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2013-14 WOMEN'S CULTURAL ALLIANCE BOARD Officers President – Jane Hersch Secretary – Marilyn Litz Treasurer – Barbara Suden Directors Membership – Linda Simon Program – Elaine Soffer Communications – Nancy Kahn Publicity – Susan Pittelman Events Coordinator – Maureen Schaab Special Events – Mary O’Haver Alternate Site Coordinator – Arlene Sobol Technology Coordinator – Jane Podber Nominating Committee – Denise Samuel Arts Coordinator – Dee Bittman Advisory Committee Lea Bendes Sue Dean Barbara Karp Judy Peltz

WOMEN’S CULTURAL ALLIANCE www.womensculturalalliance.com


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OMEN’S CULTURAL ALLIANCE (WCA) is an affinity group of the Jewish Federation of Collier County. WCA provides the opportunity for its members to meet other women who share similar interests. WCA offers a wide variety of programming, including: study groups in art, film, literature, theatre, and several other areas; special interest groups such as bridge, mah jongg, canasta, biking, “Serious Foodies,” singing, jazz, opera, and ballet; special classes on numerous topics ranging from photography, technology, and flower arranging, to drawing, card playing, and Spanish; a phenomenal lecture series; and a strictly social component where you can have lunch or dinner, meet new people, and renew friendships. We love to welcome new members into our group. Over 1000 women have joined WCA. Membership in WCA makes each woman an official member of the Jewish Federation of Collier County. We encourage you to review this Program Guide of activities for the coming season. We have much to offer and are confident that you will find something of interest to you. Please join us. You will be glad that you did! Sincerely, Jane Hersch WCA President

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Page Page(s) Signing Up for a Program Program................................................................. 2 New & Exciting Programs for the 2013 – 2014 Season New & Exciting Programs for the 2013 – 2014.................................. 3 Special Events & Programs Special Events & Programs............................................................... 4 Bus Trips Social & Special Groups Bus Trips, Social Interest & Special Interest Groups....................................... 11 Cards & Games Cards & Games Summer Branches................................................... 14 Summer Branches 2013-2014........................................................... 16 Speaker Series for 2013-2014

Days of of the the Week. Week.............................. 17 • Study Study and and Interest Interest Groups Groups by by Days My Scheduled WCA Events and Classes • My Scheduled WCA Events and Classes............................................ 26 WCA Membership Form and Release of Liability • Waivers WCA Membership Form, Waivers and Release of Liability................ 29

Signing Up for a Program

All paid-up members of the Women’s Cultural Alliance are eligible to register for any program that is offered. It is necessary, however, to sign up with the liaison for each program/study group/interest group you want to attend. Many groups limit the number of participants in order to enable each participant to have a quality experience, so don’t wait too long to register! Although some programs continue year-round, members must sign up for each new season. Sign-up information for each offering is either in the Program Guide or will appear in a Thursday WCA e-blast that will be sent closer to the date of the event.

Only WCA members may attend WCA classes and programs. All programs will meet at the Federation, unless stated otherwise. 2


– TECHNICAL CLASSES (BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE CLASS FOR iPhone and iPad; BASIC E-MAIL; MICROSOFT WORD) DUPLICATE BRIDGE GROUP GALLERY AND HOUSE TOURS WOMEN OF ISLAM BOOK GROUP BIKING WCA NAVY CAFÉ IVRIT for HEBREW SPEAKERS DINNER PARTIES ART EXPERIENCES ROBB & STUCKY SEMINAR BIRD WATCHING YOGA BOOK NOOK TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY FIGURE DRAWING CONSERVANCY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA BOTANICAL GARDEN TOUR IT’S TEA TIME LIFE COACHING WITH HORSES ELDER ABUSE PANEL RAKU BATIK

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DON’T MISS THESE SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS:  CONSERVANCY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WEDNESDAY, OCT 16, 2013; TUESDAY, NOV 12, 2013; or FRIDAY, JAN 24, 2014 10:00 – 12:00 P.M.

Tour the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Limited to two groups of 20 members on each day A morning not to be missed! Look for registration and more information in the WCA Thursday e-blast closer to the event.

 LIFE COACHING WITH HORSES TUESDAY, OCT 22, 2013; TUESDAY OCT 29, 2013; TUESDAY FEB 4, 2014; or THURSDAY, FEB 6, 2014 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Join us on the ranch for a 2-hour session and get a taste of what Coaching and horses can bring to your life. Your Life Coaching partnership provides exploration, awareness, and direction. Why horses? Their presence helps you quiet all the noise in your head and be present in the moment to savor what your life has to offer. The horse will reflect back to you, but without an agenda. This increases and quickens your ability to find your way to personal growth, empowerment, creativity and a life of meaning. Go to www.discoveringyourway.com to learn more about Life Coaching with Horses. No horse experience required and no riding involved. Contact Karen to register. Each session is limited to 20 members. Cost: $15 includes a light Brunch. LIAISON: Karen Kendrick 212-300-7783 kkendrick@discoveringyourway.com

 INTRODUCTION TO BIRDWATCHING MONDAY, OCT 28, 2013 8:00 – 10:00 A.M.

Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 Tamiami Trail East, Naples 34113 Bird watching is a fun and relaxing activity combining observing nature and taking a leisurely walk with friends. Join us at Eagle Lakes Community Park, home to 160 different species of birds, as we see how many different birds we can find, identify, and observe their behavior. October is the heart of fall migration – birds that only stop here briefly on their flight to even warmer climates for the winter may be seen. We will walk approximately one mile. Leaders Susan and Arthur Sissman are experienced birders, having developed their skills and enthusiasm during 25 years of birding in Florida. The morning will begin with a basic overview of how to use binoculars and field guides. Contact Susan to register. LIAISON: Susan Sissman ssissman@yahoo.com 4


 ROBB & STUCKY INTERNATIONAL – A Private Design Event FRIDAY, NOV 8, 2013 10:00 A.M.

Attend a special design seminar for WCA members. Learn about the current trends in 2014, focusing on color and texture. A morning not to be missed! For 100 WCA members only! Look for registration and more information in the WCA Thursday e-blast closer to the event.

 TECHNOLOGY CLASSES

There will be 4 new classes taught by Jane Podber and Maureen Schaab. Each class will be different and will require a separate registration. Class size is limited. Contact Jane or Maureen to register.

MICROSOFT WORD – Basic Course THURSDAY, DEC 12, 2013 1:00- 2:30 P.M.

Learn to use Microsoft WORD the correct way. Prepare professional looking documents using tabs, borders, and manipulating clipart and pictures. When the word processor refuses to cooperate, let us explain the problem and how to fix it. Saving documents in the correct place as word documents and PDF files will also be covered.

iPhone / iPad BEGINNERS CLASS (includes some apps) THURSDAY, JAN 30, 2014 1:00 – 2:30 P.M.

A Beginners Class for those who have little or no experience with the iPhone or iPad. We will be covering some of the settings necessary to get started and introduce you to the basics of running your device. Are you overwhelmed about what apps to add or how to add them? We will cover important apps and how to use them.

iPhone / iPad INTERMEDIATE CLASS (includes some apps) THURSDAY, FEB 27, 2014 1:00 – 2:30 P.M.

This is a continuation of the Beginners Class. For those of you who have a basic understanding of your devices, we will delve further into what the iPad and iPhone can do. Apps such as FaceTime, calendar, tag readers, and even the possibility of printing from these devices are some of the topics included in this course.

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E-MAIL BASICS and BEYOND THURSDAY, MAR 27, 2014 1:00 – 2:30 P.M.

Get to know your e-mail. We will be covering many facets of an e-mail account, including the difference between things like “reply,” “reply to all,” and how to add contacts and make distribution lists. Setting up e-mail accounts on your mobile devices are just some of the topics that will be explained in this course. Do you really understand all the parts of an e-mail account? If not, then this course is for you. LIAISONS: Jane Podber jpodber@gmail.com Maureen Schaab schaab10@hotmail.com

 ART TOURS OF ART GALLERIES AND PRIVATE HOMES

Tour art galleries and private homes to view their art collections. Look for registration and more information in the Thursday e-blast closer to the event.

 NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDENS WEDNESDAY, JAN 15, 2014 10:00 – 3:00 P.M.

Tour Naples Botanical Gardens and enjoy Lunch at Windstar. Look for registration and more information in the Thursday e-blast closer to the event.

 TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY WEDNESDAY, JAN 22, 2014 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

Tips from a pro on how to capture postcard-worthy images. Whether traveling to exotic locations around the world or simply to a nearby zoo, learn how to capture images that will help you remember your experience. Perhaps you want to enhance your decor at home. This program will help you capture the important moments. We will discuss capturing landscapes, architecture, people, culture, printing, and more when traveling. We will also cover exposure, storage, posing, composition, printing, and other aspects of photography that you will need to create beautiful memories. This session will have an interactive piece so bring your camera and be ready for your next trip. Contact Gwen to register. LIAISON: Gwen Greenglass gwen@portraitsbygwen.com

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 PANEL DISCUSSION ELDER ABUSE: How to IDENTIFY, How to PREVENT ABUSE, and How to get HELP! FRIDAY, JAN 24, 2014

10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Moorings Park Auditorium, 120 Moorings Park Drive

Every day, headlines throughout the United States, paint a grim picture of seniors who have been abused, neglected, and exploited, often by people they trust the most. More than 1 in 10 elders may experience some type of abuse, but only 1 in 23 cases will ever be reported. Elder abuse can happen to ANY older individual—your neighbor, your loved one. It can even happen to YOU! Please join us for an informative and always timely presentation and panel discussion on this very important topic. Contact Andrea to register. LIAISON: Andrea Pandazi apandazi@gmail.com

 WINTER BIRD WATCHING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

MONDAY, JAN 27, 2014 8:00 – 10:00 A.M. Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 Tamiami Trail East, Naples 34113 As one of the top ten birding sites in Southwest Florida, this park is home to more than 160 species of local and migrant birds. A 2.5-mile paved nature trail provides good views of birds and other wildlife. Expect to see wading birds and ducks as well as raptors, eagles, and warblers. Join us to enjoy the natural beauty of the marsh, spot and identify as many bird species as possible, learn names of local and migrant birds and observe their behavior. We’ll keep track and count how many species we find as well as use a spotting scope for dramatic close-up views of the birds. Leaders Susan and Arthur are experienced birders, having developed their skills and enthusiasm during 25 years living and birding in Florida as well as birding in Israel, Chile, Canada, and Alaska. Contact Susan to register. LIAISON: Susan Sissman ssissman@yahoo.com

THE SALON

THURSDAY, JAN 30, 2014 1:00 – 4:00 P.M. Beth Tikvah 1459 Pine Ridge Road Enjoy an afternoon of original prose and poetry readings by WCA members. The afternoon will include a discussion and musical interludes, performed by WCA members, followed by wine and cheese. Contact Iris or Estelle to register. LIAISONS: Iris Shur irisjimshur@aol.com Estelle Rauch estellerauchlcsw@gmail.com

 WCA DINNER PARTIES

SUNDAYS, FEB 9, MAR 2, MAR 23, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. Do you want to MEET new people? Do you ENJOY cooking? Do you agree to HOST one dinner party? Will you FOLLOW the menu and PREPARE one assigned dish? (All costs are shared). The WCA Dinner Party Group is open to both 7


couples and singles. To register, e-mail your name to Ellie Richman and she will send you additional information. LIAISON: Ellie Richman dinnerpartygroup@yahoo.com

IKEBANA – SOGETSU DEMONSTRATION AND WORKSHOPS

DEMONSTRATION: THURSDAY, FEB 13, 2014 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement with its goal of being “friendship through flowers.” SOGETSU enables anyone to use Ikebana with any materials, anywhere, with amazing results, including the use of contemporary design. Learn the concepts of Ikebana such as harmony, balance, and unity. Emphasis is on both tradition and artistic expression. WORKSHOPS are tentatively scheduled for NOV 19 and DEC 17, 2013; JAN 14, FEB 18, and MAR 4, 2014. The workshops will offer an opportunity to learn more and have a hands-on experience. Location TBD. Contact Loris Dallal for additional information. LIAISON: Loris Dallal Lorisdallal@gmail.com

 CORKSCREW SWAMP SANCTUARY

TUESDAY, FEB 18, 2014 GROUP I 9:30 A.M. GROUP II 1:00 P.M. A morning not to be missed! Look for registration and more information in the WCA Thursday e-blast closer to the event.

ANNUAL WCA CANASTA DAY with Lunch

WEDNESDAY, MAR 12, 2014 Noon – 4:00 P.M. at The Club Pelican Bay Love to play canasta? Sign up with a table of 4 players. Venue allows a maximum of 100 players. The $36 registration fee includes Pelican Bay Club's wonderful buffet lunch and a fun afternoon of canasta. All WCA members and their guests are welcome. Watch for the registration form in the WCA Thursday e-blast. LIAISONS: Hope Abels hopeabels@yahoo.com Donna Goldstein donnagoldstein@gmail.com

 IT’S TEA TIME

WEEK 2: TUESDAYS, DECEMBER – APRIL If you enjoy watching Downton Abbey, afternoon tea, scones with clotted cream, and Cornish pasties, this is the group for you! Each month we will meet at a different local tea room for tea and conversation. Possible choices are: Tea with Me at Audrey’s, Brambles English Tea Room, The Wisteria, and the RitzCarleton Resort. Sign up to be included on our mailing list for specific dates and locations. Who knows – perhaps Kate or Pippa or even the Queen will join us! LIAISON: Denise Blank dgblank@columbus.rr.com 8


SPECIAL CLASSES WITH OUR ART PARTNERS

To register for these special classes or to get specific dates and times, contact the liaison. Identify yourself as a WCA Member. CLASSES AT INVITATION TO PAPER 8793 Tamiami Trail North

CALLIGRAPHY

THURSDAY, 1:00 P.M. and other times as needed Beginning and returning students (individuals or small groups of 2–3 students) will start with a felt tip pen designed for calligraphy. During the class students will learn the differences between calligraphy and lettering. Students are asked to pick a calligraphy project (such as place cards or sayings). When students have a project, they return for classes to work on it. Cost: $10.00 per hour; pens are $3.00 each. LIAISON: LAVON COATE 325-9467 LAVON@INVITATIONTOPAPER.COM

CLASSES AT LEIGH HERNDON ’S STUDIO PAINTSTIK 1 day class (about 2½ hours)

Paintstik design on T-shirt or scarf. Members will design on a colored shirt or scarf that they provide (bright colors or black work best). Supplies are provided. This project can be completed in one class session. Finished pieces are machine washable and permanent. No experience necessary. Class limited to 10 members Cost: $30

BATIK

Design and dye 3 scarves in a 4- day class (2 ½ hours per session). Members will design and dye 3 scarves. We will need 4 sessions to complete instruction. Supplies (waxes, dyes, use of tools, and stretchers) are included. Students will purchase and dry clean their own scarves. Finished dyed silk will be hand-washable. No experience necessary. Class is limited to 4 members. Cost: $125

LIAISON: Leigh Herndon 239-262-7932 leighherndon@comcast.net

RAKU CLASSES AT ROSEN GALLERY AND STUDIO

Rosen Gallery and Studio, North Line Plaza, 2172 J & C Blvd., Naples

CLAY: HANDBUILDING & RAKU TECHNIQUES

MONDAY, 6:00 – 9:00 P.M. or THURSDAY, 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.

Designed for beginners and led by award-winning artist Richard W. Rosen, the five-week course teaches participants the history of raku, how various glazes affect the pot, and what the glazing process involves. Each member will create a personalized example of raku pottery to display in her home. Class size is limited to 7 participants. The cost of the class is $215 and includes the vessels, glazes, and other material needed throughout the course of instruction. Contact Richard to register.

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A TASTE OF RAKU

THURSDAY, 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.

In this three-hour workshop, a vessel is provided for each participant; there are discussions about the history of Raku as well as glazing and firing techniques. Each participant will go home with her finished glazed vase. The cost of the workshop is $48.

LIAISON: Richard Rosen 239-821-1061 rictra@earthlink.net

WATER COLOR CLASSES AT PATTY KANE STUDIO BEGINNING WATER COLOR CLASS TUESDAY, OCT 7, 14, and 21, 2013

3:30 – 5:30 P.M

Join Patty at her studio to explore the beauty and spontaneity of watercolor. In 3 consecutive Tuesdays, you will be introduced to basics of water color techniques and color mixing. In 2010, Patty was granted the 2010 “Arts Education Award” at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs; her joy of teaching is reflected in her watercolor and acrylic classes. All materials provided. Class size limited to 6 participants. Cost: $120.

WATER COLOR CREATIVITY CLASS

JAN 13, FEB 10, MAR 10, OR APR 7, 2014

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Always dreamed of painting in Watercolor but have never had a brush in your hand or haven’t painted in years? Then enjoy a Watercolor Creativity Class. Have fun with friends while painting in a artist’s working studio; go home with a piece of art. Class size limited to 6 participants. Cost for each individual class is $40 and includes all materials.

LIAISON: Patty Kane 321-277-9880 patty@artbypattykane.com

ART CLASSES AT JANINE WESSELMANN STUDIO BEGINNING FRENCH IMPRESSION STYLE CLASS

WEDNESDAY, OCT 23, Oct 30, and NOV 6 3:00 – 5:00 P.M. or 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

Janine is known for her impressionist style and for her parodies of European and American social life. She is the first American woman to be accepted into the Collection d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France. All brushes, paints, drinks/wine will be provided by Janine. At the end of this class participants will have a finished painting ready to hang. Class size limited to 6 participants. Cost: $95/ 2 hour class. 3 classes recommended.

INTERMEDIATE PAINTING

SATURDAY, OCT 26, NOV 2 and NOV 9

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. or 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

For those who want to work on their own paintings or try more advanced techniques. All styles welcome, from abstract to realism. Janine Wesselmann, who has been teaching in Naples for 7 years, will share her tips and tricks as well as guide you in the direction you want to go. By end of this class students will have a finished, ready-tohang painting. Class size limited to 6 participants per session. Cost: $95/ 2 hour class. 3 classes recommended.

LIAISON: Janine Wesselmann 203-788-1900 jwesselmann@comcast.net

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BUS TRIPS Mark your calendars for these fabulous trips. Watch the Thursday e-blast for registration information and cost.  FLAGLER MUSEUM and

GUILDED AGE TEA LUNCH – Miami

TUESDAY, DEC 10, 2013 Maximum: 50 participants This tour offers the opportunity to visit the 60,000 square foot Whitehall mansion of Henry Flagler, the man most single handedly responsible for development of the East Coast of Florida. A docent-led tour and Gilded Age Tea lunch are included.  MATLACHA ART TOUR – Matlacha TUESDAY, JAN 18, 2014 Maximum: 30 Participants A day trip to Matlacha for ALL of your senses!! SMELL the fresh Florida air along the water on a quirky little arty isthmus, LISTEN to colorful local artist Leoma Lovegrove share her story about how she was able to make a splash with her designs on the local and national stage, TOUCH your own paint brushes and canvas to create your own masterpiece to take home, LOOK and browse around all the art galleries in the area, and TASTE the freshest local faire created just for you by a local chef!!  FAIRCHILD GARDENS and

AMERICAN ORCHID SOCIETY – Coral Gables

TUESDAY, FEB 11, 2014 Maximum: 50 Participants Spend the day at Fairchild Gardens with WCA! We will have a tram tour; and visit the Tropical Rainforest, Tropical Fruit Pavilion, and the Sibley Victoria Amazonica Lily Pool. Lunch is included.  GUADALUPE CENTER – Immokalee Two Tours: TUESDAY, FEB 25, OR FRIDAY, FEB 28, 2014 Maximum: 30 Participants per Tour A local bus trip includes a tour of the early childhood education center and farmers market. Lunch is included. 11


SOCIAL & SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS If you are interested in participating in one of these groups, you must first contact the liaison to become part of the group. You will receive a confirmation of your registration as well as information about upcoming group events.

WCA COUPLES GROUP (Varied activities for couples)

You need to be on the couples activities e-mail list to receive information about couples programs such as brunches, bridge, dinners, discussion groups, hand and foot canasta, and special events. To be added to the couples activities e-mail list, please send an e-mail to Jane Hersch janehersch@comcast.net

DINNER DAMES (Monthly dining around town)

Ferne Walpert

brownieluv2@gmail.com

THE SINGLES CONNECTION (For single, widowed, and divorced members) Marilyn Siegel

larmarnyfl@aol.com

SERIOUS FOODIES (Monthly food events, gourmet dinner group) Elaine Soffer

WCAFoodies@comcast.net

JAZZ JUNKIES (Jazz events around town)

Sue Dean

sueandphil@aol.com

 WCA NAVY (Water adventures, including sunset cruises, sailing, and more!) Ellen Katz

execdir16@verizon.net

 WCA BIKING GROUP (Group biking trips)

Nancy Garfinkle nancygarf@comcast.net Lisa Freund laf307@gmail.com

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SECOND ACT SINGERS (Women who enjoy singing with an accompanist) Judy Copeland copelandjudy@aol.com Evelyn Hecht evelynh@mts.net

 IT’S TEA TIME (Group explores a different tea room each month) Denise Blank dgblank@columbus.rr.com

 CAFÉ IVIRIT (Hebrew speakers meet for conversation) Luba Rotsztain lubabeto@yahoo.com

 BOOK DIVAS (Participate in a WCA book group!

Refer to the section “Study

and Interest Groups by Days of the Week” for additional information)

Book Study Great Books Islamic Women in Literature Contemporary Fiction Book Nook Contemporary Short Stories Modern Playwrights Jewish Experience Book Club

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CARDS & GAMES If you are interested in participating in one of the following groups, you must contact the liaison. She will, in return, send you a confirmation of your registration as well as information about the group’s meeting place and time.

BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE MAH JONGG Diana King dianahow@aol.com

EXPERIENCED MAH JONGG Nina Iser nciser@gmail.com Rona Segall rsp@rogers.com

CANASTA

Barbara Ferkel bferkel46@gmail.com Leona Wreschner lwreschner@gmail.com

INTERMEDIATE BRIDGE LESSONS Judy Hocher bungajudy@aol.com

PARTY and DUPLICATE BRIDGE

Sally-Ann Endleman endleman@aol.com

HAND AND FOOT CANASTA – GROUP TWO Marcia Robins marciadcr@cox.net

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SUMMER BRANCHES Members of the Women’s Cultural Alliance have such a good time in SW Florida and form so many wonderful friendships, that they want to “take WCA home.” To make that possible, “branches” of WCA have been created in several areas throughout North America.

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SPEAKER SERIES FOR 2013 – 2014 Throughout the season, WCA offers lectures presented by a wide variety of outstanding speakers. There is no charge to hear these professionals – you only need to register! Watch the Thursday WCA e-blast for details about the upcoming lectures and how to register. (You must register for each lecture separately.) Topics for this season’s Speaker Series include: HOW BASEBALL MADE ME A FEMINIST PICTURES OF THE PAST THE GRAND DAME OF NAPLES THE WRITING PROCESS THE TRUE MEANING OF SOCIAL JUSTICE THE ART OF THE VISIT PHOTOGRAPHING IN PUBLIC PLACES MY LIFE IN AFRICA NIXON AND THE YOM KIPPUR WAR A SURVIVOR’S STORY ART APPRAISAL THE DISNEY COMPANY AND THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS WHAT DOES A FASHION STYLIST REALLY DO? WHO IS AFRAID OF CLASSICAL MUSIC? YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAM SIGNATURE SPEAKING: 3 WAYS TO SPEAK YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS SUDDENLY SINGLE: MANAGING DAY-TO-DAY AFFAIRS PIVOTAL PERIODS IN AMERICAN HISTORY 16


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LIAISONS: Nina Iser nciser@gmail.com Rona Segall rsp@rogers.com WEEK 2: BOOK STUDY 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. NOV – APR The purpose of this group is to enable in-depth discussions of plot, character, and writing style in the selected novels. Schedule: NOV 11, Submission by Amy Waldman; DEC 9, Nemesis by Philip Roth; JAN 13, Untouchable by John Bannville; FEB 10, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt; MAR 10, Canada by Richard Ford; APR 7, The Round House by Louise Erdrich LIAISON: Louise Novis lnovis@rogers.com

YOU MUST REGISTER WITH THE APPROPRIATE LIAISON BEFORE ATTENDING ANY PROGRAM.

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WEEK 2: FOREIGN / INDEPENDENT FILMS 1:00 – 3:30 P.M. DEC – APR The movies chosen are little-known films that have won awards at International Film Festivals around the globe. We watch the film together and then have a 30-45 minute discussion. In December and April, the films will be shown on the 2nd Monday of the month. A second discussion group is being added in January, February, and March; the films will be shown on both the second Monday and the second Wednesday of the month. When you sign up to be part of this group, each month you will receive an e-mail 10 days prior to the showing of the film and you will be asked to respond with your preference for the date that that you would like to see and discuss the film. LIAISON: Chet Rivel crivel@rivel.com WEEK 3: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. All Year Members discuss issues of current national and international importance. Members’ experiences may be significant, but we also share current research. This growing group determines the program for each month, and a facilitator is chosen to lead the discussion. LIAISON: Sandee Weseley sweseley@gmail.com WEEK 4: LADIES WHO LUNCH – with your friends in WCA 12:00 P.M. Meets all year Lunches are set up once a month in local restaurants by members of the group. You have the opportunity to meet new people at each lunch as seating is randomly assigned by drawing a table number. All information about these monthly lunches is sent out in the WCA Thursday e-blast. LIAISONS: OCT to APR: Sue Dean sueandphil@aol.com MAY to SEPT: Toby Kosloff tkosloff@yahoo.com –

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LIAISON: Irene Pomerantz ipomer8929@aol.com A GATHERING OF WOMEN – a discussion group of women’s issues 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. 4 SESSIONS: DEC 16, JAN 27, FEB 17, and MAR 17 A monthly gathering of women coming together to discuss their own personal life journey. Through self-reflection, we will share the choices we made that shaped us into the women we are today as we look at our past, present, and future in an effort to create the fulfilling lives we each deserve. The discussion group will be facilitated by Elaine Lerner, MSW, CSW, an experienced workshop leader. Maximum number of participants 24 LIAISON: Elaine Lerner social11021@aol.com  GENTLE YOGA 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Session 1 – OCT 7 Session 2 – NOV 4 Session 3 – DEC 2 Etudes Studio - 3285 Pine Ridge Rd (corner of Livingston) A gentle, flowing class, emphasizing slow, graceful movements, deep stretches, balancing postures, and deep relaxation. Build strength, flexibility, and balance; improve concentration and memory skills; and relax deeply to gain vitality. Come as you are—yoga is for all body types and fitness levels. Taught by Peggy Albrecht, a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. More info. can be found at http://www.yogainnerstrength.com/ Cost: $30 for per session of 4 classes. LIAISON: Peggy Albrecht peggyalbrecht@yahoo.com

TUESDAYS  WEEK 1: THE ISLAMIC WOMAN in LITERATURE 10:00 – 12:00 P.M. NOV – APR This book group will attempt to unveil the hidden lives of the women of Islam as written in their own words. We will examine a variety of literary genres – fiction, mystery, memoir, and biography. The following books will be discussed: NOV 5, Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris; DEC 3, The Ruins of Us by Keija Parssinen; JAN 7, Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali; FEB 4, American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar; MAR – no meeting; APR 1, Princess/Princess Sultana’s Daughters by Jean Sasson LIAISON: Judy Peltz jpeltz5@comcast.net 19


WEEKLY: YOU CAN LEARN TO SPEAK SPANISH – ¡SI SE PUEDE! 10:00 – 12:00 A.M. JAN 7 – MAR 25 This Beginning conversational class will equip you with some basic tools for interacting with Spanish speakers, and for shopping, traveling, dining, and, very importantly, understanding. Games, visuals, and small group conversations will be used during class sessions. Although there is no homework, review of the previous class is highly recommended. This is the last year the Beginning course will be offered. An Advanced Beginner course is planned for the future. Maximum group of 25 LIAISON: Paulette Margulies margulies2@comcast.net WEEKLY: BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE MAH JONGG 1:00 – 3:30 P.M. Beginner and Intermediate players as well as ladies who have played in the past and would like to renew their interest in mah jongg are welcome. Lessons will be available to members who have not previously played. LIAISON: Diana King dianahow@aol.com Weeks 1 and 3: INTERMEDIATE BRIDGE LESSONS 10:00 A.M. JAN – MAR Intermediate Bridge lessons will focus on the Planning and Playing, with a side focus on bidding. After a short lecture on the day’s topic, the group will play several hands to illustrate and reinforce the learned techniques. The instructor is a long-time bridge teacher and a Silver Life Master. Her students find her teaching style easily understood and very entertaining. LIAISON: Judy Hochner bungajudy@aol.com

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WEDNESDAYS  WEEKLY: WCA LADIES CANASTA GROUP 1:00 – 4:00 P.M OCT – APRIL Beth Tikvah – 1459 Pine Ridge Road Modern American Canasta is a very strategic and fun card game that is played in partnership with 4 players at each table using two 52-card standard decks of cards with the 4 jokers. Copies of the WCA standard playing rules will be available. LIAISON: Barbara Ferkel barbaraferkel46@gmail.com Carol Sokoloff carolrsoko@aol.com TAI CHI – “CREATING THE BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE” At Beth Tikvah, 1459 Pine Ridge Rd. 9:30 – 10:30 A.M. Starting JAN 8 This one-hour class will teach the art of moving meditation, helping to balance your energies and reduce stress. Taught by Karen Atkin, a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and certified Tai Chi Instructor. Cost of a series of 8 one-hour classes is $100; cost for a series of 4 classes starting Jan 8 is $60. LIAISON: Donna Goldstein donnagoldstein@gmail.com  FIGURE DRAWING 9:30 – 11:30 A.M Session I Jan 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb 5, & 12 Session II Feb 19, 26; Mar 5, 12, & 19 Join this group and learn to draw the human body. Beginners are welcome as well as those who have art backgrounds. Session I and Session II will be identical. Once you are registered for the class, a list of needed supplies will be sent. Each session will be limited to 15 participants. LIAISON: Syril Weiss 847-337-0320 WEEK 1: THE NEW YORKER 1:30 – 3:00 P.M. Meets all year Workshop participants are active contributors who select, read, and discuss fiction and non-fiction works from this timely magazine. Each month, two members (fiction and non-fiction) will facilitate the discussion and prepare relevant questions for the group. LIAISON: Judy Weintraub retrdjaws@aol.com 21


WEEK 2: FOREIGN / INDEPENDENT FILMS (second showing) 1:00 – 3:30 P.M. DEC – APR The movies chosen are little-known films that have won awards at International Film Festivals around the globe. We watch the film together and then have a 30-45 minute discussion. In December and April, the films will be shown on the 2nd Monday of the month. A second discussion group is being added in January, February, and March. The films will then be shown on both the second Monday and the second Wednesday of the month. When you sign up to be part of this group, you will receive an e-mail 10 days prior to the showing of the film and you will be asked to respond with your preference for the date that you would like to see and discuss the film. LIAISON: Chet Rivel crivel@rivel.com WEEK 3: CURRENT FILMS and LUNCH NOON Meets all year A week before we meet, the film, time, and place will be announced through the Thursday WCA e-blast. Members meet for lunch before the film and meet for a discussion following the film. Reservations required for EACH film. LIAISON: Nancy Kahn dearnancykahn@gmail.com –

Selections are presented by facilitators and discussed in depth. To receive information it is essential that you register. Books will presented as follows: SEPT, Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan; OCT, City of Women by David Gillham; NOV, The Round House by Louise Erdich; DEC, The Submission by Amy Waldman; JAN, The Leap Year Boy by Marc Simon; FEB, Defending Jacob by William Landay; MAR, The Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff; APR, All Other Nights by Dara Horn; MAY, American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar LIAISON: Sue Bookbinder sbookbi@aol.com

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WEEK 4: LET’S KNIT AND STITCH – at members’ homes 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. NOV – APR Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, and/or needlepoint? Love to create, learn new skills, and relax for a couple of hours? If your answer is yes, join us for a great time. Stitchers should have some experience. When we get together, we share ideas and hints, and have some fun. Maximum group of 15 LIAISONS: Barbara Karp barbarakarp23@gmail.com Luba Rotsztain lubabeto@yahoo.com  BOOK NOOK - Authors will discuss books they have recently written. 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. Wednesday or Friday, October through April Authors will talk about their publications and relate interesting stories about their research. You must register to be part of the group and to receive e-mails regarding specific dates and times. In addition, you must register for each lecture. The inaugural season of this group will include the following authors and books: Marya Repko (History of Everglades City), Janine Wesselman (French Impressions), Penny Lauer (Skipping Stones), Barbara Heimann (Memories from my Kitchen), William Meek III (Images of America, Harmon Meek Gallery), Michelle Cohen Colasanti (Almond Tree), Marc Simon (Leap Year Boy), Carole Soling (Between the Solstices) , Shelly Weiner Maguire (Dancing in the Storm), Karna Bodman (Castle Bravo). Join what will be a very popular and exciting group. LIAISON: Elaine Soffer WCABookNook@comcast.net

THURSDAYS WEEKLY: SPEAKERS SERIES 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. Members will be notified of the date, topic, speaker, location, and signup procedure prior to the lecture through the WCA Thursday e-blast.

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WEEK 1: DOCUMENTARY FILM AND DISCUSSION GROUP "Not Coming To A Theatre Near You" 2:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. NOV through MAR Each month Steve Brazina will select a different film to be screened. Following the film screening, the group will break into small discussion groups of 10-12 individuals to discuss questions raised by these films that are prepared for this educational series by Steve Brazina. Discussion group leaders will be selected for each weekly program and these individuals will report to the group as a whole regarding their individual group's discussion. This should be both a challenging and thought provoking program. Space is extremely limited, so sign up early. As this type of program does not work well with too large of an audience, when it's full, it's full! LIAISON: Steve Brazina sbrazina@aol.com WEEK 3: DINNER DAMES 5:30 P.M. Meets All Year Lively conversation during dinner. Ladies select a different restaurant each month. LIAISON: Ferne Walpert brownieluv2@gmail.com WEEK 3: CONTEMPORARY SHORT STORIES 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. JAN – APR The short story group discusses two short stories each month, chosen from the book The Art of the Story, an international anthology of contemporary short stories edited by Daniel Halpern. Each story discussion is led by a different member of the group, so be prepared to volunteer for one story. The stories represent different themes written by exciting, international authors. All WCA members are encouraged to sign up for an enlightening afternoon of stimulating views and ideas. RSVP required for each meeting. LIAISON: Linda Hertzberg bubbielwh@gmail.com

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FRIDAYS WEEKLY: PARTY AND DUPLICATE BRIDGE 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. NOV – APRIL Intermediate and Experienced Bridge players will meet for Party AND Duplicate Bridge. There will be a table for novice players. Players should bring their own cards. LIAISON: Sally Ann Endleman endleman@aol.com WEEK 1: MODERN PLAYWRIGHTS 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. DEC – MAR The group will focus on three plays: DEC, Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo; JAN, The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard; FEB, Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. A fourth play will be chosen at a later date. LIAISONS: Carole Soling septembercarole@aol.com and Bobbi Bassewitz bbassewitz@gmail.com WEEK 1: THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE BOOK CLUB 10:15 A.M. DEC - MAR This is not a drop-in Book Club. You must register for the group by e-mail. The Jewish Experience Book Club will be reading the following books: DEC 6, The Submission by Amy Waldman; JAN 3, The Aleppo Codex by Matti Friedman; FEB 7, The River Midnight by Lilian Natal; and MAR 7, I am Forbidden” by Anouk Markovits and Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman. LIAISON: Arlene Sobol asobol99@gmail.com

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WOMEN’S CULTURAL ALLIANCE MEMBERSHIP FORM Membership: $60 dues for 2013-2014 enables you to register for all WCA programs. (There may be an additional fee for select programs.) Please check one:  New  Renewal  My information below has been updated since last season. I am In Southwest Florida:  Full-time  Part-time from ____________________ to _____________________ Name ____________________________________________________________ Spouse or Partner’s Name, if applicable ________________________________ Florida Address ____________________________________________________ Community _______________________________________________________ City ______________________________ State _____ Zip Code ____________ Florida Home Phone ________________________________________________ Northern Address __________________________________________________ City ______________________________ State _____ Zip Code ____________ Northern Home Phone ______________________________________________ Cell Phone ________________________________________________________ E-mail ____________________________________________________________

Membership Chair: Linda Simon 239-348-7000 lgsimon2947@yahoo.com Please make your check payable to: JEWISH FEDERATION OF COLLIER COUNTY and mail it with this form to: WCA – Jewish Federation of Collier County 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Ste. 2201 Naples, FL 34109 29


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WCA now has a membership gift card! Give the gift of membership in WCA to a friend or relative. It would make a wonderful hostess gift—or even a “Welcome to Southwest Florida” gift. Membership in WCA will be a gift that keeps on giving – as the fun never stops at WCA! For more information about joining, contact Linda Simon, WCA Membership Chair, at lgsimon2947@yahoo.com

For additional information about WCA, contact Jane Hersch, WCA President janehersch@comcast.net 239-948-0003 WOMEN’S CULTURAL ALLIANCE www.womensculturalalliance.com


THE STRENGTH OF A PEOPLE. THE POWER OF COMMUNITY.

JEWISH FEDERATION OF COLLIER COUNTY 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201 Naples, Florida 34109-0613 (239) 263-4205 Fax: (239) 263-3813 www.jewishnaples.org

WCA Program Guide 2013-2014