Gems Connect: Online Learning

Gems Connect: Online Learning

Please note: You will need to register and pay for each individual course.  You will then receive an email related to each course with a Zoom ID and password. There will be one email for each course you register for.

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Book Club - The Girl Who Wrote on Silk

Wednesday April 21, 3 pm – $5

Join us for our discussion of this months book, ‘The Girl Who Wrote on Silk’, by Kelli Estes.

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Speakers Bureau

Mondays, April 5 – May 10, 11-12pm – $51

Each week we bring you an exceptional variety of topics and speakers. Our line-up of guests includes (in order of appearance): Dr. Inna Ricardo Lax, Virologist, Rockefeller University, Latest Developments in the Technology of Vaccination; John Immerwahr, Docent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art and Judaism at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Janet Krulick-Belin, Author, Museum and Art Consultant, Major Jewelry Collections; Clay Katongo, Penn Museum’s Docent, Africa Gallery Virtual Tour; Dr. Leon Malmud, M.D., Dean Emeritus School of Medicine at Temple University, Reflections on the Pandemic; Jade Papa, Costume and Textile Historian, Treasures from the Textile and Costume Collection at Jefferson University.

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Israel from North to South and East to West

Mondays, April 5 – April 26, 1:30-2:30pm – $34

Instructor: Gadi Ben Dov, Israeli Tour Guide
We will virtually visit the must-see sites of Israel! Starting in Eilat and the coral reef of the Red Sea, we will virtually “hike” along the Israel Trail while we pass through the Negev desert and Mitzpe Ramon. We’ll make a quick stop at Masada before heading to Tel Aviv, and then continue up the coast past Caesarea, and on to Tzfat, the Galilee, and ending in the Golan Heights.

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Demystifying Technology

Tuesdays, April 6 – April 27, 11-12pm – $34

Instructor: Saul Einbinder, Technology Strategist
Become well versed in today’s high tech world. Explore current topics aroundareas such as artificial intelligence, 5G cell phones, 3D printing, self-driving cars and space exploration. Become confident in speaking about them, based on a practical understanding of how they work. See where they are in use today and where they may lead. We will separate hype from reality, sprinkle in just a little bit of tech talk, and add a dash of entertainment along the way.

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International Shorts

Tuesdays, April 6 – May 11, 1:30-2:30pm – $51

Instructor: David Greenberg, Associate Teaching Professor, Temple University
Get to know a little bit about a handful of countries through their short films. We will look at classic and contemporary shorts from Europe, Asia, Latin America, Scandinavia and the Middle East.

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How We Became a Nation: Jewish Patriots and the American Revolution

Wednesdays, April 6 – May 12, 11-12pm – $51

Instructor: Herb Kaufman, Adjunct Professor, Manor College, Editorial Staff, The Civil War News
From the first English settlements through the Treaty of Paris, we examine the major political, economic, military and social aspects of the American Revolution. We highlight the often-untold history of Jewish patriots who served and sacrificed, the multifaceted Philadelphia Campaign, important but often forgotten patriots and loyalists, and many of the more unusual events and incidents of the Revolutionary War that resulted in the creation of the United States of America.

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Leonard Cohen: There's a Crack in Everything SOLD OUT!

Wednesdays, April 7 – May 12, 1:30-2:30pm – $51

Instructor: Maggie Huff-Rousselle, PhD, Study Group Leader, OLLI Tufts and Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement
Who was Leonard Cohen? He had many identities: novelist, poet, lyricist, musician, Jewish mystic, Buddhist monk, Canadian, Montrealer, lover (but never a husband), father, and, perhaps above all, a man searching for something we might call meaning or truth in the world he inhabited. We will explore his identities and interpret what Cohen left behind from “a lullaby for suffering” to the broken Hallelujah of a “manual for living with defeat.” We will spend time with Cohen’s writing in each class, watch performances on YouTube done by Cohen and follow his life through its different stages. There will be reading materials for each class, and everyone is encouraged to watch the documentary film, “I’m Your Man,” prior to class, which is available to stream on Amazon.


Political Affairs

Thursdays, April 8 – May 13, 11-12pm – $51

Join us as our esteemed speaker discusses politics, including current national and international topics in the news.

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