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Conversational Yiddish (It's Not Necessary To Speak Yiddish)
Learn the culture, idiomatic expressions, songs and international communication associated with this language. Bring your grandma’s expressions and share in the memories!
Instructor: Halina Baumgarten | Tuesdays, December 11, 18 | 12:15 pm
This class is a study of moments in the last 2,000 years when the survival of Judaism was in danger, and the events that occurred that allowed Judaism to continue. In addition, we will discuss how the events of today’s world are becoming a threat to Judaism.
Instructor: Rabbi Nissim Wernick | Monday, December 10 | 12:15 pm
How New York Became Jewish
Lenny Bruce once observed, “If you live in New York – even if you are Black or Chinese – you are Jewish.” Did you ever wonder how the Jews came into the city and transformed it into their own image? Well, here is your chance to learn about the Jews humble beginnings including their struggles, the growth associated with the first wave of Jewish immigrants, learning how the Jews lived and worked and how they ended up on the island’s Lower East Side, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. We will also discuss how they climbed the ladder of success and made a revolutionary life of their own in the Goldeneh Medineh.
Instructor: Rabbi Richard Polirer | Mondays, December 10, 17 | 1:45 pm
The Story of An Eyewitness To Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass)
This is one class not to be missed. The true story of a young Jewish boy growing up in Nazi Germany and his survival of Kristallnacht will be featured. You will cling to every word the instructor has to say as he recounts the days before, during and after this historic changing event.
Instructor: Erwin Ganz | Tuesday, December 11 | 1:45 pm
Three Funny Jewish Women: Fanny Brice, Gilda Radner, Joan Rivers
Each of these women made a mark in the world of comedy. Learn about the key events that helped shape these women’s unique lives including early life, marriages, struggles and the events that led to their inevitable fame. In addition, Jewish connections will be described. The presentation will be enhanced with photographs and updated video clips.
Instructor: Dr. Rose Feinberg | Wednesday, December 12 | 1:45 pm
Accepting Your Jewishness
Jews are criticized for their status, their power, their money and their “chutzpah,” but, how do we deal with our critics? This class presents an absorbing look into a subject that every Jewish person must learn to deal with.
Instructor: Mendy Gottesdiener | Monday, December 17 | 12:15 pm
Discover Humanistic Judaism
Join B.J. Saul, Madrikha, an ordained ceremonial leader for Congregation Beth Adam, South Florida Center for Humanistic Judaism, as she discusses the history and philosophy of Humanistic Judaism. Learn how to celebrate being Jewish in our modern secular world.
Instructor: B.J. Saul | Monday, December 17 | 12:15 pm
Kaddish: The Prayer for the Dead, But What Does it Have to do with the Deceased?
The Jewish Experience in Amsterdam, Berlin and Vienna Amsterdam, Berlin and Vienna
are three of the greatest cities in the world. Jews have been living in these European cities for hundreds of years. The presentation, using new and reproduced photographs and words, will tell the story of the Jewish experience. It is the story of arriving, the story of flourishing, the tragedies and the revival.
Instructor: Kurt Bomze | Tuesday, February 12 | 12:15 pm
Will Shortz Puzzle Master Knows a “Bisl” Yiddish
The Yiddish Word for puzzle is “treffshpil.” A “gonzer k’noacker” is a man who does the New York Times Crossword puzzle in ink. Join Marge as she examines Yiddish words used in crosswords.
Instructor: Marjorie Wolfe | Wednesday, February 13 | 1:45 pm
A Photographic Jewish Cultural Tour of Portugal
The Jews have a long, sometimes pleasant, sometimes tragic history in Portugal in a saga that dates back to 482 CE. Through photographs and words, the class will trace and follow this remarkable journey.
Instructor: Kurt Bomze | Tuesday, February 19 | 12:15 pm
Bravo Il ‘Italianos - 4 Incredible Italians
Shortly after World War II, four native Italian Jews won the distinguished Nobel Prize in different areas. Who were they? What were their contributions? What were the circumstances?
Instructor: Leah Polin | Wednesday, February 20 | 12:15 pm
Current Events, Controversies & Constructive Conversations
Rabbi Silver’s goal is to provide a monthly discussion forum open to the ACE members and guests with a friendly and global community environment covering a wide variety of general interest topics and information. Current events, news, politics, history, literature, religion, science, Jewish issues and world affairs are just a few of our major topic areas. We will discuss the correct and the politically incorrect. Controversial topics will certainly be included.
Instructor: Rabbi Barry Silver | Tuesdays, February 26, March 26, April 9 1:45 pm
From Ghetto to Ghetto
Living in the ghetto in Venice in mid 17th century was a turning point in Jewish history. But was it positive or negative? A brief video of life in the Italian Ghetto by a distinguished University of Pennsylvania professor will be shown. The class will then discuss subsequent ghettos down to contemporary times and their impact on the inhabitants and surrounding neighbors.
Instructor: Leah Polin | Wednesday, February 27 | 12:15 pm
Three Designing Jewish Men
Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors are the male version of famous Jewish designers. Find out about their beginnings, personal lives and fascinating roads to building global empires in fashion, accessories and other lines. Pictures and video clips via PowerPoint enhance this presentation.
Instructor: Dr. Rose Feinberg | Wednesday, February 27 | 1:45 pm
They Tried to Harm Us! God Save Us! Let’s Eat! A Deeper Look at Purim & Passover
There are many similarities and connections between Purim and Passover. Let’s take a deeper look and gain insights and inspiration that will enhance the holiday experiences.
Instructor: Rabbi Jay Lyons | Tuesday, March 12 | 12:15 pm
Judaism’s Twenty Questions
Can I be angry with God? Do I have to love my neighbor? Does prayer work? Is the Torah true? Is it obsolete? These and other questions have troubled us over time. Join us for lively discussions of our own answers to Judaism’s twenty questions.
Instructor: Buddy Schreiber | Thursdays, March 14, 21, 28 | 1:45 pm
The History of the Italian Jews
Jews of Italy have a history that spans more than two thousand years. The Jewish presence dates back to the pre-Christian Roman period and has continued through the centuries despite periods of extreme persecution and expulsions until the present. Take an exploratory view of this history and learn how it progressed into current days.
Instructor: Pierre Chanover | Wednesday, March 6 | 12:15 pm
Is the Torah a Story About Fish?
Join in the debate about the origin of the Torah. Was it all dictated by Moses, created by man, inspired by G-d then written by man? Are the stories true? What do fish, stars and the North Pole have to do with the Torah? We will not arrive at a conclusion yet thoroughly enjoy the various approaches and opinions.
Instructor: Andy Greenberg | Monday, March 25 | 1:45 pm
Why Anti-Semitism is the New Anti-Zionism: How Well is it Working?
The creative anti-Semite has come up with innovative ways to hide their hatred, most often by saying they are anti-Zionists. But the manner and ways they cross the line from anti-Semitism to anti-Zionism are growing as is the number of people who are vocal about dismantling the Jewish state. Our response has to be very precise, clear and proactive.
Instructor: Ellen Rubin | Tuesday, March 26 | 12:15 pm
Kabalah and Retirement
The Kabbalah’s insight to a fulfilling life! It is an eye-opener! The Ancient Jews discovered the secret to success and motivational techniques long before anyone else. This powerful session will leave you amazed about how to live a fulfilling life!
Instructor: Andy Greenberg | Monday, April 1 | 1:45 pm
An Antedote to Anti-Semitism
This class focuses on Jews looking inward. What are the causes of anti-Semitism? Where did it begin? What are the reasons for the increase in hate crimes? The class will work to discover what steps can be taken to stop the spread of this negative behavior.
Instructor: Mendy Gottesdiener | Tuesday, April 2 | 12:15 pm
Great Jewish Women
From all different parts of life, Jewish women have played a major role in changing the world of comedy, art, politics, sex, theater, music, cosmetics, journalism and so much more.
Instructor: Andy Greenberg | Monday, April 8 | 1:45 pm
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