9801 Donna Klein Boulevard
Boca Raton, Florida 33428

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.

Generously underwritten by Beverly & David Feiges, The Harold & Ethel Horowitz Family Charitable Foundation, Marlene & Herb* Levin, Nina & Martin Rosenzweig and Edith & Martin* Stein
*Of Blessed Memory

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All lectures are held at the Levis JCC Sandler Center unless otherwise noted. All programs subject to change.

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 (unless otherwise noted)

The Comedy of Ellen DeGeneres with Ira Epstein

Monday, January 8, 2:30 pm

Epstein examines the comedy of Ellen DeGeneres – how she takes the most ordinary life events and makes us see the insanity of our way of life. A master of comic timing, delivery, pacing, Ellen helps us laugh at the foibles of our humanity.

Robert Watson: Fake News

Wednesday, January 10, 7:30 pm

In a world full of wide-spread distrust of the media and with propaganda and “fake-news” are everywhere, whom do we trust? In a climate rife with anti-facts and antiscience attitudes, how do we distinguish between truth and fiction?

Jews and American Politics; from FDR to Trump with David G. Dalin, Ph.D.

Wednesday, January 17, 7:30 pm

David G. Dalin is a Rabbi and historian and the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books on American Jewish history and politics.

Alan S. Frumin & Richard A. Arenberg: Checks and Balances - the Unique Role of the Senate, Now More Than Ever

Thursday, January 18, 7:30 pm

Alan S. Frumin worked in the Senate parliamentarian’s office for 35 years essentially serving as the referee on matters of Senate procedure. He retired in 2012 with the title of Parliamentarian Emeritus of the U.S. Senate.

Richard A. Arenberg served on Capitol Hill for 34 years in senior Congressional staff positions, as a Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Majority Leader George Mitchell, and Senators Paul Tsongas and Carl Levin. Richard Arenberg is co-author of Defending the Filibuster: The Soul of the Senate. He is a Visiting Lecturer in Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

Dialogue With A Doc Speaker Series

Autoimmune Diseases

Friday, January 19, 10:30 am

Speaker: Philippa “Pippa” Marrack, PhD, FRS

National Jewish Health is proud to partner with the Levis JCC Sandler Center to present preeminent physician researchers offering insightful information on healthcare and research.

Where Are They Now? with Myrna Goldberger

Monday, January 29, 2:30 pm

Myrna Goldberger’s “edutainment” uses storytelling and acting to make history come alive!

The Life and Music of Stephen Sondheim with Paul Offenkrantz

Monday, February 12, 2:30 pm

Explore the life and music of this iconic American composer and lyricist (follows our production of Company in the Beifield Auditorium). Paul Offenkrantz is a Rabbi, Cantor, professional opera singer and frequent lecturer.

Lloyd Shefsky: Jewish Business Visionaries, Innovators and Entrepreneurs; What Lessons Can We Learn From Their Life Stories

Monday, February 12, 7:30 pm

Lloyd Shefsky is Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at Kellogg School of Management. Co-founder of several businesses and nonprofits, he has taught, lectured internationally and is the author of: Entrepreneurs Are Made Not Born (1996), Invent Reinvent Thrive (2014) and Visionarie$ Are Made Not Born: Your Vision Can Lead to Breakthrough Success (2017).

United States/Israel Relations: From Harry Truman To Donald Trump with Ronald L.Feinman, Ph.D.

Tuesday, February 13, 7:30 pm

The United States has always ensured the survival of Israel, but the two governments have regularly disagreed about tactics, strategy and policy. Explore the complexities of this relationship.

Jewish Contributions to American Culture and Society with Dr. Irving Berkowitz, Dean of Academic Affairs, Palm Beach State College

Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 pm

The American narrative has long been intertwined with the Jewish one. Gain a newfound appreciation for the Jewish impact on American culture.

The Comedy of Motherhood with Ira Epstein

Thursday, February 15, 2:30 pm

A comical tribute to mothers including skits by Erma Bombeck, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Kaye Ballard, Bette Walker and poems, musical songs and parodies that put mothering in a funny perspective and lets us appreciate in a humorous manner what we owe our mothers.

Stalin, Shostakovich and Russian Jews with Dr Joseph Gilbert

Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 pm

Explore the extraordinary history of the relationship between the great composer, the brutal dictator and the Russian Jews.

Jewish Gangsters with David G. Dalin, Ph.D.

Thursday, February 22, 7:30 pm

Featuring Jewish gangsters from Meyer Lansky and Benjamin Bugsy Siegel to Julius Bernstein and many more, explore this little-known chapter of Jewish American history.

Robert Watson: The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution

Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 pm

The most horrific struggle of the American Revolution occurred just 100 yards off New York, where more men died aboard a rotting prison ship than were lost to combat during the entirety of the war.

AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip with Michael F. Roizen, MD

Thursday, March 29, 2:30 pm

In this book, two of the world’s leading experts explain the vital link between health and wealth that could add years to your life and dollars to your retirement savings.

Michael F. Roizen is anesthesiologist and internist, an award-winning author and the Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic. He has authored or co-authored five #1 New York Times Best Sellers including AgeProof with the NBC Today Show’s Jean Chatzky.

Dialogue with a Doc Speaker Series


Friday, April 13, 10:30 am

Speaker: Rachel Friedman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Research


Just for Men! Lunch & Learn with Dr. Mort Plotnick, Executive Director Emeritus at Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit

Mondays, January 29, February 5, February 12, February 26, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Explore a wide range of fascinating and currently relevant topics ranging from politics, the media, Israel, privacy and more in an interactive discussion.

$15 includes boxed lunch. Advance reservation required.

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

Mondays, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, February 5, 12, 26 and March 5

This course focuses on the age-old concepts of disciplined memory and memory retention techniques. You will learn fun, interactive, and challenging memory enhancement strategies that will help you feel more empowered and sharper.

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