2018/2019 Fall/Winter Study Group Descriptions

FELS, in conjunction with the Margate City Library, offers continuing education opportunities to South Jersey communities. During the summer, classes meet once each month, unless otherwise noted. Programs include new courses as well as the return of popular ones. Whether interested in a lively discussion, an entertaining afternoon, or want to learn something new, take a look at our courses and sign up. We look forward to seeing everyone in June.

Annual membership is $35/pp or $50/couple
Each Study Group is $25 per person unless specified otherwise
Course fees, and special programs raise funds for Stockton University Foundation scholarships.

THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATIONS
IS SEPTEMBER 24, 2018.

1. 20th Century Jewish-American Writers ($25)
Discover the life of Jews in 20th century America as they attempt to assimilate into American society, and the impact of World War II on world Jewry. Novellas written by some of the greatest 20th century Jewish-American writers draw us into times and places since vanished.
Meryl Rodgers, docent at the National Museum of Jewish History in Philadelphia, has organized and moderated numerous book discussion groups.
For October read: ARROGANT BEGGAR by Anzia Yeziereska
In addition the following novellas will be read (in this order):
SEIZE THE DAY by Saul Bellow - THE GHOST WRITER by Philip Roth –
THE MESSIAH OF STOCKHOLM by Cynthia Ozick - CITY OF GLASS by Paul Auster –
HEARTBURN by Nora Ephron
TUESDAY MORNING 10:00 - 11:30 AM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 16, NOVEMBER 20, DECEMBER 18, JANUARY 15, FEBRUARY 19, MARCH 19
2. ACTING WORKSHOP 2 ($40)
This advanced acting class offers challenging practices and participation. Built on already mastered fundamentals and exercises, this course is not intended for beginners. Pre-registrants please complete registration form and return with payment.
Dambra Sabato works in the arts as a writer, director, producer, performer and consultant. A working career artist with over 35 years teaching experience, he is Founder and Artistic Director for A Saturday’s Child, an arts and entertainment company.
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 1:00 – 3:15 PM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 10, NOVEMBER 14, DECEMBER 12, JANUARY 9, FEBRUARY 13, MARCH 13
3. ART APPRECIATION ($25)
Shirley Bilesky is an award-winning painter and presenter of Art Goes to School, a national program that brings famous works of art into the classroom for discussion and interpretation. Want to know what art connoisseurs see in one painting while ignoring another piece? This art appreciation study group encourages participants to “look, listen, and feel” the art.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON 1:00 - 2:30 PM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 11, NOVEMBER 8, DECEMBER 13, JANUARY 10, FEBRUARY 14, MARCH 14
4. BRITISH FILM AND THEATRE ($25)
Tom Chin shares his in-depth knowledge of British film and theater through a variety of visual vignettes, TV shows and films: Gypsy – Live from the Savoy Theatre, What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton, Short Stories by Noel Coward, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Laurence Olivier and Natalie Wood, and more…
Tom Chin, retired UPS employee, devotes his time to his passion of writing plays, acting and lecturing. He is a member of Players and Playwrights of South Jersey and performs in local theater.
MONDAY AFTERNOON 1:00 - 3:00 PM @ THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, VENTNOR
NOVEMBER - APRIL
NOVEMBER 19, DECEMBER 17, JANUARY 28, FEBRUARY 25, MARCH 18, APRIL 15
5. CALLIGRAPHY ($25 + $20 Materials)
Shirlee DiBacco, professional calligrapher and member of the Philadelphia Calligraphers Society, offers instruction on how to write beautiful letters in the italic style. Using a broad-edge pen and ink, she covers the upper and lower-case alphabet as well as spacing, layout design, envelope addressing and much more. No previous experience is necessary. The class is perfect for beginners as well as those who have taken calligraphy before and would like to review and refresh their skills. 
There is a $20 charge for materials in addition to the class fee.
SIX CONSECUTIVE THURSDAY MORNINGS @ Margate Library
OCTOBER-NOVEMBER - 10:30-12:00 PM
OCTOBER 11, OCTOBER 18, OCTOBER 25, NOVEMBER 1, NOVEMBER 8, NOVEMBER 15
6. CHAIR YOGA ($25)
Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga practiced sitting on a chair or standing, using a chair for support. Chair yoga is especially beneficial to individuals of any age with knee, ankle, wrist, etc. issues. Benefits of chair yoga include a feeling of relaxation, improved flexibility, increased strength, and reduced joint strain. Instructor: Linda Schwartz
Linda Schwartz is certified in Integrative Yoga Therapy, as a Meditation Instructor, completed professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and is IIQTC certified in Tai Chi Easy. Have you ever wondered what the practice of meditation or mindfulness is about? Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is about moving toward greater control and participation in life, and consciously working with the challenges of everyday life
TUESDAY AFTERNOON 1:00 - 2:00 PM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 9, NOVEMBER 13, DECEMBER 11, JANUARY 8, FEBRUARY 12, MARCH 12
7. CREATIVE WRITING ($25)
Here’s your invitation to try your hand at something purely creative. The focus here is fun, not fundamentals. Spelling and punctuation are not invited. All you need bring is an active imagination and a willingness to express yourself. Words are the ultimate building blocks for those who like to play.
Here’s your invitation. Don’t forget your pencil.
Dambra Sabado is a writer, director, producer, performer and consultant with over 30 years teaching experience, including instructing Beginning and Advanced Creative Writing classes for adults.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON 1:00 - 2:30 PM @ Margate Libaray
OCT. 2, NOV. 6, DEC. 4, NO JANUARY CLASS (NEW YEAR’S), FEB. 5, MARCH 5, APRIL 2
8. DOCUMENTARY FILMS ($25)
Join moderator Tom Chin for an afternoon viewing a range of interesting and provocative films, including: Ian Fleming: Bond Maker, Jacques Brel life and performance, 50 Years of Big Mac – History of McDonalds, The power of Myth with Joseph Campbell, How Auld Lang Syne Took Over the World, Flamenco: Gypsy Soul, and more!
Tom Chin, retired UPS employee, devotes his time to his passion of writing plays, acting and lecturing. He is a member of Players and Playwrights of South Jersey and performs in local theater.
MONDAY AFTERNOON 1:00 - 3:00 PM @ THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, VENTNOR 
NOVEMBER - APRIL
NOVEMBER 12, DECEMBER 10, JANUARY 14, FEBRUARY 11, MARCH 11, APRIL 8
9. GREAT DECISIONS ($25)
Great Decisions is a program of the Foreign Policy Association, the aim to increase awareness of international issues with the American public. The class will evaluate six significant issues facing American foreign policymakers. Each topic considers the historical and current importance and strategic value to the United States.
The publication Great Decisions is used in this course and is offered at no charge to class participants. Registrants will be contacted when the book is available at the Margate Library.
For the October class read the first chapter: The Waning of Pax Americana?
The group’s leader, D. William Subin, Attorney, has over 50 years’ experience in the Justice System. He served as a Federal Prosecutor in New Jersey and in Washington, D.C. and for many years as a defense attorney. He has represented many law enforcement officers and has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Stockton. Mr. Subin is the author of a book: “Closing the Gap – The Trial of Trooper Robert Higbee”, based upon a local trial seen on national television.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON 1:00 – 2:30 PM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 16, NOVEMBER 20, DECEMBER 18, JANUARY 15, FEBRUARY 19, MARCH 19
10. HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD ($25)
This popular class continues to examine different film themes and explore them through the years. The course will also discuss directors/actors/actresses who were associated with these niche film categories. Participants need not have attended in the past – new folks welcome! As the Depression era ended, the United States faced a dangerous world and the probability of war. What was the Hollywood response before, during and after World War II? How did the war years change American culture and film tastes? Did Hollywood adapt? This season will focus on when America went to war and its aftermath. Come learn about the part Hollywood played from the early 1940s into the post-war years.                                  
Sharon Harris-Zlotnick
, an Atlantic County freelance journalist, has written for multiple American and international business magazines, concentrating on the casino and arcade industries. Sharon has also written consumer feature stories/columns for numerous weekly and monthly publications.
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 1:00 - 2:30 PM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 17, NOVEMBER 21, DECEMBER 19, JANUARY 16, NO FEBRUARY CLASS, MARCH 20, APRIL 17
11. LAUGHTER THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE ($25)
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. E E Cummings
Laughter is often the best response to a crazy world. This film series features six classic comedies that are funny, ironic, satiric and occasionally downright silly. Leave your cares behind for one afternoon and spend a couple of hours enjoying the elixir of laughter.
Dominic Maduro moderates the class.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON 3:00 - 5:00 PM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 25, NOVEMBER 29, NO DECEMBER CLASS, JANUARY 24, FEBRUARY 28, MARCH 28, APRIL 25
12. MINDFULNESS ($25)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is about moving toward greater control and participation in life, and consciously working with the challenges of everyday life. Learn how to live in the present moment for greater health, enjoyment, and fulfillment in your life. Some practices and techniques you will learn are: Body Scan Meditation, Meditation on the Breath, Awareness Meditation, Walking Meditation, and Pranayama (breathing exercises). Linda loves to share the wisdom and practices leading to body awareness, self-awareness, regulation of emotion and regulation of attention, all leading to a more contented life of health and well-being. No mats needed. Bring a notebook if you care to.
Linda Schwartz is certified in Integrative Yoga Therapy, a Meditation Instructor, completed professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is IIQTC certified in Tai Chi Easy.
TUESDAY MORNING 10:30 - 12:00 PM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 9, NOVEMBER 13, DECEMBER 11, JANUARY 8, FEBRUARY 12, MARCH 12
13. NEW CHALLENGES TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY- 2018-2019 ($25)
A look at the state of our Representative Democracy in the United States, this course is designed to be a continuing interactive discussion of current events and their affect on our respect for individual rights and the Rule of Law. This series of discussions will expand on previous classes but there is no prerequisite, so anyone can join us. Depending on developments in our Justice System together with interests expressed by participants, we may cover such topics as: Congressional oversight and leadership responsibilities; Judicial intervention; Executive power; the responsibilities of law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and individual citizens to promote respect for the rule of law; methods to prevent corruption and/or obstruction of the judicial process; trials of public officials, and other similar subjects.
The group’s leader, D. William Subin, Attorney, has over 50 years’ experience in the Justice System. He served as a Federal Prosecutor in New Jersey and in Washington, D.C. and for many years as a defense attorney. He has represented many law enforcement officers and has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Stockton. Mr. Subin is the author of a book: “Closing the Gap – The Trial of Trooper Robert Higbee”, based upon a local trial seen on national television.
MONDAY AFTERNOON 1:00 - 2:30 PM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 22, NOVEMBER 26, NO DEC. CLASS, FEBRUARY 4, MARCH 4, MARCH 25, APRIL 22
14. PSYCHOLOGY OF EVERYDAY RELATIONSHIPS ($35)
Phyliss Merion Shanken
, psychologist, author and professional group facilitator, has 40 years experience in private practice and serving as Co-Director of a psychological/psychiatric center. She will guide you through interactive experiences and you will practice being a helper to others in the class as well as share and receive support for your own challenges: hone your listening skills; become more assertive without pushing other people away; learn tools to overcome stress; learn healing behaviors to help a grieving or stressed-out friend or family member; enhance your conversational and speaking skills; discuss when you should be totally honest or when it’s better to tell “white” lies, and more...You may obtain a discounted copy of Phyliss’ memoir Conversations with Perfect Strangers, portions of which will be used in the class curriculum.
WEDNESDAY MORNING 10:00 – 11:30 AM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 10, NOVEMBER 14, DECEMBER 12, JANUARY 9, FEBRUARY 13, MARCH 13, APRIL 10, MAY 8
(**NOTE: EIGHT SESSIONS**)
15. ROYALTY AND REALITY (Film Series) ($25)
Alison Cozzolino moderates an introduction to a film, followed by a short discussion. Her summer series was a big hit, and her fall/winter selections will be must-see choices. The theme: "Royalty and Reality", movies based on true events about royalty, a quality of character, mind, birth or rank. 
Selections include Life of a King, about an ex-con who forms a chess club as an alternative to street gangs;
A Royal Night Out
, a wild evening in London with teenage princesses Elizabeth and Margaret while Europe celebrates V-E Day in 1945;
Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown,
insight intO Queen Victoria’s life after the death of her husband Prince Albert – and more.
TUESDAY EVENING 6:00 – 8:00 PM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 16, NOVEMBER 20, DECEMBER 18, JANUARY 15, FEBRUARY 19, MARCH 19
16. SHOLOM ALEICHEM & ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER ($25)
Elaine Geller, former English teacher, currently active in charitable organizations, a rebbetzin and fan of cats and mystery novels, will lead an engaging exploration into old world shtetl life through the fascinating short stories of Sholom Aleichem and Isaac Bashevis Singer.
For the October class read Sholom Aleichem’s stories
“A Yom Kippur Scandal” and “The Passover Guest.”
TUESDAY MORNING 10:00 - 11:30 AM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 2, NOVEMBER 6, DECEMBER 4, NO JAN. CLASS, FEBRUARY 5, MARCH 5, APRIL 2
17. SHORT STORIES ($25)
The book, The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories, by David Halpern, will be used in this course. New and used paperbacks are available on amazon.com and AbeBooks.com.
Be prepared to discuss the following short stories at the October class:
The Keeper of the Virgins by Hanan Al-Shaykh
The Immortals by Martin Amis
The Glass Tower by Reinaldo Arenas
The stories for November:
Gorilla My Love by Toni Cade Bambara
Rara Avis by T. Caraghessan Boyle
Dharma by Vikram Chandra
Sondra Mandel, founder and leader of a local Book Club, is a playwright, thespian, and member of the Players and Playwrights of South Jersey.
FRIDAY MORNING 10:30 - 12:00 PM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 5, NOVEMBER 2, DECEMBER 7, JANUARY 4, FEBRUARY 1, MARCH 1
18. SOCIAL MEDIA ($25)
The digital age dramatically changed the way news is covered and consumed, and it seems every day communication mediums change, prosper and wane. The decline of print continues while the changing broadcast news picture along with the rise of the influence of digital and social media increases. Each session will include the latest happenings in the world of media news, a look at journalistic issues, a voluntary quiz on current events, and a focus on a prominent journalist.
Instructor Dick Sheeran is a 44-year veteran of Philadelphia’s news media. He served as a reporter/anchor with CBS3(KYW-TV) for 30 years. Dick began his news career at the Philadelphia Daily News as a reporter, writer, and editor.
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 1:00 - 2:30 PMM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 3, NOVEMBER 7, DECEMBER 5, JANUARY 2, FEBRUARY 6, MARCH 6
19. STRESS-LESS ($25)
Everyone has experienced overwhelming stress which affects their emotional and physical well-being. This program will help you: Learn about the entire spectrum of STRESS from ‘eustress’ to ‘distress’; identify how, when and where you experience STRESS; define your stressors and their source; discuss vulnerabilities to STRESS; reframe thoughts and reactions to STRESSOR; develop strategies for coping; build confidence and self-respect; reinforce the value of spontaneity and flexibility.
For 25 years in a variety of settings, Petie Subin has been conducting wellness workshops which combine her psychology background and creative arts skills. Her unique learning environment helps participants discover solutions to life’s challenging problems, enabling them to learn and have fun in a safe atmosphere. As an effective facilitator in a group setting, she believes we can learn the most about ourselves from others, and has helped many thrive and feel empowered.
MONDAY MORNING 10:00 - 11:30 AM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 22, NOVEMBER 26, NO DEC. CLASS, FEBRUARY 4, MARCH 4, MARCH 25, APRIL 22
20. THE VICTORIAN NOVEL ($20)
The 19th century Victorian Era coincides with the long reign of Britain’s Queen Victoria, a period of peace and economic prosperity. At the same time cataclysmic change occurred in science, medicine, politics, technology, work and play. We will read three of the era’s great novels.
For the October class read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
The man Dickens…stood for all the Victorian virtues - probity, kindness, hard work, sympathy for the down-trodden, the sanctity of domestic life - even as his novels exposed the violence, hypocrisy, greed, and cruelty of the Victorian age.  - Robert Gottlieb, writer/editor
Instructor Mary Ann Mahoney, Associate Professor of English at Union County College in New Jersey, taught ESL for more than twenty years before her retirement.
MONDAY MORNING 10:00 - 11:30 AM @ Margate Library
OCTOBER 1, OCTOBER  29, DECEMBER 3 (***NOTE: THREE CLASS SESSIONS***)

Annual membership - $35/person or $50/couple
Classes: $25 per Study Group unless specified otherwise

Class sizes limited, sign up early
as some classes will close out.

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THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATIONS IS
May 25, 2018.


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