Women and 2000 Notable American Women. She has won numerous community service awards and is currently in the process of authoring a series of books about special needs children.

Dr. Nicole Rothman — Nicole is originally from Long Island, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at University at Albany, N.Y. and her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Life College in Marietta, Georgia. She moved to Florida in 1997 and did her internship in Pompano Beach, Florida. She established Rothman Family Chiropractic in July 1998. In 2017, Dr. Nicole shifted her practice and created comprehensive wellness lifestyle programs which include a curriculum of health.  She now addresses all of the reasons why people are unhealthy today and changed the name of the practice to Rothman Health Solutions to better describe this modern practice of lifestyle empowered and independence.

Ellen Rubin — Ellen is a lifetime NY metropolitan area resident who has been a winter resident of Florida for 13 years. She has an undergraduate degree from SUNY Cortland, NY and a graduate degree from William Paterson University, Wayne NJ. Ellen has worked as an educator, adjunct professor and sales professional throughout her professional career. She has actively led political discussion groups with an emphasis on topics of interest to the Jewish community including creating productive responses to current problems.

Aimee Rubensteen — Aimee is the Florida-based Acquisitions Curator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She facilitates the Museum’s acquisition of artifacts, art, photographs, and documents within the Holocaust survivor community of South Florida. Prior to joining the Museum, Aimee co-founded an art gallery, Rojas + Rubensteen Projects, in Little River. Aimee also formerly worked at Sotheby’s and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Born and raised in Hollywood, Florida, she spent one year at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Israel, completed her BA at Yeshiva University, and then earned her Master’s Degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London which is ranked as the world’s top Art History program.

Joyce Saltman — Joyce is world famous in Connecticut (and South Florida!). She earned her Doctorate at Columbia University. As a former Professor of Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University she taught “The Enhancement of Learning through Humor” and directs a summer institute on “Healing, Education, Laughter, and Play.” An author and noted lecturer, she donates her speaking fees to Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camp and various other charitable problematic issues. Joyce received the first annual ACE Faculty Member of the year Award for 2011. Her timely humor lectures and presentations have afforded her numerous awards and recognition from community and professional groups and conferences worldwide. Her support of the ACE program through recommendations and enthusiastic support has helped ACE become a leader in South Florida adult education.

B.J. Saul — B.J. Saul, Madrikha, is an ordained ceremonial leader from the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. She is a founding member of Congregation Beth Adam and has been their ceremonial leader since 2002. In addition, B.J. is on the Board of Directors for Congregation Beth Adam, Florida Humanist Association and a member of the Council of Education Directors for the Jewish Federation in Boca Raton.

Meghan San Pedro — Originally from Syracuse, NY, she permanently relocated to Palm Beach County in 2014, after teaching in South Korea for a year. Her spouse Eric and she have a son named Benny and they chose Boynton Beach as our home to be closer to their family. Her focus areas include: Wealth Strategies, Business Retirement Plans, Retirement Savings Strategies and Portfolio Reviews amongst others.

David Schoenfeld — David earned his Bachelor’s Degree from New York University. He spent his 30-year career as an economics and history teacher at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York. He had a position as an Adjunct Lecturer at Kingsborough Community College and as an adult education facilitator.

Buddy Schreiber — Buddy earned a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. In addition to a successful career in business, he has taught Hebrew and Jewish Studies for 58 years.

Sharon Segal — Sharon’s passion for current events directed her to lead numerous discussion groups in Boca Raton. Using news, magazine and internet background research, she formulates her weekly interactive groups. Her focus on human interest stories motivates her discussions. As she shares her findings with audiences, she encourages their input to create discussions.

Jay Siegel — Jay is a retired federal agent with 28 years as a United States Postal Inspector. He has run fraud squads and bomb squads in New York City, Newark and South Florida. He has served on many federal task forces including Governor Jeb Bush’s financial task force to update Florida ID theft statutes. He has given seminars to various law enforcement agencies and citizen’s groups. Jay has done undercover work in organized crime in NY and has appeared on local news outlets. He served 29 years in the US Army and retired with the rank of Colonel.

Rabbi Barry Silver — Rabbi Silver currently serves Congregation L’Dor V’Dor as their spiritual leader in Palm Beach County. In his past days, Barry served as a Florida State Legislator and was active there as a consumer champion. He is the founder of The Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition. In addition, Barry is a practicing attorney concentrating on public interest law, women’s rights, the environment, humanitarian issues and Jewish rights.

Donald Singer — Don Singer is an award-winning educator and public speaker and is currently the liaison to the NYC Central Labor Council from the NYC Alliance for Retired Americans. He is also active with the Florida and National Alliance for Retired Americans. He is currently a Vice Chair of the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach and serves as the organization’s seminar and education chair. He served as past-President of the NYC School Supervisors and Administrators.

Ira Slakter — Ira has been a Seniors vs. Crime volunteer for more than 15 years. More recently, he has been a volunteer speaker for AARP. In the past years, Ira has been a volunteer reader at the Boynton City Library and Mandel JCC. His career was in broadcast marketing having worked with CBS, NBC, ABC and Hearst in various positions. He also was an owner of a boutique advertising agency serving the legal community, then retiring in Florida with his wife, Ann in 2000.

Eric Soroka — Eric returned to Columbia University to obtain his advanced degree after service in the US Army during the Korean War. He has served as a political committeeman in New York, a Chaplain for Jewish Veterans, a speaker in local communities and has taught at Queensborough Community College and Palm Beach State College.

Linda Spitzer — Linda is a native Floridian with a Masters Degree in Storytelling. She has been a featured storyteller at many storytelling festivals in the southeast. Linda was the story lady at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables for 10 years and directed and produced 26 storytelling programs on Cable TV in Miami.   Linda has told stories at schools, churches, colleges, synagogues, assisted living facilities, national parks, nature centers, museums and many civic organizations. Some of her stories are published in Sandspun, Florida Folktales by Florida Storytellers. Linda was a Jewish educator in Miami.

Tom Trento — Tom is one of the leading academic activists in the United States. A highly skilled debater and dynamic public speaker, Tom frequently goes toe to toe with Muslim Brotherhood representatives exposing their radical agenda to the public and elected officials. Mr. Trento has earned degrees in Law Enforcement, Philosophy, and Theology and was awarded The Carnegie Hero Medal Award for saving a man from a burning car.

Elissa S. Vessal — Elissa is a native Floridian and an Attorney member of Florida Bar with 25 years of legal experience. Elissa’s law practice concentrates on Business Counseling & Transactions, Real Estate, Estate Planning and Probate. Elissa works comprehensively with Buyers and Sellers of residential and commercial real estate, drafts Wills & Trusts and guides families during both prosperous and painful life events. In our community, she participates on Federation Committees, volunteers in a multitude of organizations and formerly served as a Board Member for the Mandel Jewish Community Center, an Executive Board Member for Ramah Darom and a Trustee of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches.

Katherine Wagner-Reiss — After 30 years, Katherine recently retired as an M.D. pathologist. Her specialty was the diagnosis of cancer in patients during and after surgery at the St. Vincent Hospital in Bridgeport, CT. She holds a certificate in Botany from the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx where she is also a volunteer tour guide during the summers. She is excited to be joining the ACE faculty and community and the flora that surrounds it.

Neil Waldman — Neil grew up in Brooklyn as a “baby boomer”. His older brother introduced him to the “oldies” in 1956. He has been in love with the music ever since. He is a collector of “oldies” music and has numerous publications detailing the history and the business of music in that era. Neil has a B.A. and M.A. from Brooklyn College. Professionally, he was a teacher in the New York City school system for 39 years until his retirement and relocation to Florida.

Eric Weitkamp — Eric is the founder and head consultant of Freedom Partners of South Florida.  Freedom Partners of South Florida is a senior advocacy group that truly believes our client’s needs should be met before any others. After personally experiencing the challenges of helping an aging loved one, it became very clear that the South Florida community needed a champion to simplify this process. After countless years of meticulously studying the industry, Eric now has a complete and comprehensive understanding on senior care planning and how it can be used to better the lives of our loved ones.

Marge Wolfe — Marjorie is a retired business educator from Syosset N.Y. She is the author of two books: Yiddish for Dog & Cat Lovers, and Are Yentas Kibitzers & Tummlers Weapons of Mass Instruction? Yiddish Trivia. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Playbill, Smart Money Magazine, The Jewish Press and Newsday.

Remi Wrona — Remi has dedicated over 40 years to international affairs and trade development which included: President of International Operations for Capital Equipment Manufacturer, Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative, wrote for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, taught graduate classes at the School of International Business at St Louis University, presented a Presidential Medal of Honor from President Reagan President’s E Star and has appeared on numerous radio and television discussions on international affairs.



Summer Camp

Summer Camp

While we always enjoy Camp Shalom favorites like theme days, field trips and Shabbat celebrations, we are excited for another fun-filled summer of helping campers discover their Wow by stepping outside of their comfort zone in order to promote confidence, develop character and build self-esteem through new experiences. Come see why summer 2019 is going to be our best summer yet!

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Edward & Thelma Glantz Early Childhood Learning Center

Edward & Thelma Glantz Early Childhood Learning Center

Registration is open for the 2019/2020 school year. We offer part-time and full-time options for infants through VPK. Our learning framework, community garden, ongoing parent communication, and integration of music, physical education, and Jewish celebration are just a few of the elements that separate us from other preschools. Come tour our facility and find out why we are considered a school of excellence.

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Perseverance Basketball Leagues

Perseverance Basketball Leagues

Brand new this fall, Perseverance Basketball will be running all Basketball Programs for the JCC. They are looking forward to bringing quality programs, staff, and knowledge to uphold their philosophy of “teaching Basketball the right way”, while still providing a fun and rewarding experience for all those involved!

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Club J

Club J

Palm Beach County's premiere afterschool program has a limited number of spots left! With supervised homework, Judaic activities, swimming, sports, cooking, art, fitness and more, your kids will be begging to stay after school!

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