9801 Donna Klein Boulevard
Boca Raton, Florida 33428
561-852-3200

The Marlene and Herb Levin Adult University

Adult University at the Levis JCC Sandler Center offers intellectually stimulating and enriching lifelong learning experiences to adults of all ages. Our wide-ranging curriculum, taught by experts in their fields, includes study in the areas of the arts, culture, literature, politics, history, languages, technology and more.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Jeffrey Toobin

Monday, February 13, 4:30 pm

Zinman Hall

VIP Reception, 6:00 pm

Lawyer, legal analyst for CNN, staff writer for the New Yorker, and best-selling author presents his analysis of the Supreme Court, immigration, and the nation’s current political state. His new book American Heiress will be available for purchase.

Tickets are sold out!

WordPlay: Jewish. Stories. Music. with Caren Neile and Randi Fishenfeld

Thursday, March 9, 7:30 pm

Levis JCC Sandler Center

It's haimish. It's hip. It's melody melting into story, and story into melody. Violinist Randi Fishenfeld and storyteller Caren Schnur Neile perform reimagined shtetl tales and a true-life tragicomedy about officiating at a beloved niece's dual-faith wedding. It's almost too good to be true.

General Admission $25, A&L Gold Members: $20, A&L Platinum Members: Free

A Book in Concert; Tasa's Song

Friday, March 17, 2:00 pm

Levis JCC Sandler Center

A unique literary afternoon with author Linda Kass, accompanied by musical selections from her novel performed by internationally acclaimed Carpe Diem String Quartet.

General Admission $30, A&L Gold Members: $25, A&L Platinum Members: Free

The Secret of Chabad: Inside the World’s Most Successful Jewish Movement

with Rabbi David Eliezrie

Tuesday, March 28, 7:30 pm

Zinman Hall

Considered one of the most influential movements in modern Judaism, writers have speculated for decades about the unparalleled success of Chabad Lubavitch. Rabbi David Eliezrie depicts the events, philosophies, and personalities that have made Chabad Lubavitch a worldwide phenomenon.

All tickets: $15

Co-sponsored with the Chabad of East Boca Raton

Mother Can You Not?

With Kate Siegel and Kim Friedman

Thursday, March 30, 2:00 pm

B’nai Torah Congregation

No one understands the delicate mother-daughter dynamic better than Kate Siegel – her own mother drove her so crazy that she decided to broadcast their hilarious conversations on Instagram. Soon, hundreds of thousands of people were following their daily text exchanges, eager to see what outrageous thing Kate’s mom would do next. Join this hilarious mother/daughter team for a hilarious, loving, moving and insightful afternoon!

General admission $25, B’nai Torah Members, A&L Gold and Platinum Members: $20 Special Mother Daughter Discount: $36 for both

Co-sponsored with B’nai Torah Congregation

I Shall Not Be Silent

Thursday, April 20, 2:00 pm

Documentary film about Rabbi Joachim Prinz, a leader of the civil rights movement, and a talk by Dr. Irving Berkowitz, Dean of Academic Affairs, Palm Beach State College.

VIP Reserved Seating: $36, General Admission: $25, A&L Gold Members: $20, A&L Platinum Members: Free


LECTURES

All lectures are held at the Levis JCC Sandler Center unless otherwise noted. All programs subject to change. Call 561-558-2520 for additional dates and topics.

Series price: Pick any 5 Lectures for $75, A&L Gold Members: $50, A&L Platinum Members: Free

Individual lectures: $18 per lecture, A&L Gold Members: $12, A&L Platinum Members: Free

The Comedy of Aging: A Laughing Matter with Ira Epstein, Ph.D.

Thursday, January 19, 2:00 pm

There may be nothing that we can do about growing old, but that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh about it! Examine the aging process through comedy routines of Robert Klein, Rita Rudner, Phyllis Diller, Ellen Degeneres, Danny Kaye, Jerry Seinfeld and others; and through songs and cartoons dealing with growing old. Dr. Ira Epstein served as professor and chairperson of the Communication Skills Department at LaGuardia Community College, C.U.N.Y. and as assistant professor in the School of Education at Brooklyn College, C.U.N.Y.

Jews and Opera: Jewish Folk Tales that have Become Operas with Dr. Joseph Gilbert

Thursday, January 19, 7:30 pm

This visiting professor is back to present a series of lectures on Jews and opera. Dr. Gilbert will explore how Eastern European Yiddish folk tales and legends from the late 19th and early 20th Century, such as The Dybbuk and The Golem, became the makings of extraordinary operas.

Presidential Leadership Throughout American History; The Greats, The Mediocre and the Failures! with Ronald Feinman, Ph.D.

Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 pm

Ronald Feinman presents a lecture in which the leadership of American presidents is surveyed considering various factors used by historians and political scientists. Presidents from Washington to Obama will be examined and discussed.

The Legal and Historical Evolution of Genocide with Irving Berkowitz, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs, Palm Beach State College

Thursday, February 23, 7:30 pm

Examine the infamous genocides of the 20th Century, how the concept of genocide evolved in international law, and deconstruct the legal definition adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. “Having lost my own family and six million of my small tribe of 15 million in the whole world during one of humanities darkest epochs, I carry a holocaust biography deep inside me,” noted Dr. Irving Berkowitz.

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court with David G. Dalin, Ph.D.

Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 pm

Rabbi, historian, author, co-author or editor of 11 books on American Jewish history and politics, Dalin’s writing has appeared in numerous publications. His forthcoming book, The Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, from Brandeis to Kagan – Their Lives and Legacies, will be published by Brandeis University Press in March 2017. Dalin will explore the increasing diversity of the composition of the Supreme Court and the tradition of a “Jewish Seat” that began with the historic appointment of the first Jewish Justice, Louis D. Brandeis in 1916.


COURSES

Memory Matters: Memory Retention and Brain Fitness with Barbara F. Klau, M.S.

Mondays, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Session I: January 23, 30, February 6, 13

Session II: February 27, March 6, 13, 20

Afraid you are losing your “edge”? Pick up some fun, interactive, and challenging memory enhancement strategies that will help you feel more empowered and sharp. See how your own particular learning style affects the kinds of techniques that will work for you. At this brain gym, you will work out with a series of whole brain workout exercises, focusing on different aspects of memory. These exercises can help you to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the way your brain works. This course focuses on the age-old concepts of disciplined memory and memory retention techniques.

Barbara Klau holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has worked with adults of all ages for more than 20 years. She developed an interest in memory retention techniques and has developed courses and workshops which she teaches in numerous venues in Connecticut and Florida, particularly to help those with normal ageassociated memory issues.

4-week session: $80, A&L Gold Members: $65, A&L Platinum Members: $50

Mindful Based Stress Reduction with Brett Ferrigan

Fridays, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Starting February 24, 2017 (Free Trial Class)

Class Dates: March 3, 17, 24, 31 and April 7

If you asked the question, “Could I be 5% happier if I experienced less stress in my life?” and the answer is “yes,” you could be in for some good news.

Mindful Based Stress Reduction was developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979 and is a practical, scientifically-supported program to reduce stress, facilitate relaxation, and promote physical health and emotional well-being.

This 6-week course will provide an introduction to mindfulness practice in a safe and structured environment.

Each class session includes instruction, exercises, discussion, periods of informal and formal meditation practice and weekly homework assignments.

Brett Ferrigan is the Director of mbsr.us, and a senior teacher in Shambhala International. Brett leads mind and body preventive health programs and mindfulness retreats internationally and is a certified yoga instructor.

Fee includes audio downloads of guided meditations, body movement and body scan exercises for use at home; all handouts and course materials and a personalized mindfulness based stress reduction manual.

6-week session: $120, A&L Gold Members: $100, A&L Platinum: $75