2022 Summer Course Descriptions

Classes will be held at the following venues this season:

Margate Library
8100 Atlantic Avenue
Margate City, NJ 08042

Stockton AC
3711 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

virtually from home

Please read carefully: course descriptions, class dates, times and locations,
before completing registration form. Classes are listed by Day of the week.

Complete the registration form and mail with payment, check payable to FELS:
P.O. Box 3380
Margate, NJ 08402
The fee for each course is $30
Volume Discount: Register for 4 or more classes and each class is only $25/class

Program fees and special events raise funds for Stockton University Foundation scholarships.


Thursday Evening, May 26, 2022, 5pm

FELS and the Margate Library will welcome author, Jo Ivester, who will be speaking about her book, Once A Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey.
The Outskirts of Hope, Ivester's first book, a memoir, recounts her childhood. She writes, "During the height of the civil rights movement, my family moved to a small, all-black town in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, where my father opened a clinic and my mother, Aura Kruger, taught English at a local high school..." FREE program. Reception to follow.
Registration is required,
call Margate Library: 609-822-4700


Book & Film Discussion Group

Monday Mornings - 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
June 13, July 11 and August 8
Margate Library
Instructor: Barbara Coleman Giorgio

In the comfort of your home, read a classic novel and watch a movie based on the book– or view the movie at the Margate Library. Books available at the Margate Library. Come to class for a discussion of the book, followed by conversation about the film and its ability – or inability – to convey the themes of the book. No right or wrong input, just responses to questions that will ignite rich conversation.
June book & movie: Remains of the Day
July: The Color Purple
August: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Monday Mornings - 10:30 PM to 12:30 PM
June 20, July 18, and August 15
Stockton AC
Instructor: John Lynskey

This course explores the work of filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, the “Master of Suspense,” beginning with his pre-Hollywood career and ending with his later Hollywood hits. Particular attention will be paid to his filmmaking style, techniques, themes, and plot devices, as well as his representation of the “Hitchcock Blond”: played by notable actresses such as Grace Kelly, Janet Leigh, and Tippi Hedren.

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Flash Fiction

Tuesday Mornings - 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
June 7, July 12, and August 9
Instructor: Meryl Rogers

Flash Fiction is a very short story. While there is no set word count that separates flash fiction from more traditional short stories, flash fiction can be as short as a few words, and usually 1,000 words maximum. Participants will read and discuss stories written by a selection of internationally renowned writers. We will be using the book: Flash Fiction Forward, 2006, Robert Shapard editor.

Inner Joy though Laughter Yoga
Tuesday Mornings - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
June 28, July 26, and August 23
Margate Library
Instructor: Donna Bernstein, certified yoga and laughter yoga instructor

Participate in simple guided techniques that enable anyone to tap into their inner laughter without relying on humor, jokes, or comedy. Movements that incorporate deep breathing, eye contact, and childlike playfulness quickly transform into real and contagious laughter. It is a whole-body exercise that literally makes you laugh out loud. Wear loose-fitting clothing, don’t bring a yoga mat, and prepare to smile the rest of the day!

Elaine's Summer Reads
Tuesday Mornings - 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
June 14, July 5, and August 2
Margate Library
Instructor: Elaine Geller

Elaine Geller’s book discussion group examines intriguing, always provocative prose. Books available at the Margate Library, and for purchase on Amazon and abebooks.com (new and used). The June book is: My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food, by Lidia Bastianich.

Acting Class for Everyday People
Tuesday Afternoons - 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
June 14, July 12, and August 9
Margate Library
Instructor: John Alvarez

Not your typical acting class…The class encourages individual communication with other people in a world where talk and conversations are being replaced by texts and chatrooms. Each week attendees will master the art of being truthful when public speaking, as well as skills to have your voice reach everyone who hears you, even yourself.

Social Media
Tuesday Afternoons - 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
June 21, July 19 and August 16
Margate Library
Instructor: Dick Sheeran

The digital age changed the way information is dispersed, how news is covered, and disseminated. The decline of print media continues, while the changing broadcast news scene - along with the increasing influence of digital and social media - continues to expand. Each session will include the latest happenings in the world of media news, and a look at contemporary journalistic issues.

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Psychology of Everyday Relationships
Wednesday Mornings - 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
June 8, July 13, and August 10
Instructor: Phyllis Merion Shanken, Psychologist

Practice being a helper to others in class, share and receive support for your challenges, hone listening skills and become more assertive without pushing others away. Learn tools to overcome stress and healing behaviors to help a grieving or stressed-out friend or family member. Discuss when you should be totally honest and when it’s better to tell ‘white’ lies, and more.

True Crimes and Misdemeanors
Wednesday Mornings - 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
June 15, July 6, and August 3
Margate Library
Instructor: John Lynskey

True Crime has never been more popular than it is today, as evidenced by the astonishing number of books, films, TV shows, and podcasts devoted to the genre. This course focuses on film representations of true crime and explores the inner workings of adapting crime for the big screen. There will be film clips, recordings, accounts of real true crime cases, and discussion of how filmmakers have brought these cases to light (for better or worse).

Art Through the Ages
Wed. Mornings - 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
June 22, July 20, and August 17
Margate Library
Instructor: Shirley Belitsky

Art is defined as "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination." Take a hop, skip and jump through the ages and discover how art developed, transformed and inspired life throughout history

Wed. Afternoons - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
June 29, July 27 and August 24
Stockton AC
Instructor: TBD

Documentaries offer an engaging lens with which to understand the world. Explore interesting topics through films and discussion.

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Short Stories
Thursday Morning - 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
June 9, July 14, and August 11
Instructor: Will Shanken

Join a stimulating, dynamic discussion of some of the best writing by American authors. The following stories from the anthology, 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor, editors, will be discussed at the first meeting:
Pigeon Feathers, John Updike, pp. 242-259
The Conversion of the Jews, Philip Roth, pp. 211-226,
Lawns, Mona Simpson, pp. 375-393

Hooray for Hollywood
Thursday Afternoons - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
June 9, July 14 and August 11
Stockton AC
Instructor: Sharon Harris-Zlotnick

We all know the famous movie stars that have been household names for decades, but who helped make them famous? It was a group effort, and the actors/actresses could not have done this alone. Join us as we explore some of the behind-the-scenes professionals who helped create those memorable films. Which directors were legends in their own rights? And, what about those gorgeous gowns and costumes that took vision and artistic genius? Classes will include film clips that demonstrate the genius of so many.

Heritage: Civilization and the Jews
Thursday Afternoons - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
June 23, July 21, and August 18
Margate Library
Instructor: Rabbi Gordon Geller

Beginning with the early development of civilization in Mesopotamia, the PBS Series, narrated by Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat, politician and scholar, spans three millennia of Jewish history. View excerpts from the series, followed by an animated discussion.

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The fee for each course is $30
Program fees and special events raise funds for Stockton University Foundation scholarships.

Complete the registration form and mail to:
PO BOX 3380



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