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These events for MCA member and their significant others. 

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COED Events

    • September 13, 2022
    • May 09, 2023
    • 9 sessions
    • Zoom for September-October-November-December 2022

    MCA Travelogue Series


    Jim Sernovitz 

    Travel the world through the exquisite photography of MCA member Jim Sernovitz.  

     September- October- November-December programs are virtual

    Your itinerary is: 

      .8/22 - Not meeting in August- Traveling

      9/13/22 - New York, New York

      Visit America's largest and most exciting city. By foot and subway, we will visit the skyscrapers of Wall Street, Times Square, the tenements of the Lower East Side, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty. You will see all that this great city offers.

      10/11/22 - Bhutan and Sri Lanka - India's Unknown Neighbors

      From Bhutan, high in the snow capped Himalaya mountains, to Sri Lanka’s beaches and tropical jungles, come with us as we explore these unique and little known countries.

      11/8/22 - The New England Coast - The Cradle of Our Nation

      Join us as we follow the rocky Atlantic coastline of New England visiting the towns and cities that were so important to the economy and history of our nation.

      12/13/22 - South America - From Cosmopolitan Capitals, Thundering Iguassu Falls, and the Untamed Amazon Rain Forest

      The sophisticated cities of Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo and Buenos Aires are the perfect introduction to this continent of contrasts.

      Visit three of South America's iconic cities as we explore and experience the colorful culture of each destination. Rio de Janeiro—known for its beaches, vibrant atmosphere, welcoming people, and, of course, Samba music and dance. . Buenos Aires—the "Paris of South America" for its wide boulevards, Eva Peron’s legacy ,and Tangos shows. Sophisticated and affluent, little known Montevideo is the surprise city of the New World.

      Besides the cities, we will visit the Amazon basin, home to the largest rainforest and the richest biodiversity in the world. Then be prepared to be as we view the 275 cataracts that make up spectacular Iguassu Falls.

      1/10/23 - South East Asia Adventure - Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Viet Nam are Ancient Lands of Beauty and Mystery

      Come along as we take the Road to Mandalay through these amazing lands of breathtaking scenery, wild jungles, modern cities and diverse cultures from those still living in the stone age to the computer age. Combined with prize winning, professional photography and live narration, this is a presentation not to be missed.

      2/14/23 - A Trans-Siberian Adventure

      Despite what you have may have heard, Siberia is not what most people think. Come along as we travel on the Trans-Siberian Railroad as we journey across central Siberia and see this amazing land for ourselves the world's largest lake, modern cities and people living today just as they did centuries ago.

      3/14/23 - Arabian Sands - A Visit to Saudia Arabia

      Journey through the Arabian Desert from Jeddah to Riyadh visiting ancient cities and seeing sites that until very recently were forbidden to outsiders.

      From ultra-modern cities created by oil, to places that haven’t changed in thousands of years, the people and sights of this almost unknown land will educate and amaze you.

      4/11/23 - In the Path of Shackleton—a Voyage to Antarctica

      Come with us as we brave the infamous Drake Passage, the roughest ocean in the world as we journey to Antarctica and actually set foot on the Continent. There is a surprising amount of wildlife in this frozen wilderness to see as we get up close to penguins, seals, and whales. You will feel like you are actually there as we board Zodiacs and cruise among the ice bergs and glaciers. See what it is like when your cruise ship breaks down 700 miles from the nearest port.

      5/9/23 - Indonesia - Land of Volcanoes and Dragons

      Seldom visited by Americans, Indonesia is an awe-inspiring land. The world’s fourth most populous country spread over 17,000 islands and seemingly as many different cultures and peoples--sea dwellings, mountain clans and jungle tribes whose homes are located in rainforests, on rivers, next to beautiful ocean beaches and aside active volcanoes. From the tourist magnet of Bali to the cultural heart of Java and the dragons that live on Komodo, we visit an enigmatic, exotic, breathtaking and unforgettable land.

      So get your passport ready and register today. 

      Please Note:  You only have to register once for all sessions.  You will receive reminders (with the zoom link) one week and 1 day before each session.  

      • September 21, 2022
      • December 28, 2022
      • 14 sessions
      • Zoom

      MCA Great Decisions

      Facilitated by Harvey Oriel 

      Every Wednesday at 3:00 PM

      Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.

      The program involves reading a chapter from the Great Decisions briefing book, listening to a member of the group introduce the topic in a fifteen minute summary, discussing issues related to that topic and then answering questions suggested in the book.

      The program lasts for 8 weeks and the group may decide to continue year round with issues of that time. 

      This is a COED program. MCA members may register a significant other. 

      You must only register once for this series of programs. You will receive reminders one week and one day before each session. 

      • November 01, 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Temple Shalom
      • 296

      Registration open October 8

      The Levys of Monticello

      Click HERE to view the trailer.

      When Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, he left behind a mountain of personal debt, which forced his heirs to sell his beloved Monticello home and all of its possessions. The Levys of Monticello is a documentary film that tells the little-known story of the Levy family, which owned and carefully preserved Monticello for nearly a century – far longer than Jefferson or his descendants. The remarkable story of the Levy family also intersects with the rise of antisemitism that runs throughout the course of American history.

      • November 17, 2022
      • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Temple Beth Tikvah 1459 Pine Ridge Road Naples Fl 34109
      • 97

      Israel Between Wars - Six Month Update

      presented by

      Steve Schreier

      Twice a year (in November and March) Steve makes several predictions regarding the political and economic condition in Israel, and in the Middle East in general. He looks back at events since the last war with an eye toward understanding their implications, and projecting forward. How did those predictions turn out and what will the next 6 months look like?

      Steve Schreier, a resident of Massachusetts since 2008 and now Southwest Florida, and the president of the Schreier Group, which provides consulting to non-profit organizations and philanthropic foundations. Prior to that, Steve served as consultant and Senior Vice President of the American Technion Society from 1986-2007, during which he was responsible for the conceptualization, creation and implementation of a comprehensive development structure and program throughout the United States. He has also served in executive positions in Jewish Federations and as a community and campaign consultant for the Council of Jewish Federations.

      Steve's personal ties to Israel are deep-rooted. He lived on a kibbutz for a year of work-study in 1962, and moved to Israel in 1970 to conduct research on his doctorate.

      • December 06, 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Temple Shalom and NIJCC
      • 300
      Registration is closed

      Registration open November 2

      The Sturgeon Queens

      Click HERE to view the trailer.

      Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, this documentary features an extensive interview with two of the original daughters for whom the store was named -- 100 and 92 years old at the time they were interviewed -- and interviews with prominent enthusiasts of the store including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, actor Maggie Gyllenhaal,  and 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer.

      This film is directed by Julie Cohen. WCA & MCA members will likely remember her film RBG, which we presented a few seasons ago. She also co-directed the (recently streamed on NPR) film Julia, the story of legendary cookbook author and TV superstar Julia Child.

      • December 20, 2022
      • 7:00 PM
      • Temple Shalom
      • 138

      Menorah Lighting 


      Comedy Night 


      Keith Barany

      Who is Keith Barany?  The New York Post called him “The wittiest comic working today.”  His show is a mix of Jewish themed and mainstream routines. 

      Who is Keith Barany? Here is what his audience members said: 

      "Keith Barany is absolutely one of the best stand-up comedians I have ever seen. He does NOT use vulgar language. Your mother would approve!"  - Arizona show attendee

      "I miss you already!  Thanks for a terrific evening. Everyone loved it. So that's a great compliment to you, because you know how tough our tribe can be." -Event Co-chair, Houston

      "You were phenomenal! People are still talking about you. Never have they laughed so much and so hard. All the husbands who didn't want to come out on Valentine's day, are raving! You are hysterical and it was our best event ever." -  Event chairs, Wilmington 

      Join your MCA friends and family for a Hanukkah celebration, great comedy and, of course, food (dessert).  

      • January 03, 2023
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Temple Shalom
      • 300
      Registration is closed

      image.pngRegistration open December 7

      Joyce Carol Oates:
      A Body in the Service of Mind

      Click HERE to view the trailer

      Lauded as “America’s foremost woman of letters,” Joyce Carol Oates has penned over 100 novels across a variety of genres throughout her award winning career. In this illuminating documentary, Oates discusses the societal events that informed her writing. Raised nominally as Catholic, she discovered later in life that her grandmother was a Jew who fled Germany and kept her identity hidden. We follow her to Israel as she accepts the Jerusalem Prize, lamenting her lost cultural heritage and acknowledging that her respect for culture and art was inherited from her grandmother. Fans of  Oates will not want to miss this comprehensive examination of her life and art. Those not yet acquainted with her work will want to quickly correct that problem.

      • February 07, 2023
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Temple Shalom
      • 300
      Registration is closed

      image.pngRegistration open January 4

      The Law 

      Click HERE to view the trailer. 

      Born in France in the 1920s, Simone Veil studied politics at Paris' prestigious Sciences Po until she and her family were deported to extermination camps during World War II. Though she lost her parents and a brother, Veil managed to survive both Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, an experience that taught her to fight and which would prepare her for her battles for women's rights in the decades ahead. After the war, she rose in the national government, becoming Chirac's minister of health in 1974 and the driving force behind a then controversial law to legalize abortion in France in the 1970s.

       The Law is an impressive, well paced exploration of the continued need for survival and resilience in the shadows of anti-Semitism and sexism, that infected post-war French society.
      • February 15, 2023
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • JFGN - Community Hall

      Seeking Justice - National Litigation of the Opioid Crisis

      presented by 

      Special Master David R. Cohen and a Panel of Attorneys

      Who Have Litigated and Settled Opioid Cases

      Every MCA member has been touched by the National Opioid Epidemic.  Many of you know someone – perhaps in your own family, or a friend’s family – who has suffered or dealt directly with opioid addiction.  And as overdose deaths skyrocket, more and more of your tax dollars are being used to address the resulting social ills.

      In 2017, cities and counties across the country started to file lawsuits against opioid-related companies, claiming their actions caused the Epidemic and created a “public nuisance.” The defendants are some of the largest companies in the world and include: (1) opioid manufacturers, like Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson; (2) opioid distributors, like Cardinal Health; and (3) opioid dispensers, like Walmart and Walgreens.  

      Every opioid lawsuit in federal court (over 3,000 cases) was transferred into a single “Multi-District Litigation (MDL),” overseen by Judge Dan Aaron Polster in Cleveland, Ohio.  Judge Polster appointed MCA Member David R. Cohen as Special Master to oversee the MDL.  David also oversees the national settlements – so far totaling over $30 Billion – that some of the parties have reached.

      David will present the history of the litigation and describe his role as Special Master.  In addition, David will be joined by a who’s who of attorneys who have actually litigated and settled the Opioid cases: Sheila Birnbaum, Counsel for Purdue and the Sackler Family; Enu Mainigi, Trial Counsel for Cardinal Health; Peter Weinberger, Plaintiffs’ MDL Liaison and Trial Counsel; and Mark Lanier, Plaintiffs’ Lead Trial Counsel.  Each of these attorneys has a stellar national reputation and has spoken at legal seminars across the country.  Interestingly, David, Sheila, Enu, and Peter are all part-time Naples residents. You can read more about these attorneys here.

      If you watched Dopesick, or read Dreamland or Empire of Pain, you won’t want to miss this presentation.

      • March 07, 2023
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • JFGN Community Hall
      • 300
      Registration is closed


      Registration open February 8

      The Adventures of
      Saul Bellow

      Click HERE to view the trailer. 

      The film traces Bellow's rise to eminence and examines his many identities: reluctant public intellectual, 'serial husband', father, Chicagoan, Jew and American. Interviews with the novelist's family and friends will shed new light on Bellow's personality and the way he turned life into art. He was also known for ant-social behavior.

      "The main accusations about Bellow are that he was a womanizer, narcissist, racist and misogynist. Those aren’t difficult claims to make about a man who married five times, is known to have had numerous affairs, and shifted his political convictions from Trotskyist to right-wing conservative over a long lifetime. His sons from three marriages, Adam, Daniel and Gregory, seem more than a bit chagrined to really dish the dirt about their famous father, but they do stick up for their mothers, who were clearly intelligent and attractive women but eventually broke up with Bellow as his life moved in different directions. " 

      Marc Glassman -- review in Joy Magazine

      • March 13, 2023
      • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
      • Keewaydin Island - Leaving from the Naples Marina


      MCA Keewaydin 

      Island Adventure 

      save the date-registration is  now open

      We travel by boat to Keewaydin Island – a beautiful barrier island between Naples and Marco Island – accessible only by boat. You will be able to take that long romantic walk on the beach you’ve dreamed about, lounge in the sun, play beach games, or even bring your fishing gear. Or simply relax under a beach umbrella with a refreshing beverage and watch the waves. Our route takes us past the inlets of Port Royal, so this could be a side trip if desired.

      We get to Keewaydin Island by rental boats or private boats. In prior years, several dozen MCA members and spouses participated, so this is a real beachapalooza! It’s a terrific outing! Boating experience is not required, nor is beach experience.

      The cost of the boats is TBD. For those who do not have access to a private boat, we’ll rent boats at a local Naples marina at Bayfront (Goodlette and 41). We have enough MCA members with boat captain experience, so you can relax as a passenger and just enjoy the trip.


      For more information, contact Don Belmont.

      • April 04, 2023
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • JFGN Community Hall
      • 300

      This  film title is being finalized

      Please check back later in the season.

    MCA of Greater Naples, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201, Naples, FL 34109

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