The Main Line

The Main Line
Programs in Memory of Joseph H. Levine

Orit Dolgushev
Program Manager, Main Line

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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.

Current Lifelong Learning Offerings

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Fall 2022 Courses



Zoom Class Registration

TED Talks:  The “Greatest Hits”

Zoom!  4 Mondays October 31 – November 21, 11 AM – 12 PM – $38

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Instructor: Lettie Switzer, Adjunct College Music Instructor, Former Director of Gems in Bucks County                                                                                                                                     

TED talks give us a glimpse into big subjects in just 10 or 20 minutes of time. We can learn from some of the greatest minds from all around the world about anything, from cutting edge technology to the psychology of human emotions to the arts. Join us for this series as we watch and discuss some of the best loved and most intriguing TED talks.

Fostering Wellness Through Mindfulness

Zoom!  5 Tuesdays October 25 – November 22, 10 AM – 11:15 AM – $50

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Instructor: Diane Riebel, PhD Myrna Brind Center for Mindfulness at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Director. Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Medicine at Jefferson Medical College

This course is about paying attention to and seeing clearly what is happening in the present moment. Being present, rather than being lost in memories of the past or overwhelmed by worries about the future. It is a simple meditative practice that strengthens one’s ability to stay focused, to calm the mind and release physical distress. Research has shown that mindfulness training is associated with lower anxiety and depression, better mood, improved concentration, enhanced vitality, and improved immune function. Join us for this five -week program to learn mindfulness tools to support greater well-being in your life. Participants are asked to make a strong commitment to attend sessions, and to practice mindfulness/relaxation techniques on a regular basis throughout the program. (class is limited to 20 participants)

Ancient Egypt: Food, Mummies, Tomb of Tutankhamun and Movies                                             

Zoom! 6 Wednesdays October 12 – November 16,  10 AM – 11 AM – $58

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Instructor: Dr. Stephen Phillips, Curatorial Research Coordinator, Egyptian Section, Penn Museum                                                                                                                                                  
This course will explore several topics in relation to ancient Egypt. We’ll talk about the diet of the ancient Egyptians, based on archeology as well as how many of Egypt’s food groups eventually spread into the Mediterranean world of ancient Greece and ancient Rome. This class will also discuss why ancient Egyptian mummies hold such a fascination in popular culture through the history of Western civilization’s centuries-long interaction with ancient Egypt’s human remains. We’ll celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time, The Tomb of Tutankhamun. Hidden in the famed Valley of the Kings, burial place of Egypt’s New Kingdom pharaohs, the tomb had laid nearly undisturbed for over 3,000 years until its discovery by an English archaeologist, Howard Carter.

Saturday Night Live

Zoom! 6 Wednesdays October 12 – November 16,  11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – $58

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Instructor: Leila Joffe, American Conservatory Theater, AFTRA, SAG, Actors Equity

Saturday Night Live has entertained audiences for over four decades. In this course, we will look back at the great performers whose career took off due to their popularity on the show.  This course will leave you laughing and learning at the same time!

A People at War:  Abraham Lincoln and the Jewish Community in the Civil War

Zoom! 6 Thursdays October 13 – November 17,  10 AM – 11 AM – $58

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Instructor: Herb Kaufman, Adjunct Professor, Manor College, Editorial Staff, The Civil War News

When the Civil War began, Jews in both the North and the South rushed to support their beliefs.  Jewish soldiers served with gallantry in both Union and Confederate armies.  In addition, the Jewish community in each section remained steadfastly loyal to their cause. Little has been written about Jewish participation in the war. We explore the history of Jews in the United States, Lincoln’s Constitution and how the Jewish population remained steadfast to their cause on both sides. This presentation will describe how the Jewish community in both the North and the South reacted to the war, as well as the role of President Lincoln and his relationship to the Jewish community.

Political Affairs

Zoom! 5 Thursdays October 13 – November 10,  11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – $48

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Instructor: Dr. William Rosenberg, Professor of Political Science at Drexel University.

We’ll discuss various current issues and events, such as Mar-a-Lago and Trump. Also, we’ll talk about whether there should be age and/or term limits on federal office holders. Looking at conflicts in the world such as, North Korea, Iran and others, this course will explore how it all affect us in the United States. And then we’ll delve into the 2022 Midterm Elections and the future of American democracy.

In Person Class Registration

  • Individual Course Selection Only

  • Price: $38.00
    Eighty years ago in October 1942, countless Jews were murdered in death camps. It was one of the darkest times in the Holocaust, the Nazi machine working in full force. This class will present an overview of the avenues Jewish refugees were able to take from 1933 to 1945, in order to escape the German onslaught on Europe. The course includes a look at the Rescue in the Philippines, Sweden, Sosua (Dominican Republic), the Shanghai Ghetto, Palestine and more.
  • Price: $58.00
    In exploration of new technique, you will be mixing multiple colors of acrylic paint on the white pallets learning one- and multi-steps processes yielding surprising color combinations and textures. After transferring them onto Yupo sheets, you will contemplate what direction you want your paintings to go. Depending on your artistic intuition and goals, you may create in the wide range of form, from pure abstraction to representational. The classes will offer techniques and processes that are aesthetically fulfilling and socially engaging. You will be able to create art that you feel excited and proud about.
  • Price: $30.00
    We’ll walk six different destinations each week of this course. Our walks will take us to places such as Stoneleigh Natural Garden, Haverford College Trail, Cynwyd Heritage Trail, and more. Every one of these places we will visit by foot has a unique story and we will hear about it on our walks. Weather permitting.
  • Price: $58.00
    A course for inquisitive folks looking for a chance to talk to others, pondering what the next chapter will bring. The Instructor is a master’s level social worker who has worked with many groups over her 40 year career and recently retired. She has pondered many of the issues that retirement presents and looks forward to a lively discussion on the subject.
  • 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 Orit Dolgushev if I test positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of attending a program.

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Special Event: Political Affairs Global Round Table – International Perspective on the War in Ukraine

Special Event:  Political Affairs Round Table – International Perspective on the War in Ukraine

Zoom!  November 17, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM – $12

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Instructors:  Dr. Elena Eyngorn, MBA, Business Development- REFLEX Aerospace (Germany);  Dr. Ze’ev Khanin, Chief Scientist, Israeli Ministry of Aliya and Integration, Professor of Political Studies in Bar-Ilan University, Academic Chairman, Institute for Euro-Asian Jewish Studies (Israel);  Dr. Igor Shchupak, Member of the Board of Directors of the UJE, Postdoctoral Fellow of the University of Toronto (Canada), director of «Tkuma» Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies (Ukraine)

In this round table discussion with speakers from three different countries, we will talk about the War in Ukraine from outside of United States. We will discuss Jewish perspectives on the war from within Ukraine, hear about attitudes toward the war from an Israeli perspective, and learn about volunteers and NGOs in Germany: a catalyst for support and refugee integration.

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Virtual Tour: Jewish Melbourne

Virtual Tour:  Jewish Melbourne

Zoom!  November 10, 7 -8 PM – $36

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Tour guide: Sharon Swiatlo

Our journey around the world continues as we travel virtually to Melbourne, Australia. The first Jews documented to arrive to Australia were transported there as convicts in 1788. The first organized synagogue was established in Melbourne in 1841. From 1938 to 1961, the Jewish population nearly tripled in size to an estimated 61,000 Jews. Today, more than 100,000 Jews live in Australia; many of whom are descendants of Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors. Although Jews are only 0.5% of the Australian population, they are a major part of public life in Australia. The current Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau, is the first woman and first Jew to serve in the position. Our virtual tour will incorporate a trip to the new Jewish quarter that is being built, the new Jewish museum, and the Holocaust Centre. Along the way, we hope to meet some interesting personalities in the community, from a much-loved Yiddish singer and actress who will talk about the resurgence of Yiddish culture, to a Rabbi who runs the Chabad house in North Queensland and travels around the outback to visit Jews in the most remote places. We will also hear a brief history of the establishment of Melbourne and Australia as a penal colony.


Book Club - Zoom
  • September 21, 3 PM

Join us for our discussion of the book Eternal, by Lisa Scottoline.

Register for the September Book Club  Here!

  • October 26, 3 PM

Join us for our discussion of the book Trust, by Herman Diez.

Register for the October Book Club  Here!

  • November 30 , 3 PM

Join us for our discussion of the book The Last Bathing Beauty, by Amy Sue Nathan.

Register for the November Book Club  Here!

  • December 28, 3 PM

Join us for our discussion of the book I Always Loved You, by Robin Aliveira.

Register for the December Book Club  Here!

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Location & Directions

Adath Israel

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.