Bucks County

Bucks County
Programs in Memory of Joseph H. Levine

Greta Wrigley
Program Director, Bucks County

267-984-0722
Email Greta
Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org

Classes to Enrich Your Life!

Join us for fascinating courses designed to enrich the lives of older adults. Classes are held in person at Shir Ami in Newtown as well as on Zoom.

Registration  below!

Please email: Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org with any questions

Virtual Trips

  • Both Virtual Trips: Jewish China & Jewish Amsterdam

  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 29th | 11- Noon Virtual Trip to Jewish China – Encounters between Cultures. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15th | 11- Noon Virtual Trip to the Jews of Amsterdam – More than Anne Frank. Please allow one week to receive the zoom link. Email questions to Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org.
    Price: $50.00
  • Individual Program Selection Only

  • Common wisdom leads many people to think that in China it Many people think that it is very difficult to find Jews in China today, and even more difficult to find a Jewish history from a hundred years ago, let alone from 1,000 years ago. In this talk, we are going to discover how the first Jews arrived in China, what recent migrations were like and what Jewish life is like in China today. We will explore the mythical community of Kaifeng, as well as the most recent communities Harbin and Shanghai. Join Pablo Faivel Levinton, originally from Argentina, a descendant of Polish Jews who came before the Holocaust. Mr. Levinton holds an MA in economics, and in 2017 moved to China to study for a second master’s degree. He also studied Yiddish and Jewish culture at YIVO at Vilnius University summer seminars. Living in China, he was part of the local community of Beijing. Currently he is traveling again in the post pandemic world, shooting videos for his YouTube channel. Please allow one week to receive the zoom link. Email questions to Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org.
    Price: $36.00
  • There is a special connection between the Jewish communities of Philadelphia and of Amsterdam. Mikveh Israel, the first synagogue in Philadelphia, follows the traditions of the Amsterdam Esnoga (in the photo) and was established by Spanish Portuguese Jews who were early immigrants to the New World. The Spanish Portuguese community settled in Amsterdam already in the 16th century after the expulsion from Spain. The Ashkenazi community arrived in Amsterdam a hundred years later after riots in Poland. Their synagogue is standing across from the Sephardic synagogue. Currently there are about 15,000 Jews living in Amsterdam. Come and learn about the fascinating history of this Jewish city beyond the story of Anne Frank. Join Nachshon Rodrigues Pereira, a native Dutchman who will discuss the past and present community of Amsterdam. Mr. Pereira is the community leader and hazzan (cantor) of The Bendigamos community in Amsterdam. His family has been part of the Portuguese Jewish community of the Netherlands for four centuries. After studying political science and a short political career, he decided to spend most of his time teaching and rebuilding the Jewish community in Amsterdam. Enjoy the world from the coziness of your home Photo of Kaifeng Jewish prayer book with names in Hebrew and Chinese courtesy of the Klau Library in Cincinnati. Please allow one week to receive the zoom link. Email questions to Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org.
    Price: $36.00
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Register for Classes

  • Individual Course Selection Only

  • 6 Thursdays February 23 - March 30, 10AM - 11AM: Let’s welcome back Steve, one of our favorite lecturers! British music brought America’s own rock and roll back to the United States with a vengeance with the Beatles and Rolling Stones appearances in 1964. But they were not the only ones that invaded – British actors, movies, television, fashion, Broadway shows and literature flooded American markets during the 1960’s. This series is a look at how and why we were inundated with James Bond, Twiggy, Oliver!, Lawrence of Arabia, Secret Agent Man, 1984, The Lord of the Rings and dozens of Pop/Rock/Blues Bands. Sessions include multi-media presentation and live entertainment! Email questions to Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org.
    Price: $58.00
  • 6 Thursdays February 23 - March 30, 11:15AM - 12:15PM: This course will delve into American Jewish history, focusing on the late 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include Eastern European immigration, Jews and the Left, World War I, the Holocaust and the State of Israel, Jewish religious denominationalism, and Jewish women and feminism. Classes will combine lecture and discussion. Email questions to Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org.
    Price: $58.00
  • 6 Tuesdays. February 21 - March 28, 10 AM - 11 AM **NO CLASS MARCH 7**: In this course we will watch some of the greatest Broadway leading ladies and men of the past and present. Julie Andrews, Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, Kristen Chenoweth, Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, and Bernadette Peters are just some of the ladies that will be highlighted. Zero Mostel, John Raitt, Richard Kiley, Yul Brenner, Nathan Lane, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jeremy Jordan, and Hugh Jackman are some of the great men that will be featured. Email questions to Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org.
    Price: $49.00
  • 6 Tuesdays. February 21 - March 28, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM: This year marks the 75th anniversary of the State of Israel. We will discuss six events and places that are related to the birth of the State and its development. These include the Balfour Declaration to the Declaration of Independence, famous songs like Jerusalem of Gold, and famous people such as David Ben Gurion and more. Email questions to Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org.
    Price: $58.00
  • 6 Wednesdays. February 22 - March 29, 10 AM - 11 AM: Jesus was originally proclaimed as the Messiah, as his designation, the Christ, the anointed one, demonstrates. We will examine the concept of the Messiah, first as it appears in the Hebrew Bible, then through rabbinic and Christian writings. Our last text will be the Mishneh Torah of Maimonides, examining his definitions. The class will delve into how the denominations of Judaism today address the subject. Email questions to Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org.
    Price: $58.00
  • 6 Wednesdays. February 22 - March 29, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM: This course will cover the remarkable career of actor and director Kevin Costner. Some call him the Gary Cooper of his generation. From his early roles in films like The Big Chill and Fandango, through Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Dances With Wolves, and his current starring role as a powerful but troubled rancher in Yellowstone, Costner’s work has always been compelling. No actor today is more synonymous with two iconic American cultural examples - baseball and western movies - than the great Kevin Costner! Email questions to Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org.
    Price: $58.00
  • 6 Wednesdays. February 22 - March 29, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: What do Madrid, New York City, Kansas City, London, Chicago, and Paris have in common? Incredible cultural offerings and magnificent museums filled with stunning works of art! Join our virtual travel to happening sites to view and discuss a diverse range of works of art that feature artists both well-known and not as prominent. We will focus on ways of seeing art from a variety of viewpoints in this conversational-style class that features short, related videos to bring fresh perspectives to consider and discuss. From classical to contemporary, an assortment of art movements will enrich the conversation. Email questions to Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org.
    Price: $58.00
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  • By registering for in person programs, I(we) have been vaccinated for Covid-19. I (we) will not attend the program if I (we) have tested positive for COVID-19, are awaiting test results, or have symptoms of COVID-19. I (we) will not attend the program if I (we) have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. I will contact Greta Wrigley if I test positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of attending a program.

Movie and Brunch Series

 

  • Individual Course Selection Only

  • Please join Golden Slipper Gems, The Bucks County Kehillah and Congregation Brothers of Israel 530 Washington Crossing Rd., Newtown, Tuesday, January 10, 10 AM, for brunch and screening of the Coen Brothers film, A Serious Man. Followed by a thoughtful theological discussion led by Luke Poling, documentary filmmaker. Email questions to Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org.
    Price: $10.00
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  • By registering for in person programs, I(we) have been vaccinated for Covid-19. I (we) will not attend the program if I (we) have tested positive for COVID-19, are awaiting test results, or have symptoms of COVID-19. I (we) will not attend the program if I (we) have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. I will contact Greta Wrigley if I test positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of attending a program.

Book Club

  • Individual Course Selection Only

  • February 8, 3 PM. Please allow one week to receive the zoom link. Email questions to Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org.
    Price: $5.00
  • March 8, 3 PM. Please allow one week to receive the zoom link. Email questions to Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org.
    Price: $5.00
  • April 19, 3 PM. Please allow one week to receive the zoom link. Email questions to Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org.
    Price: $5.00
  • May 17, 3 PM. Please allow one week to receive the zoom link. Email questions to Gwrigley@goldenslipper.org.
    Price: $5.00
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Location & Directions

Shir Ami

As you enter the parking lot of Shir Ami, drive all the way around to the back of the building and park. Classes are located through in the Atrium to the left of the entrance.

Policies

Cancellation

When appropriate, Golden Slipper Gems will issue a credit, not a refund.

Attendance

A course series generally runs between 4 and 8 weeks depending on the site and holiday schedule. Please note that each individual course is sold only on a course basis, Golden Slipper Gems does not sell individual classes. Courses are not pro-rated if you join the course late or you miss a class for any reason.

Guests

For out of town guests you may purchase one class for $5.  Guest passes cannot be purchased in lieu of course registration.

Credit

Credit will not be given after the first day of classes except in the event of illness or injury. Written documentation from a physician or nurse-practitioner is required.