The Main Line

The Main Line
Programs in Memory of Joseph H. Levine

Orit Dolgushev
Program Manager, Main Line

484-534-0674
Email Orit
odolgushev@goldenslipper.org

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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December 2022 Courses

Art at the Museum! December 15

 

REGISTER FOR DECEMBER CLASSES BELOW!

In Person and Zoom Class Registration

Jewish Holidays with Latin Flare

In Person! (and zoom)  Monday December 12, 10 AM – 11 AM – $10

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Instructor: Leo Furhman, MA, Jewish Professional Leadership, MBA, Senior Regional Director BBYO Liberty Region

Join us on a journey to Jewish Holidays in Spanish speaking countries. We are going to experience unique Jewish Latin customs and learn about special food traditions like brisket empanadas and chicken tortilla matzo ball soup. Come for the Jewish tradition and stay for the Salsa!

Beyond Fiddler: Russian Jews in Film & Literature

In Person! (and zoom) Monday December 12, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – $10

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Instructor: Dr. Polly Zavadivker Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Delaware

Join us as we will read excerpts from two stories from the old country: one originally written in Yiddish by Sholem Aleichem, the other originally in Russian by S. An-sky. We will discuss and view film adaptations of those stories in 1920s Soviet Union and 1930s Poland.

Displays and How to Look at Them

In Person! (and zoom) Monday December 19, 10 AM – 11 APM – $10

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Instructor: Stephanie Stern, MS, EducationPrograms Manager, Barnes Foundation

Join us for an interactive class looking at art in museum spaces. How does the display of the art add to our understanding of the art itself? Learn to use your powers of observation to understand art better

The Story of the English Monarchy

In Person! (and zoom) Tuesday December 13, 10 AM – 12 PM – $22

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

From Alfred the Great in the ninth century, to Charles III today, 57 varied men and women have reigned as kings and queens of England. Some reigned in splendor, several were murdered, a few were executed, others shaped the culture of the world, and many served in obscurity. We will go through the intriguing chronicles of the reign of King George III and Queen Charlotte (as depicted in the series Bridgerton), the wives of Henry VIII, the tragic story of Lady Jane Grey, Bloody Mary, Queen Victoria, the “cousin’s war” of World War I, the tragic story of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, and the 70 year reign of Elizabeth II. Together we will learn how the English monarchy has made an indelible mark of history. English tea will be served!

Live Long and Prosper – The Story of Leonard Nimoy, Lecture and Movie Screening

In Person! (and zoom)  Tuesday December 20, 10 AM – 12 PM – $20

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Instructor: Stuart Liss, History and Philmology Lecturer 

In the world of television, few individuals are more admired than the late Leonard Nimoy. Throughbhis role as Mr. Spock on the classic show Star Trek, Nimoy ignited the imaginations of countless fans and inspired an entire generation. However, less known, he also lived an utterly fascinating (and very surprising) life outside of television.

Jews In the Armed Forces

In Person! (and zoom) Wednesday December 14 and 21, 10 AM – 11 AM – $20

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Instructors: Rabbi Yosef Zarnighian, Air Force Chaplain; Colonel Ret. Sherwood (Woody) Goldberg, Esq.

In the first session, we will hear from Rabbi Yosef Zarnighian from Mikveh Israel Synagogue about his and other Jews’ experience in the Air Force. The second session will be about Jews at West Point and will be led by Colonel Ret. Sherwood (Woody) Goldberg, Esq. a senior advisor on army matters and a retired army officer.

The Work of Alfred Hitchcock

In Person! (and zoom) Wednesday December 14 and 21, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – $20

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Instructor: Luke Poling, Filmmaker and Podcaster

What made Hitchcock ‘The Master of Suspense?’ How did he do it? We will look at scenes from “The Lodger” (1927) and “Psycho” (1960) and try to get a glimpse behind the man.

Morning of Political Affairs (2 parts)

Zoom!  Part 1 Thursday December 22, 10 AM – 11 AM – $10

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Instructor: Gilda Kramer, Lower Merion Commissioner

Join the Commissioner for her perspective on local and national affairs and be part of her conversation with State Rep. Mary Jo Daley and State Sen. Amanda Cappelletti who will join her.

Zoom!  Part 2 Thursday December 22, 11:15AM – 12:15 PM – $10

Instructor: Dr. Matt Kerbel, Political Science, Interim Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Villanova University
A month later, where are we now. An analysis of Midterm Elections a month after and what is ahead.

Click to Register for Morning of Political Affairs part 2

In Person Only Class Registration

  • Individual Course Selection Only

  • Price: $10.00
    Participants will use provided materials such as collage papers, pastels, crayons, ribbons and more to create a mixed media work on paper unique to you and your memories. At the end of the class we will all share what was made and say a few words about it. If you have something you want to include in your mixed media art, please bring it with you to class.
  • 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.

  • $0.00

Book Talk: Where Two Worlds Meet: A guide to Connecting With Your Teenage Grandchildren

Book Talk:  Where Two Worlds Meet: A guide to Connecting With Your Teenage Grandchildren

Zoom!  December 14, 1:30-2:30 PM – $10

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Special Program with Deanna Shoss MA, Marketer, Writer, and Interculturalist, and Jerry Witkovsky MSW, Former General Director of the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago, Author, Mentor.
Enough of the grunted, one-word answers! From sharing music and stories about milestone events to reconciling with the generation in between (aka your grandchild’s parents), Where Two Worlds Meet is a caring, tactical guide for grandparents on the secret to entering their teenage grandchild’s world. This lively conversation with Jerry and Deanna will offer stories and tips on how grandparents and their teenage grandchildren can connect more deeply across the generations and all the physical and mental health benefits that come with that. They will read excerpts from the book, including letters from grandchildren on what they have learned from their grandparents. We will lead a question and discussion section are part of the program.

Hanukkah Party!

  • Price: $12.00
    Please join Golden Slipper Gems Hanukkah celebration on Monday, December 19th at 12:30-1:30PM, at Adath Israel, which will include a special presentation by our very own Rabbi Moriah SimonHazani and a light kosher lunch catered by Nana's Kitchen. While munching on latkes, soup and salad, we'll be exploring the theme of Hanukkah games, why are we playing with Dreidels on Hanukkah? What other games are associated traditionally with Hanukkah? Are games a “Jewish” thing? And how women are connected to this?
  • 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.

Art at the Museum: A Trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art!

  • Price: $45.00
    John Immerwahr is a retired Villanova University professor. He has been a Guide at the Museum since 2015 and is well known for his many YouTube video tours of the museum’s collection. There will be an opportunity to explore the new exhibit “Matisse in the 1903s”. Arrival is on your own. For more details check our website or call our office.
  • 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.

Book Club - Zoom
  • 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 Oliveira.

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.

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.