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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Petra Jordan: “The Rose-Red City Half as Old as Time”

In Person & Zoom! 3 Mondays July 25 – August 8, 10 AM – 11 AM – $27

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Instructor: Dr. Stephen Phillips, Curatorial ResearchCoordinator, Egyptian Section, Penn Museum:  This virtual Deep Dig course first orients you to Jordan and Petra itself, both ancient and modern. You will then experience a first-hand virtual tour of Petra’s major monuments.  Finally, Dr. Steve takes you with him inside an archaeological excavation at Petra’s “Temple of the Winged Lions,” where he served as an Area Supervisor. Is archaeology at all like Indiana Jones?

Theater and Social Justice

In Person & Zoom! 3 Tuesdays July 26 – August 9, 10 AM – 11 AM – $27

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Instructor: Deborah Baer Mozes, Founding Director of Theatre Ariel:  Theatre has always been a forum to ignite social discourse and dialogue. It takes audiences on a journey to discover more about humanity, to see “others.” Playwrights put up a mirror and ask us to see our society, challenging us to make a change. We will read scenes from classic and contemporary plays examining various social issues such as poverty, women’s rights, racism, class, and anti-Semitism. As the playwright Arthur Miller said “The mission of the theatre, after all, is to change, to raise the consciousness of people to their human possibilities.”

The Work of Alfred Hitchcock

Zoom!  3 Tuesdays July 26 – August 9, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – $27

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Instructor: Dave Goldstein, Comedian, Writer, and Movie Buff:  Sir Alfred Hitchcock is a legendary movie director whose popular films are almost too numerous to name. Join us as we enjoy and explore Hitchcock’s distinctive style of cinematography, frequent collaboration with stars like Jimmy Stewart, and Cary Grant, and his gift for storytelling and suspense. Of course, we will also take note of his penchant for casting himself in cameo appearances throughout his films.

Modern Wars

Zoom!  3 Wednesdays July 27 – August 10, 11 AM – 12 PM – $27

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Instructor: Dr. Mark Thomas, Adjunct Professor, LaSalle University:  This course looks at the evolution and nature of war in the post-Cold War era. At its heart, we will examine whether Clausewitz’ “War is a continuation of politics by other means” is still relevant in an age of nuclear weapons and global interconnectedness. The end of the Cold War heralded a new dawn of peace in Europe. That dawn soon dimmed to dusk as war broke out first in the Balkans, where political opportunists leveraged historical enmities. The dusk turned to night when, in response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, NATO intervened to restore stability and democracy in Afghanistan. And, as the night grew darker, Russia and China took war from the conventional to the non-traditional leveraging the very technological and economic interdependencies which were supposed to prevent war.

A Singer, an Inventor, and an Actress Walk Into A Class:  When Three Notable Entertainers Meet

In Person and Zoom! 3 Thursdays July 28 – August 11,  10 AM – 11 AM – $27

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Instructor: Stuart Liss, Educator and History Enthusiast:  In this course we will learn about three Jewish notable performers of the 20th century: Al Jolson, who was born Asa Yoelson; Hedy Lamarr, originally Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler; and Betty White, who was born Betty not Elisabeth. Join us to learn about their lives as well as about these performers’ nuanced cultural backgrounds and how it intertwined with their careers.

Political Affairs

In Person and Zoom! 3 Thursdays July 28 – August 11,  11 AM – 12 PM – $27

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Instructors: Dr. Robin Kolodny, Chair of Political Science Department at Temple University; Dr. Vance Kincade, Adjunct Instructor at Rowan University:  Join us as our esteemed speakers discuss current national and international topics in the news. Dr. Kincade will lead the last two classes.

Book Club - Zoom
  • July 27, 3 PM

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

Register for the July Book Club  Here!

  • August 30, 3 PM

Join us for our discussion of the book The Weight of Ink, by Rachel Kadish.

Register for the August Book Club  Here!

  • September 21, 3 PM

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

Register for the September Book Club  Here!

Special Program - Klezmer New and Old - New Date!
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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.