Lifelong Learning at Golden Slipper Gems on the Main Line!
At Golden Slipper Gems on the Main Line, located at Adath Israel Synagogue in Merion, participants enjoy a robust lifelong learning program and cultural trips that naturally inspire socialization.
REGISTER FOR ALL OCTOBER CLASSES BELOW! All registrants will receive a confirmation and a Zoom link. Please note if the class is Hybrid, Zoom Only, or In Person Only.
Speakers Forum - Hybrid
Mondays October 4 – November 8, 10-11 AM – $53
Each week we bring you an exceptional variety of topics and speakers. Our line-up of guests includes (in order of appearance): Jerry Silverman, certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides and founding member of the Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia’s Jewish Quarter 1850-1950; Nikki Johnson-Huston, Tax Attorney, From Homeless to Lawyer to Ms. Universe; Nan Feyler, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, The Work of the Innocence Project; Buntzie Churchill, Past President of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Churchill and the Jews; Jim Murphy, writer and certified Philadelphia tour guide, The Amazing Success of William Penn; Jonna McDougal, Teacher and Scholar, Natural Enemies? Demystifying the Conflict between Science and Religion.
Great Jewish Documentaries - In Person Only
Mondays October 4 – November 8, 11:15-12:15 PM – $53
Instructor: Irv Slifkin, Writer and Professor of Journalism at Temple University
This series features six documentaries that take a look at the diverse ways Jewish culture has influenced people and the world around them. All of these films are surprising, filled with revelations that entertain, reveal, and are thought-provoking. Movies presented are: Herb Alpert Is…; Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Got to Be Me; Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg; Famous Nathan; The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg; My Architect: A Son’s Journey.
Eyes on China - Zoom Only
Tuesdays October 5 – November 9, 10-11 AM – $53
Instructor: Yingru Zhao, Instructor at the Center for Chinese Language and Instruction at Temple University
China is a super modern, global society that has deep roots. Through a series of sessions, we will discover how its cultural heritage shapes its contemporary global cities by looking at different aspects of today’s society. Topics covered include an exploration of unique metropolises and Chinese cultural heritage under the glow of Chinese language and philosophy; fusion cuisine of Chinese food and its correlation with northeast Asian and international recipes; traditional Chinese festivals, folk cultures, and innovative celebrations of modern festivals that influence the daily life of contemporary Chinese people.
Legendary Actresses of the Stage and Screen - Zoom Only
Tuesdays October 12 – November 9, 11:15-12:15 PM – $45
Instructor: Leila Joffe, MFA, American Conservatory Theater, Member AFTRA, Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity
In this course, we will explore great actresses that have left a lasting legacy. Meryl Streep, Judy Dench, Katherine Hepburn, Maggie Smith, and Audrey Hepburn brought their own unique talents and light to the silver screen. Through clips and lectures, we will learn about their greatest films and their lives.
History Face to Face - Zoom Only
Wednesdays October 6 – November 3, 11:15-12:15 PM – $45
Instructor: Jaan Troltenier, Art Historian and Former Latin Instructor
Immerse yourself in another age as costumed history interpreter Jaan Troltenier enacts three denizens of the past through story, songs, accents, and images. Come meet: Elizabeth Walker, a loyal subject of Her Majesty’s Grace, Elizabeth I; Berthe Morisot, Impressionist painter; Rosie Ginzburg, a Jewish immigrant to America from Eastern Europe. One of these three actually existed, the other two are fictional, but all three will delight and educate you with their stories and pictures. Each is brought to life through extensive research. Most classes include period music and singing, and your participation is encouraged.
A People at War: Being Jewish in America during the Civil War - Zoom Only
Wednesdays October 6 – November 10, 11:15-12:15 PM – $53
Instructor: Herb Kaufman, Adjunct Professor, Manor College, Editorial Staff, The Civil War News
This course will describe how the Jewish communities in the North and the South reacted to the Civil war. When the war began, Jews in both the North and the South rushed to support their beliefs, and Jewish soldiers served with gallantry in both Union and Confederate armies. It will also bring to light President Lincoln’s relationship with the Jewish community, including a discussion of how religious leaders expressed their views of the war.
It’s All in the Family: Family Ties in Biblical Narrative - Hybrid
Thursdays October 7 – November 11, 10-11 AM – $53
Instructor: Dr. Emilie S. Passow, Retired Professor of English Literature and Medical Humanities
Paradigms of human relationships, human vulnerabilities, as well as capacities for transcendence, biblical figures endlessly fascinate. This course examines the images of family relationships apparent in Biblical narrative. Like contemporary relationships, some are motivated by love and devotion, while others are generated by power, jealousy or self-interest. What do these patterns suggest about Biblical perceptions of human nature? Of family obligations and gender roles? Of covenantal relationships that prepare us for a relationship with God? What do they offer to the contemporary reader? Source material includes the Biblical text, as well as classical and contemporary commentaries.
Political Affairs - Hybrid
Thursdays October 7 – November 4, 11:15-12:15 PM – $45
Instructors: Adam DePaul, Tribal Council Member of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania; Dr. Matt Kerbel, Department of Political Science at Villanova University; Dr. Vance Kincade, Adjunct Instructor at Rowan University; Ira Cooperman, Political Analyst; Steve Cohen, Current Events Facilitator, Retired Public Affairs Director. Join us as our esteemed speakers discuss political current national and international topics in the news.
Book Club - Zoom Only
Our next book club meeting is on October 28, 3 PM. Join us for our discussion of the book ‘Red at the Bone’, by Jaqueline Woodson.
Membership Information Form
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Location & Directions
Enter the parking lot off of Old Lancaster Road and park as soon as you enter the lot. Enter the front door of the synagogue and you will be at Frankel Hall where courses are held.
When appropriate, Golden Slipper Gems will issue a credit, not a refund.
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.
For out of town guests you may purchase one class for $5. Guest passes cannot be purchased in lieu of course registration.
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.