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BRANDEIS NATIONAL COMMITTEE 10725 S.W. 72nd Avenue Pinecrest, FL 33156

Klezmer music captures the hearts of young and old. Although it is a favorite at weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, klezmer is performed country-wide in a variety of venues. Now for the very first time, Brandeis will be entertained by the wonderful Heavy Shtetl band. Founded in 1995 by the late guitarist Simon Salz, the group grew out of a desire to present klezmer music in an authentic style combined with the freedom of jazz improvisations. The band has been enthusiastically received by audiences throughout South Florida. Mike Gold is the leader of the group and plays the clarinet. He has performed with Gerry Mulligan and Dave Brubeck and was featured with the Peter Duchin Orchestra at the White House for then President Lyndon Johnson. Heavy Shtetl musicians will bring us the rhythms of the familiar traditional selections as well as contemporary music. You will want to sing along, dance along and clap your hands to the poignant and joyous melodies of this extraordinary group of musicians. Thursday, February 4, 2016 Temple Judea on US1 and Granada Blvd. Coffee & Conversation at 10:15 a.m. All proceeds go to the BNC Scholarship Campaign at Brandeis University *Note: Please complete and return the reservation card inserted in this Bulletin. Your reservation and payment must be received by Thursday, January 28, 2016.


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT I want to thank everyone who has made my time as president of the South Miami-Dade Chapter so rewarding. During my tenure, the chapter has received numerous national awards and recognition. Our committees have put forth


Janet Cohen Nancy Greenberg Sharon Huss Sharon Leblang Eliza Newman

Linda Pasternak Michael Peskoe Karen Waas Karen Wilner Marilyn Wolfson

extraordinary effort in planning our upcoming events and happenings. Hopefully, you will participate in the many activities offered. It has been a joy and privilege

Past Presidents of the South-Miami Dade Chapter

to be involved with such dedicated and talented people. My sincere thank you for your enthusiasm and support of our terrific chapter. Lois Kahn President South Miami-Dade Chapter

ANNUAL DUES There are three levels of annual dues: Annual, $60.00; Gold, $80.00; Platinum, $125.00 and $100.00 for couples living at the same address payable to Brandeis National Committee on July 1st of each year.

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Marlene Kohn Valerie Katz Bobbie Cohen Sharon Rothberg Phyllis Teitelbaum Joanne Sumberg Dale Moses Judie Brown & Susan Jay Judie Brown Leadership Council*


Jackie Brant, Phyllis Goldstein, Joyce Keusch, Ruth Leshaw and Linda Zahler

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Linda Zahler Leadership Council* Marilyn Caplin Edith Einspruch,Leslie Genauer, Marianna Green & Shelley Hornik Shelley Hornik Harriet Finver Iris Salzberg Lois Kahn

Cabinet* Jackie Brant, Marilyn Caplin, Leslie Genauer, Marianna Green, Susan Jay, Shelley Hornik, Adrienne Katz, Ruth Leshaw, Veronica Matzner, Martha Moses


MISSION STATEMENT Brandeis National Committee is dedicated to providing Philanthropic support to Brandeis University, a distinguished liberal arts and research university founded by the American Jewish community. Its membership is connected to the University through fundraising and through activities that reflect the values on which the University was founded: academic excellence, social justice, nonsectarianism, and service to the community.

Characterized by academic excellence, Brandeis University, founded in 1948 by the American Jewish community, is a private co-educational, and non-sectarian institution of higher learning and research, enrolling approximately 3,100 undergraduate students and 1,200 graduate students.*


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BNC – South Miami-Dade Board 2015 - 2016


PRESIDENT ………………………………………….. Lois Kahn 305-661-7366 VICE PRESIDENT STUDY GROUPS …………….… Iris Salzberg 305-233-6377 Committee: Fran Gross, Bev Lefcourt, Bobbi Lichtiger, Bunny Lieberman, Susan Price, Shirley Glickman, Gail Tescher, Joan Wolf STUDY GROUP REGISTRATION …………………. Sheila Berke 305-238-2617 Assts.: Janie Emerson, Debbie Silverman VICE PRESIDENT MEMBERSHIP …………….…… Shelley Hornik 305-662-4184 Assts.: Bunny Lieberman, Marilyn Sopka VICE PRESIDENT COMMUNITY SERVICE …….... Judy Palgon 305-595-8363 Listeners - Rene Brodsky 305-665-5842 Reading for the United Way - Judy Palgon 305-595-8363 Cell phone recycling - Barbara Raduns 305-598-9538 SECRETARIES: Recording …………………………. Jane Dolkart 305-669-6008 Financial ……………….................. Judie Brown 305-235-7760 Asst.: Sheila Berke Corresponding ………………....... Janet Bass 305-253-3250 TREASURER …………………………………………. Rene Brodsky 305-665-5842 SHOWCASE …………………………………………. Barbara Bulbin 305-274-0206 Committee: Jackie Leone, Adrianne Nabutovsky, Sandy Alperin, Maddy Brand, Harriet Brookman, Elaine Funk, Carla Gordon, Fran Gross, Glenda Weiss SPECIAL EVENTS …………………………………... Leslie Genauer 305-666-0929 Asst.: Dale Moses BOOK & AUTHOR EVENT ……………………….... Sharon Rothberg 305-665-4227 Sharon Glick 305-274-4144 PROGRAM …………………………………………... Lili Poms 305-274-3451 Joanne Levite 305-444-9336 Committee: Fran Gross, Linda Kaufman, Rita Peddicord, Joan Rogers BOOK FUND ……………………………………....... Debbie Rosenkranz 305-663-1549 Asst.: Sally Perlman INSTALLATION …………………………………....... Caryl Grof 305-595-1719 Judy Zucker 305-238-6962 BULLETIN ………………………………………….... Gail Margol 305-299-7880 Bobbie Cohen, Beva Lowe, Phyllis Sandrow UP TO THE MINUTE ............................................. Judie Brown 305-235-7760 BOOK SALE ………………………………………..... Rene Brodsky 305-665-5842 Myrna Wheatman, Linda Zahler PUBLICITY …………………………………………... Edith Einspruch 305-667-9925 PHOTOGRAPHER/UNIVERSITY ON WHEELS ….. Myra Silverstein 305-443-0170 NOMINATING COMMITTEE Chairman…………………………... Bobbi Lichtiger 305-444-3458 Committee………Janet Bass, Molle Grad, Rita Peddicord, Lili Poms Alternates……….Naomi Honig, Gail Tescher

Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game is a book that fully captures the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mah Jongg. This beautifully illustrated book offers an intimate look at the history of the game as well as at the visual beauty and significance of the playing tiles. Swain, a Smith College art history major, was intrigued by the stunning and unusual art on the tiles and cases of vintage sets. Her research of the art led not only to the craftsmen who created it, but also to the game’s historical impact and the role it has played in Jewish life over the last century. You will be so surprised! Swain has asked us to encourage you to bring any vintage or unusual sets that you have on March 2nd. We will display the sets and Swain will comment on them. Also, if you have a favorite Mah Jongg memory or story, Swain asks that you please write it down and bring it with you to give to her. She is compiling a new book of Mah Jongg stories and maybe yours will be included! Please join us for a wonderful day of bams, cracks, dragons, dots, winds and flowers!



MAH JONGG: The Art of the Game By Gregg Swain and Ann Israel Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Temple Beth Am: 5950 N. Kendall Drive, Pinecrest, FL 33156

RSVP by Wednesday, February 24th. Make checks payable to BNC. Mail checks to:

Sharon Rothberg 6469 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33143



All profits go to the BNC Scholarship Campaign at Brandeis University Choose a category of donation: Supporter: $45 ($10 deductible) Angel: $65 ($30 deductible).

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Be a Listene Make a Differer nc in a Child’s Lif e e.


The goal of the Listener is to join the student’s world without judgment and listen carefully to what is said. The Listener’s role is to help build self esteem and empower the student to develop effective problem-solving skills. To become a Listener, you are required to participate in a training session, attend monthly in-service workshops, and spend 45 minutes a week listening to a child. Be a Listener - Make a Difference in a Child’s Life. Rene Brodsky (305) 665-5842 renebee4@gmail.com

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Miami City Ballet-Dress Rehearsal


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The Indestructible Lee Miller


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The Art of the Short Story


3/15/2016; 4/28/2016 UNITED WAY’S VOLUNTEER READER’S PROGRAM United Way encourages all adults to read to young children and encourages a lifetime love for learning. To learn more about United Way’s Volunteer Reader’s Program or for tips on how to read to children, please join us at a school and read to a group of young children. ENRICH THEIR LIVES AND OPEN UP THEIR IMAGINATION WITH STORY READING. Judy Palgon (305) 595-8363 judithep2003@yahoo.com

CELLPHONE RECYCLING Barbara Raduns is collecting old cell phones. She delivers them to the North Kendall Police Station where they are reprogrammed to alert “911” for the use and protection of battered women. Barbara Raduns (305) 598-9538 CO




“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.” Barbara Tuchman

Honor the important people in your life and help Brandeis purchase books and journals for its libraries. $55 Learned Research Journal Folio for Medical Research $35 Learned Research Journal $18 Tribute Card—Louis Brandeis $10 Tribute Card To make a gift contact Debbie Rosenkranz at (305) 663-1549, 5901 S.W. 97th Street, Miami, FL 33156 or schmebo@aol.com

ANNUAL BOOK SALE PUBLIX 14601 S. DIXIE HIGHWAY 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Date: TBA SPREAD THE WORD!! WE NEED BOOKS-VOLUNTEERS-CUSTOMERS!! Volunteers will be needed on that day. Please contact us to say you will stay.

Rene Brodsky Linda Zahler Myrna Wheatman

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Immigration - The Controversy


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Seeing Cinema…Coming Attractions


3/18/2016; 4/15/2016 ☐ 6.

Move Without Moving-Recreate Your Space


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Never too Old to Rock


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Are Antibiotics Killing Us?


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Durer to Rubens


☐ 10. A Journey Through Miami History


☐ 11. Finding Vivian Maier


☐ 12. Tea for Two, Three or More


☐ 13. Sondheim on Sondheim


☐ 14. Alzheimer’s Disease - New Hope for a Cure


☐ 15. The Drone Zone


☐ 16. A Poetry Soirée-Revisited


☐ 17. And Now for Something Completely Different 4/14/2016


☐ 18. Art Nouveau’s Golden Boy



☐ 19. Frost Science Museum Preview



Brandeis University Celebrates! Brandeis University will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Louis D. Brandeis’ appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States. Louis Brandeis was the first Jewish person to be chosen to sit on the United States Supreme Court. His decisions “affirmed individual liberty and privacy and opposed unchecked governmental power.” He was born on November 13, 1856 to Adolph Brandeis and Frederika Dembitz, Bohemian Jews who valued culture as well as a good education. Louis Dembitz Brandeis graduated high school at the age of fourteen and attended colleges in Kentucky and ultimately in Germany where his father was relocated. In 1875, Louis entered Harvard Law School and graduated as valedictorian of his class at the age of twenty. Upon entering a private practice in law with his former classmate Samuel Warren, Mr. Brandeis became known as “the people’s lawyer” specifically fighting for workers’ rights and against large monopolies. In 1913, Brandeis was offered a position in President Woodrow Wilson’s cabinet, but he declined. He continued his work as a private attorney attacking monopolies and the ways investment banking controlled American industry. In 1916, President Wilson nominated Mr. Brandeis to the Supreme Court. Despite opposition from anti-Semites and those who supported big business, Louis Dembitz Brandeis was confirmed to sit on the United States Supreme Court. Late in his career, Brandeis continued his fight for those principles in which he most believed. He was married to Alice Goldmark and together they had two daughters. He became a Zionist and believed that it was necessary to create a Jewish homeland. Mr. Louis Brandeis died on October 5, 1941.





UNIVERSITY ON WHEELS TEMPLE BETH AM 5950 North Kendall Drive, Miami THURSDAY, January 7, 2016 at 10:30 A.M.


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Please Note: These are non-refundable unless class is cancelled. NAME:______________________________________________________ HOME PHONE: ________________ CELL PHONE: __________________

Ryan McKittrick will discuss the process of adaptation in the American musical theater with a focus on The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma! and Cabaret, as well as more recent Broadway Shows including Finding Neverland and Waitress. Coffee will be served Guests Welcome Fee: $16 check to be made out to BNC Mail checks to: Myra Silverstein 100 Andalusia Avenue, Apt. 410 Coral Gables, Fl 33134 For more information contact Myra at: (305) 443-0170 or email her at msmy1029@comcast.net 4

E-MAIL:_____________________________________________________ Please make checks payable to: BRANDEIS NATIONAL COMMITTEE or BNC. Send form and fee to:Sheila Berke Registrar 13420 SW 98th Ct., Miami, FL 33176 NOTE: Paid-up membership in Brandeis National Committee is required for Study Group Registration. To become a NEW member, send dues of $60.00 (tax deductible) addressed to Judie Brown, 7925 SW 135th Street, Miami, FL 33154. YOUR MEMBERSHIP CHECK AND YOUR STUDY GROUP CHECK MUST BE WRITTEN SEPARATELY. 17


David Krakauer, the clarinetist, reimagines themes from iconic films with Jewish content from the last fifty years. Krakauer’s sextet delves into sensual, soaring and daring interpretations of the music from movies integral to our collective memories such as Fiddler on the Roof, Sophie’s Choice, Life is Beautiful, Cabaret, The Producers and Funny Girl. DATE: TIME: PLACE:

FEE: Liaison:

Saturday, February 20, 2016 8:00 P.M. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay FREE PARKING $45.00 per person Beverly Lefcourt (305) 596-3864 or blefcourt@bellsouth.net

Please send your check made payable to BNC to: Beverly Lefcourt 8601 SW 84th Avenue Miami, FL 33143 along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope by January 16, 2016. Please include your name, email address and home telephone number in the envelope.




JEWELRY EVENT Empty Your Jewelry Boxes, Fill Your Pockets... or Your Piggy Bank

During the entire month of March 2016, you may bring your gold, silver, watches, diamonds and ALL other jewelry (excluding costume jewelry) into Jae’s Jewelers. Owner, Bruce Hornik will pay top dollar to Brandeis members. Be sure to let him know that you are a member! In addition, he will give a percentage of his sales to Brandeis. Although not mandatory, it is best to call ahead to make an appointment. DATE: PLACE:


Month of March 2016 Jae’s Jewelers 238 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, FL (305) 443-7724

If you have any questions, please call liaison Beverly Lefcourt at (305) 596-3864 or email Beverly at blefcourt@bellsouth.net.

Save the Date!

BNC South Dade Chapter Installation Luncheon Wednesday, May 4, 2016 Details will follow!


Date: Time: Place: Fee: Liaison:

Thursday, April 14, 2016 10:30 a.m. UM Libraries, 1300 Memorial Drive, 8th floor, Coral Gables $16.00 Laura Aiken (305) 663-1107 or lauraaiken@aol.com

#18 ART NOUVEAU’S GOLDEN BOY A rare opportunity beckons you to spend a morning as a voyeur. The subject is erotic, exotic, and replete with captured moments of love and passion. This extraordinary event unfolds when UM art history professor Dr. Batia Cohen raises the curtain on the life work of Gustav Klimt, radical avant-garde painter. Prepare to be seduced by an artist who challenged the rigidity of traditional Austrian painting, and whose erotic women still brazenly confront the viewer in collections around the world. Date: Time: Place:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 11:00 a.m. Temple Beth Am Adult Reading Room, 5950 North Kendall Drive, Miami Fee: $16.00 Liaison: Joan Wolf (305) 253-9088 or wolfmomma9@gmail.com

#19 FROST SCIENCE MUSEUM PREVIEW Join us for a special tour of the Frost Science Museum prior to its opening. This striking facility will bring a state-ofthe-art planetarium, a spectacular aquarium and much more to Miami's Museum Park. Please note: this is an active construction site. Closed, hard-soled shoes and long pants must be worn. Enrollment limited. Date: Time: Place: Fee: Liaison:

Monday, May 9, 2016 2:00 p.m. Museum Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami There is no charge for this study group. Bobbi Lichtiger (305) 444-3458 or bltiger7@gmail.com 15

for future drone pilots. The program is at the forefront of this exciting new technology, and Miami Dade College is one of the first colleges to enter this field. Dr. Villaverde will be speaking on drones, how they are entering the civilian world, regulations for this new technology and their pros and cons. He will be bringing a drone for us to examine. Date: Time: Place: Fee: Liaison:

Friday, April 1, 2016 10:00 a.m. Bet Shira Congregation Chapel, 7500 SW 120th Street, Miami $16.00 Iris Salzberg (305) 233-6377 or irissalzberg@gmail.com

#16 A POETRY SOIRÉE – REVISITED Barbara Davis will provide the setting for us as we celebrate all things poetic with Tere Starr, a published poet and member of our chapter. Bring your favorite poems to share as we explore poetry’s power. We’ll discuss what poetry has meant throughout the ages and how it enhances our lives. A poet has a way of seeing through the layers of the world; through discussion and writing exercises we will gain insight into that world. Tere is the president of Miami’s chapter of the Florida State Poets Association. She is also the founding member of the Poets Soirée at the Pinecrest Library, a monthly meeting for poets and all who love the written word. Date: Time: Place: Fee: Liaison:

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 10:15 a.m. Home of Barbara Davis, 8055 SW 92nd Street, Miami $16.00 Barbara Davis (305) 279-0251 or barbara@davises.us

#17 AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT Housed in the upper reaches of the Otto J. Richter Library of the University of Miami, a treasured department exists known as Special Collections. Ready yourself for a tantalizing surprise when a librarian introduces us to the extraordinary collection of Jackie Gleason, the actor, who immersed himself in studying spiritualism and the occult for most of his adult life. A serious scholar on these subjects, Gleason’s materials are considered highly important to the field of parapsychology but also hold significance to literature, popular culture, scientific investigation and mystery. Limited to 30 people. 14

IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!! In order for you to understand the registration policies regarding study groups, you are encouraged to read the following: 1. Refunds will NOT be given if you cannot attend a class. However, if the class is cancelled, you may elect to receive a refund or a credit. 2. If you notify the study group liaison a minimum of two weeks prior to the study group, you will receive a credit. This credit must be used within one year of the issue date. If you cancel less than two weeks prior to the study group, you will NOT receive a credit. 3. If you cannot attend a study group, it is imperative that you notify the liaison listed for that particular study group in the bulletin. You may NOT give your place to a friend. Do NOT contact the registrar-only the liaison. 4. Non-members may attend one study group (space permitting) as a paying guest. To take additional classes, they must join the Brandeis National Committee. 5. All study groups will begin promptly at designated times. 6. All credits for study groups will be sent to you via email. Make sure you open the email and print it; otherwise, you will lose it. 7. You may not use your study group credit for a ticketed event. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT: Study group registration and membership are two different procedures. Separate checks must be made out for each. Please include telephone number and purpose of each check. STUDY GROUP checks are to be made out to BNC and mailed to: Sheila Berke, Registrar, 13420 SW 98th Court, Miami, FL 33176. NEW MEMBER checks are to be sent to: Judie Brown, 7925 SW 135th Street, Miami, FL 33156 IDEAS & SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOMED The Study Group committee wants your ideas and suggestions. Please contact a member of the committee.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY… In a hurricane or other community-wide disaster, the policy of the South Mami-Dade chapter of BNC will be to reschedule activities and study groups when the public schools have canceled classes (BNC activities will not be held and will be rescheduled).

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REGISTRATION FORM IN BACK OF BULLETIN #1 MIAMI CITY BALLET: DRESS REHEARSAL Join us to attend a full orchestra dress rehearsal of South Florida’s critically acclaimed Miami City Ballet. Included in the program are Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit, Paul Taylor’s Sunset and George Balanchine’s Bourrée Fantasque. Meet us at the Arsht Center for an experience not to be missed. Date: Time: Place:

Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:30 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ziff Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Fee: $16.00 Liaison: Iris Salzberg (305) 233-6377 or irissalzberg@gmail.com

#2 THE INDESTRUCTIBLE LEE MILLER Come to the Nova Southeastern University Art Museum in Ft. Lauderdale to examine the remarkable life and work of the preeminent American photographer Lee Miller (1907-1977). You will view three perspectives of her work: as the favored fashion model in the 1920s; as the assistant, collaborator and muse of surrealist photographer Man Ray in the 1930s; and as the heralded art, fashion and combat photographer of WWII. Lee Miller made history as a rare female war correspondent, and her photos provided evidence to all who had doubt that the Holocaust was fact and not fiction. Date: Time:

Friday, February 12, 2016 11:00 a.m. 8

theater piece features new arrangements of over two dozen Sondheim songs interspersed with mass media, including filmed commentary by the composer himself, as he reveals fascinating details about his life and art. You won't want to miss this fitting tribute to one of the finest composers, if not the finest composer, to ever write for the Broadway stage. Payment due by February 20, 2016. Date: Time: Place:

Thursday, March 24, 2016 8:00 p.m. Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables Fee: $50.00 per ticket Liaison: Susan Price (305) 596-7340 or mayziesue@gmail.com Tickets will be distributed on the evening of the performance.

#14 ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: NEW HOPE FOR A CURE Thanks to a $2.3 million federal grant from the National Institutes of Health, UM Medical School Professor of Psychology Dr. David Loewenstein is embarking on a study designed to distinguish between normal aging and early signs of memory loss. Results of the fiveyear study, Dr. Loewenstein believes, could lead to early detection of Alzheimer's disease before any noticeable symptoms occur, and if so, more successful treatments might be possible. Dr. Loewenstein will share his knowledge of this subject and the status of his work and answer questions on this all too relevant topic. Date: Time: Place: Fee: Liaison:

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 10:30 a.m. Temple Beth Am, 5950 North Kendall Drive, Miami $16.00 Fran Gross (786) 238-7132 or flgmia@aol.com

#15 THE DRONE ZONE Drones are now part of our world, in use in more than 50 countries, beneficial in many circumstances and yet largely unregulated. Dr. Orlando Villaverde and Mr. Tom Jargiello created a program at MDC School of Aviation, Homestead Campus teaching courses 13

Miami historian, educator and community activist, who will lead a discussion of current community events following the screening of his documentary. Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Time: 7:00 p.m. Place: Temple Beth Am Auditorium, 5950 North Kendall Drive, Miami Fee: $16.00 Liaison: Fran Gross (786) 238-7132 or flgmia@aol.com

#11 FINDING VIVIAN MAIER IMAGINE THIS: a man buys 100,000 undeveloped negatives at an auction and discovers one of the most important street photographers of the twentieth century! Finding Vivian Maier tells the strange and riveting story of this mysterious nanny through photographs, films and interviews. Seating is limited. Date: Time: Place: Fee: Liaison:

Monday, March 21, 2016 7:00 p.m. Leica Lounge, 372 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables $16.00 Bobbi Lichtiger (305) 444-3458 or bltiger7@gmail.com

#12 TEA FOR TWO, THREE OR MORE You won't have to travel to Britain for your Royal-Tea. Please join us for a Victorian high tea and be treated like a queen at Kendall's very own tea room Serendip-a-Tea. Enjoy a spot of tea, crumpets and lil-bites; learn about the history of high tea and sample some exotic blends and new infusions. You don't have to be a tea lover to enjoy the afternoon. Date: Time: Place:

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 2:30 p.m. Serendip-a-Tea 8004 SW 81st Drive (Kings Creek Shopping Center), Miami Fee: $30.00 Liaison: Adrienne Bezzola (305) 274-0373 or abezzola@aol.com


NSU Art Museum Ft. Lauderdale, 1 East Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale Fee: $20.00 Liaison: Gail Tescher (305) 442-6493 or teshexec@aol.com

#3 THE ART OF THE SHORT STORY Join us for our very popular short story study group. The Art of the Short Story, edited by Dana Gioia and R.S. Gwynn, presents each story followed by the author’s perspective. The writer’s own words provide a good place to begin our always interesting and informative discussions. Dates:

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 “A Rose for Miss Emily” by William Faulkner “Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield Tuesday, March 15, 2016 “The Hand” by Sherwood Anderson Thursday, April 28, 2016 “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: Temple Beth Am Adult Reading Room, 5950 North Kendall Drive, Miami Fee: $40.00 for 3 sessions or $16.00 per session Liaison: Judie Brown (305) 235-7760 or judieb35@gmail.com

#4 IMMIGRATION: THE CONTROVERSY Is there a more controversial subject today than immigration? Dr. Thomas Boswell, a professor at the University of Miami’s Department of Geography and Regional Studies, shares his thoughts on why immigration policy has become so controversial in both the United States and Europe. He will also be discussing the numbers of illegal immigrants and their impact on the world at large. Join us as Dr. Boswell makes news stories come alive in this period of immigrant turmoil. Date: Time: Place: Fee: Liaison:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 10:00 a.m. Bet Shira Congregation Chapel, 7500 SW 120th Street, Miami $16.00 Bunny Lieberman (305) 595-1735 or bunnymiami@aol.com

#13 SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM The first ever South Florida production of the new and extensive catalogue of the master's career since its Broadway premiere, SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM is a stunning yet intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words. This exquisite

#5 SEEING CINEMA……………..COMING ATTRACTIONS WARNING!! This class on “Developing Cinematic Literacy” might possibly expand your consciousness and appreciation for the artistry of film! Dr. Richard Kramer, a



graduate of NYU’s prestigious film school, has been leading these classes for over 15 years with great success. If you want to understand the magic of cinema at a deeper level, please join in and SEE what Dr. Kramer is up to in his film presentations! Dates:

Friday, February 19, 2016 Before I Go to Sleep Friday, March 18, 2016 Wild Tales Friday, April 15, 2016 Love and Mercy Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Place: Home of Richard Kramer, 8505 SW 80th Place, Miami Fee: Three sessions for $40.00 or $16.00 per session Liaison: Beverly Lefcourt (305) 596-3864 or blefcourt@bellsouth.net

#6 MOVE WITHOUT MOVING: REINVENT YOUR SPACE You don't have to discard everything to transform your surroundings into a unique space. Janel and her talented team at the Coconut Grove Gallery will show you how small changes can make a remarkable difference in your decor. Continental breakfast will be served. There is ample parking on the premises. Date: Time: Place:

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 10:30 a.m. Coconut Grove Gallery and Interiors, 2884 Bird Ave, Coconut Grove Fee: $16.00 Liaison: Frances Glick (305) 661-7284 or gramfrances8@mac.com

#7 NEVER TOO OLD TO ROCK Prepare to be entertained by the inspiring individuals of Young@Heart, a New England senior citizens chorus that has delighted audiences worldwide with their renditions of songs by everyone from The Clash, to Coldplay and the BeeGees. As Stephen Walker’s documentary begins, the retirees, led by their strict musical director, are rehearsing their new show, struggling with a discordant Sonic Youth number and giving new meaning to James Brown’s “I Feel Good”. What ultimately emerges is a funny and unexpectedly moving testament to friendship and creative inspiration reaching beyond expectations. Date: Time: Place: Fee: Liaison:

Thursday, February 25, 2016 7:30 p.m. Temple Beth Am Auditorium, 5950 North Kendall Drive, Miami $16.00 Lili Poms (305) 274-3451 or lrpoms@bellsouth.net 10

#8 ARE ANTIBIOTICS KILLING US? When we develop a bacterial infection, we expect an antibiotic to cure it quickly. However, with the overuse of antibiotics today, many diseases have become resistant to them. Dr. Aileen Marty, Professor of Infectious Diseases, Wertheim School of Medicine at FIU and a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, will be speaking on this looming threat. It is important to learn more about the topic as it will become an even greater problem for our grandchildren and generations beyond if a solution is not found soon. Date: Time: Place: Fee: Liaison:

Thursday, March 3, 2016 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Am, 5950 North Kendall Drive, Miami $16.00 Iris Salzberg (305) 233-6377 or irissalzberg@gmail.com

#9 DURER TO RUBENS: NORTHERN EUROPEAN ART While the Bass Museum of Art is closed for renovations, the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami is hosting a selection of outstanding works from the Bass’ permanent collection of art. Dating from the Baroque periods, 15th through 17th centuries, the pieces on view represent a range of media including oil on canvas, tempera on panel, enamel on porcelain and textiles. Join us for a docent led tour. Limited to 30 people. Date: Time: Place:

Friday, March 11, 2016 10:00 a.m. Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables Fee: $16.00 Liaison: Myrna Wheatman (305) 595-1008 or myrnaw2@aol.com

#10 A JOURNEY THROUGH MIAMI HISTORY Take a journey through history and learn about the significant role that blacks have played in the creation and progress of Florida and Miami through the documentary The Black Miami. Based on the book of the same name by Dr. Marvin Dunn, the documentary revisits the past to understand how the racial lines in South Florida were created and later transcended. Regardless of your background, you're sure to be captivated by the stories narrated by Dr. Dunn, a noted 11

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